Perfect American Pork Chops - US Pork

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Perfect American Pork Chops

Perfect American Pork Chops


2 (1” thick) U.S. pork chops

Sea salt

Crushed black pepper

Light dusting of cayenne pepper- optional

Cumin seeds, optional

1 Tbsp oil

2 sprigs of fine thyme

2 garlic cloves cut in half

2 Tbsp butter

No. Servings:


Cooking time:

30 minutes


  • 10-15 minutes prior to cooking remove the chops from the fridge and season well on both sides with the salt, pepper, cayenne, and cumin seeds, rubing gently with your finger tips to allow the seaonings to “coat” the meat.
    Heat the skillet to med-high, until there is a slight amount of smoke coming off the surface of the pan. Add the oil immediately, followed by the chops. Then add the thyme, garlic cloves, and butter.
  • Let sear for 1 min, then reduce to medium heat and cook for 3 minutes, spooning the butter over thechop to add flavor, color and moisture.
  • Raise the heat back up to med-high; turn the chop over to allow it to sear. Reduce heat to medium and repeat the process with spooning the butter over the chops for an additional 3 mins. Cook to 145°F (63°C) doneness*.
  • Remove the chop from the pan onto a plate, cover with foil and and let it rest for 3 minutes to allow the juices to stabalize. Serve with pan juice.


  • There is no need to rinse the chop, this is a food safety hazard and prevents the chop from browning in the pan.
  • The cumin and cayenne are optional to add a Caribbean kick to the chops.

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