Perfect Porkchops

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4 – 6 servings

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Pan-frying or braaiing time: 8 – 10 minutes


  • 4 – 6 pork chops, trimmed to your preference (ask your butcher to trim the chops for you, if necessary)
  • Salt, pepper and chicken- or barbeque spice to taste
  • 30 – 45 ml (2 – 3 tablespoons) cooking oil
  • 15 – 20 ml lemon or lime juice (one tablespoon)
  • 15 ml (one tablespoon) melted butter


1. Pat the pork chops dry with kitchen paper. Moisture or water on the pork chops will prevent it from developing a nice golden colour and texture.

2. Season with salt, pepper and spice. Use a bit of of cooking oil to help rub the seasoning in the chops.

3. Place the chops over medium-hot coals on the braai.

4. If cooking indoors, heat the oil in a heavy based frying pan and use tongs or a spatula to place the chops in the pan.

5. Do not turn it over quickly, but braai or fry them about 5 minutes on the first side or until the bottoms release from the braai grill or pan easily.

6. Turn over, and grill or fry for a short period of time, just until the inside is light grey and the chops are still juicy and not dry.

7 Add the lemon juice and melted butter to the pan and spoon it over the chops just before servin

8 If braaiing outside, mix the lemon juice and butter and drizzle over chops just before removing them from the braai.

9 Leave to rest in the kitchen for about 5 minutes before serving.

Great Tip

Pork chops at room temperature will give a better result than ice cold chops straight out of the fridge. When handling or turning pork chops on the braai or in the frying pan, do not use a fork to poke holes into the surface of the meat. All those lovely meat juices will run out.

The Gardener