Fried Pork Chops – How to Make Fried Pork Chops Like Grandma Used to Make

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Fried Pork Chops is a old fashioned recipe using just flour; there’s no egg or breadcrumbs needed. Follow these easy instructions for how to make fried pork chops like grandma used to make.

Pork chops often get a bad rap for being difficult to cook without drying out. Follow this recipe and lightly coat them before frying, and you will have a perfect pork chop in no time.

Skillet Pork Chops

As I get older, I tend to love all those old foods we grew up eating. I’m generally a healthish eater most of the times, but I really really appreciate an oldie recipe like these fried pork chops.

When I make them, I leave the table feeling completely satisfied in hunger and life in general. There’s something about a crispy fried pork chop that just hits the spot.

It makes my day when my 11-year-old daughter goes on and on how good dinner is, and that’s what happens when I make crispy pork chops without breading.

Fried Pork Chops With Flour

These southern fried pork chops are a thing of beauty.

A crispy, golden brown outside with a juicy inside, there everything you want in an old fashioned pork chop.

The crazy thing is that all you really need is flour and one really critical ingredient, in my opinion. If you want to have a juice pork chop, then you need to purchase this very very important addition to your pantry called Johnny’s Seasoning Salt with Tenderizer. (NOTE: The “Tenderizer” is the key word when looking for this seasoning.)

It not only adds flavor from the seasoning salt but it also contains enzymes that break down the meat fibers to make it nice and tender. This is important for pork because it dries out so easily.

My Aunt Peggy told me that’s what my Granny used when she made pork chops, so I bought myself a little jar of the seasoning salt which has lasted me years; in all honesty, it’s probably time to replenish my stock.

Fried Pork Chops Without Egg

Yes, you read that correctly.

There’s no need to do an egg step in the breading process for southern fried pork chops. A simple dusting of flour (mixed with black pepper) will result in a beautiful golden brown color.

I’ve been to the Louvre, the National Gallery of Art in London, and the Sistine Chapel. They are all beautiful, but put a golden brown pork chop in front of me and I just ooh and ahh and about lose my mind.

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Old Fashioned Fried Pork Chops Ingredient List

Bone-In Pork Chops

Johnny’s Seasoned Salt and Tenderizer

Flour

Black Pepper

Vegetable Oil (for frying)

How to Make Fried Pork Chops Like Grandma Used to Make

  1. Season pork chops liberally with Johnny’s Seasoned Salt and Tenderizer on both sides. Let them sit at room temperature for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  2. Mix flour and black pepper on a plate. Flour both sides of pork chops.
  3. Fry pork chops in a skillet of hot vegetable oil; flip when the first side gets golden brown. Do not over crowd the pan. You may have to do 2 skillets or do multiple batches if you’re making several chops.
  4. Once the second side is golden brown, remove and drain on paper towels.

For the full ingredient amounts and recipe steps for pan fried pork chops, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post. 

Notes About Crispy Pork Chops Without Breading

  • Use as few or as many pork chops that you need to feed your family.
  • Use a seasoning salt with tenderizer to get juicy pork chops. I recommend Johnny’s brand.
  • There’s no egg or breading for these crispy pork chops, just flour.
  • Let the pork chop sit with the tenderizer on it for at least 30 minutes.
  • For better frying, let the pork chops sit at room temperature for a little bit before frying. I sprinkle with the seasoning salt, and then let sit on the counter. This brings the temperature of the meat closer to room temperature.
  • I typically use regular vegetable oil, soybean oil, or canola oil for frying.
  • Do not overcrowd the skillet; fry in batches or use multiple skillets. This will help get a golden brown color.
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Fried Pork Chops is a old fashioned recipe using just flour; there's no egg or breadcrumbs needed.  Follow these easy instructions for how to make fried pork chops like grandma used to make.

What to serve with crispy pork chops?

Here are 10 side dishes that pair perfectly with skillet pork chops.

  1. Old Fashioned Green Beans with Bacon 
  2. Kentucky Southern Squash Casserole 
  3. Easy Rice Pilaf with Peas 
  4. Quick Succotash 
  5. Crispy Fried Potatoes 
  6. Southern Scalloped Tomatoes 
  7. Simple and Sweet Coleslaw 
  8. Tomato Cucumber Salad with Dill Dressing
  9. Lemon Carrots 
  10. Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole

Fried Pork Chops is a old fashioned recipe using just flour; there's no egg or breadcrumbs needed.  Follow these easy instructions for how to make fried pork chops like grandma used to make.

Pork Chop Recipes

Mom’s Oven Pork Chops and Potatoes 

Mom's Oven Pork Chops and Potatoes is a classic baked meat and potatoes dish that was served up many nights during my childhood.  This method of baking results in a fork-tender pork chop that the whole family will enjoy. Plus, it's an economical option with only 4 ingredients (plus salt and pepper).

Sour Cream Pork Chops

Sour Cream Pork Chops are an simple baked pork chop recipe that packs a punch of a flavor.  With a few simple ingredients, you'll have a fork-tender pork chop that will please the whole family. 

Baked Cranberry Pork Chops

Looking for a new way to jazz up pork chops? The sauce for these Baked Cranberry Pork Chops includes just three ingredients but packs a flavorful punch. For best results, mix together the sauce and marinate the pork chops overnight.

Fried Pork Chops - How to Make Fried Pork Chops Like Grandma Used to Make

Fried Pork Chops is a old fashioned recipe using just flour; there's no egg or breadcrumbs needed.  Follow these easy instructions for how to make fried pork chops like grandma used to make.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crispy fried pork chops, fried pork chops, fried pork chops like grandma used to make, fried pork chops with flour, fried pork chops without egg, pan fried pork chops
Servings: 4
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 4 pork chops (or however many you want to make)
  • Johnny's Seasoning Salt with Tenderizer
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • vegetable oil (for frying)

Instructions

  • Sprinkle both side of pork chops liberally with seasoning salt with tenderizer. Let sit for 30 minutes at room temperature.
  • Mix flour and black pepper on a plate.
  • Flour both sides of pork chops.
    Fried Pork Chops is a old fashioned recipe using just flour; there's no egg or breadcrumbs needed.  Follow these easy instructions for how to make fried pork chops like grandma used to make.
  • Add enough oil to a large skillet to cover the bottom in a generous layer. Heat over medium high heat, add pork chops but do not overcrowd.
    Fried Pork Chops is a old fashioned recipe using just flour; there's no egg or breadcrumbs needed.  Follow these easy instructions for how to make fried pork chops like grandma used to make.
  • Once the bottom is golden brown; flip and fry the second side.
    Fried Pork Chops is a old fashioned recipe using just flour; there's no egg or breadcrumbs needed.  Follow these easy instructions for how to make fried pork chops like grandma used to make.
  • Once cooked through, drain on paper towels before serving.
    Fried Pork Chops is a old fashioned recipe using just flour; there's no egg or breadcrumbs needed.  Follow these easy instructions for how to make fried pork chops like grandma used to make.

Notes

  • Use as few or as many pork chops that you need to feed your family. 
  • Use a seasoning salt with tenderizer to get juicy pork chops.  I recommend Johnny's brand.
  • There's no egg or breading for these crispy pork chops, just flour.
  • Let the pork chop sit with the tenderizer on it for at least 30 minutes.
  • For better frying, let the pork chops sit at room temperature for a little bit before frying.  I sprinkle with the seasoning salt, and then let sit on the counter.  This brings the temperature of the meat closer to room temperature.
  • I typically use regular vegetable oil, soybean oil, or canola oil for frying.
  • Do not overcrowd the skillet; fry in batches or use multiple skillets. This will help get a golden brown color. 
  • Love southern fried foods? Try this Chicken Fried Steak recipe. 

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2 Comments

  1. Okay my mouth is watering now for these pork chops but I can’t find the Johnny’s seasoning salt with tenderizer anywhere. Even Amazon says it is out of stock. I can find just the seasoning salt several places on line but none with tenderizer. Any ideas

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