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Smothered Pork Chops

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Seasoned and seared perfectly, these bone-in Pork Chops are tender, smothered in rich onion gravy, and done in 30 minutes! Serve with creamy mashed potatoes or fluffy rice.

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This recipe is an inspiration from childhood, pork chops and gravy with Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes and either green beans or corn. Don’t forget to soak up that leftover gravy lingering on your plate! Whip up some soft Air Fryer Dinner Rolls to serve with pork chops with gravy.

A true easy weeknight recipe you’ll want to make again and again.

I use a hot cast-iron pan to get the perfect sear on these pork chops, but feel free to use any large skillet you have. Ready in less than 30 minutes, these pork chops are perfect for any night of the week.

cast iron pan with three pork chops

Ingredients and Tools Needed

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Ingredients you’ll need are:

Tools you’ll need are:

  • Sheet pan
  • Whisk
  • Spatula
  • 12-inch skillet or cast iron skillet
  • Wooden spoon
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Meat thermometer

How to make Pork Chops in Onion Gravy

Add kosher salt, black pepper, onion powder, poultry seasoning, and smoked paprika in a small bowl and mix until combined. Pat pork chops dry and season pork chops on both sides.

Three seasoned pork chops on a paper towel

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork chops and brown on both sides, about 4-5 minutes per side. 

three pork chops seared in a cast iron pan

Remove pork chops from heat and let the chops rest while you make the gravy. 

Decrease the heat to medium and add butter and onions to the skillet. Use a wooden spoon to sauté the onions until softened, for about 5-7 minutes, deglazing the pan by removing any brown bits from the bottom.

Add garlic and cook for an additional minute. 

caramelized onions in a cast iron pan

Sprinkle the flour over the onions and garlic in the pan and stir for about one minute. 

onions and flour in a cast iron pan

Slowly pour the chicken broth into the pan while stirring. Allow the mixture to cook for about 8-10 minutes, occasionally stirring, until it has thickened slightly. Pour in the heavy cream and stir. 

gravy in a cast iron pan
cream being added to the gravy in a cast iron pan

Add the pork chops back to the skillet and cover them with the gravy. Continue to cook pork chops for about 3-4 minutes until the pork chops reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit. 

pork chops in gravy in a cast iron pan

Remove from heat and serve. 

pork chops covered in gravy in a cast iron pan

What to serve with Smothered Pork Chops

While the star of the show is our creamy gravy-smothered pork chops, what to serve it with is just as important.

How to know when your pork chops are done

A meat thermometer will give the best indication of when the pork chops are perfectly cooked.

The internal temperature for perfectly juicy and tender pork chops should be a minimum of 145 Fahrenheit. This also goes for any other cut of pork except ground pork and is true for bone-in pork chops and boneless pork chops.

If cooked to the typical 160 Fahrenheit, your pork chops may not be as tender and juicy. Do note that only ground pork should be cooked at 160 Fahrenheit.

pork chops in a cast iron pan ready to be served

Gravy variations

  • Mushrooms: In addition to onions and garlic, including mushrooms in your gravy will add another layer of delicious flavor.
  • Spice: Add a pinch of Cayenne pepper for a bit of spice.
  • Extra caramelized onions: Sauté your onions until dark golden brown to release those sweet umami flavors onions have.

Picking out a Pork Chop

For this recipe, I have used a Rib Chop. This will be the most tender of the pork chops to choose from.

Bone-in or Boneless Pork Chops? While all delicious, a bone-in chop will yield more flavor. A nice fat marbling will also provide more flavor. Fat = Flavor!

Rib Chop or Center Loin Chop, Bone-in: Tender & thick. Approx 1 inch thick.

Loin Chops: A leaner cut of pork. May not yield as much flavor as a bone in chop.

Storing leftover Smothered Pork Chops

Refrigerate pork chop in gravy in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

pork chop with gravy on a plate over rice

Notes

  • The pork chops will not be done once they are browned. They should finish cooking in the gravy. 
  • Use a quick-read thermometer to ensure the pork has reached an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Overcooked pork can result in rubbery meat. 
  • I use center-cut rib chops that are all-natural. Using all-natural or organic chops will allow your pork chops to brown nicely. You can also sub with loin chops or boneless chops.

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Smothered Pork Chops

Seasoned and seared perfectly in a hot cast iron pan these bone-in Pork Chops are tender, smothered in rich onion gravy, and done in 30 minutes! Serve with creamy mashed potatoes or fluffy rice.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Southern
Keyword Smothered Pork Chops
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 507kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon Smoked paprika
  • 3 Bone-in rib pork chops 1 inch thick, patted dry (about 2 lbs.)
  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Yellow onion halved and sliced
  • 2 Garlic cloves chopped
  • 1/4 cup All purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup Heavy cream

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, add kosher salt, black pepper, onion powder, poultry seasoning, and smoked paprika and mix until combined. Sprinkle the seasoning over both sides of the pork chops.
  • Heat olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork chops and brown on both sides, about 4-5 minutes per side.
  • Remove pork chops from heat and set aside on a plate.  Decrease the heat to medium and add butter and onions to the skillet. Use a wooden spoon to sauté the onions until softened, about 5-7 minutes, deglazing the pan in the process by removing any brown bits from the bottom. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  • Sprinkle the flour over the onions and garlic in the pan and stir for about one minute.
  • Slowly pour the chicken broth into the pan while strring. Allow the mixture to cook for about 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it has thickened slightly. Pour in the heavy cream and stir.
  • Add the pork chops back to the skillet and cover them with the gravy. Continue to cook the pork chops, for about 3-4 minutes, until the pork chops reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remove from heat and serve. 

Suggested Tools

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meat thermometer

Notes

  • The pork chops will not be done once they are browned. They should finish cooking in the gravy. 
  • Use a quick-read thermometer to ensure the pork has reached an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Overcooked pork can result in rubbery meat. 
  • I use center-cut rib chops, that are all-natural. Using all-natural or organic chops will allow your pork chops to brown nicely. You can also sub with loin chops or boneless chops.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1Pork Chop | Calories: 507kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 146mg | Sodium: 1638mg | Potassium: 558mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 849IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 2mg
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