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Garlic Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops

Garlic Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops is a simple yet delicious pork chop dish that you can put together in 30 minutes!

The breading is made with the lovely combination of garlic and parmesan, it is also crunchy on the outside, juicy on the inside, seared perfectly in butter, and then drizzled with tangy lemon flavors, bringing amazing flavors and textures to this dish.

A plate of garlic parmesan crusted pork chops with lemon wedges

Looking for more pork recipes? Don’t forget to check these out: Pork Tenderloin with Gravy, Sheet Pan Oven Baked Sausage and Peppers and Pork Milanese. They are some of my other favorites!

Garlic Parmesan Pork Chops

Can I confess something?

Pork is probably my least favorite meat. THERE, I SAID IT. Given a choice, pork will be at the bottom of my list of things to eat.

But here I am making and celebrating this garlic parmesan pork chop recipe….one that I absolutely LOVE.

Our garlic parmesan crusted pork chops is no ordinary pork chops. It is juicy and tender on the inside, crispy on the outside, and the flavors is out of this world amazing.

It is breaded with a crispy, flavorful garlic parmesan breading, seared in butter. Uh-huh. BUTTER (Hallelujah). Then sprinkled with fresh lemon juice for a bright burst of flavor.

And while it looks like it is fancy fancy fancy, garlic parmesan pork chops are actually super easy to make and is ready under 30 minutes using simple, pantry-friendly ingredients.

A plate of pork chops coated in crispy breading

Not tryin’ to brag, but it is one of the best pork chops I have ever tasted.

Garlic Parmesan Pork Chops will be how we pork chop from hence forth. And this is coming from someone who doesn’t love most pork recipes.

P/S: If you love the garlic parm thing going on here, you’re also going to love these equally delicious garlic parm things: Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta, Roasted Garlic Parmesan Potatoes, Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings, Easy Garlic Parmesan Asparagus. What can I say, our love for garlic parmesan runs deep…

Ingredients

Here are the ingredients you will need to make garlic parmesan crusted pork chops:

  • pork chops – I used thick boneless pork chops for this recipe, feel free to use bone-in pork chops (although it will take a few extra minutes to cook).
  • egg – one egg is needed to be whisk into egg wash
  • plain breadcrumbs – used to bread the pork chops
  • garlic powder – added to the breading for that delicious garlic flavor!
  • salt & black pepper – sprinkle them onto the pork chops to be seared directly into the meat so that the meat itself (and not just the crust) is actually flavorful
  • salted butter – used to sear the pork chops. Butter has a lot of great flavors and searing garlic parmesan pork chops in butter takes the pork chops to the next level.
  • fresh lemon – used to drizzle over cooked garlic parmesan pork chops. It will bring a burst of freshness to the chops and also helps open up the flavors.

How to Make It

Garlic Parmesan Pork Chop is a simple, straight-forward recipe with the most delicious breading that is simple and straight forward to make. Here’s how we make it happen!

Bread Pork Chops

When I said flavorful breading, I meant those words, my friends.

The breading for our garlic parmesan pork chops is made out of regular plain breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese (buy the good quality kind!) and garlic powder.

But first, sprinkle both sides of the pork chops with salt and black pepper (so that it will be seared into the meat itself)

Dip the pork chops into an egg wash, and then coat it a few times with the breading to make the garlic parmesan crust.

Breading a piece of pork chops with breadcrumbs and grated parmesan

Repeat and bread all your pork chops!

uncooked breaded pork chops lined up on a rectangular plate

Sear Pork Chops

In addition to a solid, we-mean-business breading, we are also incorporating buttery flavor into the chops. We do so by melting butter onto skillet.

Once skillet is heated up and butter is completely melted, add pork chops to the skillet to sear the chops.

Searing garlic parmesan pork chops in butter (not vegetable oil) makes ALL the difference. Trust me.

Let it sit searing in sizzling butter for a few minutes before flipping over and searing the other side. And add more butter to the skillet as needed.

I like to keep skillet on medium high heat, and then lowering to medium if the crust has browned but the pork is yet to be cooked, so that pork chops don’t get too burned (slightly charred is totally fine…in fact I like it better that way!).

I typically remove my pork chops once the internal temperature reaches 145-150℉, then let them sit for a few minutes to “cook further” and they should reach 160 degree F, a safe temperature for cooked pork chops.

Be sure to not overcrowd the skillet and sear pork chops in multiple batches if needed.

Searing breaded pork chops on a skillet

When garlic parmesan pork chops are done, sprinkle fresh lemon juice onto the chops.

This provides a nice citrusy flavor to the buttery breaded chops. A necessary step to take this dish to the next level of awesomeness.

In other words, I highly recommend it. 🙂

Sprinkling lemon juice onto parmesan crusted pork chops

Ah – Garlic Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops. Perfect in every way.

I made many, many versions of this when I recipe tested this dish. In other words, we had many, many nights of pork chops.

And since these garlic parmesan pork chops were crazy delicious…we were not complaining!

Try this one out and let me know what you think in the comment box below.

Happy cooking, all!

Tips and Tricks

  • Dry the pork chops: pat the pork chops dry with paper towels before applying the crust. This helps the crust adhere better and promotes crispiness.
  • Use fresh parmesan: while pre-grated parmesan is convenient, using freshly grated parmesan cheese often provides a more robust and flavorful crust. Avoid using the ‘non-refrigerated’ type of parmesan.
  • Press the breading firmly onto chops: when applying the garlic parmesan breading, press it firmly onto the pork chops to ensure it adheres well and creates a crunchy texture.
  • Avoid overcrowding in the pan: avoid overcrowding the pan when searing pork chops. Give each chop enough space to cook evenly and achieve a crispy crust. Cook in multiple batches if needed.
  • Avoid overcooking: overcooking can lead to dry pork chops. Monitor the cooking time closely and rely on a meat thermometer to achieve the desired doneness.

Sides to serve with Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops

These goes great with our garlic parmesan pork chops!

Storage and Reheating

Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating: Reheat in the oven or toaster oven at a low temperature to maintain crispiness. Cover if needed to avoid burning pork chops. Garlic parmesan pork chops will no longer be crispy if it is reheated in the microwave.

Preparing in advance: Prepare garlic parmesan pork chops ahead of time and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Cover to seal. Bring to room temperature before searing on skillet.

Closeup of a few pieces of parmesan crusted pork chops

Frequently Asked Questions

What cut of pork chops works best for this recipe?

Boneless pork loin chops are a good choice as they are easier to work with compared to bone-in chops for this recipe.

How do I make sure the crust adheres well to the pork chops?

Press the crust mixture firmly onto the pork chops.

Can I add herbs or spices to the breading mixture for additional flavor?

Yes! Thyme, parsley, rosemary, or paprika can add depth to the flavor.

How to I make the crust crispier?

1) Make sure the pork chops are dry before applying the crust
2) Press the crust onto the chops firmly.
3) Make sure oil is hot before adding pork chops to skillet to sear.
4) add more butter to the skillet to properly brown the pork chops as needed.

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Closeup look of pork chops coated in crispy parmesan breading

Garlic Parmesan Pork Chops

30 minutes only! Crispy, seasoned garlic parmesan breaded pork chops are pan-fried to perfection, combined with the gorgeous flavors of butter and fresh lemon juice. 
4.75 from 20 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 437kcal
Author: MinShien

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs pork chops
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 2-4 tbsp butter
  • 2 fresh lemons

Instructions

  • On a flat bowl or plate, combine breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt and black pepper. In a bowl, whisk an egg.
  • Pat dry defrosted pork chops. Coat pork chop in egg mixture on both sides, then coat pork chop with breading on both sides (coat 2-3 times if necessary). Repeat for until all the pork chops are coated.
  • In a large skillet, turn to medium/medium high heat and melt 1-2 tbsp of butter.
  • Once skillet is hot and butter is melted (make sure there is a thin layer of butter on the entire surface of the skillet), add pork chops to skillet. (Do not overlap pork chops and cook in a few batches if necessary.)
  • Cook pork chops on one side for a few minutes. Once pork chops are browned, flip and cook on the other side until pork chops are done (See note 1). If necessary, turn down the heat slightly if pork chops are browned on the outside and not completely done on the inside to avoid burning the chops. I typically turn the heat down slightly half way through cooking. Add more butter as needed to properly brown the pork chops.
  • Remove from heat and set side for a few minutes. Sprinkle lemon juice onto pork chops.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Note 1: Check for doneness using a meat thermometer. Internal temperature of pork chops should be at least 145-150℉ before removing them from the skillet. Pork chops should sit for a few minutes after they are removed from heat as they continue to “cook”, reaching the 160℉ which is the recommended temperature for a perfectly cooked pork chop.
Do not overcrowd the skillet and cook in multiple batches if needed.
This post was originally published in April 2018 and updated with new and improved instructions on January 2024.

Nutrition

Calories: 437kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 171mg | Sodium: 569mg | Potassium: 805mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 249IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 2mg
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22 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    The crust on this one… the flavors were wonderful!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      So glad you like it! Thank you so much 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    These were delicious! I love the lemon flavor with the Parmesan, and they were so easy to make!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Aren’t they so awesome?!? Thank you so much for the review! I’m so happy you like it! 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    My family loved this!! Such a great and easy recipe for a family dinner. Saving it to make it again. Would change nothing.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      So glad to hear that, Julie! Thanks for sharing!

  4. 5 stars
    These were absolutely delicious. The combination of flavors was perfect, and the crust was so crispy and flavorful. The garlic and parmesan really elevated the dish. Will definitely make it again!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Wonderful! Thank you for trusting the recipe and I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

  5. Mackenzie says:

    5 stars
    I love these pork chops they were even better cause they only took 30 minutes. Perfect for busy weeknights.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      That’s awesome! We love a quick and yummy dinner as well!

  6. 5 stars
    Pork came out juicy and the breading was delicious. Such a simple yet yummy way to prepare pork chops.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      That’s great, Angela! I’m happy to hear that it turned out well.

  7. 5 stars
    These pork chops were incredibly flavorful, we served it with steamed rice and everyone loved it! Will be making again!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      YUM! So glad to hear that!

  8. 5 stars
    Okay, friend, I am with you—I am not a fan of pork, but I have been on a search for a slam-dunk recipe, and I am thrilled to say this is it! Tender, flavorful, and not overcooked! Thank you!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thank YOU for your kind words! 🙂

  9. 5 stars
    We love pork chops and this recipe is one of the best that we’ve tried and I loved how easy they were to make.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thank you so much! Great to hear that!

  10. Laura Ashley Johnson says:

    5 stars
    We just had these for dinner and they were incredible! The whole family give them 2 thumbs up!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      That’s awesome! Happy to hear that!

  11. Charlotte says:

    5 stars
    It’s hard to go wrong with these flavours – garlic and parmesan = yum!. My husband absolutley adored the chops and has asked for more.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      I’m so glad to hear that! Thank you for the kind review!