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Skillet Pork Chops with Sweet and Sour Peppers

  • Author: Megan Keno
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


This 30 minute meal of skillet pork chops with sweet and sour peppers will liven up your weeknight meal rotation! And it’s a perfect start to your cast iron journey.


Units Scale
  • 2 Bell Peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1 Red Onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 Tbsp Olive Oil, divided
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Thinly sliced Basil
  • 2 Bone In Pork Chops, allow to rest at room temperature for 45 minutes before cooking
  • 3 cloves Garlic, crushed (keep the skin on, crush with the side of a knife)
  • 1 small bunch fresh Thyme
  • 3 Tbsp Butter


For the Sweet and Sour Peppers

  1. In a skillet over medium to medium-high heat, add in 2 Tablespoons of the olive oil. Add in the sliced peppers and red onion. Make sure that the veggies are sautéing (and making that hissing sound) the whole time. They shouldn’t steam.
  2. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Then, add in the sugar so that the peppers and onion begin to caramelize and break down.
  3. After a couple of minutes, add in the red wine vinegar, continuing to sauté and toss the peppers.
  4. Sprinkle on the fresh basil, and once incorporated, set aside the peppers.

For the Pork Chops

  1. In the same skillet, wiped clean, add in the remaining olive oil and heat the pan until the oil is nearly smoking.
  2. Pat the pork chops dry with paper towels, and season well on both sides of the pork chops. For any fat surrounding the pork chops, make two to three cuts through the fat so that it doesn’t contract. This will make sure the pork chops stay flat and cook on the pan evenly.
  3. Place the pork chops into the heated pan and olive oil. Add in the crushed garlic cloves and fresh thyme. Cook the pork chops for about 3 minutes each side, for a medium done chop.
  4. After you have flipped the pork chops to the other side, add in the butter around the chops and baste them until done. Allow them to rest for 5 minutes before cutting and serving.
  5. Serve the peppers and pork together!


Inspired by Gordon Ramsey’s Ultimate Cookery Course Pork Chops with Sweet and Sour Peppers

Keywords: Pork, Cast Iron, Pork Chops, Recipe, Pepper, Vegetable