Salt and Pepper Pork Chops: A Crispy and Juicy Delight

Chinese salt and pepper pork chops in a bowl

There’s nothing worse than a dry pork chop. But worry not, because we have the perfect recipe for you: Salt and Pepper Pork Chops. These restaurant-style pork chops are crispy, juicy, and absolutely delightful. They make for a versatile meal that you can enjoy any night of the week. Plus, they are gluten-free adaptable!

Simple Ingredients with Extra Flavor and Spice

Ingredients for making salt and pepper pork chop

The key to making these pork chops pop is the addition of fried garlic and jalapeno chips. Not only do they enhance the flavor, but they also add a touch of spice. The simple coating ensures that the exterior stays crispy for a long time, while the pork remains succulent on the inside.

Cutting the Pork Chops Properly

To ensure maximum tenderness, it’s important to cut the pork chops properly. For this recipe, we recommend using thick-cut boneless chops that are at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick. By cutting them into irregular triangles or diamond shapes, you create thin edges that crisp up during frying, resulting in a delightful crunchy texture. Additionally, the increased surface area allows the pork chop to absorb more flavor.

Choosing the Right Pan

For this recipe, we recommend using a 9-inch carbon steel pan. It allows you to use less oil to cover half of the chops, and the tall pan reduces splattering. If you don’t have a carbon steel pan, a medium-sized pot or even a Dutch oven will work just fine.

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Cooking Process Made Easy

The cooking process for salt and pepper pork chops is super easy. Follow these steps:

  1. Fry the jalapeno and garlic until crispy.
  2. Scoop out the fried pepper and garlic.
  3. Coat the marinated pork with cornstarch.
  4. Fry the pork in batches until golden brown.
  5. Dry the pork chops on paper towels to remove excess oil.
  6. Toss them with the pepper salt and serve!

Pro Tip: Be sure to remove the fried garlic and peppers when they turn pale golden. If you leave them in the hot oil for too long, they will become overcooked and taste burned.

How to make salt and pepper pork step-by-step

Serving Suggestions

Aside from being incredibly delicious, salt and pepper pork chops offer endless possibilities in terms of serving options. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Serve them as an appetizer at dinner parties or gatherings.
  • Make them the star of your main course for a flavorful weeknight dinner. Serve them over steamed rice for a complete meal.
  • Use any leftover chops to top off a noodle soup for added crunch and flavor. Get creative and experiment with different soups and flavors that you enjoy.

Salt and pepper pork chops with garlic and jalapeno

At Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ, we believe in creating recipes that are not only delicious but also simple and versatile. Our Salt and Pepper Pork Chops recipe is a testament to that. With just a few ingredients and easy steps, you can enjoy restaurant-quality pork chops in the comfort of your own home.

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More Delicious Pork Recipes

  • Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork, 叉烧肉)
  • Chinese Fried Pork Chops
  • Sweet and Sour Pork (糖醋里脊)
  • Instant Pot Pork Chops with Black Bean Sauce
  • Hong Shao Rou (Red Braised Pork, 红烧肉)
  • Instant Pot Pork Ribs (Chinese-Style)

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