Background and History
Embark on a culinary journey as we explore the timeless technique of cooking pork chops in a cast iron pan. This method, rooted in traditional home cooking, imparts unparalleled flavor and juiciness to the meat, creating a mouthwatering dish cherished across generations.
Thick-cut pork chops
Salt and pepper (to taste)
Olive oil or vegetable oil for searing
Optional: herbs, garlic, or spices for additional flavor
Preparation Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Preheat the Cast Iron Pan
Preheat your cast iron pan on medium-high heat until it’s evenly hot.
Season the Pork Chops
Season the pork chops generously with salt and pepper. Add any optional herbs, garlic, or spices for enhanced flavor.
Sear the Pork Chops
Drizzle olive oil or vegetable oil into the hot cast iron pan. Sear the pork chops on each side for about 3-4 minutes or until golden brown.
Finish in the Oven (Optional)
If desired, transfer the cast iron pan to a preheated oven at 375°F (190°C) to finish cooking until the internal temperature reaches 145°F (63°C).
Rest and Serve
Allow the pork chops to rest for a few minutes before serving to retain juices.
Use a meat thermometer to ensure the pork chops reach a safe internal temperature.
Experiment with different herbs and spices for a personalized flavor profile.
Be mindful of potential allergens in spices and seasonings, adjusting ingredients to accommodate dietary restrictions.