These superbly easy Cast Iron Pork Chops are a staple in my home for delivering perfectly caramelized pork chops that are intensely flavorful, tender, and juicy! It doesn't matter if you're using bone-in pork chops or boneless pork chops, the simple stovetop method is a tried and true method that does not disappoint!
2pork chops(bone-in or boneless pork chops, roughly 1 inch in thickness)
1tspeach, salt & pepper(to taste)
1Tbspolive oil(extra virgin)
2-3clovesgarlic(or 2 teaspoons minced garlic)
1Tbspparsley(chopped - or thyme)
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Prepare your pork chops for cooking by patting any moisture off the chops with a paper towel. Heat your cast-iron skillet and olive oil to medium-high temperature.
Season the upward-facing side of your pork chops with salt, pepper, and paprika.
Once the oil is shimmering or beginning to smoke, place the pork chops into the cast-iron skillet with the seasoned side facing downward. Season the upward-facing side. Cook for 4 minutes. *Do not move the chops before this time! This will interrupt the sear. Add the garlic cloves (and herbs if desired) to the skillet while cooking the first side, remove if starting to burn.
Use tongs to flip your pork chops, searing the edges as you turn them. Cook for an additional 4 minutes - still without moving the chops.
Add the butter after the 4 minutes cook time, and turn off the heat. Spoon the melted butter over the pork chops liberally, then let them rest in the skillet for 5 minutes before serving.
Serve your pork chops with the pan juices drizzled over the chops, then garnished with fresh chopped parsley or thyme.