The Perfect Recipe for Thin-Cut Pork Chops
Thin boneless pork chops, also known as pork cutlets, are a flavorful and versatile dish. Whether you buy pre-sliced or slice them yourself, these chops are quick and easy to cook on the stove. In this article, we’ll show you how to sear them to perfection and create a mouthwatering honey mustard pan sauce.
Ingredients for Thin Pork Chops
To make these delicious thin pork chops, you’ll need:
- Pork loin thin-cut chops, preferably center cut and boneless
- Flour, salt, and pepper (or chickpea flour as a gluten-free alternative)
- Butter and olive oil
- Heavy cream, Dijon mustard, and honey
- Thyme or dill for garnish
Cooking Tips for Tender and Juicy Thin Pork Chops
Thin-cut pork chops can easily become dry if not cooked properly. Here are some tips to ensure tender and juicy meat:
- Consider brining the chops briefly to add moisture.
- Tenderize them with a meat mallet, similar to pork cutlets for schnitzel.
- Coat them with flour, quickly sear them, and finish cooking them in moist heat, as we do in this recipe.
The Workflow for Honey Mustard Thin Pork Chops
- Optional prep: Tenderize the pork cutlets with a meat tenderizer and trim any excess fat. Pat them dry to remove excess moisture.
- Coat: Dredge the cutlets in a flour mixture with kosher salt and black pepper, shaking off any excess. Set them aside.
- Sear: Heat a heavy-bottomed pan, such as a cast-iron skillet, over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and butter. Sear the cutlets on each side until they begin to turn golden. Remove from the pan.
- Make the pan sauce & simmer: Reduce the heat to medium and add cream, mustard, and honey to the pan. Whisk to combine and bring it to a simmer. Slide back the thin pork chops into the sauce, along with their juices released onto the plate. Partially cover with a lid and simmer for a few minutes until the meat is cooked through.
Serving Tips for Thin Pork Chops
Serve the tender pork chops right away, as they absorb some of the creamy honey mustard sauce during the last few minutes of simmering. We recommend placing the skillet in the middle of the table for a family-style dining experience.
Here are some delicious side dish options to complement your thin pork chops:
- Mashed potatoes or Champ
- Mayo-less potato salad
- Steamed white rice
- Boiled potatoes with butter
- Peas, green beans, or asparagus
- White asparagus
- Varieties of green salads
Note: This dish is best enjoyed fresh and warm since reheating can make the cutlets tough. If necessary, reheat them on the stove over medium-low heat in a non-stick pan.
Discover More Pork Cutlet Recipes
If you enjoyed these thin pork chops, you might also like these similar recipes:
- Pork Schnitzel (Breaded Pan Fried Thin Pork Chops)
- Chicken Cutlets in Creamy Shallots & Pilsner Sauce (can be made with thin-cut pork chops)
- Chicken Beersala (can be made with pork cutlets)
- Porter Onion Gravy (an alternative pan sauce)
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