Pastured Pork Chops are the steak of pork! Whether you choose to pan fry, grill or bake, these chops are sure to give you an amazing experience.
This recipe is the steps I use to pan fry our pork chops whenever I'm hungry for a pork "steak" dinner. A little salt and pepper and a pat of butter in the cast iron skillet is all you need for top notch flavor.
- Start heating the cast iron skillet while you prepare the chops
- Season to your liking with salt and pepper... or create your own custom seasoning blend if you must. I prefer to keep it simple and let the meat stand for itself.
- Once the skillet if fully heated, begin frying. I check the skillet temperature with a drop of water to see if it sizzles... if so, it's hot enough to get started.
- Sear both sides for 2-3 minutes on high heat
- Add a large spoonful of butter plus any extra bacon grease or lard you have on hand.
- At this point you can turn the heat back to medium and baste the pork chops with the melted butter / lard to help keep them moist.
- Keep frying till they develop a golden brown crust and have reached an internal temp of 140 degrees. (Even after you remove them from the heat, the internal temp will rise another 5 degrees to reach 145.) Be careful not to overcook or you'll end up with a dry, well-done steak texture.
- Let the chops rest 3 minutes before slicing just like you do with premium beef steaks. During this time the chops will reabsorb some of that amazing juice and give you a much more enjoyable, flavor-packed eating experience.
All the best of food and blessings,
~5th generation on the farm
P.S. Studies have shown that Pastured / Woodland Pork has 400-500 mg of omega-3 per 4 oz. serving. This is because of all the grass, acorns, roots and leaves they eat while foraging in nature. Regular CAFO Pigs never taste a bite of grass in their lives and only have 40-60 mg of omega-3 in a 4 oz. serving of Pork Chops.
That's almost 10x more Omega-3 in Pastured Pork Chops vs. regular CAFO Pork Chops! One serving of Pastured Pork Chops could provide almost half of your daily recommended amount.