Milk-Braised Pork Chops with Lemon and Thyme Recipe

  • Cook Time

    35 to 45 minutes

  • Serves


  • Calories


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  • 1 1/2 cups fairlife 2% reduced-fat ultra-filtered milk
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 1-inch-thick bone-in pork chops (6 to 8 ounces each)
  • Kosher or sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, gently smashed and peeled
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 400ºF with rack in middle.

  • Step 2

    Using a vegetable peeler or paring knife, cut zest from lemon in long, wide strips; set aside.

  • Step 3

    Heat oil in a large skillet (preferably 12 inches) until hot but not smoking. Season pork chops on both sides with salt and pepper.

  • Step 4

    Cook pork chops in skillet (working in batches, if necessary), turning halfway through, until golden on both sides, 6 to 8 minutes total. Transfer to large platter.

  • Step 5

    Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat from skillet. Add garlic, reduce heat to low and cook until lightly golden and fragrant, about 1 minute.

  • Step 6

    Add fairlife ultra-filtered milk, mustard, thyme, lemon zest, 1/4 teaspoon salt and generous pinch pepper. Whisking constantly, bring mixture to a simmer over medium heat. Remove from heat.

  • Step 7

    Return pork chops to the skillet, then cover skillet with a tight fitting lid or with foil, sealing tightly at edges. Transfer to oven and bake until cooked through, 18 to 20 minutes (fairlife ultra-filtered milk will curdle; this is ok).

  • Step 8

    Remove pork from the oven and transfer to a platter; loosely tent with foil to keep warm. In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water.

  • Step 9

    Remove and discard garlic cloves from sauce, then place skillet over medium-high heat and bring liquid to a boil. Whisk cornstarch mixture into sauce until fully incorporated.

  • Step 10

    Boil until sauce is smooth and slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Carefully transfer sauce to a blender and blend until smooth.

  • Step 11

    Arrange pork chops on serving plates. Spoon sauce over the top and serve.

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