How to Reheat Pork Chops
Pork chops are, without a doubt, the most flavorful part of the pork, which is why throwing leftover pork chops can be almost heartbreaking. If you’ve had a little party and have some leftover pork chops in your refrigerator, don’t fret. We’ll show you how to reheat them so you won’t have to throw these delicious foods away!
Is it Possible to Reheat Pork Chops?
Reheated meat is not comparable to freshly cooked meat. Meat dishes like pork chops are always best when eaten fresh when it comes to their taste. However, that does not mean you cannot reheat pork chops. It is definitely possible to reheat your leftover pork chops. If done correctly, reheated pork chops can taste almost as good as fresh pork chops.
Methods to Reheat Pork Chops
It’s no secret that some foods are harder to reheat than others. Unfortunately, pork chops are one of that food that can be a bit challenging to reheat. Like any other meat, reheating pork chops can remove some of their juiciness and leave them dry.
In this article, we will be talking about some of the different methods that you can use to reheat your leftover pork chops. You can choose whichever method you find most convenient and reheat your pork chops:
- Reheat in Oven
The oven is obviously the best method if you want to keep your pork chops moist and juicy even after reheating. Reheating in the oven is similar to cooking, so you’ll be able to prevent them from drying out.
If your pork chops are frozen, the first thing you have to do is defrost them before reheating. So, keep your pork chops out of the fridge for at least 20 to 30 minutes in advance before you start the reheating process. If you have a microwave, you can use the defrost option as well before placing them in the oven.
Once you are done with the defrosting, you can begin the process of reheating. Follow the steps below:
The first step is to preheat the oven all the way up to 360°F.
- Place your pork chops in a baking pan and pour some sauce to keep your meat juicy. The sauce can be anything from a meat broth to simple water.
- Now wrap an aluminum foil over the pan and place it in the oven.
- Warm the pork chops for about 10 to 15 minutes at 350°F.
- Once it’s done, use a food/meat thermometer and check the internal temperature of your dish. If it’s 165°F, then your pork chops are ready to serve!
- If it’s not as warm as expected, place it back in the oven and warm it for a few more minutes.
- Reheat in Microwave
If you’re in a hurry and want to reheat your pork chops as soon as possible, the microwave should be your best option. Microwave reheats food extremely fast. Moreover, they also come with the added option to defrost food before cooking or warming it. So, if your pork chops are frozen, you can defrost and warm them without any hassle.
However, the thing with microwaves is that they tend to dry out food, especially meat. There is also a risk for your pork chops to become soggy if they’ve been fried. Thankfully, we have some tips for you that can improve the results when you reheat pork chops in a microwave. Let’s begin with the steps:
- Lay out your pork chops in a microwave-safe vessel. Make sure that they don’t overlap each. Leave spaces between them as well.
- Place a damp paper towel over the vessel. This will keep the meat moist and avoid dried meat.
- Now place the vessel in the microwave and turn it on at medium-level heat and reheat for approximately 30 seconds.
- After 30 seconds, take out the meat and check the temperature. If they’re still cold, reheat them for 30 seconds more. Do this until the meat is hot enough. Do not heat for more than 30 seconds.
- Once it’s hot enough, you can serve your reheated pork chops again.
- Reheat on the Stove
Reheating pork chops on a stove is also a great method. But similar to the oven method, this method also requires the pork chops to be defrosted. Once that is done, you can begin with the reheating process:
- Pick a large pan that can easily accommodate your pork chops.
- Place the pan on the stove and turn on the heat at low.
- Next, pour about a tablespoon of oil into the pan.
- Once the oil is hot enough, place the pork chops in the pan.
- To prevent the meat from drying, pour some meat broth into the pan as well. You can do it with water as well, but broth allows for better flavors.
- Cook the meat for about 3 minutes on each side.
- Turn off the stove and enjoy your warm and juicy pork chops.