Ranch seasoned pork chops are seared in a skillet and finished in the oven for a quick and easy weeknight dinner that’s full of flavor. And they are just 3 ingredients!
I'm popping in a little early this week because we fly out to Montana today -- part of a family trip to celebrate my brother's 40th birthday -- and I wanted to be mostly "off" while we're there. 😊
(And because tomorrow morning, when I'd normally be bringing this recipe, we are going to be heading out at 6 a.m. to go to Glacier National Park for a day of hiking. I can't wait!)
So today I’ve got a 3-ingredient, super quick and easy, great for last-minute dinner decisions type of recipe for you.
(Just like my balsamic pork tenderloin with thyme. You gotta check that one out too!)
Ranch seasoned pork chops are perfect for a weeknight go-to the whole family will love!
M got hooked on Ranch dressing sometime last year — that’s why the girl ADORES her salads. And so I’ve tried to incorporate those flavors into different dishes to try and encourage both kids to eat new foods.
Us moms gotta stay two steps ahead right?
Just so you know though, these pork chops don’t taste super Ranch flavored. The Ranch seasoning mix is mostly a quick and easy way to give them some great flavor.
And it’s perfect for a last-minute dinner with on-hand pantry ingredients. So are my Air Fryer pork chops, if you have one of those appliances too.
You know, for those days when you get home, see some pork chops in the fridge and think, “now WHAT am I gonna do with those?” 🤔
But, if your kids are Ranch crazy like mine and they want to amp up the Ranch flavor, they could certainly dip their cut-up pieces of pork chops into some Ranch dressing.
Sometimes a little dipping sauce is all it takes to get my kids to chow down. And I’m totally OK with that!
Notes on Ranch seasoned pork chops:
- I use small boneless pork chops because they are quick and easy to cook. You could certainly substitute bone-in pork chops or even a pork tenderloin. You’ll just need to adjust the cooking time.
- I like searing these in the pan first to get a slight crust and then transferring the pan to the oven to finish the cooking. If you want to cook these on a sheet pan for the entire cooking time, you’ll need to bake them at 400 for about 20-22 minutes, until they reach at least 145. (You can broil them at the end to get some extra color on them.)
- Feel free to use either homemade Ranch seasoning or a packet of Ranch seasoning here.
- I use regular paprika but smoked paprika would definitely bring some great flavor too!
Wondering what to serve these with?
Here’s a few ideas for yummy, healthy and easy sides to go with these easy Ranch pork chops:
- Paprika roasted potatoes (Family Food on the Table)
- Peas with bacon, shallots and Parmesan (Family Food on the Table)
- Garlic parmesan roasted broccoli (Crunchy Creamy Sweet)
- Baked parmesan garlic zucchini (Melanie Cooks)
- Southern style green beans with bacon and buttery breadcrumbs (Family Food on the Table) (pictured above)
Dinner is looking good. 🙌
- 1 tablespoon dry Ranch seasoning mix (homemade or from a packet)
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 4 (5 oz.) boneless pork chops
- 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Optional: Squeeze of fresh lemon juice, sprinkle of fresh chopped parsley to serve
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Combine the Ranch seasoning mix and paprika in a small bowl and stir well.
- Season both sides of pork chops generously with the seasoning mix.
- Heat olive oil in a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add pork chops and sear until brown and crisp, about 3 minutes per side.
- Transfer the pan to the oven and cook for an additional 8-12 minutes. The exact timing will depend on the thickness of your pork chops. They should reach a minimum of 145. (I use and love this digital thermometer.)
- Remove and let pork chops rest for 5 minutes before serving.
I use small boneless pork chops because they are quick and easy to cook. You could certainly substitute bone-in pork chops or even a pork tenderloin. You’ll just need to adjust the cooking time.
I like searing these in the pan first to get a slight crust and then transferring the pan to the oven to finish the cooking. If you want to cook these on a sheet pan for the entire cooking time, you’ll need to bake them at 400 for about 20-22 minutes, until they reach at least 145. (You can broil them at the end to get some extra color on them.)
Feel free to use either homemade Ranch seasoning or part of a packet of Ranch seasoning here.
I use regular paprika but smoked paprika would work too.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 125Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 232mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 11g