Thin Pork Chops (aka fast fry pork chops) are a versatile and delicious cut of meat, but finding think pork chop recipes can be difficult. Thin pork chops are a popular choice for a quick and easy weeknight dinner.
With the right recipes, a thin pork chop can be transformed into a flavorful and tender meal that is sure to please everyone at the dinner table.
It's not difficult to learn how to cook thin pork chops. In fact, you can't go wrong with some very simple techniques. Thin pork chops are inexpensive and are available from your supermarket or local butcher all year round making it the perfect weeknight dinner any day of the week.
What to Serve With Thin Pork Chops?
Pork is generally a flavorful cut of meat and thin pork chops are no exception. Pair and serve thin pork chops with:
- Smashed Potatoes
- Rapini (broccoli rabe)
- Eggplant and Zucchini saute
- Mashed potatoes, rice or a pasta dish
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Here's Why You'll Love this Dish
Here are some great reasons that will want to make you have thin pork chops any day of the week:
- Quick and easy to cook: Thin pork chops cook faster than thicker cuts, making them ideal for busy weeknights or when you need a meal on the table in a hurry.
- Versatile: Thin pork chops can be cooked in a variety of ways, such as pan-fried, grilled, baked, or broiled. This makes them a versatile ingredient that can be used in a range of dishes.
- Cost-effective: Thin pork chops are generally less expensive than thicker cuts, making them a budget-friendly option.
- Lower in fat: Thin pork chops are generally leaner than other cuts of pork, which can be a healthier option for those watching their fat intake.
- Great flavor: When cooked properly, thin pork chops can be incredibly flavorful and tender, making them a delicious addition to any meal.
Ingredients You'll Need
- Thin Pork Chops (aka fast fry) - either loin chops or shoulder chops will do
- Salt, Pepper and dried Italian Oregano - used for seasoning the pork
- Dry White Wine or Red Wine Vinegar - enhances the flavor of the pork chops
- Olive Oil - I prefer olive oil because it's a healthier alternative to vegetable oil
- Garlic Clove - enhances the flavor
How to Cook Thin Pork Chops
Sauté garlic clove cut in half in a frypan with hot olive oil until fragrant.
Season both sides of the pork chop and place in pan with hot oil on medium/high heat.
Let fry until golden on the bottom them flip. Add dry white wine or vinegar and continue to fry until golden on the bottom. About 3 minutes each side.
Serve with your favorite side dish.
Meal Prep Tips
- You can season the think pork chops in the pan before you flip them to cut down on dirty dishes.
- Ensure that the oil is hot enough before adding the pork chops. The oil should be shimmering and hot, but not smoking. Let the pork chops rest for a few minutes after frying to allow the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a more tender and juicy finished product.
Make this dish compatible with Whole30/Paleo by substituting the white wine with your preferred vinegar. White balsamic vinegar works best, but you can use any vinegar to bring a tang to this dish.
There are many ways to add flavor to thin pork chop recipes, depending on your taste preferences. Here are some variations:
- Marinades: Marinating thin pork chops in a flavorful liquid, such as a mixture of olive oil, garlic, soy sauce, and brown sugar, can infuse them with flavor and help to tenderize the meat.
- Rubs: Rubbing thin pork chops with a spice blend, such as cumin, paprika, and chili powder, before cooking can add a burst of flavor to the meat.
- Sauces: Adding a sauce, such as a honey mustard glaze or a tangy BBQ sauce, can enhance the flavor of thin pork chops and add moisture to the meat.
- Herbs: Adding fresh or dried herbs, such as rosemary, thyme, or sage, can add depth and complexity to the flavor of thin pork chops.
- Cheese: Topping thin pork chops with melted cheese, such as mozzarella or cheddar, can add richness and flavor to the meat.
- Air Fryer - make thin pork chops in the air fryer for an even quicker meal. Preheat your air fryer to 360 degrees Fahrenheit and cook them for 10 minutes, flipping half way.
If you can think of any other way to make these pork chops, give it a try!
Store any leftovers in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days. You can also freeze leftovers. When you are ready to eat your pork chops, thaw them out in the refrigerator overnight and warm up in the microwave or over the stove top.
Answers to Commonly Asked Questions
The cooking time for thin pork chops will depend on the cooking method and the thickness of the meat. Generally, thin pork chops should be cooked for 2-3 minutes per side over high heat, or until they reach an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C).
Thin pork chops pair well with a variety of side dishes, such as roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, rice, or a salad.
To prevent thin pork chops from drying out, be sure to cook them quickly over high heat, and avoid overcooking them. You can also marinate the pork chops or serve them with a sauce to add moisture and flavor.
Yes, boneless pork loin chops can be used in place of thin pork chops, but they will require longer cooking times and may not cook as evenly. Be sure to adjust the cooking time and temperature accordingly.
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Italian Style Thin Pork Chops
- 1 garlic clove
- ½ tsp salt
- pepper to taste
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- 700 grams Pork Chop 4
- Heat up olive oil and sauté garlic until fragrant.
- Place thin pork chops in pan and season. Cook for 3 minutes until seared on bottom and flip.
- Season the top and add wine or vinegar to the bottom of the pan.
- Let cook for an additional 3 to 4 minutes, covered.
- If there is too much liquid remove the lid to allow the liquid to evaporate. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Note that the storage guidelines provided on this page and site are estimates from personal experiences. We are all adults and as an adult you are responsible to ensure that the food you eat is safe to eat. Since, I'm not a food safety expert, you are responsible to review your local guidelines on food storage prior to storing any food left-overs.
- Not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove