When pork chops are perfectly cooked, they will be succulent, juicy and steaming hot. So what happens when it comes time to reheat pork chops from the night before?
While the process can be a bit tricky, there are a couple of options that will get this popular dish heated up properly.
In this article, we not only highlight the best reheating methods, but we also provide step-by-step instructions showing you exactly how to do it.
With that said, let us get right into the details
3 Best Methods for Reheating Pork Chops
Pork chops is considered to be lean meat and one of the things about reheating this type of meat is that it can be prone to drying out if not done properly.
This is why when warming up leftover pork chops, you should use the following reheating methods:
- The oven
- The microwave
- The skillets
There are pros and cons to using the above methods and we will take a more detailed look at each one below.
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How to Reheat Pork Chops in the Oven?
Using the oven to reheat pork chops is one of the best methods available, as you will have a lot more control in the heating process.
If the oven reheating process is done properly, you won’t have to worry about the meat drying out when warming it up.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In an oven safe pan, add some water, wine or broth (chicken, beef or vegetable).
- Place the leftover pork chops in the pan and then cover with aluminum foil.
- Reheat the pork chops for 15 to 20 minutes (this is dependent on the size)
- You can use a meat thermometer to see if the pork chops have reached the safe internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit
- Once heated, remove from the oven and serve.
How to Reheat Pork Chops in a Microwave?
The microwave is a quick method for reheating food and in general, it is very effective. Lean meat like pork chops can dry out if microwaved too long at too high a temperature.
- Place the leftover/cold pork chops on a microwave safe plate.
- Cover the plate with a damp paper towel.
- Change the microwave’s power setting to 50% and zap the pork chops for 30 seconds.
- Check to see if the pork chops have heated to your liking. If it is still cold or not as hot as you would like, microwave in 10 second intervals.
- Once the pork chops are steaming hot, you can remove them from the microwave and serve.
How to Reheat Pork Chops in a Skillet?
Another way to reheat pork chops is by using a pan/skillet on your stovetop.
This is another quick method, but ensure that you do not end up overcooking the meat (you are just reheating). Pork chops can turn out dry and tough if left on the skillet for too long.
- Heat a skillet/pan on a low-medium flame on the stovetop.
- Add some butter or oil, as the pan heats up.
- Once the skillet/pan is heated, you can add the pork chops.
- Allow the pork chops to heat up for around 3-4 minutes on each side.
- Once warmed up, remove the meat from pan and serve.
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Wrapping it up
When it comes to reheating pork chops, you should have no problems having them warmed up properly, once the right methods are used.
While you can easily get the pork chops heated, the key is to not leave them to warmup for too long. This can cause the lean meat to be tough and dry.
Now, I want to ask you a couple questions.
Did this guide cover everything as it relates to reheating pork chops? Was there anything we missed or we didn’t touch on?
Let me know by leaving a comment below.