Reverse Sear Pork Chops


These reverse sear pork chops are moist, tender, and juicy every time. By baking the chops first, then searing them, the meat gets a golden, crusty outside without drying out the meat on the inside.

Closeup shot of plateful of reverse sear pork chops.

I love making pork chops, especially when they have a nice, golden crust on the outside. My problem was trying to get that perfect exterior without drying out the interior. When I tried reverse searing, that problem went away! These chops are perfect every time!

Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • You'll only need 6 ingredients to make it.
  • Pork chops are a budget-friendly and delicious meat.
  • It's an easy recipe that even beginners can master easily.
  • It's just plain delicious!

Top Tip

A cast iron skillet works best for searing these pork chops if you have it.

Closeup shot of tow reverse sear pork chops stacked atop one another on plate with to pork chop cut in half.


This simple recipe uses 6 ingredients, 5 of which are kitchen staples. You should only have to shop for the pork chops!

All the ingredients are listed here, but you can find the exact amounts in the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Bone-in pork chops
  • Butter, melted
  • Garlic, minced
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive oil
Overhead shot of individual reverse sear pork chop ingredients in bowls on table.


Reverse searing is an incrediblyeasy process that anyone can do. It really takes no skill, and the results are amazing.

The highlights are here, but you can find the exact instructions in the recipe card at the end of the post.

1: Mix melted butter, garlic, salt, and pepper in a bowl.

Overhead shot of bowl with melted butter, garlic, salt, and pepper.

2: Coat the pork chops and bake in a low oven until the internal temperature reaches 110 degrees.

Overhed shot of raw pork chop coated in garlic butter mixture.

3: Heat oil over high heat and sear the chops on each side until golden.

Closeup shot of garlic butter-coated pork chops in skillet.
Closeup overhead shot of skilletful of reverse sear pork chops.
Closeup shot of plate with reverse sear pork chop.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Season your pork chops with your favorite spices.
  • This method works for chicken and beef as well as pork.
  • Add some heat to your chops with a pinch of red pepper flakes.
  • You can use any oil with a high smoke point.


  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Baking sheet
  • Skillet
  • Tongs
Closeup shot of two reverse sear pork chops stacked atop one another with the top chop cut in half.


Refrigerator: Store in an air-tight container for up to 4 days.

Freezer: Store in an air-tight, freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.

Reheat: Bring the chops to room temperature, then bake them at 300 degrees until heated through.

What to Serve with Reverse Sear Pork Chops

Pork chops have a mild flavor that makes them perfect with all kinds of dishes. Searing them in this way gives them even richer flavor, as well. Try them with:

  • Garlic bread
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Baked potatoes
  • Roasted potatoes
  • Your favorite vegetables


  • Use an oil with a high smoke point. It needs to be very hot to sear the chops.
  • The pan is hot enough when the oil begins to smoke.
  • Use a meat thermometer to bake your chops to just underdone. This keeps them from overcooking as they sear.
Closeup shot of plateful of reverse sear pork chops stacked atop one another.


What is reverse searing?

Reverse searing is a process of slowly cooking meat to remain tender and juicy, then searing it to create a golden exterior. This process allows for a golden exterior without drying the interior.

What should reverse-seared meat look like?

Reverse seared chicken, pork, or beef should have a golden crust on the outside and a juicy inside.

Why were my reverse sear pork chops dry?

It's important to remember that you won't fully cook your pork chops before reverse searing them. Instead, you'll cook them until they're just minutes from being done. The reverse searing will continue to cook them to perfection.

More Delicious Main Dishes

Yield: 4 servings

Reversed Sear Pork Chops

Reversed Sear Pork Chops

Reverse sear pork chops are moist and tender on the inside and golden on the outside. This method makes tender, juicy chops every time!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 32 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes


  • 4 bone-in pork chops
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 250ºF.
  2. Melt butter in a large bowl.
  3. Add garlic, salt, and pepper.  Mix well.
  4. Dredge each pork chop in the butter mixture and place them on a baking sheet with rack.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 110ºF.
  6. Remove pork chops from oven.
  7. Heat olive oil in a large cast iron skillet over high heat.
  8. When oil begins to smoke, place pork chops in oil.  Sear for 1 minute and flip.
  9. Sear for an additional minute on the other side.
  10. Remove from pan and allow excess oil to drip off.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 493Total Fat 36gSaturated Fat 14gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 18gCholesterol 162mgSodium 760mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 40g

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