How to guide: Pork chops
Pork chops are a popular and well-loved cut. The term ‘chop’ generally indicates the cut will contain a bone. Pork chops usually come from the loin. Pork chops can also be taken from nearer the shoulder, these chops are referred to as cutlet or rib chops. Cutlet/rib chops tend to contain a little more fat, which in turn adds to their flavour and succulence.
We've compiled what you need to know about how to store and cook pork chops and some tasty recipes below.
How to buy pork steaks
There are several different pork chop cuts you can opt for, with each having their own taste, texture and characteristics.
The most common chops are loin chops, with rib chops also being popular. You can learn more about pork chop cuts on our cuts page.
Choosing the right pork chop is easy once you know what to look for. Simply choose the cut you want, then pick one that:
- Has a healthy pink-red colour
- Has some marbling. These are the visible flecks and streaks of white fat that runs through the meat. They break down during cooking and add extra flavour to your steak
If you’re at the supermarket, you’ll have to trust your eye. At the butcher’s, do ask to find out more about where their pork is from and their recipe suggestions.
Pork rib chop
How to store pork chops
We would always recommend storing pork chops, wrapped in a food bag or in a sealed container, at the bottom of the fridge, with a temperature of 5°C or below on the bottom shelf for up to 2 – 3 days. Pork chops can be kept in a freezer at -18°C for up to 4 – 6 months. They should be placed in a sealed plastic container or wrapped in foil, cling film or a plastic food bag to prevent freezer burn. You can read more about storing, freezing and defrosting pork.
How to cook pork chops
There are numerous ways to cook pork chops, which is one of the reasons why they’re so popular. However, we’ll detail the classic way to cook them.
As with most pork cuts, remove the chops from the fridge and bring up to room temperature. This allows for pork chops to cook through more evenly.
Next, heat up a frying pan to high. Ensure the chops are relatively dry then season with whatever seasoning you want and just put them on the pan! Learn more on our page about seasoning and spices that complement pork.
You can add butter, oil or anything else you want on the pan. Time varies depending on the thickness of the chop, but aim for 6-8 minutes on each side. It needs to reach an internal temperature of 75°C. Always remember to rest for at least 5 minutes before serving to allow the meat fibres to relax to ensure your steak is succulent and juicy.
After that, you can serve with whatever you like (though we’d recommend you use one of our recipes!)
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Now that you know how to cook pork chops, why not see what else you can do with pork, too? Have a look through all of our how-to guides to learn how to make every pork-based meal special.