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The Perfect Guide to Making Juicy Glazed Pork Chops

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The Perfect Guide to Making Juicy Glazed Pork Chops

 

 

Glazed pork chops are a delicious and easy-to-make dish that combines the savory flavors of pork

with a sweet and tangy glaze. This dish is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or a special occasion

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meal. Follow this detailed guide to make perfectly juicy and flavorful glazed pork chops.

Ingredients

 

4 bone-in or boneless pork chops (1-inch thick)

Salt and black pepper to taste

2 tablespoons olive oil

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1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup honey

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

3 cloves garlic, minced

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1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)

Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Pork Chops

 

Season the Pork Chops: Pat the pork chops dry with paper towels. Season both sides generously with salt and black pepper. Let them sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes.

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Preheat the Skillet: Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and let it heat until shimmering.

Step 2: Sear the Pork Chops

 

Sear the Pork Chops: Place the pork chops in the skillet and sear for 2-3 minutes on each side until they are golden brown. If your skillet is small, you may need to sear them in batches to avoid overcrowding.

Remove from Skillet: Transfer the seared pork chops to a plate and set aside.

Step 3: Prepare the Glaze

 

Mix the Glaze Ingredients: In a bowl, whisk together the apple cider vinegar, honey, soy sauce, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, dried thyme, paprika, and red pepper flakes (if using).

Cook the Glaze: Pour the glaze mixture into the skillet, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom. Bring the mixture to a simmer.

Step 4: Cook the Pork Chops in the Glaze

 

Return Pork Chops to Skillet: Reduce the heat to medium and return the pork chops to the skillet. Spoon some of the glaze over the top of the chops.

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Simmer: Let the pork chops simmer in the glaze for about 5-7 minutes, flipping them halfway through, until they are cooked through and reach an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C).

Step 5: Serve the Pork Chops

 

Rest the Chops: Remove the pork chops from the skillet and let them rest on a plate for 5 minutes. This helps the juices redistribute and keeps the chops moist.

Reduce the Glaze: If the glaze is too thin, continue to simmer it for a few minutes until it thickens to your desired consistency.

Serve: Serve the pork chops hot, drizzled with the remaining glaze. Pair them with your favorite sides, such as mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, or a fresh salad.

Tips for Perfect Glazed Pork Chops

 

Choose the Right Cut: Bone-in pork chops tend to be more flavorful and less likely to dry out, but boneless chops will work well too.

Avoid Overcooking: Use a meat thermometer to ensure the pork chops are cooked to the correct internal temperature of 145°F (63°C). Overcooking can make them tough.

Resting Time: Letting the pork chops rest after cooking helps retain their juices, making them more tender and flavorful.

Customizable Glaze: Feel free to customize the glaze to your taste. You can add more honey for sweetness, more mustard for tanginess, or extra red pepper flakes for heat.

Conclusion

 

Juicy glazed pork chops are a wonderful dish that balances savory and sweet flavors, creating a

satisfying and delicious meal. This recipe is straightforward and ensures perfectly cooked pork chops

every time. Follow these steps and tips to enjoy a fantastic pork chop dinner that will impress family

and friends. Enjoy your cooking and the delectable results!

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