Here is a collection of fantastic Pork Chop Recipes, from healthy to flavorful you’ll find a variety of dinner ideas for a busy weeknight.
Pork chops are an easy-to-cook, healthy, lean meat that offers important nutrients like protein, B vitamins, selenium and zinc. Pork chops are great for family meals as they are relatively inexpensive, flavorful, easy to make and there are endless ways to prepare them.
Here are the five main types of chops: rib, shoulder, loin, boneless, or sirloin chops. The rib and loin chops are the most common types of pork chops you’ll find in a grocery store and considered by many to be the best pork chop cuts.
Rib Chop (ribeye chop, rib end cut, center cut rib chop): A tender cut from the rib section of the loin. Has a large eye of lean meat with a moderate layer of fat around the outside.
Shoulder Chop (blade chops, blade-end, pork shoulder steaks, pork shoulder blade): Shoulder chops, or blade chops, are a darker meat with more fat and connective tissue than other cuts but are very flavorful.
Loin Chop (New York chop, porterhouse chop, center-cut or center loin chop): A very lean cut from the center of the loin or the back end that may include a rich, dark piece of tenderloin attached.
Boneless Chop (America’s Cut, loin filet): A lean versatile cut with no bones, and little fat.
Sirloin Chop: (sirloin steak): A cheaper cut, often from the hip area. Contains different kinds of meat which can be tougher and more challenging to cook.
Admittedly it can be confusing because there are many different names for the same cut and the terms get used interchangeably.
All pork chops are cut from the section of the pig that runs from the shoulder to the hip, known as the loin. This is not to be confused with the tenderloin. Pork tenderloin is a boneless cut from the muscle that runs along the backbone of the pig. The tenderloin is about one pound, and visually, is long and narrow. Pork loin is cut from the back of the pig, can be with or without bones, is wider and flatter, and can also be sold in large cuts as roasts.
Boneless vs Bone-In Pork Chops
Whether you’re ordering bone-in or boneless pork chops you’re still getting the same cut of meat. There are benefits to both so it all comes down to personal preference and how you intend to use it. Here are the benefits to both types of chops.
Benefits of Bone-In Pork Chops
More Flavorful: The fat around the bone adds more flavor particularly if you’re braising or cooking with other ingredients.
Juicier: The bone does a lot to keep the meat from drying out as it’s cooked.
Classic Presentation: Bone-in is the classic cut.
Less Expensive: Any bone-in meat is typically less expensive except for a Tomahawk steak for some reason.
Benefits of Boneless Pork Chops
Convenient: Boneless chops are ready to be cooked and easier to eat.
Quick Cook Time: Boneless meats have quicker cooking times than bone-in.
Easier to Find: Boneless pork is pre-packaged making them easier to find.
Leaner Cut of Meat: The bone and excess fat are already removed.
Cooking Methods for Pork Chops
There are many methods for cooking pork chops including grilling, baking, skillet or pan frying (fry, sear, stir fry or sauté), braising, broiling, smoking, slow cooker, air frying, or sous vide! They all have different benefits, conveniences and there’s no end of options to what you can create with these delicious chops.
36 Awesome Pork Chop Recipes
What I love about pork chop recipes is that they run the gamut from quick-cooking healthy to drenched in sauces and cheese for something comforting. I also love that pork chop recipes are typically easy and don't take much time before you've have a delicious pork dinner before you.
These Pineapple Grilled Pork Chops have just a few ingredients and plenty of great ratings which makes me want to break out my grill immediately! I would probably go for real pineapple and garlic, but in any case it looks like it has a ton of flavor.
I love pork chop recipes that use mustard, one of my favorite condiments. Using the Instant Pot to make them is even better! Try these Instant Pot Pork Chops with a Dijon Butter Sauce for an easy, delicious meal.
Weight Watchers Barbecue Pork Chops from Lori Lange over at Recipe Girl don't look like they'd be low-calorie based on her gorgeous photos! Her suggestion to serve it with rice to soak up the delicious sauce sounds spot-on.
And sometimes you just need some old fashioned Pork Chops and Beans. I've met Laura from Real Mom Kitchen and she's not only nice but she has some killer pork chop recipes. I'm sure her pork & beans are fantastic!
These Crunchy Baked Pork Chops from Smitten Kitchen (and originally from Cooks Illustrated) use homemade bread crumbs with shallots, garlic, parsley, thyme and parmesan. If you haven't tried making homemade bread crumbs, this recipe would be a tasty opportunity!
Kristy Bernardo is the recipe creator behind The Wicked Noodle. She's a five-time cookbook author, has taught cooking classes to both kids and adults, and has been creating recipes for nationwide brands since 2009. She learned most of her cooking skills from her mom and grandmother, then honed those skills at boot camp at the Culinary Institute of America.