This is one of those dishes that has such an amazing “wow” factor. Yet, it’s so easy to make!
If Wesley (The Loon) had to pick his favorite dish from the blog, this recipe would be in serious contention. And folks, when you take that first bite, you’ll understand what he means. Perfect served over a bed of Best Mashed Potatoes! If you and your family love pork chops, you are in for a treat.
This dish hits all the right notes. And what’s so amazing about it is that it can be prepared in about 30 to 40 minutes.
The sauce is deeply flavorful and the perfect complement to the juicy chops.
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The Ingredients You Will Need
Choosing the right pork chop is important, but, honestly, as long as you get good-quality pork, you can’t go wrong.
Here’s What You’ll Need To Have On Hand
Pork chops – We recommend center cut, bone-in for the best flavor. 1 to 2 inches thick is fantastic.
Oil – Olive oil for searing
Seasonings – Salt and pepper is all you need for the chops.
Shallots – You can substitute regular chopped yellow onion, but shallots are a little sweeter and perfect for the sauce.
Garlic – Freshly minced.
Vinegar – Sherry is our favorite, but white wine vinegar, red wine vinegar, or even apple cider vinegar will work just fine.
Dijon mustard – Just plain Dijon is wonderful. For a more pronounced mustard taste, go with grain mustard.
Stock – Chicken stock or broth is perfect.
Heavy cream – Don’t skip this. It adds a luxuriousness to the sauce that is amazing.
EXPERT TIP: If you’ve got extra-thick chops, you’ll want to sear them for about 8 minutes per side, until golden, and then transfer to a 325°F oven. An instant-read thermometer ensures you get the ideal internal temperature of 135°F.
Tips for Making Perfect Seared Pork Chops with Caper Sauce
This recipe is really foolproof, but there are a few good “rule of thumb” steps to keep in mind:
Choose Good Chops – Choose thick-cut, bone-in pork chops for the best flavor and juiciness. In this case, go with a nice thick cut (you may need to visit your butcher).
Season Generously – Add plenty of salt and pepper before searing them in a hot skillet oil to create a crispy crust.
Let Them Rest – Allow the pork chops to rest for a few minutes before serving to allow the juices to redistribute, and then spoon the caper sauce over the top for added flavor.
EXPERT TIP: Once the sauce has reduced by about one third, turn off the heat and stir in the cream. You’ll want to do this just before serving.
How To Serve
This dish truly is stunning in presentation. We recommend plating the dish before serving.
It truly delivers that “wow” moment when you bring it to the table.
The sauce is deeply flavorful and you don’t need to drown the chops in it. Just a nice drizzle down the middle of the chop and then a little over the mashed potatoes delivers the goods, without a doubt!
Other Amazing Pork Recipes To Try
If you like juicy pork, you are going to really love these tried and true recipes:
Italian-Style Smothered Pork Chops
Grandma’s Pork Loin Roast
Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder
Italian Smothered Pork Chops
Cajun Pork Chops
Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Southern Fried Pork Chops with Cream Gravy
Pan-Fried Pork Cutlets with Peaches
Country-Style Pork Ribs
Oh, these are all classic in every possible way. But, hasn’t this pork chop caught your eye?
Folks, we’re not mincing words when we tell you this Seared Pork Chops with Caper Sauce is one of the best pork chop dishes you’ll ever make, serve, and eat.
The sauce is sublime and matches perfectly with the tender, juicy chops.
This is one of our all-time favorites, and when you try it, we think it will quickly move into your rotation, too!
Ready to make the best seared pork chop recipe in town? Go for it!
And when you do, be sure to take a photo of it, post it on Instagram, and tag @HowToFeedaLoon and hashtag #HowToFeedaLoon!
Seared Pork Chops with Caper Sauce
- 4 pork chops center cut, bone-in
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium shallot diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- ⅓ cup capers drained
- 2 tbsp Sherry vinegar
- ½ cup chicken stock
- 1 1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- Pat chops dry with a paper towel, and then generously sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper.4 pork chops, Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat.2 tbsp olive oil
- Add the chops and sear on one side for about 6 to 8 minutes, until golden brown on the bottoms. Flip the chops over and sear the other sides for another 6 to 8 minutes. The chops won't be completely cooked through at this point.
- Transfer the chops and cook until the internal temperature reaches 135°F. An instant-read thermometer ensures the perfect temperature.
- Meanwhile, pour all but about 1 tbsp of oil from the pan and reduce the heat to medium.
- Add the shallots and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes, until soft. Stir in the garlic and sauté for another 30 seconds.1 medium shallot, 3 cloves garlic
- Add the capers and simmer for 1 minute.⅓ cup capers
- Add the vinegar, stock, and mustard and stir until combined. Simmer until slightly reduced, about 2 to 3 minutes.2 tbsp Sherry vinegar, ½ cup chicken stock, 1 1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard
- Stir in the cream and a healthy pinch of salt and pepper.¼ cup heavy cream
- Place chops on plate or platter and pour sauce over them. Pass remaining sauce at the table.
POST UPDATE: This recipe was originally published in May 2016, but was updated with improved tweaks to the recipe with new tips and photography and a fabulous new video in August 2023!