Southern Fried Pork Chops are breaded and pan fried pork chops that scream comfort food. These tender and juicy pork chops with a seasoned breading make for a show stopping dish. Your whole family will be asking for seconds when you serve these delicious, easy-to-make chops!
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If you have pork chops in the fridge or freezer, get them out! It's time to learn how easy it is to make fried pork chops. And don't worry—you can use bone-in or boneless chops for this recipe.
This Southern Fried Pork Chops recipe is...
- Delicious comfort food
- Easy to make
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How to Make Southern Fried Pork Chops
- Mix together flour and seasonings.
- Pour buttermilk into a separate bowl and set aside.
- Pat pork chops dry. Then dredge in flour, then buttermilk, then back into flour.
- Place pork chops in a skillet that has been heated up.
- Pan fry around 5–6 minutes per side and it is fully cooked.
Full directions for how to make Southern Fried Pork Chops are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.
Helpful Tips for Making Southern Fried Pork Chops
Your cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of your pork chops, whether you use bone-in or boneless, and the size of the chops altogether. The best way to know your pork chops are fully cooked is to stick a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the meat and cook till the thermometer reads 145°F.
Let Pork Chops Rest
Once you remove your pork chops from the pan, place them on a plate and allow them to rest for around 5 minutes. This will lock in all the juices of the pork chops. If you slice into your pork chops right away, the juices will bleed out and your pork will become dry.
When you place your chops into the pan, make sure it is fully heated up. Otherwise, you won't get that perfectly golden sear on your meat.
Variations to Southern Fried Pork Chops
Feel free to swap out the spices to change up the flavor. Lemon pepper, Cajun, or even a simple salt and black peppercorn will really add a nice flavor. Go right ahead and swap out the spices with your favorites.
If you don't want to use buttermilk, you can use whole milk or even half-and-half to dip your breaded chops in. Buttermilk is thicker and will add a lot of richness to the pork, but it can be swapped out to your preference or based on what ingredients you have on hand.
Once your pork is done, top the chops with a bit of freshly grated parmesan for a nice bite of flavor. I love parmesan paired with pork!
Southern Fried Pork Chops FAQs
How do you tenderize pork chops?
If you have boneless pork chop—or even bone-in—you can use a mallet to lightly pound the meat a bit. This will help to tenderize the pork, keeping your chops from getting too tough and chewy.
What is good to eat with pork chops?
When choosing foods to pair with pork chops, the options are endless! Try serving your chops alongside a cucumber salad or some baked mac and cheese.
Or for a total comfort food option, you can pair your chops with with mashed potatoes, gravy, and a veggie side.
Can you freeze leftover pork chops?
If you don't plan to eat your pork chops right away, you can store your leftover chops int the freezer for 2–3 months. Place the pork chops in a freezer bag or container. Then thaw them in the fridge the night before you plan to eat them.
Southern Fried Pork Chops
- In a shallow dish, stir together the flour, seasoning salt, garlic powder, and pepper.
- Pat the pork chops dry. Then dredge each pork chop in the the flour mixture.
- Then dredge in the buttermilk.
- Then dredge in the flour again.
- In a small skillet, add the oil and butter and heat until melted and very hot.
- Add the pork chops to the pan and fry 5–6 minutes on each side or until golden brown and cooked through
- Serve and enjoy.