Why do I love sous vide? You can’t mess up what you’re cooking. You just can’t. No matter how hard you try. Sous vide cooking means you’re cooking your food in a vacuum packed, sealed bag and placing the bag in a water bath. The machine (this is the one I use) circulates the water to bring it to a precise temperature and keeps it there for as long as you dang well please.
Let’s talk about this in the case of these sous vide pork chops. We like our pork chops medium. So I cooked them at 145 degrees for 2 hours. 2 hours – seems counter intuitive right? But here’s the thing: you’re never bringing the temperature of the water bath above what the internal temp should be for medium, so you literally can’t over cook it. You could leave it in there for a day – still wouldn’t be overcooked.
So here’s what ya do. Start by seasoning the pork chops. I did an awesome, peppery seasoning from my local butcher and some smoked sea salt. You do you.
Then get ’em sealed in tight in vacuum sealed bags. I used resealable ones because foodsaver bags are expensive and a bit on the wasteful side. Here are the resealable vacuum bags I use.
Drop the pork chops in the water bath, set a timer, whip up some side dishes, drink some wine, and wait. Then, when it’s ready, remove the chops and and sear them in a piping hot cast iron skillet with your fat of choice until just browned. Seriously, you shouldn’t do more than 20 seconds each side. You don’t want to undo the work you just did.
We had our sous vide pork chops with barbecue sauce, mashed cauliflower, and asparagus. You could eat them as is or add a sauce! There isn’t really a wrong, here.
- 2 large pork chops
- Seasoning of choice (I recommend something peppery)
- Sea salt (if using saltless seasoning)
- Fat of choice (ghee or coconut oil recommended)
- Preheat water bath to 145 degrees F.
- Season pork chops with seasoning and sea salt.
- Place pork chops in a vacuum sealable bag and seal.
- Add bag to water and let cook for at least an hour, up to two hours.
- When pork chops are done, heat your fat of choice in a cast iron skillet on high heat.
- Remove pork chops and sear in skillet once it's very, very hot, until golden brown. Flip and repeat.
- Remove to a plate and let rest for 5 minutes, and slice to serve.