Pan Fried Pork Chops
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Pan Fried Pork Chops – Fast & Yummy

I love pork chops.  On of my earliest remembrances of food include thin cut pork chops fried on the stove top by my mother for a fast week-night meal.  Thin cut, because they were cheap at the time, and 2 thin pork chops made a great meal for the two of us with a vegetable and a baked potato.  Very inexpensive and filling.  We were pretty poor when I was a kid, but we ate well, so it was really not that big of a deal in my distant memory.

Last night I had 5 pork chops, not a lot of time, and not a lot of energy to make something fabulous.  I got out the Crisco and a cast Iron skillet, and dinner was ready in less than 20 minutes.  I paired them with leftover potatoes and a green salad, super fast, really easy.

No – pan fried pork chops in Crisco are not healthy – but they are comforting, and honestly – I don’t EVER remember making chops this way for my family – not in the last 17 years – so once a decade is probably okay.

Lets talk about Crisco while we’re on the topic of unhealthy.  If you’re frying – do it right – use Crisco.   Minnie wasn’t joking in “The Help” when she said Crisco was amazing 🙂

So here’s my recipe for quick pan-fried pork chops.  They’re easy, really tasty, could be addicting, so use this recipe in moderation 🙂

Pan Fried Pork Chops

Author Carrie Hill


  • 4-5 3/4 " or thinner pork chops
  • 1/4 Cup Crisco
  • Salt & Pepper


  1. In a deep cast-iron skillet on medium-high, melt the Crisco until a drop of water makes the oil pop
  2. salt & pepper your pork chops on one side and place seasoned side down in the Crisco
  3. salt & pepper the other side while it faces up
  4. Cook approximately 7-10 minutes on each side until they're golden brown and cooked through. Pork should be 160 deg on your meat thermometer.
  5. Pull out of the Crisco and drain on a paper towel before serving
  6. Enjoy. 🙂

AboutCarrie Hill

Carrie Hill is the mother of 2 human children, and 5 fur babies. She has a husband who is a great guy, a good food tester, but a bit of a nut, just like her. She enjoys writing, reading, cooking and baking in her spare time.