25 Delicious Pork Skillet Recipes To Make Now

Smothered Pork Chops with Rice
Photo: Photographer: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Stylist: Chelsea Zimmer; Food Stylist: Mary Clayton Carl

A skillet can change your game in the kitchen when it comes to easy, low-maintenance meals. It's ready to go whether you're cooking on the stovetop, in the oven, or even on the grill, making it a true Southern staple to have on hand in the kitchen. Besides, nothing makes us happier on a busy weeknight than quick one-dish dinner ideas, and we definitely appreciate the versatility and hassle-free nature of pork (and it's budget-friendly!). So, for us, the perfect answer to weeknight dinners lies in a deliciously easy pork supper made right in the skillet. From pork chops to pork-speckled pizzas, here are some perfect pork skillet dinner recipes that we're loving right now.

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Pork Chops With Apples And Onions

Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Onions
Becky Luigart Stayner

Granny Smith apples give a touch of sweetness to this savory one-dish dinner, and bourbon adds a zing of decadence. Brown the chops well in order to give your mustard sauce a deeper flavor afterwards. This is one of those pork dishes that pairs well with a light-bodied red such as a Pinot Noir.

02 of 25

Fried Pork Chops With Peas And Potatoes

Fried Pork Chops with Peas and Potatoes
Greg DuPree

Get that classic Southern fried pork chop taste with a little less fat in this recipe. Wine and chicken stock are the base for a lovely, lighter sauce; and, along with petite green peas and roasted potatoes and onions, you'll have a savory, satisfying meal with all the taste of the classic Southern favorite.

03 of 25

Cast-Iron Pork Cacciatore

Cast-Iron Pork Cacciatore
Stephen DeVries, Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford; Food Styling: Torie Cox

We swapped out the traditional chicken for pork chops in the recipe. It will only take 30-minutes and one cast-iron skillet for this dinner to come together. A large cast iron skillet is the best pan to cook this dish because it has a non-stick surface and conducts heat well, which is important for getting a great sear on the pork chops.

04 of 25

Potato-Bacon Hash

Potato-Bacon Hash
Stephen DeVries, Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford; Food Styling: Torie Cox

A hearty hash satisfies any day, and this recipe with russet potatoes, bell peppers, onions, and thick-cut bacon is sure to hit the spot. Consider eating your leftovers wrapped in a soft flour tortilla and adding some hot sauce and sour cream. The best part about a dish like this is how far you can take it past its first serving.

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Classic Cast-Iron Pizza

Classic Cast Iron Pizza
Jennifer Causey; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Mary Claire Britton

Nostalgic cast iron pies are back in style, like this cheesy, chewy example piled high with pepperoni, spicy Italian sausage, and extra mozzarella. Don't forget to brush your crust with oil while baking. It makes such a difference in the golden presentation of the crust.

06 of 25

Savory Bacon Dutch Baby

Savory Bacon Dutch Baby
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

A few tricks can serve you well when making this bacon-filled skillet pancake. Don't use a skillet larger than an 11-inch, and make sure to keep the oven door closed at all times when baking. This is best served immediately, so be prepared to dive right in.

07 of 25

Bacon-Hash Brown Quiche

Bacon-Hash Brown Quiche
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford; Food Styling: Torie Cox

In this crowd-pleasing recipe, the usual pastry shell is substituted for a golden crust made from shredded potatoes and bacon. Be sure and blind bake the potato crust. The satisfying crunch of a hash brown crust really brings this dish together as a delightful breakfast combo.

08 of 25

Baked Pork Tenderloin

Baked Pork Tenderloin with Shaved Vegetable Salad
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl Jones; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

A tried-and-true recipe, pork tenderloin is a practical and flavorful weeknight meal for the whole family. It always feels a little like a special occasion when this cut is selected. Additional flavor comes from the shaved fresh vegetables dressed in a lemony vinaigrette.

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Country Ham Hash

Country Ham Hash
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Country Ham Hash

Country Ham Hash is delicious for a holiday brunch, but it also makes a satisfying and quick meal for the family during the week. You can get a head start on this breakfast side dish by chopping all of the vegetables a day in advance. Eat alongside crusty country bread slathered in butter.

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Skillet Corn With Shrimp And Sausage

Skillet Corn with Shrimp and Sausage
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Fresh corn kernels made creamy serve as a bed to delicious hickory smoked sausage and tender shrimp. Your guests will enjoy the traditional flavors of gumbo accompanied by fresh seasonal produce. Not only do the ingredients please the palate, they also present beautifully.

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Fried Pork Chops with Cream Gravy

Fried Pork Chops with Cream Gravy

This is the pork version of the classic chicken-fried steak, and you may want your pork chops served like this more often. It's a Southern classic with a rich batter that is spiked with buttermilk. Your full traditional Southern meal looks like these fried beauties, mashed potatoes, and green beans.

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Skillet-Baked Ziti with Andouille, Tomatoes, and Peppers

Skillet-Baked Ziti
Hector Manuel Sanchez

You can pull this casserole together in a single skillet, making it ideal for busy weeknights. Andouille is sold ready-to-eat, with or without heating. Commonly associated with jambalaya and gumbo, andouille can be used in place of any spicy sausage.

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Pork Tenderlion Dijon Pan Sauce

Dijon Pan Sauce
Southern Living

Made with pork drippings from a tenderloin, we just had to include this pan sauce on our list. Not a pork dish, but instead a sauce designed to go well with your favorite cut of pork, save this recipe when you want to dress it up a little. Making homemade sauce from your leftover drippings is so easy and delivers an abundance of flavor.

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Pork Chops with Dijon-Buttermilk Sauce

Pork Chops with Dijon-Buttermilk Sauce
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Christina Daley

The tangy notes of the Dijon in this recipe are rounded out by the acidic, creamy buttermilk. Accented with rosemary, this sauce is rich and aromatic. As an added bonus, this pan sauce is a great way to use that extra half cup of buttermilk in the carton.

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Bacon-and-Cheddar Skillet Biscuit

Bacon Cooked in a Cast Iron Skillet for Gruyère Egg Bites Recipes

Simply Recipes / Ross Yoder

This recipe is basically just one big biscuit, and the bacon pictured here is a critically component of this amazing savory skillet bread. The biscuit dough itself is tender and flaky, with all of the fixins evenly dispersed throughout the bread so you get all the flavors in every bite. Serve with eggs in the morning and, if you're feeling extra generous, more bacon.

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Barbecued Pork Quesadillas Recipe

Barbecued Pork Quesadillas
Jennifer Davick; Styling: Mary Beth Wentzel/Zenobia

With such an easy approach, this quesadilla recipe will become part of your regular meal rotation in no time. These are just a few ingredients that work perfectly together in your skillet. You'll be taking taco night up a notch.

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Pork Chops with Spring Onions, Farro, and Asparagus

Pork Chops with Spring Onions, Farro, and Asparagus
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl Jones; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Farro is a healthy, nutty grain that is sold whole, pearled or semi-pearled (this type is processed to cook faster without soaking). Check the package to make sure you are purchasing the correct type needed for this recipe. Try swapping out your standard mashed potato side dish with a delicious whole grain such as farro on a more regular basis.

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Pork Fried Rice

Pork Fried Rice
Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Buffy Hargett

As with all stir fry, this comes together quickly and will satisfy a craving for Asian flavors. Using sesame oil gives it just the right amount of umami, and the tasty balance of the veggies with the tender pork won't leave much in the way of leftovers. This satisfying dish works for both

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Smothered Pork Chops With Rice

Smothered Pork Chops with Rice
Photographer: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Stylist: Chelsea Zimmer; Food Stylist: Mary Clayton Carl

Give this Creole version of a pork chop dinner a try. You will also be testing out what is known as Creole mustard - a spicy mustard made from Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, and hot sauce. Once you've satisfied your heat craving with this dish, where else will you be using that mustard?

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Sausage And Grits Quiche Recipe

Sausage-and-Grits Quiche
Melina Hammer; Styling: Buffy Hargett

This clever spin on traditional quiche has us craving grits even more than we already do. Asiago and cheddar cheese bring a certain cheesy tang to the proceedings. This is one of those recipes that needs the spinach, but don't forget the crucial step of draining it prior to mixing it in.

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Caramelized Onion, Spinach, And Pork Strata Recipe

Caramelized Onion, Spinach, and Pork Strata
Photo: Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke

This is classic strata, but taken to an entirely new level with the addition of pork chops. Crunchy bread cubes, creamy cheese, and tender pork come together in savory harmony. Served in a casserole after prepping your ingredients in a skillet, it may take more than one pot, but it is oh so worth the effort.

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Savory Ham-And-Swiss Breakfast Pie

Savory Ham-and-Swiss Breakfast Pie

This recipe takes quiche into pie territory, with moist and savory ingredients. The versatility of your skillet shines here, as this recipe requires stovetop and oven steps. It comes out perfectly and will have you making "breakfast for dinner" as often as possible.

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Crispy Breaded Pork Cutlets

Crispy Breaded Pork Cutlets
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl Jones; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Peanut oil works best in this recipe; it has a high smoke point and adds extra flavor to the pork. Make sure the hot oil is shimmering so the cutlets brown without overcooking. The short cooking time ensures that the pork gets browned without getting overcooked.

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Maque Choux With Sausage

Maque Choux with Sausage
Johnny Autry; Prop and Food Styling: Charlotte L. Autry

A dish popular in Louisiana, Maque Choux (pronounced "mock-shoe") has Native American and Creole-French history. You can prepare this dish in your trusty cast-iron skillet, but we recommend using a stainless steel or nonstick skillet to preserve the corn, pepper, and okra's vibrant color. Cast-iron may cause the vegetables to take on a gray tone.

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One-Pot Pasta Primavera With Bacon And Feta

One-Pot Pasta Primavera with Bacon and Feta
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Ruth Blackburn; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch

The secret ingredient that enriches this pasta sauce? Good ol' bacon drippings. Cooking the bacon first (reserving the crumbles for topping the pasta) allows the fat to render in the pan, spiking the pasta with a rich dose of flavor. Spinach adds a nice green color to the pasta dish and a touch of vinegar, stirred in at the very end, brings a welcome note of tang.

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