Crispy Pork Chops With Buttered Radishes
These crisp, panko-crusted cutlets are your weeknight answer to tonkatsu or Milanese with a simplified, one-step breading procedure, no eggs or flour required. Thin pork chops, either bone-in or boneless, are seasoned with salt and pepper, then simply pressed into panko bread crumbs before crisping up in a hot, oiled skillet. While any quick-cooking vegetable could be tossed in the brown butter and spooned over the chops, radishes are especially nice for the way they keep their bite even after a trip to the skillet. Whatever you do, don’t forget the lemon.
- Serves: 2 persons
- 2bone-in or boneless pork chops (rib or loin), cut 1/2-inch thick (about 6 ounces each)
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- 1 ½cups panko or fresh coarse bread crumbs
- 3tablespoons canola oil, plus more as needed
- 4tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2tablespoons capers
- 1bunch radishes, with tops on if you like, cut into quarters
- Flaky sea salt
- 1lemon, cut into wedges
Step 1Season pork with salt and pepper. Place panko in a rimmed baking sheet or baking dish and season it with salt and pepper. Working one at a time, firmly press both sides of each pork chop into the seasoned panko until the chops are evenly and well coated.
Step 2Heat oil in a large skillet (10 to 12 inches) over medium-high heat; it should evenly coat the bottom of the skillet. If it doesn’t, add a bit more oil. Place the pork chops in the skillet and cook until deeply golden brown, like the color of a well-baked croissant, 3 to 4 minutes.
Step 3Using tongs or a spatula, flip pork and continue to cook until well browned on the other side, too, another 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer pork to a plate, platter or cutting board lined with paper towel and season with salt.
Step 4Wipe out skillet and return to the stove over medium-high heat. Add butter, letting it sizzle, brown and foam. Add capers and half of the radishes, seasoning them with salt and pepper. Toss a few times, just to wilt the radish greens, if they’re still on, and to evenly coat the radishes with the brown butter and capers.
Step 5Divide pork chops among plates and nestle butter-tossed radishes and capers alongside, plus remaining raw radishes. Sprinkle with a bit of flaky salt and serve with lemon wedges alongside for squeezing over.