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With a flavorful crispy outside and a tender juicy inside, bone-in pork chops are fried to perfection in this quick and easy, authentic Southern Fried Pork Chop recipe!

Sometimes nothing tastes as good as some good ‘ole Southern cooking – especially when you fry up some of these delicious Southern Fried Pork Chops!

Rarely do my husband and I eat fried foods, but when we do, one of our favorite recipes is one he taught me how to make: Southern Fried Pork Chops.

This super simple Southern recipe is not only quick and easy, but it also uses ingredients that you most likely already have in your kitchen pantry.

A true Southern classic, these delicious fried pork chops have a crispy, golden brown seasoned crust on the outside, and a tender and juicy inside. #porkchops #recipe #Southern

And if you love pork chops, but fried food isn’t for you, I have several other mouth-watering pork chop recipes on the site such as this one for Parmesan Garlic Pork Chops and this Rosemary Sage Pork Chops recipe.

If you do want to give these Southern Fried Pork Chops a try, then you’ve come to the right place to learn how to make them. But first, check out the following tips that will help you fry them to tender, juicy perfection!

3 Tips on How to Make Tender and Juicy Pork Chops Every Time

Despite the popularity of fried pork chops, a lot of people struggle with cooking them to perfection. It’s so easy to over-cook pork chops and have them turn out dry and rubbery!

But if you follow these three tips and my Southern Fried Pork Chops recipe, you should have no trouble frying your pork chops perfectly, so they have a flavorful, crispy outside and tender, juicy inside!

1. Pick Out the Right Pork Chop

Making the perfect Southern fried pork chop begins with the correct cut of meat. For pan-frying, bone-in pork chops are best. This is because the bone helps the pork chop retain moisture while also adding flavor to the meat.

Thickness is also key. Because pan-frying uses high, direct heat, it’s very easy to overcook (or undercook) the pork chops if they’re not the right thickness. For this recipe, choose chops that are about 1-inch thick.

2. Allow Chops to Come to Room Temp. Before Frying

Remove the fully thawed pork chops from the refrigerator and let them come to room temperature before you cook them. This way the entire chop will be at the same temperature and will cook evenly as opposed to the outside of the chops getting dry and overcooked before the center part is ready. This usually takes about 15-30 minutes, but it’s well-worth the wait!

3. Allow Southern Fried Pork Chops to Rest After Cooking, Too

As with any meat, the juices move away from the heat to the center of the meat while it cooks. So if you cut into your pork chops too soon, all that tasty juice will spill right out. Avoid this by allowing the pork chops to rest for about five minutes after cooking. Again, it’s well worth the wait. Promise!

Now that you know the secrets to frying up a truly delicious pork chop, you’re ready to get started! Enjoy!

Southern-fried-pork-chops dinner on a blue plate

How to Make Southern Fried Pork Chops

This easy Southern Fried Pork Chops recipe is quick enough to throw together on a weeknight, but they taste so good, you’d happily serve them to company, too!

You will find the full recipe, including ingredients and instructions in the free printable recipe card towards the end of this post. But first, here are the step by step instructions complete with photos.

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Ingredients Needed to Make Southern Fried Pork Chops

We’ve all heard the saying that less is more, and it’s especially true in this case! This tasty Southern Fried Pork recipe calls for nothing more than a few common ingredients including:

  • 1-inch thick, bone-in pork chops
  • all-purpose flour
  • garlic powder
  • paprika
  • salt and pepper
  • vegetable oil

Southern Fried Pork Chops Instructions

When time is of the essence, it’s great to have a quick and easy dinner idea in your back pocket. Not only is this Fried Pork Chop recipe delicious, but you can prepare it (and clean it up) in a flash.

Step One: Heat the Oil

  • Begin by adding the vegetable oil to a large frying pan and heating over medium high heat.

Step Two: Make the Seasoned Breading

  • While the oil is heating, add the flour, garlic and paprika to a large freezer bag and mix together.
rinse the chops

Step Three: Season

  • Rinse the pork chops under cold water, allowing to drip dry until they are just slightly damp, then place them in the bag.
  • Seal it and shake until the chops are completely covered in the seasoned flour mixture.
place chops in bag with flour, salt and pepper

Step Four: Fry

  • Once the oil is hot enough, remove the chops from the bag and carefully place them into the oil.
Southern-fried-pork-chops place chops in hot oil
  • Cook for about five minutes on each side, until the outsides are golden brown. Remember, pork chops are done once they reach an internal temperature of at least 145 degrees.

Pro tip: Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the meat, at least 1 inch away from the bone.

Southern-fried-pork-chops-cook about 5 minutes per side

Step Five: Let Rest

  • Once the pork chops are finished, place them on a plate covered with paper towels to absorb any of extra oil.
  • Season to taste with the salt and pepper.
  • Then allow the chops to rest under a sheet of foil for about five minutes before serving.
Southern-fried-pork-chops-dab off excess oil with paper towel


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Yield: 4 pork chops

Southern Fried Pork Chops

Southern Fried Pork Chops

A true Southern classic, these delicious pork chops have a crispy, golden brown, garlic and paprika seasoned crust on the outside, and are tender and juicy on the inside. Destined to become a family favorite!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 4 one-inch thick, bone-in pork chops
  • 1.5 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1.5 to 2 tbsp. powdered garlic, depending on your tastes
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup Vegetable Oil


  1. Add the vegetable oil to a large frying pan, and begin heating over medium high heat.
  2. While the oil is heating, mix the flour, garlic and paprika in a large freezer bag. Mix together.
  3. Rinse the room temperature pork chops under cold water, letting them drip dry until they are just damp, then place them in the bag.
  4. Seal the bag, and shake until chops are completely covered in the seasoned flour mixture.
  5. Once your oil is hot enough, carefully add the pork chops.
  6. Cook the chops for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side, until the outsides are golden brown.
  7. Remove from oil, place on a plate with paper towels to absorb any remaining oil, and season to taste with the salt and pepper.
  8. Cover with foil and allow to rest for about 5 minutes.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 pork chop

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 388Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 99mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 2gSugar: 0gProtein: 16g

Nutritional information is automatically calculated with ingredients and serving size and may not be accurate. Please always double check with your own nutritional apps as well.

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Monday 16th of April 2018

My family's preference is boneless pork chops. Will it make that much difference if I dont use bone-in?

Alaina Bullock

Tuesday 17th of April 2018

Hi Tillie! Nope. I;ve used boneless for this as well - just keep an eye on them so they do not overcook. Depending on thickness of the cut, they most likely will not take as long to cook. Enjoy!

Heather (@thedomesticdiva)

Saturday 9th of August 2014

I'm a southern belle as well, this is exactly how we fry our pork chops! So simple and a southerner's favorite.

Alaina Bullock

Monday 7th of March 2016

They really are sooooo good!

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