Thin pork chops are a delightful choice for a quick and delicious dinner. These affordable cuts of meat, when cooked to perfection, offer moistness and flavor like no other. The best part? You can have them on your table, ready to devour, in just 15 minutes!
We all need those easy and speedy recipes in our culinary arsenal, and although I adore cooking pork chops in my Air Fryer and Instant Pot, there are moments when using a skillet makes more sense.
The Versatility of Skillet Cooking
There are times when your Air Fryer or Pressure Cooker is already in use, leaving you with limited options. Recently, I found myself in that exact situation. After baking potatoes in my trusty Air Fryer, I contemplated how to prepare the pork chops. In the end, I reached for my skillet and created a mouthwatering honey mustard pork chops recipe.
Thin pork chops lack significant fat content, making them prone to overcooking. However, by cooking them in a skillet, you can closely monitor their progress, ensuring they remain irresistibly moist.
The Vital Role of a Digital Thermometer
When it comes to cooking meat, especially pork, utilizing a digital food thermometer is crucial. It guarantees a perfectly cooked meal, preventing the meat from becoming tough and chewy. For thin cutlets, this process takes just a few minutes. However, the cooking method detailed below will soon become your go-to technique for preparing this budget-friendly cut of meat.
The Ultimate Technique for Cooking Thin Pork Chops
- Thin, Boneless Pork Chops
- Olive Oil
- Heavy Cream
- Dijon Mustard
Begin by dredging the pork chops in a mixture of flour, salt, and pepper. Whether you prefer standard all-purpose flour or a gluten-free alternative, whisk these ingredients together in a shallow dish. Coat each side of the pork chops, shaking off any excess flour. Set them aside.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and butter, allowing them to melt and become hot. Once ready, introduce the thin pork chop cutlets to the skillet.
Sear the pork chops for 60-75 seconds on one side. Then, carefully flip them over and continue searing for an additional minute. Transfer the seared pork chops to a plate and reduce the heat to medium.
In the same pan, add the cream, mustard, and honey. Whisk these ingredients together until well combined. If you’re using non-stick skillets, consider using silicone-coated whisks for easy cleaning.
Bring the mixture to a simmer and return the pork chops to the pan. Ensure the pork chops are submerged in the honey mustard sauce by pressing them down lightly.
Cover the skillet and let the pork chops simmer for 5-6 minutes. While not mandatory, flipping the thin pork chops halfway through the simmering time allows the top to absorb the sauce as well.
Finally, remove the pork chops from the skillet and drizzle them with some of the remaining sauce.
Perfect Pairings for Thin Pork Chops
Thin pork chops possess a mild flavor, making them incredibly versatile when it comes to side dish selection. Almost any accompaniment can complement their deliciousness. However, here are some of our favorite side dishes that pair exceedingly well with honey mustard coated pork chops:
- Air Fryer Potato Wedges
- Hasselback Potatoes
- Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes
- Garlic Butter Smashed Potatoes
- Instant Pot Garlic Green Beans
- ‘Thanksgiving’ Dressing
- Slow Cooker Applesauce
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Enjoy this scrumptious dish! Don’t forget to bookmark this recipe or share it on your favorite Pinterest board for easy access whenever you crave an effortless and satisfying dinner.
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Remember, when it comes to cooking thin pork chops to perfection, a skillet is your best friend!