Simple Sous Vide Pork Chops
One of the things I enjoy about sous vide is how easy and convenient it is to cook. Especially if you have several spices or spice mixtures on hand you can just toss the meat into the water bath and figure out how you want to season it later. That's what I did here with sous vide pork chops.
Pork is great at many different temperatures depending on your personal preferences. I started out eating it at 135°F (57.8°C) but I've slowly moved to 140°F (60°C) for most of my cooking. Many people enjoy it anywhere between 135°F to 149°F (57.8°C to 65°C) so feel free to experiment and see where you like it best.
In this case I had some nice, thick pork chops in the fridge so I decided to do them sous vide. I tossed them in the water bath just after lunch at 140°F (60°C) and took them out when dinner was getting close, about 6 hours later. I patted them dry and then added a sweet spice mixture for pork I had laying around. You could also use any spice mixture you enjoy, I'm sure a vindaloo, Jamaican jerk, or Italian herb seasoning would be good as well. I threw the sous vide pork chops on a hot grill and gave them a nice sear.
For a side I just used roasted root vegetables. I cubed some carrots, potatoes, onion, garlic, and winter squash then tossed them with olive oil and salt and pepper. Then about 30 minutes before I wanted to eat I put them into the oven at 350°F (176.7°C) and took them out when they were nice and soft. They went great with the sous vide pork chops and the whole thing only took 15 to 20 minutes of prep time from start to finish.
Ingredients for Simple Sous Vide Pork Chops
- 4 pork chops
- 2 tablespoons good spice mixture
- Salt and pepper
- 2 red potatoes, cut into 1/2" cubes
- 4 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2" slices
- 1 butternut or other winter squash, peeled and cut into 1/2" cubes
- 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
- 5 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
- 2 to 4 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and pepper
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Cooking Instructions for Simple Sous Vide Pork Chops
At least 4 to 7 hours before serving
Preheat the water bath to 140°F (60°C).
Salt and pepper the pork chops, add to the sous vide pouches and then seal and place in the water bath. Cook the pork chops for 3 to 6 hours.
For more information on the cooking times you can read my detailed article which addresses why is there a range in sous vide cooking times.
Preheat an oven to 350°F. Preheat a grill to high heat.
About 30 minutes before eating, toss the vegetables with the olive oil, garlic, and salt and pepper. Place on a roasting tray with raised sides and add to the oven. Remove when the vegetables are soft, 20 to 30 minutes.
Take the sous vide pork chops out of the pouches and pat dry. Liberally sprinkle with the spice mixture and let sit for a few minutes. Sear them on a very hot grill for 1 to 2 minutes per side. Remove from the heat and serve.
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This article is by me, Jason Logsdon. I'm an adventurous home cook and professional blogger who loves to try new things, especially when it comes to cooking. I've explored everything from sous vide and whipping siphons to pressure cookers and blow torches; created foams, gels and spheres; made barrel aged cocktails and brewed beer. I have also written 10 cookbooks on modernist cooking and sous vide and I run the AmazingFoodMadeEasy.com website.
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