After much trial and error I have finally found the perfect recipe for crispy pan-fried pork chops. We all know that a great breaded coating is the perfect thing to give rather bland pork chops a big flavor boost, but not when it turns gummy or falls off the meat. Now I give you a recipe for crunchy pork chops and the coating will not pull away or fall off.
- 2/3 cup cornstarch
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 (medium) clove garlic, minced, (about 1 teaspoon)
- 3 cups cornflakes
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
- 3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- salt to taste
- 8 center-cut boneless pork chops, 1/2 to 3/4-inch-thick
- 2/3 cup vegetable oil
- Lemon wedges
- Place 1/3 cup cornstarch in shallow dish. In second shallow dish, whisk buttermilk, mustard, and garlic until combined.
- Process cornflakes, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/3 cup cornstarch in food processor until cornflakes are finely ground, about 10 seconds. Transfer cornflake mixture to third shallow dish.
- Combine cumin, chili powder, coriander, cinnamon, and red pepper flakes in small bowl.
- Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 200°F. With sharp knife, cut 1/16-inch-deep slits on both sides of chops, spaced 1/2 inch apart, in crosshatch pattern.
- Season chops liberally with salt and spice mixture. Dredge 1 chop in cornstarch; shake off excess. Using tongs, coat with buttermilk mixture; let excess drip off. Coat with cornflake mixture; gently pat off excess. Transfer coated chop to wire rack set in rimmed baking sheet and repeat with remaining chops. Let coated chops stand 10 minutes.
- Heat 1/3 cup oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Place 4 chops in skillet and cook until golden brown and crispy, 2 to 5 minutes. Carefully flip chops and continue to cook until second side is golden brown, crispy, and center of chop registers 140°F on instant-read thermometer, 2 to 5 minutes longer.
- Transfer chops to paper towel-lined plate and let drain 30 seconds on each side. Transfer to clean wire rack set over rimmed baking sheet, then transfer to oven to keep warm. Discard oil in skillet and wipe clean with paper towels. Repeat process with remaining oil and pork chops. Serve with lemon wedges.
source – adapted from americanstestkitchen.com