Pork chops are a staple at our house for a lot of reasons. First, and most importantly, we all think they are delicious – especially Ellie.
But, they have two other attributes that put them in regular rotation at our house – they are inexpensive and cook quickly.
When it comes to making pork chops, I keep it really simple, cooking them the same way I do steaks. The result is juicy, flavorful and ready in under 15 minutes.
- 2 bone-in pork chops
- Fresh or dried thyme
- 2 garlic cloves, smashed
- 1/2 of a yellow onion sliced
- 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper
Season the pork chops with salt, pepper and dried thyme (if using) on both sides. Then, heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil. Once hot, add the pork chops. Wait to flip until they are golden brown. They should release easily from the pan when they are ready (about 5 minutes or so).
After they’ve been flipped, add the onion slices, smashed garlic and fresh thyme (if using), scattering it all over the chops. When they are golden brown on the other side, turn over the pork chops and lower the heat to medium low. This should take just 1-2 minutes.
Rearrange the onions over the top of the pork chops. Cover the pan. After about 3 minutes, they should be cooked. When poked, they should have a little give, but feel firm. Remove the pan from the heat, cracking the lid a bit to vent. Let rest for about 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy.