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Blackened Pork Chops

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  • Author: Deb Belsha
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Room temperature: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Blackened pan fried pork chops are perfectly seasoned and quickly fried in a skillet on the stovetop. The browned sear on the outside holds in all the juicy flavor. Dinner could not be easier!


  • 4 bone in loin or center cut pork chops, about 3/4 inch thick
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. Remove chops from the refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes.
  2. Stir together the seasonings in a small bowl.  Pat the pork with paper towel to remove any moisture.
  3. Press seasonings onto both sides of the pork chops.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the oil and butter.
  5. Place pork chops, with the largest chop in the center, in the hot pan and cook for 4 minutes without moving it around, basting with the pan juices a few times.*
  6. Flip the pork cook for another 3 minutes.  Baste again.  Test the largest chop with an internal meat thermometer.  If it registers 145°, then it is done.  If not, lower the heat to low, cover with a lid and cook for another 1-2 minutes.  Test again.
  7. Remove pork to a platter and let rest for 5 minutes for the juices to redistribute before cutting into the meat.


*If you would like more pan juices, add 2-3 tablespoon of low sodium beef broth to the pan juices and butter,  baste with that.

*Store leftover pork chops in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat:  remove pork to room temperature. Reheat on a covered plate in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, until hot.

*Or add 2 tablespoons of water or beef broth or 2 teaspoons of butter to a frying  and heat over low medium flame.  Reheat the pork for about 2-3 minutes or until hot.