Smothered Pork Chops have been a comforting staple in family kitchens for generations. This dish, with its tender pork chops and flavorful gravy, has the power to turn any dinner into a hearty feast. Perfect for home cooks and pork lovers, this guide will walk you through creating this beloved classic.

smothered pork chops


  • 4 bone-in pork chops (about 1-inch thick)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, (plus 2 tablespoons for gravy)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • Optional: Mushrooms, bell peppers, or garlic for extra flavor


  1. Start by seasoning the pork chops on both sides with salt and pepper.
  2. Dredge each chop in flour, shaking off the excess. This not only helps to brown the pork chops but also thickens the gravy later.

Cooking Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the pork chops and cook until golden brown on both sides, about 3-4 minutes per side. Remove the chops from the skillet and set aside.
  3. In the same skillet, add the sliced onion (and any additional vegetables you're using) and sauté until soft and slightly caramelized.

Making the Gravy

  1. Sprinkle the 2 tablespoons of flour over the onions and stir to combine. Cook for 1-2 minutes to remove the raw flour taste.
  2. Gradually whisk in the chicken broth, ensuring there are no lumps. Bring the mixture to a simmer.
  3. Return the pork chops to the skillet, covering them in the onion and broth mixture.
  4. Cover and simmer on low heat for about 25-30 minutes, or until the pork chops are tender.

Serving Suggestions

Smothered Pork Chops pair wonderfully with mashed potatoes, rice, or steamed green vegetables like green beans or broccoli. These sides can soak up the delicious gravy, making a perfectly rounded meal.

Tips for Success

  • Don't Overcook the Pork: To ensure tender pork chops, avoid cooking them for too long in the skillet before simmering in the gravy.
  • Thickening the Gravy: If the gravy is too thin after simmering, remove the pork chops and allow the gravy to reduce further. Alternatively, a cornstarch slurry can be used for quick thickening.
  • Flavor Variations: Feel free to experiment with adding different herbs and spices to the gravy to suit your taste preferences.


Making Smothered Pork Chops at Home is a rewarding experience that brings a taste of comfort to your table. This dish, with its rich flavors and tender meat, is sure to become a family favorite. We encourage you to try this recipe and make it your own by experimenting with different ingredients and serving sides. Share your success stories and any personal twists you've added to the recipe. For more delightful family meals, continue exploring our recipes and tips for success in the kitchen. Happy cooking!

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