Chef John's Smothered Pork Chops

Chef John's Smothered Pork Chops

Main Dish Pork Pork Chops

You know that when a recipe has 'smothered' in the name, it's going to be easy. It's a beautiful combination of dark, rich onion gravy covering pan-fried pork chops. Serve over hot cooked rice.

Servings per recipe: 4
Calories per serving: 370
Preparation time: 15m
Total cooking time: 1h 10m


  • 4 large bone-in pork chops, about 1 inch thick
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup water


  • 1   Sprinkle pork chops with poultry seasoning, salt, and black pepper on both sides. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; brown pork chops well on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.
  • 2   Discard excess grease from pan and melt butter in the same skillet. Reduce heat to medium and stir onion in the hot skillet with a pinch of salt until onion is very browned and caramelized, about 15 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute; stir in flour and cook for 2 minutes.
  • 3   Pour chicken broth into skillet and stir, dissolving browned bits of food in the bottom of the skillet. Pour juices that have accumulated on plate containing pork chops into the sauce. Mix in buttermilk until smooth. Add water. Bring sauce to a simmer, reduce heat to low, and cook until onions begin to break down and sauce is thickened, 15 to 20 minutes.
  • 4   Place pork chops into sauce, spooning sauce over meat to coat. Turn heat to low and simmer until chops are tender and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Adjust levels of salt and pepper and serve chops with gravy on top.

Nutrion facts:

Total Fat 24.8g 38%
    Saturated Fat 9.0g  
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 79mg 3%
Potassium 478mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 7.7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0.8g 3%
Protein 27.8g 56%
Sugars 2g  
Vitamin A 109IU  
Vitamin C 4mg  
Calcium 61mg  
Iron 1mg  
Thiamin 1mg  
Niacin 11mg  
Vitamin B6 0mg  
Magnesium 26mg  
Folate 16mcg