Spice-rubbed pork chops

The bold pork chop seasoning mix brings tons of flavor to these quick and easy pork chops! They’re ready in just 20 minutes start to finish so they’re great for a delicious weeknight dinner!

Spice-rubbed pork chops

We love us some pork dishes in our house.

My 3-ingredient Ranch seasoned pork chops are a regular and I can never get enough of my easy skillet pork chops with gravy. Comfort food but not at all fussy.

Crunchy baked pork chops have an addictive crust and herb roasted pork tenderloin is a go-to for company and holidays.

Today though I’m sharing these spice-rubbed pork chops, which are really simple but oh so flavorful!

And you know what takes them over the top?

Pork chop seasoning

These chops are seasoned all over with an incredible spice mixture. (And don’t be intimidated, it takes just minutes to mix together and is all basic on-hand spices that you probably already have in your pantry or cabinet.)

I love all the flavors of this pork chop seasoning mixture and how they work together so well. The sweet and the heat are perfectly balanced and the oregano and cumin bring some lovely highlights.

Sometimes I double or triple the batch to have some extra on hand. 👍 I highly recommend doing that because I guarantee you’ll want to make these again.

You can also use this rub on pork tenderloins or salmon, even chicken or steak. But it definitely makes the best seasoning for pork chops. (I also use it for my Air Fryer pork chops.)

Especially when you make these easy seared pork chops that have a delicious crust on the outside and are perfectly cooked through and tender on the inside. Sooo yummy!

Spice-rubbed pork chops

Now, I’ve got some notes and tips coming up below. Just tryin’ to be helpful.

If you want to jump on down to the recipe, simply scroll right on through the rest of the text. The recipe card is near the bottom of the page, above the comments section.

How to season pork chops:

  • Using a pork chop dry rub is a great way to add tons of flavor with very little effort.
  • This mixture includes brown sugar, garlic powder, dried oregano, ground cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt and dried thyme. It’s a great balance of bold, earthy flavors with just a touch of sweetness to keep it smooth. 
  • You combine all of the pork chops spices in a small bowl and mix them together well.
  • Make sure your pork chops are patted dry. Then season both sides of your pork chops really well. You’ll want to use all of the seasoning mixture.
  • It helps to press the seasonings into the pork chops with your fingers so it adheres well and doesn’t shake off during cooking.

In this recipe, the pork chops are seared in a pan to get a good crust on both sides. This really helps keep them juicy and delicious.

Then you’ll put the pan right in the oven to cook the pork chops through. I find this makes for perfectly cooked pork chops throughout without burning the outside before the inside cooks through. I hate that.

Plus it’s really quick and easy to make these seared pork chops – just 5 minutes to prep and 15 minutes to cook!

Spice-rubbed pork chops

Pro tip: I used a cast-iron pan, which helps achieve a better sear and allows the pork to cook more evenly. I recommend it if you have one.

However, I’ve used a regular non-stick pan before and they turn out great that way, too. Just make sure it’s oven-safe. And watch the handle when you take it out and while you’re serving – it will be scorching hot!

(You can wrap the handle in aluminum foil before you put it in the oven to protect it and so you’re not touching the scorching hot pan handle directly. But you still need to be really careful and definitely use an oven mitt.)

Tips on cooking pork:

* Be sure not to overcook your pork! You want juicy and tender, not tough and rubbery.

* Pork should be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 145. Then let it rest for about 5 minutes before cutting.

* A digital thermometer can help you cook your pork safely and properly. I use and love this one.

Spice-rubbed pork chops

OK, now that you know how to cook the pork chops perfectly and they’re in the oven, you can make some easy sides to round out your dinner.

What to serve with pork chops:

– Potatoes are always a good call. My fast-baked potatoes will be ready in time (they cook in the microwave) or you could do some roasted potatoes, like paprika roasted potatoes or spicy roasted potatoes. Sweet potatoes would be great too.

– You could also serve these pork chops with steamed brown or white rice. Even some quinoa or a simple farro salad.

– Don’t forget the veggies! Go for a simple spinach salad or steamed broccoli or green beans. Or make a quick okra, corn and tomato saute. 

Voila, you’ve got a beautiful and delicious dinner on the table in no time at all! Totally winning at life! 🙌

So if you’ve been wondering about spices for pork chops, you gotta try this pork chop seasoning. I think it’ll be your new go-to as well!

Last note: These pork chops go great with bourbon. Then again, I think most everything goes great with bourbon… 🥃❤️ Pour a glass of wine if you’d rather; that’s a great pairing too.

Cheers and enjoy!

XO,

Kathryn

Yield: 4 servings

Spice-rubbed pork chops

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The bold pork chop seasoning mix brings tons of flavor to these quick and easy pork chops! They’re ready in just 20 minutes start to finish so they’re great for a delicious weeknight dinner!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 (4-5 ounce) boneless pork chops, trimmed

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Combine the seasoning mix (brown sugar through dried thyme) in a small bowl and stir well.
  3. Season both sides of pork chops generously with the seasoning mix.
  4. Heat olive oil in a large oven-safe pan over medium-high heat.
  5. Add pork chops and sear until brown and crisp, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  6. Transfer pan to oven and cook 8-12 minutes (it will depend on the thickness of your pork chops).
  7. Remove and let pork chops rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

A digital thermometer can help you cook your pork safely and properly. I use and love this one.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 195Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 175mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 20g

Category: Pork

Spice-rubbed pork chops

Spice-rubbed pork chops

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