Juicy and Flavorful Thin Pork Chops in Just 10 Minutes

If you’ve ever wanted to master the art of cooking thin pork chops that are both juicy and packed with flavor, then this is the recipe for you. These pan-seared thin chops are incredibly delicious, with a crisp seared crust and a tender, moist center. And the best part? They’re ready in just 10 minutes! All you need are a few pantry staples to bring out the delectable taste of these pork chops.

Two seared pork chops stacked on top of each other on a bed of asparagus. The pork chops are seasoned with chopped green onions and are in an ecru colored plate. Next to the plate is a golden fork and a golden knife.

The Ultimate Thin Pork Chops

You won’t find an easier and faster dinner recipe than these quick and easy pan-fried thin pork chops. They require minimal effort but deliver maximum satisfaction every time. These thin chops are coated with a flavorful blend of spices, resulting in a beautiful golden brown sear that locks in all the juicy goodness.

I may be biased, but this recipe is truly one of the best pork chop recipes out there. The best part is that you don’t even need to marinate or brine the chops beforehand to achieve that incredible flavor and tenderness. You can whip up a delicious dinner in just 20 minutes!

Seared thin pork chops in an ecru plate on top of cooked asparagus. In the background is a pan of more seared thin pork chops and a small plate of chopped green onions.

Ingredients

To make these mouthwatering pan-fried pork chops, you only need a handful of common pantry ingredients. Chances are, you already have them in your kitchen. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 4 thin pork chops (½ inch thick)
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • Green onions for garnish
  • Cooking spray
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Not too shabby, right? Plus, many of these seasonings can be used in other delicious meat recipes like air fryer turkey tenderloin, air fryer chicken breast, grilled chicken thighs, and blackened salmon.

Paprika, garlic powder, pepper, and salt in a small plate. Part of a set of spice jars and a small plate of chopped green onions can be seen on the side.

The Perfect Thin Pork Chops

Thin pork chops are usually readily available in the meat section of your local store, often labeled as minute pork chops. However, if you can’t find thin cuts, you can always opt for regular-sized pork chops and pound them with a meat mallet until they reach about ½ inch thickness.

For this recipe, I used bone-in thin pork chops as they offer more flavor than boneless ones. However, boneless pork chops will still give you tasty results if that’s what you prefer. Just make sure to choose cuts with good marbling to prevent them from drying out, even if slightly overcooked.

Paprika, garlic powder, pepper, and salt in a small plate. Part of a set of spice jars and a small plate of chopped green onions can be seen on the side.

How to Cook Thin Pork Chops

Now, let’s dive into the cooking process, which is quick and easy, taking just over 10 minutes. The best part is that most of the cooking time is passive, so you can multitask while your pork chops sizzle away.

Three seasoned raw pork chops on a wooden cutting board with a sheet of parchment paper on top. Next to the board is an almost empty plate of spice rub, a small plate of chopped green onions, and three spice jars of garlic powder, paprika, and pepper.

Step 1: Season the Thin Pork Chops

To achieve that perfect balance of flavors, start by seasoning each pork chop generously. In a small bowl, mix together garlic powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper to create a flavorful rub. Pat the pork chops dry with paper towels, then generously coat both sides of each chop with the mixed seasonings.

Step 2: Cook the Pork Chops

Now that your pork chops are perfectly seasoned, it’s time to cook them. Heat a large skillet, cast iron pan, or grill pan over medium-high heat and coat it with olive oil. Once the pan and oil are hot, add the pork chops and sear them for about 3 minutes on each side until they are cooked through. To ensure they are cooked to perfection, use a meat thermometer to check that the internal temperature reaches at least 145°F.

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A pro tip here: let the pork chops sear untouched in the hot pan to achieve that juicy tenderness and beautiful sear. Avoid moving them around while they cook and let them develop a slight charring.

Two seasoned raw pork chops in a grill pan. One pork chop is being placed with metal tongs. Next to the pan are three spice jars of garlic powder, black pepper, and paprika, and a small plate of green onion garnish.

Step 3: Serve

After the thin pork chops are cooked to perfection, transfer them to a plate and let them cool for a minute before serving. Garnish the tender chops with green onions, pair them with your choice of veggies or side dish, and enjoy!

Four seared pork chops in a square grill pan. On the corner are three spice jars of garlic powder, paprika, and pepper, and a small plate of chopped green onions.

What to Serve with Thin Pork Chops

These pan-fried pork chops are incredibly versatile and pair well with various side dishes. Whether it’s mashed potatoes, rice, pasta, or roasted/steamed veggies, you can’t go wrong. Here are some fantastic options to complement your pork chops:

  • Air fryer brussel sprouts
  • Roasted broccolini
  • Coleslaw
  • Zuppa Toscana
  • Broccoli cheese soup
  • Green bean casserole
  • Cheesy broccoli casserole

Two seared pork chops stacked on top of each other over cooked a bed of cooked asparagus in a deep ecru plate garnished with green onions.

How to Store Cooked Pork Chops

This recipe yields 4 chops, providing 2-4 servings. If you need more, you can easily double or triple the recipe by adjusting the amount of seasonings accordingly. If you have any leftovers, simply store them in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

For longer storage, you can freeze the cooked pork chops. Allow them to cool before transferring them to an airtight container or freezer-safe bag with excess air squeezed out. This way, they can stay in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Seared thin pork chops garnished with chopped green onion on a bed of cooked asparagus on an ecru plate. Next to the plate is a gold fork and knife, and behind is a small saucer of chopped green onions and a tea towel.

Reheating Thin Pork Chops

While I personally enjoy eating these pork chops cold, you also have the option to reheat them. The best method is to use a covered baking dish in the oven. Add a small amount of water or broth to prevent them from drying out, and then reheat at 350°F (176°C) for about 5-10 minutes, or until heated through.

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Wrapping It Up

That’s all you need to know about cooking thin pork chops to perfection. This quick and effortless cooking method ensures that every bite is tender, juicy, and bursting with flavor. It’s my go-to recipe for busy weeknights when I want something delicious and packed with protein.

I hope you enjoy these thin pork chops as much as I do. Don’t forget to leave a comment below and let me know how they turned out for you!

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