These Cornmeal Coated Skillet Pork Chops are quick, easy, filling, and healthy meal! This 30-minute dinner is made up of tender yet crispy pork chops with a side of sautéed seasonal veggies!
I firmly believe that easy weeknight dinners should never taste, well, easy. Easy weeknight dinners should be everything you need after a hard day’s work. Something that tastes delicious, satisfies your hunger, and is quick and easy to make!
These cornmeal-coated skillet pork chops are just that! They’re a swift dinner made up of tender, crispy, golden pork chops with a side of perfectly cooked sautéed veggies.
Don’t let your day-to-day routine come to boring food. This is the kind of meal that is exciting, easy to throw together, fills you up, and makes you feel good all at time same time!
What you need to make this recipe
- Veggies – green beans, zucchini, and yellow squash
- Olive Oil – used to sauté the veggies and to sear the pork.
- Cornmeal – coats the outside of the pork to give it a delicious crunchy texture and golden color.
- Seasonings – you’ll add a simple blend of salt, cayenne pepper, and black pepper.
- Egg White – helps the cornmeal and seasonings stick and adds moisture to the meat.
- Pork Chops – ½” thick! I use 4-ounce pork chops that are about ½” thick. If you use pork of a different thickness, the cooking time will be different.
How to make cornmeal coated skillet pork chops
Heat oil in a large skillet, add in the veggies, cover, and cook for 8-10 minutes. Remove and set aside.
In a small bowl, combine seasonings and cornmeal. Arrange a coating station with egg white in one dish and cornmeal and seasonings in another. Place a wire rack over a plate for the breaded pork.
Pat the pork chops dry, then dip each in the egg followed by the cornmeal and seasonings. Set on the wire rack.
Wipe out the empty skillet and heat more oil. Add in the pork chops and cook for 4-6 minutes until golden, flipping once halfway through the cooking time. Serve with the sautéed veggies!
What pork chops to use
I use 8-ounce pork chops that are about ½” thick. You can use bone-in or boneless for this recipe, although I usually prefer bone-in which has more fat. The extra moisture helps protect the meat from drying out. If you use boneless, you will just need to watch the pork chops extra carefully so they don’t over-cook!
Why are my pan-fried pork chops tough?
If your pan-fried pork chops came out tough, they are more than likely over-cooked.
Pork is a lean protein, which means it is more prone to drying out. To avoid that, I recommend first using bone-in meat. Second, I recommend keeping a meat thermometer on hand to make sure the internal temperature doesn’t surpass 145ºF.
If you have some extra time, try soaking the pork chops in buttermilk brine before cooking them. This adds moisture and tenderizes the meat, so if you do accidentally cook them too long, they are less likely to become dry!
Tips, tricks, and notes for this recipe
Since this recipe includes sautéed veggies, this meal is pretty great as-is! However, if you want to bulk it up more, serve these pork chops and veggies next to a pile of mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, wild rice salad, or homemade coleslaw!
How to store
Leftover cooked pork chops will last in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days or in the freezer for 2-3 months. To reheat, thaw overnight in the fridge if frozen then heat in a hot skillet to warm and re-crisp.
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Cornmeal Coated Skillet Pork Chops
- 6 oz fresh green beans
- 1 small fresh zucchini sliced thin
- 1 small yellow squash sliced thin
- 4 tsp olive oil
- 3 tbs cornmeal
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 egg white lightly beaten
- 2 tsp water
- 8 oz pork chops Cut thin, about 1/2" thick abut 4oz each
Cook the veggies
- Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add the green beans and sliced squash and cook, covered for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring once or twice while cooking.
- Remove from heat and set aside.
Coat the pork chops
- Meanwhile, whisk the salt, cayenne pepper, pepper, and cornmeal in a small bowl.
- Arrange a coating station by placing the egg white in one shallow dish and mix with the water.
- Place the cornmeal mix in another dish next to it, and a wire rack over a plate for the pork to sit on before frying.
- Pat the pork chops dry and dip each in the beaten eggwhite. Coat each in the cornmeal mixture and set on the wire rack until ready to fry.
Fry the Pork Chops
- Wipe out the empty skillet carefully with a paper towel and tongs. A
- dd the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil and return to medium-high heat.
- When the oil is hot, place the pork chops in the pan, working in batches if needed, and cook 4 to 6 minutes until golden and cooked through, flipping once halfway through cook time.
- Serve the pork over the sauteed veggies.