Crispy Pork Chops with Warm Fennel Salad

Serving Size: 4
Total Time:

Pounding bone-in pork chops schnitzel-thin before pan-frying means they cook in just 5 minutes and the meat stays tender within the crispy panko-and-ground-fennel crust.


  • 0.75 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 Fuji apple, finely chopped
  • 0.33 cup chopped pitted olive-cured olives
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 fennel bulbs (1 1/4 pounds), cored and thinly sliced
  • 5 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 8-ounce bone-in pork rib chops, meat pounded 1/8 inch thick
  • 2 cup panko
  • 1 large egg
  • pepper
  • kosher salt
  • 2 tsp ground fennel
  • lemon wedges, for serving


  1. In a shallow dish, mix the flour and ground fennel; season with salt and pepper. In another shallow dish, beat the egg. In a third shallow dish, spread the panko and season with salt and pepper. Dredge the pork in the flour, shaking off the excess. Dip the pork in the egg, then dredge in the panko to coat. Place the pork on a large plate.
  2. In a large cast-iron skillet, melt 1/2 tablespoon of the butter in 1 tablespoon of the oil. Add 2 of the chops and cook over moderately high heat until golden, 2 minutes. Flip the chops, add another 1/2 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of oil to the skillet and cook until just golden on the outside and white throughout, about 2 minutes. Transfer the chops to a paper towel-lined plate. Wipe out the skillet. Repeat the process to fry the remaining 2 pork chops.
  3. Wipe out the skillet and add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the fennel and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until light golden and crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice and olives and cook until the olives are warm, about 1 minute. Stir in the apple and season with salt and pepper. Divide the pork chops among 4 plates and top with the fennel mixture. Serve with lemon wedges.

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Recipe Credit: Kay Chun
Image Credit: Con Poulos