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Butter-Basted Pork Chops

Butter-Basted Pork Chops 2.000

Photo by Scott Suchman for The Washington Post; styling by Marie Ostrosky for The Washington Post

Oct 7, 2022

Moist, flavorful pork chops are well within your reach. Because they are lean and quick-cooking, the keys to success are to buy bone-in, thick-cut chops, baste them with butter, and use an instant-read thermometer to keep from overcooking them. Use this recipe as a template by switching up the seasonings to make it your own.

Active time: 15 mins; Total time: 20 mins

Storage Notes: Refrigerate leftovers for up to 3 days.

2 - 4

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Tested size: 2-4 servings

  • Two (12-ounce) center-cut, bone-in pork chops, about 1-inch-thick
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or another neutral oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Crushed garlic cloves, fresh thyme sprigs, fresh rosemary sprigs and/or fresh sage sprigs


Let the pork chops rest at room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking (optional, see NOTE). Pat the meat dry with a clean dish towel or paper towel, and sprinkle all over with the garlic powder, pepper and salt.

In a 10- or 12-inch stainless steel or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil until shimmering. And the pork chops and cook, pressing with tongs occasionally to ensure they have good contact with the skillet, until nicely browned, 3 to 4 minutes.

Reduce the heat to medium and, using tongs, stand the chops on their side in the pan, fat side down, to render some of the fat, about 1 minute. Lay the chops down on the uncooked side; add the butter, crushed garlic cloves, fresh thyme sprigs, fresh rosemary sprigs and/or fresh sage sprigs; and cook, regularly tilting the skillet and using a large spoon to baste the chops with the butter, until the meat has an internal temperature of about 135 degrees, 4 to 8 minutes (see NOTE). Transfer the pork chops to a cutting board, serving platter or individual plates, cover loosely with foil and let rest for 5 minutes. (During this time, the internal temperature of the meat should rise to 145 degrees, which is considered medium-rare.) Serve hot with the butter and the aromatics from the skillet poured over the top, if desired.

NOTE: Letting the pork chops rest at room temperature before cooking reduces the overall cooking time by a few minutes and ensures a slightly more even cook.

Recipe Source

From Voraciously staff writer Aaron Hutcherson.

Tested by Aaron Hutcherson.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (1/2 pork chop), based on 4: 300

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 16g 25%

Saturated Fat: 6g 30%

Cholesterol: 133mg 44%

Sodium: 247mg 10%

Total Carbohydrates: 1g 0%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 0g

Protein: 38g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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