Pork Chops

This is one of the first recipes I learned to cook from the Silver Palate Cookbook decades ago. I’ve made some adjustments to the recipe over the years. The original recipe calls for black currant jelly. I find red currant jelly works fine, or any red berry jelly for that matter. You just want a nice fruit jelly to balance the vinegar and mustard for the sauce, which is essentially a sweet-sour sauce. Cooking times will vary depending on how thick your pork chops are. Thin pork chops will cook very quickly, the thicker ones will take more time. In either case this recipe can be made in less than 30 minutes and makes for a delicious and convenient meal.

Pork Chops Recipe

  • Yield: Serves 4.

Can be prepared in 25 minutes or less.

Ingredients

  • 4 pork chops
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 cup of red currant jelly (or any red berry jelly, not jam)
  • 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar or white vinegar

Method

1 Pat chops dry with a paper towel, they'll brown better. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

2 Heat a large, stick-free skillet on medium high heat. Lightly brown the pork chops on both sides, for a minute or two each.

3 While the chops are browning, mix the red jelly with the mustard. Once the chops are browned, reduce the heat of the pan to low. Dollop the sauce over the chops. Cover the pan. Cook for 5-10 minutes or until the pork is just cooked through (thick cuts may take longer).

4 Remove the pork chops from the pan. Add vinegar to the pan. Increase the heat to high and boil down the sauce, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add any juices that have come out of the chops while they've been sitting back to the pan.

Serve the pork chops with the sauce spooned over them.

17 Comments

  1. Tomoko

    I find that my porkchops are always tough. How do you avoid a dry, tough, porkchop? Any tricks or tips?

    I do try to cook them well though… just for safety…

    You can brine the pork chops first, which is something we often do. Check out the brine on the pork roast with cardamom mushroom sauce recipe. As for safety, there hasn’t been a case of trichinosis in domestic pork here in the US for over 50 years. Consequently, it is no longer necessary to cook the pork until it is tough as shoe leather. A little pink in the middle is perfect. ~Elise

  2. Rossella

    Hi Elise, do you think that an apricot jelly could be an interesting variation? Thx

    Yes! I think that would great. ~Elise

  3. Hannah

    Do you put any oil/butter into the nonstick pan, or just brown the chops in the “dry” pan? I’ve never tried browning meat without some kind of oil before – just wondering if it works.

    Oddly no. I just brown the chops as is, no added fat. BTW, my mom will sometimes sprinkle salt on the pan before laying down the meat. The salt acts like little ball bearings and helps keep the meat from sticking to the pan. She does this with any steak, burger, or chop. ~Elise

  4. Shannon

    Just curious, why jelly not jam?

    Jelly will simmer down better into a smooth sauce. Jam will be lumpy. You could use jam though if that’s what you had and wanted to try it out. ~Elise

  5. Edith

    Yes, brine the pork …the chops turn out moist, juicy and delicious.

  6. Bruce

    Also, be sure to use pork that is not “enhanced”, i.e. injected with brine. It doesn’t brown properly, and has a mushy texture. It seems like most of the pork you see in supermarkets “enhanced” these days. Pork chops are one of the things I always insist on going my local butcher for.

  7. tommy2rs

    Interesting, my go-to ham glaze these days is vinegar, Dijon and red pepper jelly simmered together until thick. It was one of those “hey this stuff ought to be good together” improvs. I’ll have to try the red berry jelly sauce on the next batch of chops and see what the boss lady thinks.

  8. Hillary

    That looks delicious, but one question: since my family pretty much NEVER uses dijon mustard, and I don’t want to buy some just for this recipe, is there a substitute?

    You could use yellow mustard. ~Elise

  9. jonathan

    Miss Bauer? Pardon me, but I have a question…

    Wouldn’t you get better fond development when you don’t use a non-stick pan?

    And as far as dry, tough pork chops, maybe a small outside ring of fat or some marbled chops would help (beside proper cooking)? I always look for meat with some striations of fat. If you have a good butcher or meat counter, it’s not entirely impossible. I offer up this fine piece of Berkshire pork as an example: http://tinyurl.com/39ymeeb

    Hey Jonathan! Well for you, I would recommend putting some bacon fat into a cast iron pan and going from there. ;-) Hmm, regarding the non-stick issue, good point. Actually, this was an instruction from the Silver Palate, and I kept it because it works. Perhaps given that you make the sauce in the same pan, it just makes it easier to clean up. That and you don’t need to add any fat to the pan to get it started. Of course I would recommend Berkshire pork with lots of lovely fat, but unfortunately, most people don’t have access to pork like that from their local grocery store. ~Elise

  10. pati @-;--

    I just prepared them with my homemade strawberry jelly. Very simple and delicious!

  11. Jake

    This was fantastic. Next time I’m doubling the sauce and adding a little bit of spice. Thanks for the recipe.

  12. Amy

    I’ll have to try this recipe out. Last night for dinner I made Cranberry Pork Chops. A recipe very similar to this one, but it uses cranberry sauce – a great way to use leftover cranberries during the holidays.

  13. Jerry

    The sauce is great – deglazing with the cider vinegar really brought out some wonderful flavor. This dish drew an enthusiastic “mmmm!, that’s really good!” from my 17 year old son who typically responds to most everything in noncommittal, monosyllabic grunts. So good, in fact, was the sauce that dad made for the pork chops, that he thought that I must also have made the tasty como loaf that I had picked up from the local baker earlier.

    Thanks for inspiring and encouraging my Saucier musings.

  14. Betsy

    I made this last night using strawberry jam, and it was so good! My whole family loved it, and the littlest one asked if I could make it again this weekend. Home run!!! Thank you!

  15. jay

    I’m always looking for new ways to cook pork chops, since I can never replicate my Step-Mother’s method.
    This one sounds good, except I’m not buying any red jelly just for this recipe. I will be using orange marmalade and I don’t have to guess how it will taste. It will be deeelish! Thanks for a new one to add to my file.

  16. Stacey

    I’m making this now with blackberry preserve and yellow mustard. I’ll let you know how it turns our but it smells awesome!

  17. Tim

    WOW!! These were excellent!! I used homemade crabapple jelly. One of the comments I followed suggested that the pork not be overcooked and that pink in the middle was ok. That made all the difference for me!! They were slightly pink and not tough at all!!

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