If you’re looking for a basic Pork Chop Seasoning then look no further! This one is made with simple pantry spices you likely already have on hand, comes together in just a few minutes and makes for delicious and flavourful pork chops every single time.
If there’s one thing I absolutely LOVE doing in my kitchen (and do every dang chance I get), it’s making my own seasonings or spice blends and sauces or marinades. If you’ve been here for a while then you might already know this judging by the vast array of homemade DIY recipes I have in such category. Whether it be brisket dry rub, homemade taco seasoning or my favourite no fail tuna steak marinade, I’m always looking for ways in which I can take items that are probably way more convenient to buy from a bottle or a packet and make them my very own at home. As a matter of fact, many moons before I even started this blog for real, for real, I always challenged myself to see if I can make something from scratch before putting it on my grocery list.
Turns out, for most things, I very well can. You can. Heck, we all can!
If you don’t share the same love for making things from scratch as I do but are looking to change that, or if you simply want to up your kitchen game to let the badass in you we all know is there really shine, a great place to start is by making your own spice blends and seasoning mixes. It’s a good way to learn about the basics of spices. And since you can be as creative as you want to be with it, you’ll learn over time which spices work well together and what exactly to use them for.
The best part about homemade seasoning blends is that you control exactly what’s in it. From the sodium and sugar content to the ability to use only REAL ingredients you can actually pronounce. It’s also WAY cheaper in the long run and a great way to build up your spice cabinet – a not-so-secret weapon in any kitchen! So, next time you’re in the spice isle at the grocery store, skip the pre-packaged blends and grab the ones you need to make this homemade pork chop seasoning instead. Not only is it great on pork chops (amongst other things) but it might change the way you view homemade seasonings forever.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE THIS DIY SEASONING FOR PORK CHOPS
I use my spice cabinet a lot. And I mean, a lot A LOT. Sure, I may have a few in there that you’ve never heard of before. But if you ask me which ones I use the most, it would probably be the ones you see listed here. I wanted to keep this seasoning for pork chops as simple as it gets to show you that even just a few basic pantry spices coming together can far beat that store-bought, crap-filled packet you’re so used to buying. Let’s discuss exactly which spices you’ll need to make this pork chops seasoning in a little bit more detail down below:
- Paprika: Adds a mild, slightly sweet and smoky flavour. There are various types of paprika, such as sweet, smoked or hot. So, choose the one that suits your taste preference or the flavour profile you’re going for.
- Garlic Powder: Enhances the savoury flavour of the pork chops. It’s a convenient way to add garlic flavour without the need to mince fresh garlic.
- Onion Powder: Adds a subtle, sweet onion flavour. Like garlic powder, it provides convenience in flavouring without the need to chop fresh onions.
- Thyme: Contributes an earthy and slightly minty flavour to the pork chop seasoning. It pairs exceptionally well with pork and complements the other seasonings in the mix.
- Rosemary: Offers a fragrant, pine-like aroma and a slightly peppery flavour. Therefore, rosemary adds depth to the seasoning profile.
- Salt/Pepper: Essential for most kinds of seasonings or spice blends, IMHO, and balances out the flavours of the rest of the ingredients. Salt itself enhances the overall flavour of the rub, while pepper adds a bit of heat.
- RECIPE NOTE: If you enjoy a bit of heat, then consider adding a pinch of cayenne pepper or crushed red pepper flakes.
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE SEASONING FOR PORK CHOPS (KEY TIPS)
You can find full instructions for how to make this quick and easy recipe for pork chops seasoning in the recipe card down below, but here are a few quick tips to keep in mind:
- Use fresh and good quality spices for best results. Spices tend to lose their original taste and intensity over time. Using fresh and high quality spices ensures a seasoning blend that is both fresh and flavourful.
- Make sure the spices are well combined before using it. You can whisk them together in a small bowl. Or you use the method I most enjoy – add them all to a small jar with a lid and shake vigorously. This way, you can store the seasoning directly in the jar without having to dirty anymore dishes. EXTRA TIP: If you notice your seasoning blend is a little bit clumpy, sift it through a sieve to make it extra smooth and get rid of all the clumps.
- For freshest and longest lasting results, store your homemade pork chop seasoning in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. If stored in an airtight container or jar with a tight fitting lid, it will be good for up to one year.
- Don’t be afraid to adjust this basic pork chop seasoning to your liking. Try making it spicy or smoky. The beauty of making your own spice blends is that YOU’RE in control! RECIPE NOTE: This pork chops seasoning is not only great for pork chops! So, try using it on anything from beef, chicken and fish to veggies and potatoes.
- This basic seasoning for pork chops makes about 2 tablespoons which is good for about 4 medium size pork chops. Don’t be afraid to double or triple the recipe so you always have some on hand!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Pork pairs well with a variety of seasonings and the choice of spices can enhance the natural flavour of the meat. Whether you’re roasting, grilling, or braising pork, the right combination of seasonings can elevate the dish to new heights.
This basic pork chop seasoning includes some of my favourite spices to use with pork. Garlic powder, onion powder, rosemary, thyme, paprika, salt and pepper. However, feel free to experiment with these seasonings or create your own custom blends based on your taste preferences. Some other seasonings that go well with pork, IMHO, are brown sugar, oregano, fennel, cinnamon, cumin and sage.
The choice of the best herb for pork chops largely depends on personal preference and the flavour profile you want to achieve. However, certain herbs are commonly used with pork due to their ability to complement the meat’s natural taste. Here are some popular herbs that work well with pork chops: rosemary, thyme, sage, oregano, dill, tarragon, parsley, marjoram, chives and cilantro.
Remember, you don’t have to stick to just one herb; many pork chop recipes use a combination of herbs for a more complex flavour. Experiment with different combinations to find the blend that suits your taste preferences!
Achieving moist pork chops involves a combination of proper cooking techniques and attention to factors that affect moisture retention. Here are some of my favourite ways to ensure deliciously juicy and moist pork chops every single time:
Add a moisture element. Incorporate ingredients that add moisture, such as apples, onions, or broth, either in the cooking process or as a topping. This can contribute both flavour and juiciness.
Avoid overcooking. One of the main reasons pork chops become dry is overcooking. Cook pork chops to an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C). PRO TIP: Use a meat thermometer to ensure accuracy. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the chop, avoiding contact with bone. Once they reach this temperature, remove them from the heat source promptly.
Let them rest. Allow the pork chops to rest for a few minutes after cooking. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, preventing them from escaping when you cut into the chops. Tent the chops with foil during the resting period.
- 2 tsp Paprika (sweet, hot or smoked)
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp Onion Powder
- 1/2 tsp Dried Thyme
- 1/2 tsp Dried Rosemary
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
- Add all of the spices to a bowl and whisk until well combined. Alternatively, add them all to a jar with a lid and shake vigorously.
For freshest and longest lasting results, store your homemade pork chop seasoning in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. If stored in an airtight container or jar with a tight fitting lid, it will be good for up to one year.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 18Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 151mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g
Nutrition is only an estimate and calculated using Nutritionix.
SEE THIS HOMEMADE PORK SEASONING IN ACTION IN MY RECIPE FOR OVEN BAKED PORK CHOPS!
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