What’s the best way to reheat pork chops?
Pork is arguably the most consumed meat all over the world. It can be used to create tasty recipes that would leave you salivating for more. When cooked right, pork chops can be a delicious weeknight supper or a hearty holiday meal. Either way, you don’t want to run out of pork chops, since who can stop at one, right?
In doing so, you’re inevitably left with uneaten pork chops that would not likely be consumed again. Most often, when you reheat pork chops, they turn out to be dry and chewy, a blasphemy for anyone who knows the meat.
If it pains you to throw away the juicy pork chops in the bin, and rightfully so, we have simple ways you can retain the moisture and tenderness of this meat for the next day.
All You Need to Reheat Pork Chops
Reheating pork chops allows you to save you time, money, and, of course, the experience of savoring this delectable dish. Here is a list of all the tools you need to reheat pork chops to perfection.
- Aluminum Foil
- Oven Mitts
- Vegetable oil
- Paper towels
- Olive oil
Once you have all the things in order, you have the option of three ways to consume pork chops as per your convenience and availability of appliances.
Reheat Pork Chops in a Skillet
- Take out the pork chops and let them sit outside for 5-10 minutes.
- Heat 1 to 2 drops of vegetable oil or olive oil in a pan over low to medium flame. Ensure the oil is well-heated before you add the pork chops.
- Put the leftover chops in the heated oil. If you have more pork chops, you can reheat them in batches.
- Cook one side for about 2 minutes and flip to the other side. Cook the other side for about 2 minutes as well or until meat is heated through.
- Carefully transfer the pork chops onto a plate to serve.
Reheat in the Oven
- Choose an oven-safe pan to reheat pork chops, the size depending on the number of pork chops you have. The closer the pork chops are laid, the better, so it is advised you choose a compact dish.
- Add a couple of tablespoons of water to the pan.
- Fetch the pork chops from the refrigerator and lay them onto the pan.
- Cover the pan with aluminum foil tightly.
- Set the oven to 350 degrees F and add the dish for 10-15 minutes or until the meat is warmed.
- Retrieve the pan from the oven with oven mitts and remove the aluminum foil (careful, it would be hot!)
Ready to serve!
Reheat Pork Chops in the Microwave
- Choose a microwave-safe plate and lay the pork chops in a single layer. Cover this with a damp paper towel.
- Put the pork chops in the microwave for 30 seconds. Ensure you use only 50-60% of the microwave’s power to avoid drying out the meat.
- Check the pork chops by touching the meat to avoid overheating.
- Continue to reheat the chops at 30-second intervals until meat is warm at the center.
Remove the plate and serve!
While the best way to eat pork chops is right when it is cooked, you can avoid food wastage with these simple tips. While any of these methods work, reheating pork chops in the oven ensures they retain moisture for a well-steamed meal!