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Simple Pork Loin Chops: Perfect for Kitchen Beginners

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Whether you are new to cooking or are a professional in the kitchen, you can’t go wrong with a good, simple pork chop! Today we’re sharing a simple pork loin chop recipe that is sure to end up on your regular kitchen rotation. It’s easy, inexpensive, quick and delicious. Another reason I love pork loin chops because they are such a versatile entree. You can add your own flair to this simple recipe, or dress the rest of dinner up (or down) with your choice of sides! Personally, I love pork loin chops with a classic side dish, like green beans or mashed potatoes!

This basic pork loin chop recipe only requires 4 ingredients: pork loin chops, olive oil, salt and pepper! Sometimes cooking beginners can be intimidated by cuts of meat that they haven’t cooked before. If that describes you, then this recipe is the perfect choice to get comfortable with trying something new. Salt and pepper are all you need to bring out the pork’s natural flavor–you can always experiment with your own unique variations, later.

To get started, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. At the same time, heat an oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat on the stove top. Personally, I love a good cast-iron skillet for searing meat. Add your favorite olive oil and swirl around the pan until it’s hot.

Season both sides of each pork loin chop heavily with salt and pepper. I’d suggest adding about 1/8 a teaspoon of salt and pepper to each side. Add your well-seasoned pork loin chops to the skillet and brown them on each side. It should probably take about 2 minutes per side. 

 Now that your pork chops have a good sear on the outside, you will transfer them into the oven to ensure that they are cooked all the way through.  Move your skillet into the preheated oven. Bake the pork loin chops for 15 to 20 minutes. If you’re not sure whether they are done or not, you can use a meat thermometer to check for an internal temperature of 145 degrees. Rest the pork loin chops for 5 minutes prior to serving to help the meat retain its juices when cut.

Serve with a salad or your favorite vegetable for a home-cooked, satisfying dinner! What will you serve alongside these delicious pork loin chops?

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Simple Pork Loin Chops: Perfect for Kitchen Beginners

  • Author: Wendy Hilton

Description

This simple recipe for pork loin chops is one that every cook (newbie or veteran) should have on hand! It’s easy, fast, delicious and versatile.


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Ingredients

4 pork loin chops, thick cut (approximately 1 inch)

2 tablespoons olive oil

Salt, to taste

Pepper, to taste


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Heat an oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and swirl around the pan.
  3. Season both sides of each pork loin chop heavily with salt and pepper. Add to skillet and brown (about 2 minutes) before flipping. Brown on second side.
  4. Move skillet to oven and bake pork loin chops for 15 to 20 minutes or until an internal temperature of 145 degrees is reached. Rest pork loin chops for 5 minutes prior to serving to help the meat retain its juices when cut.

 

 


Notes

Cook’s notes: Seasoning heavily is required to bring out the flavor in the pork. Consider adding ⅛ teaspoon of salt and pepper to each side.

About the author

Wendy Hilton

Wendy is one of the owners of Love These Recipes. She married her high school sweetheart, Scott, over 27 years ago, and they live in the South with their three children: Hannah, age 23; Noah, age 22; and Mary Grace, age 16. Wendy loves working out and teaching Training for Warriors classes at her local gym. She also enjoys learning along with her family, educational travel, reading, and writing, and she attempts to grow an herb garden every summer with limited success.

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