How to pan sear pork chops and finish them in the oven

Pork Chops Pork chops are often done entirely on a stove top, fried in a little oil or butter. But some smart cooks will give the chops a good sear on each side and then finish in the oven....

Pork Chops
Pork Chops

Pork chops are often done entirely on a stove top, fried in a little oil or butter. But some smart cooks will give the chops a good sear on each side and then finish in the oven. The reason for this, according to a recipe offered in The Kitchen, is that finishing the pork chops in the oven helps to control the heat and rate of cooking, thus preventing them from drying out and tasting like shoe leather.

The recipe, by the way, suggests using bone in pork chops to further ensure that they turn out to be juicy and tender.

How to pan sear pork chops and finish in oven? The steps for cooking pork chops this way are as follows:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place an oven safe skillet in the oven to preheat as well.
  3. Take the pork chops out of the package, pat them dry, and rub each side with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Carefully take the skillet out of the oven wearing mitts and place it on medium high heat on the stove.
  5. Sear one side of the pork chops for three minutes.
  6. Flip the pork chops and transfer, carefully, back into the oven. Cook for six to ten minutes until an instant read thermometer reads 140 to 145 degrees in the meatiest part of the chops.
  7. Transfer the pork chops to a plate and let them rest for five minutes before serving.

One can also pour the pan drippings onto the top of the pork chops or, alternatively, use them to make a gravy.

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