These simple Cast Iron Skillet Pork Chops are marinated in a lovely herb marinade before being seared to juicy and tender perfection.
They’re a quick weekday meal that can also dazzle visitors, and they pair well with a wide range of various sides.
Forget the oven and the grill; if you want properly cooked chops every time, cast iron is the only way to go!
We recommend marinating at least 30 minutes to one hour. Typically, we will marinate the meat in the morning, then cook it in the evening.
TIP: If marinating for more than one hour, keep the pork chops in the refrigerator. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes prior to cooking to allow them to come to room temperature.
How to Cook Pork Chops in a Cast Iron Skillet
Heat oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Remove the chops from the marinating, scraping off most of the garlic. Add the chops to the skillet and sear for 1 minute per side.
Reduce heat to medium. Continue cooking the pork chops, flipping them about every minute, until the internal temperature reaches 135ºF (the temperature will continue to increase).
Remove the skillet from heat. Optionally, baste the chops with melted butter and more fresh herbs.
Rest for 5 minutes, then serve.
Although we love this fresh herb marinade, which you can find in the recipe card, you can use any of your favorite marinades. Other great options are Mojo Marinade, Jamaican Jerk Marinade, Carne Asada Marinade, or Chermoula.
If you’re in a pinch and don’t have time to marinate, you can use a dry rub. We love our homemade Montreal Seasoning with pork. Or try using Creole Seasoning, which gives a blackening effect.
Take your pork chops to a whole new level of flavorful, tender and juicy. Trust us, your cast iron skillet will make the most succulent chops you’ve ever had. You’ll never settle for dried out pork again.
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