Simple Braised Pork Chops

Simple Braised Pork Chops

The Spruce / Maxwell Cozzi

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 70 mins
Total: 85 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
455 Calories
24g Fat
16g Carbs
41g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 455
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 133mg 44%
Sodium 495mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 41g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 69mg 5%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 701mg 15%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These simple braised pork chops are flavored with a combination of Dijon mustard, vinegar, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce. 

Pork chops on the bone offer the most flavor, but boneless chops or meaty country-style ribs are excellent alternatives. 

These pork chops are delicious with mashed potatoes, but macaroni and cheese or a rice side dish would be good, as well. Add steamed broccoli or a tossed salad for a satisfying family meal.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 cup diced onions

  • 4 bone-in, center-cut pork chops

  • Kosher salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

  • 2 clove garlic, minced

  • 1/2 cup chicken broth

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather ingredients.

    Simple Braised Pork Chops ingredients

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  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until they are softened and lightly browned around the edges.

    onions cooking in a skillet

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  3. Move the onions aside and add the pork chops to the skillet. Sprinkle with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

    onions and pork chops in the skillet

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  4. Cook the chops for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or until nicely browned.

    onions and pork cooking in a skillet

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  5. Add the garlic and sauté for about 1 to 2 minutes longer, or until the garlic is slightly tender and aromatic. Be careful not to burn the garlic.

    add garlic to the pork chops in the skillet

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  6. In a cup or bowl, combine the chicken broth, mustard, vinegar, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce.

    combine the chicken broth, mustard, vinegar, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce

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  7. Pour the mixture over the chops. Cover the pan tightly and cook over low heat for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the pork chops are tender.

    Simple Braised Pork Chops in a skillet

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Tips

  • If you prefer to use the oven, use an oven-safe skillet or transfer the pork chops to a baking pan; cover with a lid or cover tightly with foil. Braise the pork chops in a preheated 325 F oven for about 45 to 55 minutes, or until tender.
  • If you are looking for a faster dish, take a look at these quick and easy oven roasted pork chops.