Easy Pan Fried Pork Chops
- Cook Time: 15 mins
- Total Time: 15 mins
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Main Dish - Pork
- 4 pork chops, 1″ thick (Bone-in or boneless will work– but I prefer bone-in, as they have more flavor)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt (I use Redmond Salt)
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons lard, bacon grease, or coconut oil (for frying)
- Thirty minutes before cooking, remove the chops from the fridge and allow them to come to room temperature.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix the seasonings together in a small bowl.
- In a cast iron skillet (or other oven-safe skillet), heat the lard or oil until it’s just barely starting to smoke. We want the skillet nice and hot so we get a nice sear on the chops.
- Sprinkle the seasoning mix over the pork chops (both sides). Pat it or rub it in a bit too– just to make sure it sticks.
- Place the pork chops in the hot pan (you may need two skillets, if your chops are on the large-side). The oil will likely pop a bit, so be careful.
- Sear the meat until both sides have a lovely brown crust. This usually takes 2-3 minutes per side.
- Once you are nice and crusty, transfer the pan(s) into the preheated oven. Finish the pork chops in the oven for 8-10 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the pork is 145 degrees.
- Remove from the oven and allow to rest 8-10 minutes before serving.