Pork Chops with Dijon Sauce

DinnerLow CarbMustardPork Chops

Pan-fried pork chops with a creamy Dijon mustard sauce.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

We eat a lot of pork in this family, even given my father’s Germanic background. Pork chops are the most convenient, which is probably why I remember my mother serving them so often growing up.

The chops were thinner, and almost always bone-in (there were a lot of kids gnawing on bones at our table). These days we get thicker chops and although we prefer bone-in, it just depends on what’s available at the market that day.

Given that we eat pork chops so often, dad is always on the look out for a good recipe. This recipe we pulled from the New York Times Sunday Magazine years ago and have made it several times since.

It’s easy peasy, and tastes so good! The Dijon cream sauce is just lovely with the pork. Great served with new potatoes.

Pork Chops with Dijon Sauce Recipe

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  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

If using bone-in chops, score the fat that surrounds the chops (make vertical cuts through the fat, without cutting into the meat), so that the chops don't warp in shape as they cook.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 center-cut rib or loin pork chops, boneless or bone-in (whatever you prefer), about 1 1/4 inch thick
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped shallots or minced onions
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock*
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley (optional)

*If cooking gluten-free, use homemade chicken stock or gluten-free packaged stock.

Method

1 Sear the pork chops: Pat the pork chops dry with paper towels. Sprinkle salt and pepper all over them. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Stir in the butter.

As soon as the butter has melted, add the pork chops to the pan and sear them, about 2-3 minutes on each side. Reduce the heat slightly if the chops brown too quickly.

2 Sauté onions or shallots, deglaze the pan with wine: Remove the pork chops from the pan and pour off most of the fat. Add the shallots and cook them on med high heat until softened, about 1 minute.

Add 1/2 cup of the wine and bring to a boil, deglazing the pan by scraping the brown bits from the bottom of the pan.

3 Add stock, return chops to pan, cover and cook: Stir in the stock and return chops to the pan. Bring sauce to a simmer, reduce heat, cover and cook until chops are cooked through (145°F internal temp), about 10 to 15 minutes.

4 Remove chops, add remaining wine, reduce: Remove the pork chops to a warm platter; cover with foil to keep warm. Add the remaining half cup of wine. Increase the heat to high to boil the pan juices. Reduce the juices by half, about 3 minutes.

5 Add cream, reduce, whisk in mustard and parsley: Add the heavy cream and boil 3 minutes more, until sauce reduces and thickens, and scraping the pan with a wooden spoon leaves a trail.

Remove from the heat and whisk in the mustard and parsley. If you want, add more mustard to taste. Place chops on a bed of sauce and serve.

 

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Adapted (barely) from the New York Times: Pork Chops with Dijon Sauce

Links:

Perfect Pork Chops here on Simply Recipes

Pork Chops with Ginger Pear Sauce here on Simply Recipes

Pork Chops with Sweet and Sour Sauce here on Simply Recipes

Honey Mustard Pork Chops from Budget Bytes

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. FP

    Never a big fan of thick pork chops I tried this recipe with a boneless cut because I couldn’t find (bone in).
    It was delightful! I didn’t change anything; the sauce was absolutely delicious and made my boring pork chop a winner! My only problem was I tried using a heated Pyrex dish when removing the pork chops-
    Crack! I learned a lesson there. One slight tip for those who couldn’t get the sauce thick: keep boiling it longer and use the wooden spoon. It could take up to 15 minutes or longer. Add the fresh parsley- this sauce is
    great!

    xxxxxyyyyy

  2. d4v1d

    This was terrific. As the mustard (and wine) would add tartness, I threw in a few cranberries to add to the fun. They dissolved into the pan sauce, and a good meal was enjoyed by all.

    xxxxxyyyyy

  3. Ann Baker

    Absolutely delicious! Pork chops were incredibly tender and flavorful and the sauce is magnificent. I added some fresh thyme at the end instead of parsley, since that’s what I had on hand, and the flavor was excellent.

    xxxxxyyyyy

  4. Kenneth Odorizzi

    Awesome recipe. Gotta buy great/thick and juicy chops. Added a light sprinkle of goat cheese on top of chops. Very good results.

  5. Natalie

    The pork chop was perfectly cooked and delicious but I think the sauce would have been better with only half the dijon mustard. A little too tangy for my taste.

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