Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen
Hands-on Time
15 Mins
Total Time
15 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 chop and about 2 tablespoons sauce)

Deglazing: The process of using a liquid to lift the browned bits left after cooking meat or vegetables in a pan to incorporate their flavorful essence back into the dish.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat a large stainless steel skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Sprinkle pork with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add pork to pan. Cook 4 minutes; turn and cook an additional 3 minutes or until done. Remove from pan.

Step 2

Why? The proteins and sugars that meat releases as it sears stick to the stainless steel pan (unlike nonstick). The protein bits are called fond.

Step 3

Add shallots to pan; sauté 90 seconds. Add wine; cook 2 minutes or until reduced by half, scraping pan with a flat wooden spoon to loosen browned bits.

Step 4

Why? Adding liquid to the pan and heating it makes it possible to scrape up the fond. The browned bits dissolve and add deep, meaty flavor to the deglazing liquid.

Step 5

Add stock. Bring to a boil; cook 4 minutes or until reduced to 1/3 cup. Add thyme sprig. Remove from heat. Whisk in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and butter. Spoon sauce over chops.

Step 6

Why? The resulting deglazed mixture is now a flavorful base for a sauce that's enriched at the end with butter. The salt's flavor concentrates as the sauce cooks, so season at the end.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

So tasty!!

November 10, 2015
No joking here, this was one of the best pork recipes I've tasted.  My family agrees!  Prep super easy.  Picture doesn't look very tasty, but it was.

martyj's review

February 21, 2016
Delicious! The sauce really makes the dish. I used bone-in chops. Easy prep and easy to make. The only thing different I did was add the chops back in while the sauce reduced.

Very good!

March 07, 2018
I also added the chops back to the pan just after the stock started to simmer.  Served with oven roasted baby red potatoes and asparagus.  Will definitely make again.


July 30, 2016
I made this for a Friday night dinner. It is a good and quite quick and simple recipe. I probably would not call it company worthy but very good only if the chops are not overcooked and dry. I had bone in chops and they were done perfectly but I did not cook as long as recipe said.

Great Weeknight Pork Chops

July 06, 2018
Delicious recipe, perfect for a weeknight. I only used 2 bone-in chops but left the sauce amounts the same to use over mashed potatoes. I didn't find the sauce needed any added salt and I subbed finely diced red onion for the shallots. To cook the bone-in chops, I returned to the pan after bringing sauce to a boil and simmered for 4-5 minutes.