Garlic Butter Pork Chops are a simple (20 minute) main dish, made by pan-searing chops, then finishing them in the oven, covered in a savory sauce!
Garlic Butter Pork Chops are a simple (20 minute) main dish, made by pan-searing chops, then finishing them in the oven, covered in a savory sauce!

My mom used to make fried pork chops for our family when I was growing up. They were nothing fancy, because she just coated them in flour, seasoned with salt and pepper and fried them in oil. They tasted okay, but were just kind of “plain”! Now that I’m MUCH OLDER and am the one cooking, I find great delight in finding recipes for OTHER ways to cook pork chops!

Recently I found a recipe for garlic butter pork chops online, and decided to give it a try. You can use bone-in OR boneless chops for this recipe. This recipe is SUPER SIMPLE to make (in hardly any time at all – 20 minutes), and tastes great!

The three ingredient sauce that covers the cooked chops while they bake imparts a lot of flavor, and my husband and I enjoyed this dish. Here’s how to make it!

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Prep The Pork Chops

Preheat your oven to 375° F.  Pat the pork chops dry with paper towels (I used boneless chops). Lightly season (to your taste) with salt and pepper, on both sides of the meat. Set the chops aside for a moment while you make the butter garlic sauce.

Boneless pork chops are patted dry with paper towels before seasoning is added.

Making The Butter Garlic Sauce Is A Cinch!

Making the butter garlic sauce for the pork chops is ridiculously EASY! Melt butter and then stir in minced garlic and fresh, chopped thyme leaves. That’s it… see how easy it is? Set the sauce aside, once blended. This garlic butter sauce will go on the pork chops right before they are baked.

Melted butter, garlic and thyme are combined to make the simple sauce for the meat.

Pan-Sear The Pork Chops

To lightly brown the chops, they must be pan-seared before baking. It’s easy, too! Heat a Tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet. I like using my old faithful cast iron skillet for this, but any non-stick skillet will do! Heat the oil on medium-high heat until really hot, but not smoking. Carefully place the pork into the hot skillet. It should sizzle when the meat hits the oil!

Don’t move the pork chops once they go into the pan, to ensure a good sear! Sear the pork chops until golden brown on the bottom. This should take about 2-3 minutes. Turn the pork chops over and sear the other side for 2-3 minutes. Both sides of the pork chops should now have a golden brown “crust” on them.

Seasoned chops are pan-seared in olive oil in a hot skillet.Pork chops are turned to cook other side after turning golden brown.

Bake The Garlic Butter Pork Chops

You can keep the browned pork chops in the same skillet, if it is oven-safe, OR you can place them in an oven-safe baking dish. Give the garlic butter sauce a stir, and then pour all of it over the top of the chops. In the second photo below, you can see all that yummy minced garlic on the pork chops!

The butter sauce is poured over the top of the chops in a baking pan.Garlic butter pork chops are now ready to bake!

Bake The Garlic Butter Pork Chops

Bake the garlic butter pork chops in a preheated oven at 375° F. for about 10-12 minutes. Your cooking time might vary slightly, because it will depend on the thickness of the pork chops you are using.

The pork chops are done when they reach an internal temperature of 145° F. Remove the meat from the oven, once done, and let it sit for a couple minutes before serving. This helps the juices inside redistribute through the meat.

Meat is cooked until the internal temperature reaches 145° F.

Time To Serve The Garlic Butter Pork Chops!

Now it is time to serve this dish! Transfer the pork chops to serving plates. Spoon the garlic butter sauce over the top; garnish with fresh thyme sprigs (if desired), and serve! Hope you enjoy these garlic butter pork chops! We enjoyed them, served with fresh cold watermelon slices and corn on the cob! It was a great summer meal!

Garlic butter pork chops, served with corn and watermelon on the side.Fresh thyme sprigs garnish the finished garlic butter pork chops.

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Original recipe source: https://www.primaverakitchen.com/garlic-butter-baked-pork-chops/

Garlic Butter Pork Chops
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Garlic Butter Pork Chops are a simple (20 minute) main dish, made by pan-searing chops, then finishing them in the oven, covered in a savory sauce!

Category: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: garlic butter pork chops
Servings: 2
Calories Per Serving: 441 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 pork chops , boneless or bone-in (approx. 1" thick)
  • salt and pepper , season to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 Tablespoons butter , melted
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme , chopped (+ extra sprigs for garnish, if desired)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.  Pat pork chops dry with paper towels. Lightly season (to your taste preference) with salt and pepper, on both sides of the meat. Set chops aside.

  2. Melt butter, and then stir in minced garlic and fresh, chopped thyme leaves. Set the sauce aside once blended together.

  3. Heat olive oil (in a cast iron or non-stick skillet) on medium-high heat until really hot, but not smoking. Carefully place the pork into the hot skillet. It should sizzle when the meat hits the oil! Don't move the pork chops once they go into the pan. Sear pork chops until golden brown on the bottom. This takes about 2-3 minutes. Turn pork chops over and sear the other side for 2-3 minutes. Both sides of the pork chops should have a golden brown "crust" on them.

  4. Place browned pork chops in an oven-safe baking dish, or keep it in the same skillet (if oven safe). Pour all of the butter garlic sauce over the top of the chops. Bake at 375° F. for about 10-12 minutes. The cooking time might vary slightly, because it will depend on the thickness of the pork chops you are using. The pork chops are done when they reach an internal temperature of 145° F. Remove from oven, once done, and let chops sit for a couple minutes before serving, to help juices inside redistribute through the meat. Transfer pork chops to serving plates. Spoon the garlic butter sauce over the top; garnish with fresh thyme sprigs, if desired, and serve!

Nutrition Facts
Garlic Butter Pork Chops
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 441 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 17g106%
Cholesterol 149mg50%
Sodium 267mg12%
Potassium 540mg15%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 866IU17%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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