Braised Pork Chops in Milk and Dijon Mustard Sauce

Sometimes too much of a good thing isn’t all that bad and these milk braised pork chops are the perfect example of many good things in one bite. It’s been a month of indulgence over here and we’ve yet to have time for a breather. Even the pups missed us, especially when we don’t get to work from home during the week. You know when you have spoiled pups when they’re expecting you to work from home every-single-day. That’s totally not possible. We tell them that, but their eager and yearning faces won’t accept anything other than getting attention, attention and more attention.  We raised spoiled monsters, we tell ya. But we love them so much, we can’t help it!

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Juicy Tender Pork Chops recipe milk braised pork chops | @whiteonrice

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After back-to-back studio shoots filled with wonderful produce, breads and other goodies we were always craving simple foods. Comfort foods, simply made is what we often turn-to after a long day of shooting. Our chicken baked in milk recipe is always an inspiration but after a while, we’re looking for something other than chicken. Then one day we decided to cook up pork chops because we love them and don’t ever eat enough of them! Pork chops are always our forgotten love. When we’re at the market, we’re always turning to our stand-by chicken and sometimes it takes a big light bulb (duh!) to think beyond chicken.

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Well, the change was worth the effort because we adapted our milk chicken thighs recipe to the pork chops and it was incredible! It’s a popular concept, dijon mustard sauce with pork, but we took it a few steps further and added garlic and more spices. Every depth and level of flavor is prominent which makes for a juicy chop, all smothered in a creamy yummy yellow sauce.

Guys, this is a winner if you’re craving pork chops and looking for something quick yet satisfying. It doesn’t take long, nor is it complicated. All it takes are a few simple ingredients and you’ll wish there was an extra chop leftover for the next day.

Enjoy!

-diane and todd

If you missed our Baked Milk Chicken Thighs recipe, give it a try. You’ll be pleased.
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Juicy Tender Pork Chops in Milk and Dijon Mustard Sauce. Pork chops never tasted this good. | @whiteonrice
Braised Pork Chops in Milk and Dijon Mustard Sauce
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
Inspired from our Baked Milk Chicken Thighs Recipe, we applied the same idea to pork chops. This time, with the popular addition of dijon mustard, these pork chops are super tender and delicious. You can use bone-in or boneless pork loin chops or pound them down to make them thinner. What ever you decide to do, make sure to adjust cooking times based on the thickness of your pork chops. We didn't pound ours down and just baked them for longer. We like the thicker cut and they came out just as tender when cooked in the milk. Enjoy!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 475 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds pork loin chops (bone-in or boneless)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • kosher salt or sea salt, to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper , to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons butter , divided
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves (or fresh thyme)
  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard (this might sound like a lot, but it's not. The flavors are great)
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • additional fresh cracked black pepper and salt , to taste
Optional - to thicken final sauce
  • 1-2 Tablespoons butter , to thicken sauce
  • 1-2 Tablespoons flour , to thicken sauce
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400° F (205°C).

  2. Wash and pat dry pork chops. Season both sides of pork chops with ground cumin, paprika, salt and pepper.
  3. In a large oven proof skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of butter on medium high heat. Sear both sides of the pork chops until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side. Remove pork chops from pan and set aside.
  4. In the same skillet over medium heat, melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter, add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add bay leaf, milk, thyme, dijon mustard, and lemon zest. Stir to combine all ingredients. Bring liquid to a low simmer. Taste the sauce and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Place pork chops back into the skillet and cover with a lid or aluminum foil. Transfer the skillet to the oven. Bake the pork chops for about 15-30 minutes or until fully cooked and to your desired tenderness. (Cooking times will vary depending on the thickness of your pork chops).
  6. After pork chops are cooked, serve with the milk-mustard sauce. Garnish with extra thyme to make it pretty.
  7. (Optional) If you want to make a delicious and thicker gravy out of the sauce, then remove the pork from the pan. Heat up the pan of milk sauce again to a low simmer. Whisk in a tablespoon or two butter and flour until all flour clumps are removed. Sauce will get thicker as it cooks. Once gravy is thick and creamy, remove from heat and serve immediately.

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. Cynthia Zultowski

    Made this today! I was lerary about the whole thing, but i wanted to try something new. i had stone ground dijon and used that, my chops were to thin for this recipe (maybe 1/4″ each), so the cooking time did not give them the proper braise time. however the sauce came out really nice! My 12 year old granddaughter who wont even look at a bottle of mustard loved it! (she still does not know) 😉 will make again with thicker chops!

    1. Todd & Diane

      Yay! So glad you and your family enjoyed it. Thank you for trying something different.

  2. Ali

    Tasty but too much mustard for our tastes. Thinned it out and to mask some of the overly mustard taste I added some minced onion. Would cut the mustard in half next time. Ty for the recipe, everything else about it was great.

  3. Sandra

    Can the sauce be done without cumin and thyme and taste just as good?

    1. Todd & Diane

      Feel free to change the spices to your preference. Taste is a personal thing and that’s the beauty of cooking.

  4. Paul

    Fabulous pork chops. I added a few capers to the saucepan before going in the oven. It was a nice added touch. I’m looking forward to trying it on chicken thighs. Delicious. Thank you

  5. Joannabanana1989

    These are the best pork chops I’ve ever had. Granted, I never really eat pork chops but when I saw your recipe, I immediately bought all the ingredients for it!! Since I’m lactose intolerant, I used coconut milk and it worked great. That sauce is just amazing and the chops were so tender. Thanks for creating this recipe! I will be making it again for sure!!

  6. Shellice Maraccini

    I have pork brining in the fridge and was wanting to make something new and came across this recipe. I am using 2 inch bone-in chops and I think after they brine I will pound them a little thinner. Going to pair them with egg noodles and roasted asparagus. Taking full advantage of that pan sauce!! I will post later and let ya’ll know how it turned out. \m/

  7. Sofia

    I did the pork chops and they were fantastic. I am wondering if you think the same sauce (ie with the mustard) will work with the chicken thighs (for my non red meat friends)?

    1. Todd & Diane

      Hi Sofia,
      It should work great for chicken thighs. You’ll probably need to adjust cooking times a bit, but it sounds tasty to us.

  8. Tina

    This pork chop is so tempting and make me salivating. Definitely the perfect weekend dinner! Delicious! Thanks for the great recipe

  9. AurelHand

    I will try this. Thank you!

  10. Tina

    I like this pork chops with mustard sauce. I never try this combination before and I cant wait to try it soon! Thanks for sharing this great meal!

  11. Patrik

    I love absolutely love pork chops but I’ve never tried it with dijon mustard before… However I do love both so I’m definitely gonna try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  12. andreagover

    There is nothing better than a simple French inspired pork recipe! Yum.

  13. mila bassett

    I have pork chops on the menu this week! Will try this sauce, I normally make cream and Dijon sauce, but using milk will lighten it up a bit. So glad I read this today!

  14. LaWanda

    This one will be on the menu and soon!

  15. Mary Clay

    Mmm, I can get behind this. I’m a total mustard freak. Delicious! Happy weekending.

  16. Huyen

    YUM!!! Do you brine your pork chops before pan frying/baking? Thanks 🙂

  17. livingaloudallowed

    Chicken braised in Milk has quickly become a STAPLE in our house. I grew up with a chicken and rice version from my mom – can of chicken and rice soup, can of cream of mushroom, 2 “cans” of water, 2 “cans” of instant rice and 4 chicken thights. So when you posted the chicken recipe, it stole my heart because it doesn’t use the processed canned stuff – while still being comfy food! That said, pork chops with dijon – bring it on!! way to step it up even MORE (and on a friday to boot! )

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