Try these Boiled Pork Chops and see that simple boiled food doesn’t have to be bland! You only need one pot and 30 minutes to make this delicious recipe.
Boiled meat gets a bad rep for being bland and unappetizing. But I am here to change your mind with these juicy boiled pork chops. They’re tender but more importantly full of flavor.
- Pork chops- I used 2 bone-in chops that were about ¾ inch thick with a nice marbling. I like to use the meat with bones because it adds more flavor to the broth while it’s cooking.
- Fresh thyme- This is a must-have to make sure we get a flavorful finish recipe. I added 4 twigs that I then tied up for faster removal. The thyme will slowly infuse flavor by slowly releasing flavorful compounds while boiling. You can substitute for ½ teaspoon of dried oregano.
- Garlic- I added 2 peeled garlic cloves that I lightly crushed but feel free to add a few more if you like. The garlic will slowly release the flavor and aroma. Once cooked it will have a slightly sweet buttery taste. Delicious to eat with the meat.
- Seasonings- I used a combination of salt, black pepper, onion, and garlic powder. If you want to make this a spicy recipe you can add ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper.
- Water- I only used 4 cups of water to make this recipe. You don’t need gallons of water, just enough to boil and make some broth with the rest. While is not needed, you can substitute the water for any vegetable or beef stock or broth you like to add more flavor.
- You can give the meat a different taste by only adding a few ingredients. You can make them have a lemon pepper taste by just adding the zest from a lemon. You can also add 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning to give a different flavor.
- Vegetables- You can add carrots, celery, or potatoes. But not too many because we are only using 4 cups of water and don’t want to overcrowd the pan. The vegetables will add flavor and thickness to the broth.
- Color- You can add sazon which is used in many Latin dishes to give not only color but flavor. You can also use 1 teaspoon of paprika or 2 tablespoons of tomato sauce.
- Flavor- You can add 2 tablespoons of sofrito to add more flavor to the broth and the meat. It has a herby taste and aroma. It is the perfect addition to this recipe because is made with fresh vegetables like onions, peppers, garlic, and culantro.
How To Make it
- Step 1: Add the meat, thyme, and garlic to a pan. You can use a large oven, soup pot, or any pan you have as long as it has a lid to cover while cooking.
- Step 2: Add the seasonings and water. If you are adding more vegetables you can add them now. Just make sure they’re big enough so they don’t completely turn into mush.
⭐️Tip: I tied the thyme twigs with some cooking thread for faster removal but you don’t have to.
- Step 3: Now cover the pot and cook for 25 minutes. No need to open the pot to stir or flip.
- Step 4: You can now serve immediately. You can serve it next to rice with beans or enjoy it by itself.
⭐️Tip: The internal temperature of your meat should be at least 145° F after is cooked.
- This recipe can be used as the first step of another recipe. You can boil the pork chops and then pan-fry them for 30 seconds on each side in a very hot pan or even grill them to add flavor and color.
What to do with the leftovers?
Pork chop leftovers are great because you can use them in many different ways. You can chop them up and serve them on top of ramen, pasta, or vegetable salads or even as toppings on baked potatoes or fries. You can also remove the meat from the bone and make a good sandwich with a potato bun or sweet bread.
Storing and Reheating
- Store in an airtight container with the leftover broth. Keep in the fridge for no more than 4 days. But remember if it smells or tasty funny, discard it.
- Reheating can be tricky because you want to avoid drying the meat. You can use the microwave by heating it for 30 seconds at a time. But your best bet is to add ¼ cup of water to a covered pan on low heat for 5 minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Bone in are the best for this recipe. This is because the boneless ones tend to be ultra-lean and are best cooked with quick methods to avoid getting dried meat.
Never discard the leftover broth because you can always repurpose it. I always use any leftover broth as the liquid in any of my rice recipes like my rib rice. It can also be used to make sauce, gravies and even to boil veggies and infuse them with flavor.
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Boiled Pork Chops
- 2 pork chops bone in
- 4 fresh thyme twigs
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 ½ teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 4 cups water
- In a large pot over high heat add the pork chops, garlic, thyme, all the seasonings, and water.
- Cover and cook for 25 minutes. Serve and Enjoy!
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