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smothered pork chops in black nonstick skillet

Southern Smothered Pork Chops

  • Author: Quin Liburd
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Southern


This classic, Southern Smothered Pork Chops recipe is pure comfort food at its finest. Pan-fried, super flavorful pork chops covered beautifully in rich onion gravy! A perfect dish that’s so easy to whip up, flavor-filled, and extra extra cozy!


  • 4 bone-in ribeye pork chops (about 2.5 lbs)
  • kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium-sized white onion, cut & sliced into half moons
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, de-stemmed
  • 2 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream


  1. Use a paper towel to pat dry the pork chops on both sides. Season the chops with salt/pepper- to taste, along with the garlic powder and smoked paprika on all sides. Use your hands (fitted with disposable gloves, if desired) to massage the spices into the chops. Then set the pork chops aside.
  2. Add the flour into a shallow pie plate or dish. Dip each pork chop into the flour, coating well on all sides, and then shake off excess flour. Add the floured pork chops to a small baking sheet/platter and repeat the process until all the pork chops are coated in flour- but do not discard the remaining flour, set aside.
  3. In a large non-stick skillet (at least 10-inches or larger), heat the butter/olive oil over medium heat.
  4. Once the mixture sizzles, gently swirl the skillet to evenly coat the bottom, add the pork chops into the skillet. Careful not to overcrowd the pan, depending on the size of your chops, you may have to cook them in batches. Cook the pork chops for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until a nice brown sear/crust appears. Then transfer the fried pork chops to a clean baking sheet/platter and cover them with foil.
  5. Add the onions into the skillet and sauté, stirring often. Allow the onions to break down and caramelize until they reach a deeply golden-brown color, about 8-10 minutes. Then add in the garlic and continue stirring until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  6. Take 2 tablespoons of the reserved flour and sprinkle it into the skillet. Stir the flour into the onion mixture until all the flour begins to dissolve. The flour should absorb most, if not all, of any butter/oil left in the skillet- making sure that all the flour has fully dissolved.
  7. Sprinkle in the fresh thyme and stir together once more. Pour in the stock and use a wooden utensil to stir the stock into the mixture, scraping up any bits on the bottom of the pan. Continue cooking until the mixture starts to thicken some, about 2 minutes.
  8. Stir in the heavy cream to bring the gravy together and allow the mixture to come up to a simmer. Then taste the gravy and adjust it to your preference by adding more salt/pepper, as desired.
  9. Add in the pork chops along with any residual juices and spoon the gravy over them. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let the chops simmer in the gravy to finish off, about 10-15 minutes more. The gravy will thicken nicely, take on a deeper color, and meld with the pork chops.
  10. Then remove from heat and let the dish cool for 5 minutes. Serve the smothered pork chops immediately alongside your favorite sides like mashed potatoes, rice, veggies, or other desired side items. Enjoy!


  1. Storing: Store the smothered pork chops in an airtight container in the refrigerator to keep for at least 3 days.
  2. For best recipe success, please read the blog post & notes in its entirety with video tutorial before beginning.

Keywords: pork, pork chops, gravy, southern, smothered pork chops, onion gravy