I really, really wanted to call these Thyme Pork Chops an easy 30-minute meal. But I would be lying. It ended up taking me 32 minutes. haha. And I value honesty. So here is amazing, elegant, but easy to make 32-minute meal.
I suggest fresh thyme for this recipe, but you can substitute dried. Just remember to ratio of fresh:dried is 3:1. So only use 1/3 the amount called for if you’re using dried thyme.
I make my own homemade chicken broth and homemade cajun seasoning. But you can use store-bought for both if you desire. I highly recommend at least making your own cajun seasoning, though. You would be amazed at the difference!
Thyme Pork Chops with Cream Sauce
- Mise en place (always!). In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cajun seasoning, 1 tsp. of thyme, garlic salt, and onion powder. Dredge pork chops through flour mixture, coating thoroughly.
- Heat 2 Tbsp. of butter in a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Once hot, place pork chops into skillet. Cook for 4-5 minutes, until browned. Only move pork as much as needed to prevent over-browning.
- Add 1 Tbsp. of butter, swirl around. Flip pork chops. Cook the other side 4-5 minutes, until browned. Remove pork from skillet.
- Add broth, lemon juice, garlic, and remaining 1/2 tsp. of thyme. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir, making sure to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
- Add pork back into pan. Simmer on medium-low (or low) for 15-20 minutes, until pork is cooked through.
- Remove cooked pork chops from pan. Plate on plate and cover to keep warm.
- Add last tablespoon of butter and heavy cream to pan. Simmer on medium for 3-5 minutes, until sauce thickened to desired consistency.
- Serve pork with sauce drizzled over.