Sous vide pork chops will totally change your perception of this classic dinner! Moist and packed with flavor. Use boneless or bone-in pork chops. For perfect, medium chops, sous vide at 145 degrees F for 2 hours, then finish by searing them quickly in a piping hot skillet.
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 sealed bag and placing the bag in a water bath. The machine (this is the immersion circulator I use) circulates the water to bring it to a precise temperature and keeps it there for as long as you dang well please.
What You Need to Sous Vide Pork Chops
The good news is, you don’t need much equipment to make this recipe, especially if you’re already sous viding!
- An immersion circulator
- A container (you can just use a stockpot, or my favorite sous vide containers are Everie containers)
- A vacuum sealer and bags, a handheld vacuum sealer, or simply a plastic zipper top bag. I have a post all about air removal methods to help you out!
Boneless or Bone-In Pork Chops?
When cooking sous vide, you can use boneless or bone-in pork chops – the only difference is that we increase the minimum cook time by about a half hour. Your minimum for boneless should be 1 hour 30 minutes (but I prefer 2 hours for texture) and your minimum for bone-in should be 2 hours.
Bones have an impact on the way heat is distributed through meat, so it takes more time to cook a bone-in cut. The dense bone essentially insulates the meat that surrounds it, keeping it at a lower temperature for longer than if it was boneless.
How to Make Sous Vide Pork Chops
Start by liberally seasoning the pork chops. I typically stick to salt and pepper, and I’m not shy. Don’t be scared of salt when seasoning for sous vide!
Then get ’em sealed in tight in vacuum sealed bags. If you don’t have a vacuum sealer, that’s okay, too – there are other air removal methods.
Drop the pork chops into a pre-heated water bath set to the correct temperature for your preferred doneness. I like medium best – meaty texture, without getting close to dry. Here are some temperature options for you:
|Rare (a little squeaky)||130 degrees F|
|Medium Rare (juicy, meaty, tender)||135-140 degrees F|
|Medium (firm, meaty, but still juicy)||145 degrees F|
|Medium Well (completely firm, starting to dry out)||150-155 degrees F|
Set a timer, whip up some side dishes, drink some wine, and wait. I recommend cooking for 2-3 hours. For boneless, you can go as short as 1 hour 30 minutes and as long as 4 hours. For bone-in you can go as short as 2 hours and as long as 4 hours.
Then, when it’s ready, remove the chops and and sear them in a piping hot cast iron skillet with lots of ghee until just browned. Seriously, you shouldn’t do more than 60 seconds each side.
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Sous Vide Pork Chops (Boneless or Bone-In)
- Preheat water bath to 145 degrees F for a medium pork chop. For medium rare, reduce temperature to 140 degrees F. For well-done, increase to 150 degrees F.
- Season pork chops with seasoning of choice and kosher salt.
- Place pork chops in a vacuum seal bag and seal.
- Add bag to water and let cook for at least 1 hour 30 minutes for boneless and 2 hours for bone-in, up to 4 hours.
- When pork chops are done, heat your fat of choice in a cast iron skillet on high heat.
- Remove pork chops from water bath and bag. Pat dry with paper towels or a clean dish cloth. Sear them on both sides in skillet once it’s very, very hot, until golden brown.
- Remove to a plate and let rest for 5 minutes, and slice to serve.