Parmesan-Crusted Pork Chops: A Flavorful Delight


When you’re craving a crispy, savory dinner that’s easy to prepare, look no further than these Parmesan-crusted pork chops. Thinly sliced pork chops are coated in a flavorful mixture of Panko bread crumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, and garlic powder, resulting in a golden crust that’s irresistible. Let’s dive into the details and get cooking!


  • 1 lb. Thinly Sliced Pork Chops (Irregular Cuts and Ends): These irregularly shaped chops work perfectly for this recipe.
  • ¼ cup BBQ Sauce: Adds a touch of smokiness and sweetness.
  • ½ cup Panko Bread Crumbs: Provides crunch and texture.
  • ½ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese: The star of the crust.
  • 3 Tbsp Garlic Powder: Infuses the chops with garlicky flavor.
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste: Season as desired.
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil: For pan-frying.


  1. Prep the Pork Chops: Place the thawed pork chops on a paper towel and pat them dry. Season both sides with salt and pepper.
  2. Coat with BBQ Sauce: Rub BBQ sauce onto both sides of the pork chops, ensuring they are well coated. The sauce adds moisture and flavor.
  3. Create the Breading Mix: On a plate, combine the grated Parmesan cheese, Panko bread crumbs, and garlic powder. Mix well to create a flavorful breading.
  4. Coat the Pork Chops: Dip each pork chop into the breading mix, pressing it onto the surface to adhere. Make sure the chops are thoroughly coated.
  5. Chill and Set: Refrigerate the coated pork chops for about 30 minutes. This helps the breading adhere better during cooking.
  6. Pan-Fry to Perfection: Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Add the pork chops and cook for a few minutes on each side until golden brown and crispy. Flip them only once to maintain the crust.
  7. Check Internal Temperature: Use a meat thermometer to ensure the pork chops reach an internal temperature of 150°F (65°C). This ensures they are cooked through but still juicy.
  8. Serve and Enjoy: Plate the Parmesan-crusted pork chops and pair them with your favorite sides.

Serving Ideas

  • Long Grain and Wild Rice: A fluffy rice pilaf compliments the chops beautifully.
  • Butter Noodles: Simple buttered egg noodles are a classic choice.
  • Italian Vegetable Medley: Sautéed zucchini, bell peppers, and cherry tomatoes add color and freshness.
  • Dinner Rolls: Soft dinner rolls are perfect for sopping up any extra sauce.

Whether you’re cooking for a weeknight dinner or a special occasion, these Parmesan-crusted pork chops are sure to impress. Enjoy the crispy exterior and juicy interior—it’s a winning combination! 🍽️🐖🧀

The recipe in this post was created by David Huston, and I used AI to help create this post and the image.
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