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How To Cook Thick Pork Chops On The Stove

Easy Pan-Fried Pork Chops (2 to 4 Servings)

  • Author: Bobby


  • 2 bone-in pork chops, preferably rib chops (1 ½ inch thick, 8 to 10 ounces each)
  • 3 cups of water at room temperature
  • ½ cup of kosher salt
  • ¼ cup of packed brown sugar (light or dark brown)
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed


  1. With a fork, tenderize the pork chops. On a big platter or baking sheet, arrange the pork chops. (Place a wire rack on a baking sheet if desired.) Prick the chops with a fork all over, about ⅛ inch deep. Prick the other side of the pork chops as well.
  2. The pork chops should be brined next. In a gallon zip-top bag, combine the water, salt, and brown sugar and whisk to dissolve the salt and sugar. Seal the bag after adding the pork chops. Place the bag on a rimmed baking sheet and arrange the pork chops in a single layer on top. Keep the pork chops in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and up to 8 hours before serving.
  3. Using paper towels, blot the pork chops dry after removing them from the brine.
  4. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until it’s hot and smoking. Cook for 1 minute each on both sides, check that the pork chops begin to brown, and release fat into the pan.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium Cook for another 8 to 10 minutes, rotating the chops every minute, until the thickest section registers 135°F.
  6. Turn off the stove. Butter, thyme, and garlic are added to the pan. Pour melted butter over the pork chops with a big spoon. Baste the pork chops once more before flipping them. Rest the pork chops in the pan for 5–7 minutes, or until they reach 140–145°F.
  7. Serve the pork chops with the butter sauce. Make sure the pork chops are sliced across the grain.


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