The Secret To Cooking Juicy Pork Chops Without the Fat

The Secret To Cooking Juicy Pork Chops Without the Fat
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The Secret To Cooking Juicy Pork Chops Without the Fat

1. Buy pork chops on the bone

Don’t let bone-in pork chops intimidate you! We prefer bone-in pork chops because they are juicier than their boneless counterparts. Why? The bone locks in moisture and slows the heating process, ensuring that the meat closest to it remains moist and tender.

2. Stuff it!

It’s easy to stuff a pork chop. It adds a ton of flavor and helps keep the chop moist. To make a pocket for stuffing, hold a knife parallel to the cutting board and slice almost through to the bone. Then toss together a filling of your choice—try cheese mixed with chopped veggies or breadcrumbs.

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3. Size it up

If you’re following a recipe, it’s important to buy the right size chops to avoid over- or undercooking them. We like to look for chops that are 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick and weigh 7 to 8 ounces each. They yield 3 to 4 ounces of cooked meat and are done in about 6 minutes on the grill or on the stove.

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4. Don’t overcook it

Humans can contract trichinosis from undercooked pork, but the number of people actually contracting it has greatly diminished since the ’50s. The USDA now recommends removing pork chops from the heat when they reach 145 degrees and then letting them rest for 3 minutes before serving.

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Check out some of the best pork chop recipes for you to try in the comfort of your own home.

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Oven-Barbecued Pork Chops

Need a little summertime flavor? Try this swift recipe and enjoy a "barbecue" indoors. Make it a meal: Serve with Vinegary Coleslaw and cornbread.

Click here for the recipe: Oven-Barbecued Pork Chops

Cocoa-and-Chile-Rubbed Pork Chops

Coat pork chops with cocoa and chile powders for a rub that's like a deconstructed version of Mexican mole sauce.

Click here for the recipe: Cocoa-and-Chile-Rubbed Pork Chops

Juicy Buttermilk Pork Chops

Berkshire pork is known for its mouthwatering juicy flavor.

Click here for the recipe: Juicy Buttermilk Pork Chops

Caramelized Asian Pork Chops

This tasty meal proves that pork chops don't have to be an American-style dish every time.

Click here for the recipe: Caramelized Asian Pork Chops

Zesty Pork Chops

Simply delicious and ready in just 40 minutes, this recipe is sure to win over your family. Picante sauce, brown sugar and apples make ordinary pork chops extraordinary.

Click here for the recipe: Zesty Pork Chops

Polynesian Pork Chops

Enjoy tropical flavors any time of year with this savory skillet dish featuring tender pork chops in a flavorful pineapple-soy-mushroom sauce.

Click here for the recipe: Polynesian Pork Chops

Pan-Seared Pork Chops With Green Peppercorn Sauce

You don't want to miss these succulent pork chops wrapped in thin layers of lardo.

Click here for the recipe: Pan-Seared Pork Chops With Green Peppercorn Sauce

Skillet Sweet & Tangy Pork Chops

In a rush? Whip these pork chops up in just 20 minutes.

Click here for the recipe: Skillet Sweet & Tangy Pork Chops

Tasty 2-Step Pork Chops

Here's a great-tasting, family-friendly dish that features sautéed pork chops in a creamy mushroom sauce - and it's on the table in 20 minutes!

Click here for the recipe: Tasty 2-Step Pork Chops

Super Easy Baked Pork Chops

Pork chops cook up moist and tender when finished with a mushroom-filled sauce, ready to serve with cooked pasta and savor.

Click here for the recipe: Super Easy Baked Pork Chops

Autumn Pork Chops

This recipe is for those nights when you need to get dinner on the table fast. It features browned pork chops simmered in a tangy, sweet sauce that's been seasoned with mustard, apple juice and honey.

Click here for the recipe: Autumn Pork Chops

2-Step Garlic Pork Chops

Saucy pork chops simmer in a creamy garlic and mushroom sauce made with Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup. They're perfect over rice or couscous.

Click here for the recipe: 2-Step Garlic Pork Chops

Pork Chops au Poivre

Turn your dining room into a French bistro when you dress up pepper-crusted pork chops with a rich, creamy brandy sauce. Serve with roasted sweet potato slices and green beans.

Click here for the recipe: Pork Chops au Poivre

Pork Chops With Apple & Thyme

Round out this lovely autumn meal with barley and pureed winter squash (for added convenience, look for frozen squash).

Click here for the recipe: Pork Chops With Apple & Thyme


By: Hilary Meyer

Pork chops are one of my favorite meats to grill. They're quick-cooking and relatively cheap, but they haven't always been so well received. The popularity of pork took a nosedive in the 1970s because people were concerned about fat. To quell their fears, producers bred leaner pigs, so the pork we're eating today is much healthier (has less fat) than the pork you could buy 30 years ago. But this healthier pork is a double-edged sword, especially when it comes to lean cuts of meat like pork chops—good in that it's healthier for us because it's lower in fat, but bad in the flavor department. Fat helps meat stay juicy and flavorful when it's cooked. Is there a way to enjoy juicy pork chops with less fat? Yes!

Check out the slideshow above to learn how to cook pork chops without the fat and also discover our favorite pork chop recipes.

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