Stuffed pork chops are a culinary delight that can elevate any meal. Perfect for home cooks, pork lovers, and food enthusiasts, these versatile and flavorful dishes offer endless possibilities for customization. In this guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know to make stuffed pork chops that are juicy, flavorful, and sure to impress.

stuffed pork chops

Ingredients List

Before we get started, gather the following ingredients:

For the Pork Chops:

  • 4 thick-cut pork chops
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Olive oil (for searing)

For the Traditional Stuffing:

  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth

For Creative Stuffing Options:

  • Apple and Sage: 1 apple (peeled and diced), 1/4 cup chopped sage, 1/4 cup walnuts (chopped)
  • Spinach and Feta: 1 cup fresh spinach (chopped), 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Cranberry and Pecan: 1/2 cup dried cranberries, 1/4 cup chopped pecans

Preparation Steps

Step 1: Prepare the Pork Chops

  • Rinse the pork chops under cold water and pat them dry with paper towels.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut a pocket in each pork chop. To do this, insert the knife horizontally into the thickest part of the chop and carefully slice inward, creating a pocket without cutting through the other side.

Step 2: Season the Pork Chops

  • Season the pork chops generously with salt and pepper on both sides.

Stuffing Options

Traditional Stuffing

  • In a mixing bowl, combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, parsley, garlic, and chicken broth. Mix until well combined.

Creative Stuffing

  • Choose one of the creative stuffing options and mix the ingredients in a bowl until well combined.

Step 3: Stuff the Pork Chops

  • Carefully spoon the stuffing of your choice into the pocket of each pork chop. Use toothpicks to secure the opening if necessary.

Cooking Methods


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Heat olive oil in an oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Sear the pork chops for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown.
  4. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 145°F (63°C).


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Sear the pork chops for 5-7 minutes on each side until they are cooked through and reach an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C).


  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Sear the pork chops for 5-7 minutes on each side, or until the internal temperature reaches 145°F (63°C).

Serving Suggestions

Pair your stuffed pork chops with the following sides:

  • Mashed Potatoes: Creamy mashed potatoes complement the richness of the pork chops.
  • Roasted Vegetables: A medley of roasted vegetables adds color and freshness.
  • Salad: A light and crisp salad can balance the meal.

Wine and Beverage Pairings

  • White Wine: Chardonnay or Riesling
  • Red Wine: Pinot Noir or Zinfandel
  • Non-Alcoholic: Sparkling apple cider or iced tea

Best Practices

Tips for Juicy and Flavorful Pork Chops

  • Do Not Overcook: Keep an eye on the internal temperature to prevent overcooking.
  • Rest Before Serving: Allow the pork chops to rest for 5 minutes before slicing. This helps retain juices.

Storage and Reheating

  • Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Reheating: Reheat in the oven at 300°F (150°C) until warmed through to maintain juiciness.


Now that you’ve mastered the art of stuffed pork chops, it’s time to experiment with different stuffing and seasoning combinations. Don’t be afraid to get creative and try new flavors. We’d love to see your delicious creations—share your photos and experiences with us on social media!

Happy cooking!

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