How to cook pork chops

Serve tender and flavourful pork chops every time with our tips and recipe ideas. This meat is delicious when griddled, pan-fried, roasted or grilled.

Pork chops with rhubarb and grains in a roasting tray

Pork chops, like steak, are versatile and easy to cook. Taken from the loin of the pig, they have a generous fat layer on one side and sometimes have a small piece of bone left in. Served with vegetables and mustard or a simple sauce, they make a great speedy meal; however, they can easily become tough and dry if you’re not careful with the temperature or timings. 

The key with chops is to maximise the flavour by cooking the fat on the outside really well over a high heat. This should be done quickly so as not to dry out the meat inside. You can help to keep the chops nice and tender by doing one of the following:

  • Resting them after cooking
  • Finishing them in a low oven 
  • Cooling the pan of seared chops by adding a liquid like cider 
  • Roasting them on top of vegetables so as to protect one side from the intense heat 

The quickest way to cook pork chops is to pan-fry or griddle them. As the chops can be quite large this method is best when serving one or two people. If you’re cooking for more you might want to try roasting or grilling.  

Pork chop rarebit with chips, beans and peas

Pork chops shouldn’t be served raw or rare so it’s a good idea to test the meat with a skewer before serving – the juices should run clear. Check this at the thickest part or, if the chop is on the bone, test as close to the bone as you can as that area can take longer for the heat to permeate. 


Pan fried pork chops recipe

Serves 2

  • 1 tsp oil (such as sunflower or light olive oil) 
  • 2 pork chops
  1. Rub the oil on the chops and season well with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat the pan over medium-high heat then add the chops and pan-fry for about 7 mins on each side until cooked through. 
  3. Make sure to brown fat on the edge, too. 
  4. Take the pan off the heat and leave to rest for a few mins then pour the resting juices over the meat to serve. 

Griddled pork chops topped with cooked lemons and herbs


Roast pork chops recipe

Serves 4

  • 750g new potatoes
  • 500g vine-ripened tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3-4 rosemary sprigs
  • olive oil
  • 4 pork chops
  1. Heat oven 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Wash the potatoes, but don’t peel them. Cut into thickish slices then cook in boiling water for 6-8 minutes until almost tender; drain. Slice the tomatoes to the same thickness. Chop the garlic, then strip the rosemary from the stalks and chop the leaves fairly finely.
  2. Drizzle a little olive oil in the base of a shallow ovenproof dish wide enough to take the chops in one layer. Arrange rows of potatoes and tomatoes across the dish, seasoning with salt and pepper as you go and sprinkling with half the rosemary and all the garlic.
  3. Drizzle a couple more tablespoons of olive oil over the vegetables and bake for 15 minutes, then sit the pork on top, season and sprinkle with the remaining rosemary. Return to the oven for 35-45 minutes, until the pork and potatoes are tender.

Roast pork chops with sweet potato wedges and rocket lettuce


Grilled pork chops recipe

Serves 4

  • 4 pork chops

Optional extras: 

  • 4 tbsp apple sauce 
  • 100-140g blue cheese
  1. Turn on the grill. Season the chops on both sides with a good sprinkling of salt and pepper. Grill under a moderate heat for 12-16 minutes, turning once, until just cooked (or 16-18 mins if not adding a topping).
  2. Add the topping if using. Thinly slice the cheese (don’t worry if it breaks up a bit). Spoon the apple sauce or chutney over the chops and top each one with a couple of slices of cheese. Slide back under the grill for 2-3 minutes until the cheese is melted and tinged brown. Serve with mashed potatoes and a green veg such as leeks or broccoli, and with any melted cheesy bits from the bottom of the pan.

Two pork chops on the grill, topped with melted cheese

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Herb brined pork chops

Grilled pork chops on a serving plate and plated up with veg

Soaking pork in a juniper, coriander and thyme brine keeps it succulent and plump – griddle until just charred for an attractive main.

Herb brined pork chops


Summer pork, fennel & beans

Pork loins with vegetables and beans in a cooking pot with spoon

Pan-fry thick pork chops, then roast with cherry tomatoes, shallots and cannellini beans to make an easy one-pot dinner.

Summer pork, fennel & beans


Braised cabbage with pork

Braised pork with cabbage on a plate

Cook cabbage in cider, with juniper and caraway, top with pan-fried spare rib pork chops and bake for a warming, hearty supper. 

Braised cabbage with pork


One-pot roast pork chops

Roast pork chops with onions and potatoes in a square baking dish

An Italian-inspired no-fuss dinner. 

One-pot roast pork chops


Pork chops Lyonnaise 

Pork chops Lyonnaise on a baking tray

Use up leftover bread to make a crumb coating for our tasty Lyonnaise-style pork chops.

Pork chops Lyonnaise

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