A Mouthwatering Delight: Ribeye Pork Chops

Are you looking for a simple and delicious pork recipe that will make your taste buds dance with delight? Look no further! Introducing tender smothered Ribeye Pork Chops. With a light coating and a mouthwatering cream gravy infused with caramelized onions, this dish is sure to impress.

Ribeye pork chop smothered in skillet with onion gravy

The Perfect Recipe for Succulent Pork Chops

Indulge in the creamy and flavorful sauce that beautifully complements the moist and tender breaded pork chops and onions. What sets these Farmhouse Smothered Pork Chops apart is the choice of using Ribeye chops. These chops not only have a strip of red meat along the outside, but the darker meat also provides an extra burst of flavor with every bite.

Properly cooked pork chops, whether in the oven, on the grill, or in a skillet, are so tender that they can be effortlessly cut with a fork. No need for a knife! And here’s a little secret: when cooked for just a few minutes on each side and using a digital meat thermometer, these succulent ribeye pork chops will simply melt in your mouth.

Smothered pork chops arranged in a skillet

Effortlessly Impressive

Have you ever been intimidated by dishes that look fancy? Fear not! This skillet meal, just like our Caramel Apple Pork Chops and Sausage and Potato Skillet, is surprisingly easy to make in less than 30 minutes. It not only tastes exquisite but also looks visually appealing.

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To enhance the flavor and texture, I recommend using two medium-sized or one large onion. The sautéing and caramelizing process mellows out the stronger onion flavors, leaving behind a delightful taste and an enjoyable change in texture.

Pork chop, onions, and broccoli on a plate

How to Cook Pork Chops to Perfection

Cooking thick pork chops, about 3/4″ to one inch thick, is a breeze. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat with vegetable oil and cook the chops for 4 to 5 minutes on each side. They are ready to flip when the sides turn whitish halfway up. The second side will require slightly less time.

To ensure the pork chops are perfectly cooked, use a digital meat thermometer. Insert it into the side of the chops, making sure the end goes well into the center. The thermometer’s shaft has sensors that provide the most accurate temperature reading.

According to USDA cooking guidelines, remove the pork chops from the heat when the internal temperature reaches 145°F. Allow them to rest for 3 minutes before slicing. At this temperature, the pork chops are tender, juicy, and slightly blushed with pink—an absolute delight for your taste buds.

Digital meat thermometer in the side of a pork chop over a skillet

Tips & Tricks

Here are some fantastic tips to take your smothered pork chops to the next level:

  • Double the chicken stock and heavy cream for more sauce if desired. Adjust the cooking time to reduce the liquid accordingly.
  • Substitute milk for heavy cream if needed.
  • Add a couple of extra tablespoons of seasoned flour to each pork chop to create a thicker breading.

Making Simple Smothered Pork Chops

To start, pat the pork chops dry with a paper towel and season them with salt and pepper. Heat 2 – 3 tablespoons of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Coat each chop in a mixture of flour, garlic powder, and chili powder. Add the chops to the skillet and cover with a lid for 4 – 5 minutes. Flip the pork chops and add more oil if needed. Cook covered for another 4 – 5 minutes. When the internal temperature reaches 145°F, remove the pork chops from the skillet, place them on a plate, and cover with foil to keep them warm.

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Flour-dipped pork chops frying in a skillet
Four thick browned pork chops frying in a skillet

In the same skillet, add a couple more tablespoons of oil and stir in the onions. Cook the onions over medium-low heat until caramelized, which takes about ten minutes. If you cover the skillet, the cooking process will be quicker. Add butter and seasoned flour to coat the onions, then stir and cook until the flour is no longer white. Pour in chicken stock and heavy cream, and cook until the desired sauce texture is achieved.

Caramelized sliced onions
Onions simmering in chicken stock and heavy cream

Finally, return the pork chops to the skillet and warm them up if needed. Sprinkle freshly chopped parsley on top. Serve the smothered pork chops right out of the skillet, spooning the savory sauce over the pork chops and onions. It’s a treat for your taste buds!

The best smothered pork chops and onions on a red plaid napkin

The Perfect Side Dish

Pair your smothered pork chops with one of these delightful side dishes:

  • Air Fryer Broccoli with Garlic & Parmesan, a quick and delicious vegetable option.
  • Broccoli Mushroom Casserole, a baked classic loved by many.
  • Crock Pot Loaded Cauliflower Casserole, packed with the flavors of bacon, cheese, and green onions, and starting with frozen cauliflower for convenience.
  • Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes, a fantastic way to incorporate more veggies into your meal and a perfect base for the extra gravy from the smothered chops!

More Easy Pork Recipes:

  • Kielbasa Mac and Cheese, a comforting stovetop classic.
  • Cowboy Breakfast Skillet, a one-skillet breakfast that can be made with potatoes or keto-friendly riced cauliflower.
  • Creamy Pork Chop Casserole, combining Swiss cheese, white wine, cream of chicken soup, and herb-seasoned stuffing to create a delightful casserole.

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