Crispy Pan-Fried Pork Chops

From America's Test Kitchen Season 12: Shake and Bake Reinvented

Why this recipe works:

Using boneless center-cut loin chops kept our crispy pan-fried pork chops recipe fast and easy. Cornstarch formed an ultra-crisp sheath and gave the pork chops a light and crisp casing. Buttermilk brought a lighter texture and tangy flavor to the breading, and minced garlic and mustard perked… read more

Using boneless center-cut loin chops kept our crispy pan-fried pork chops recipe fast and easy. Cornstarch formed an ultra-crisp sheath and gave the pork chops a light and crisp casing. Buttermilk brought a lighter texture and tangy flavor to the breading, and minced garlic and mustard perked up the breading’s flavor. Crushed cornflakes added a craggy texture to the pork chops, especially once we added cornstarch to them before dredging the meat. Finally, we found two ways to ensure our breading stayed strongly adhered to the pan-fried pork chops: We gave the meat a short rest and lightly scored the pork chops before adding them to the pan.

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Serves 4

We prefer natural to enhanced pork (pork that has been injected with a salt solution to increase moistness and flavor) for this recipe. Don’t let the chops drain on the paper towels for longer than 30 seconds, or the heat will steam the crust and make it soggy. You can substitute ¾ cup of store-bought cornflake crumbs for the whole cornflakes. If using crumbs, omit the processing step and mix the crumbs with the cornstarch, salt, and pepper.

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