Kenji's Perfect Pan-Seared Pork Chops

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READY IN: 8hrs 35mins
SERVES: 2
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • NIGHT OR MORNING BEFORE COOKING.
  • Pat pork chops with a paper towel. Combine salt and pepper in a small bowl. Season pork chops generously on all sides with the salt and sugar mixture. Transfer to a wire rack set in a rimmed baking sheet and refrigerate, UNCOVERED, at least 8 hours and up to 24.
  • COOKING.
  • Preheat oven to 250°F
  • Place baking sheet with pork chops in oven and cook until an instant read thermometer inserted into the center of the chops registers 100-110°F for medium-rare (about 30 minutes), or 110-120°F for medium (about 35 minutes). To prevent overcooking, start checking temperature 5-10 minutes before suggested time.
  • Remove chops from oven.
  • Heat oil in a large stainless steel or cast iron skillet over high heat until smoking.
  • Place pork chops in skillet and cook, turning occasionally, until starting to brown, about 1 1/2 minutes.
  • Add butter, shallots, and thyme to skillet. Continue cooking, spooning shallots and thyme on top of chops and basting with butter until golden brown on both sides and well-crusted, about 2 minutes longer.
  • Remove pan from heat, transfer chops to a clean rack set in a rimmed baking sheet, and let rest for 3-5 minutes.
  • Just before serving, reheat dripping in pan until smoking. Pour hot drippings over chops. They should sizzle and crisp a bit. Serve immediately.
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