Chef John's Smothered Pork Chops


This smothered pork chops recipe is a beautiful combination of dark, rich onion gravy covering pan-fried pork chops. And you know that when a dish has "smothered" in the name, it's going to be delicious. An easy meal to prepare that is sure to impress. Serve over hot cooked rice.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 10 mins


  • 4 large bone-in pork chops, about 1 inch thick

  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 ½ tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth

  • ¼ cup buttermilk

  • ¼ cup water


  1. Sprinkle pork chops with poultry seasoning, salt, and black pepper on both sides. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; brown pork chops well on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.

  2. Discard excess grease from the pan and melt butter in the same skillet. Reduce heat to medium and stir onion in the hot skillet with a pinch of salt until onion is very browned and caramelized, about 15 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in flour and cook for 2 minutes.

  3. Pour chicken broth into the skillet and stir, dissolving browned bits of food in the bottom of the skillet. Pour juices that have accumulated on the plate containing pork chops into the sauce. Mix in buttermilk until smooth. Add water. Bring sauce to a simmer, reduce heat to low, and cook until onions begin to break down and sauce is thickened, 15 to 20 minutes.

  4. Place pork chops into sauce, spooning sauce over meat to coat. Turn heat to low and simmer until chops are tender and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Adjust levels of salt and pepper and serve chops with gravy on top.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

370 Calories
25g Fat
8g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 370
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 9g 44%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 79mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 4mg 21%
Calcium 61mg 5%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 478mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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