How Long To Deep Fry Pork Chops?

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Fried chicken and pork chops are some of the most popular foods today.  You can find these staple dishes from fast food chains to large restaurants.  Better yet, a dish like pork chops is actually secretly a quick food to prepare.  If you cut or slice the pork chop in thin size pieces the preparation time actually decreases.  Do you know how much time it takes or how long to deep fry pork chops?  The answer could surprise you.

Luckily you don’t have to master major culinary skills to cook a pork chop to perfection with the right taste and texture.  As mentioned earlier, the major benefit of cooking pork chops is just how quickly they can cook.

Of course we are referring to frying pork chops when talking about cook time which is just a few minutes. 

Other recipes of pork such as crispy pork belly and other dishes or soups would take longer. That is because a deep fried crispy, whole pork belly is really thick and cooking it takes longer for the heat to reach the inner layer of the pork. Trying to increase the heat or temperature of your deep fryer would leave you an overcooked external layer of pork and raw meat inside.

The Cooking Secret for How Long It Takes to Fry Pork Chops

This means the secret of how fast and easy it is to cook a pork chop with just simple frying techniques is really about how you slice the pork chops. The style of the cut really tells it all. The thin slices of pork chop are cooked evenly on all sides and it takes only about a few degrees of heat and a few minutes in order for the heated oil to reach the inner layer of the pork and deliciously cook it before overcooking the outer layer.

Types of Frying Pork Chops

There are actually 2 ways to fry a pork chop. It can either be done pan-fried or deep-fried, both of which differ slightly in their outcome. However, if you have thin slices of pork chops, it won’t affect the meat much as the slices will be soaked in hot oil regardless of the type of equipment used. 

Pan Frying

deep fry pork chop in frying pan

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This method of frying pork chops is pretty basic and doesn’t really require large kitchen equipment such as deep fryers. A simple pan with enough space for the wide cut pork chop and slightly deep, just enough to allow you to dip the thin slices of pork chops with oil will work perfectly.

Here’s a simple pan frying recipe that you can try:

Pan Fried Pork Chops Recipe

Pan Fried Pork Chops

Ingredients:

  • Salt and pepper to taste and more if you prefer some seasoning
  • 8 breakfast chop of pork
  • A tablespoon of butter
  • A cup of all-purpose flour
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Canola oil

Procedure:

  • Take out a medium or large size mixing bowl and combine your cup of all-purpose flour, black pepper, cayenne pepper, salt, and ingredients or season you want to add depending on your creativity of taste.
  • Thoroughly mix the bowl to evenly spread out the ingredients.
  • Dredge the pork into the mixture and make sure that all sides of the pork are evenly covered.
  • Put it on a plate and set aside.
  • Get a frying pan that’s wide and deep enough for your pork chops and pour ½ to 1 cup of canola oil and heat it from medium to high heat.
  • Add the butter and melt it until it is mixed well with the canola oil.
  • Depending on how large your pan is, you can at least cook 3 or 4 pork chops at a time.
  • Put the pieces of pork dredged pork chop into the hot pan and cook it for about 4 to 5 minutes on one side, then flip it and cook for another 4 to 5 minutes on the other side. Or at least as the pork chops will turn into golden brown color.
  • After it’s cooked, put it in a strainer or a paper towel so that excess oil will be strained off or get absorbed by the paper towel.
  • Do this to the next batch of pork chops until all are cooked.
  • These pork chops are best served with mashed potatoes. Serve and enjoy!

Deep Frying

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Tonkatsu,Deep-Fried Spare Ribs

This is also a simple method to fry a pork chop and it really is a good way for you to create that crispy and succulent texture of a pork chop. The method is slightly faster compared to pan frying as it cooks all sides evenly at the same time. Deep frying uses a lot of oil that’s enough to allow the food to bathe in hot oil and get all sides cooked with ver little flipping required.

Below is a good recipe to try for deep frying pork chops:

Deep Fried Breaded Pork Chops Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 pork chops
  • 2 medium to large size eggs
  • 1 cup of  all-purpose flour
  • A tablespoon of cornstarch
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups of cooking oil

Procedure:

  • In a marinating bowl, put the pieces of pork chops and rub them with 1 ½ teaspoon of salt and a half teaspoon of pepper (you can add some more of either depending on your taste).
  • Take out your deep fryer (cooking pot or a deep pan if you have no deep fryer) and pour 4cups of oil or depending on what equipment or tool you use. Make sure that the oil is deep enough for the pork chops to dive in hot oil.
  • Heat the fryer to medium to high heat (it will take some time for the oil to heat as we are using larger volume).
  • While you heat the fryer, take out a mixing bowl or a wide plate and mix the flour and cornstarch. You can also add ground black pepper for aroma and taste depending on how you prefer it.
  • Take another bowl and beat the 2 pieces of eggs.
  • Dredge the pork into the mixture of flour and then dip it into the bowl of beaten eggs.
  • After, dredge the pork back into the mixture of flour.
  • To recap, a mixture of flour, egg then a mixture of flour again.
  • Make sure the flour is even on all sides of the pork.
  • Once the fryer is heated, put your pork chops in and cover the lid.
  • Allow the pork chops to cook for about 8 to 10 minutes
  • After, put the pork into the strainer for the excess oil to get strained or a paper towel for it to absorb the oil.
Put it in a nice plate, serve with ketchup or gravy, enjoy

How Long To Deep Fry Pork Chops?

how long to deep fry pork chops

That normally depends on the method you’re using and how thick the slices of the pork chops you have are. A regular thickness of pork chops usually takes about 8 to 10 minutes to deep fry. The lesser the thickness of the slices means the faster it is for the pork chop to be cooked.

The ingredients you add to your pork chop also add to the minutes of how long it takes for the pork chop to cook. A good example of this would be that a breaded pork chop will take slightly longer to cook compared to a seasoned pork chop with only salt and pepper.

The heat from medium to high also affects the cooking time. Medium will take longer for the pork chops to cook but it would be safer for the pork compared to using high settings all the time. If you use less oil and have very thin slices of pork chop, high heat could leave you with an overcooked outer layer and a raw inner layer which would be unpleasant.

Extra Pork Chop Frying Tips

If you are looking for a healthier alternative that doesn't quite require all this oil, you can also use an air fryer.  Your air fryer will give you that same crisp taste without the heaviness of the oil.  

Curious how to fry your pork chops without using any flour? You can do it

Conclusion

Regardless of the method you use to fry the pork and how you choose your slices as well as your ingredients, it is always best to use medium cooking settings. That way, you’d be safe from overcooking your pork chop.  This would help you avoid an expense of added time with how long to deep fry pork chops rather than the usual 8 to 10 minutes. The best part would be you will always have a delicious pork chop, cooked just the right way.