Juicy pork chops smothered in a rich onion gravy and topped with melted cheese!
These pork chops are awesome, mainly because they’re so delicious, but also because you only need a handful of ingredients to make them! Follow me…
These are a key ingredient in French onion soup. They also add the body of flavour and texture to this recipe too.
Don’t rush the process!
The aim of the game for caramelizing onions is to fry them fairly low and slow. You want to tickle out the natural sugars and have them caramelize in the pan. If the heat is too high the onions are going to cook too quickly and you’ll just end up with regular fried onions.
Can I make these ahead of time?
Besides the caramelized onions, this recipe is super speedy. As such, to keep things ‘weeknight friendly’ you can definitely make the caramelized onions and store them in the fridge until you’re ready to whip up the rest of the dish.
Process shots: add butter and oil to pan (photo 1), stir to melt butter (photo 2), add onions (photo 3), caramelize (photo 4).
Pan-Fried Pork Chops
Once you’ve caramelized the onions, remove them from the pan and get cracking with the pork chops.
What kind of pork chops should I use?
Here I’m just using boneless pork loin steaks. They’re relatively small/thin, so they cook through quickly. You can use thick cut pork chops, or even pork shoulder steaks, you’ll just need to adjust the cooking times slightly. You only want the pork just about cooked, because it’ll cook slightly more when the cheese melts on top.
Unless the pork chops are lean, there will likely be a thick strip of fat on one side. Depending on how thick it is, you might want to consider scoring it (making small slices in it). This will prevent the chops from curling up in the pan when you fry them. I also like to flip the chops on their side and render down the fat in the pan. This will add a huge amount of flavour to the sauce.
Pork Chop Seasoning
I tend to keep it fairly simple and just liberally season with salt and pepper. You could add some garlic powder as well if you’d like.
Process shots: add seasoned pork to pan (photo 1), fry both sides (photo 2), render fat (photo 3), remove (photo 4).
French Onion Pork Chops
For the base of the sauce, all you need is flour and beef stock. A lot of the flavour will come from the caramelized onions, but for added flavour, I love adding Worcestershire sauce alongside the resting juices from the pork chops.
Once you’ve made the sauce, add the chops back in the pan, top with some of the onions then plonk on some gruyere. To melt the cheese I typically pop the pan under the grill, but you could add on a lid and let the steam melt the cheese.
Process shots: add onions back to pan (photo 1), stir in flour (photo 2), stir in stock, seasoning & Worcestershire sauce and add pork chops on top (photo 3), add cheese (photo 4).
French Onion Pork Chops FAQ
Can I use a different meat?
I have tried this with chicken in the past which works pretty well!
What kind of pan should I use?
The best kind of pan would be non-stick (best for caramelizing onions) and oven-safe (best for melting cheese under the grill). If the pan isn’t oven-safe just add a lid on to melt the cheese. If it’s not non-stick (i.e. cast-iron skillet) just make sure it’s well seasoned.
What can I use instead of Gruyere?
Any sort of melty Swiss-style cheese will do the trick. Grated or sliced!
Serving French Onion Pork Chops
Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for these French onion pork chops shall we?!
How to make French Onion Pork Chops (Full Recipe & Video)
French Onion Pork Chops
- Large Oven-Safe Pan (see notes)
- Wooden Spoon
- Cheese Grater
- Jug (for stock)
- Sharp Knife & Chopping Board (for onions)
Ingredients (check list):
- 4x 4-5.3oz/120-150g Pork Chops, brought close to room (see notes)
- 2 large White Onions, finely sliced (approx 14oz/400g weight of both BEFORE peeled)
- 1 cup / 250ml Beef Stock
- 1 cup / 100g grated Gruyere, or as needed to cover pork (see notes)
- 1 tbsp Butter
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil, divided in two
- 1 tbsp Flour
- 1/2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
- Salt & Black Pepper, as needed
- Fresh Thyme, to garnish
- Add 1 tbsp butter and 1/2 tbsp olive oil to a pan over medium heat, then add in the onions. Fry for 15mins, stirring somewhat frequently, until the onions turn soft and golden.
- Add in 1/8 tsp salt & black pepper, then lower the heat slightly to low-medium and continue frying for another 10-15mins, or until completely soft, deep golden and sticky/sweet. If any fond (flavour/char) builds up in the pan at any point, just add a dash of water and use your wooden spoon to scrape it off. Remove onions from pan when done.
- Meanwhile, generously season both sides of the pork chops with salt and pepper and score the fat if it's relatively thick. Turn heat to high and add 1/2 tbsp olive oil. Place in the pork chops and fry for a couple of minutes on each side until golden brown (should only just be cooked through the centre). Stack the chops on top of each other with the fat aligning, then use your tongs to flip them on the sides and sear the fat for a couple of mins. Remove from pan and place to one side. Lower heat to medium.
- You should be left with around 1 tbsp oil/fat left in the pan. Top up with butter or oil to make around that if needed (just eyeball it). Add the onions back to the pan and stir in 1 tbsp flour. Pour in 1 cup beef stock, stirring as you go to ensure no lumps form. Stir in 1/2 tsp Worcestershire, any resting juices from the pork and seasoning to taste, then add the chops back in. Spoon over some of the onions, top with cheese then place under the grill and broil until the cheese has melted (add a lid on top to melt the cheese if your pan isn't oven safe).
- Garnish with fresh thyme then serve up and enjoy!
Quick 1 min demo!
- Non-Stick and Oven-Safe: This is great because the onions won't stick and you can pop it under the grill at the end.
- Oven-Safe but NOT Non-Stick: I.e something like a cast iron skillet. Just make sure it's well seasoned so it doesn't cause too much sticking. Or, make the caramelized onions in a separate non-stick pan.
- Non-Stick, but NOT Oven-Safe: If this is what you have then you'll need to make sure it's got a lid so you can melt the cheese at the end. Or, make the onions and continue the recipe in an oven-safe pan.
Your Private Notes:
For another French onion inspired recipe check out my French Onion Mac & Cheese!
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