Can you cook frozen pork chops?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “can you cook frozen pork chops” with an in-depth analysis of whether or not you can cook frozen pork chops. Moreover, we are going to discuss the proper way to freeze and thaw pork chops.

So without much ado, let’s dive in and figure out more about it.

Can you cook frozen pork chops?

Yes, you can cook frozen pork chops but keep in mind that the cooking time will be 50% more as compared to the thawed or fresh pork chops. 

The particular method that you want to use to cook your pork chops depends upon your personal preference as you can grill, fry, or roast your frozen pork chops.

To properly cook the frozen pork chops, you should start cooking it at a low temperature and increase the temperature gradually (but make sure that the temperature won’t be lower than 350 degrees Fahrenheit for safety concerns). Moreover, you should rotate it more often to ensure even heating. If you cook frozen pork chops at a very high temperature then there are chances that your pork chops will be overcooked at the surface while it will still be undercooked in the center.

It is worth mentioning that the time it takes to cook pork chops depends upon several factors like the number of pork chops, the internal temperature to which pork chops is cooked, the way you are going to cook it (roast in the oven, boil in a saucepan or fry in the pan), the storage conditions in which the pork chops were kept, slaughter age, humidity, and temperature. 

How long does it take to grill frozen pork chops? 

It takes about 6-9 minutes on each side to grill frozen ¾ inch boneless pork chops while it takes about a total of 50 minutes to grill frozen 1 ½ inch boneless pork chops.

How long does it take to cook frozen pork chops on the stovetop?

In case you are planning to cook frozen pork chops in a pan on the stovetop, firstly cook the frozen pork chops for about 4-5 minutes on each side or until the pork chops have browned at medium heat.

Afterward, lower the heat to medium-low and let the pork chops cook for about 15 more minutes with the lid on.

One thing to keep in mind is that you should cook the pork chops thoroughly till their internal temperature reaches about 145 to 155 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure that all the bacterial life that somehow found its way to the pork chops is killed.

It is worth mentioning that the figures mentioned above are the estimated time it takes to cook frozen pork chops.

The proper way to freeze pork chops

You can easily store the pork chops by putting them in a plastic freezer bag or heavy-duty freezer container before storing them in the freezer to protect your pork chops from freezer burns.

Moreover, to preserve the quality of the pork chops for quite a long time you can opt for vacuum sealing them which is quite effective in prolonging their shelf life.

Vacuum sealing involves the process of putting the pork chops in a plastic zipper bag, removing air from it, and almost sealing the bag with a little space left while lowering it into water. Afterward, press out the bubbles from the bag starting from the bottom of the bag and once you reach the sealed end, you should press the seal closed. 

The reason behind doing vacuum sealing is to ensure that there is minimum air present in the plastic zipper bag with the pork chops. As air has moisture and oxygen in it that favors bacterial growth, so by removing air, pork chops can retain their freshness for a long time.

It is a good practice to divide the pork chops into portions or serving sizes that you generally need. By doing so you will be able to just thaw the number of pork chops that you need while the rest of the pork chops can stay in the freezer untouched. Thus keeping the pork chops in the freezer will increase their shelf life considerably owing to the cool temperature of the freezer that halts the bacterial growth on the pork chops.

The proper way to thaw pork chops

When it comes to thawing frozen pork chops, there are a couple of ways to do so and you can choose any of them depending upon your choice.

  1. The recommended way to thaw the frozen pork chops is to leave them in the refrigerator overnight and let them thaw there. The pork chops thawed this way can be kept in the fridge for 3-5 days before cooking and eating them.
  1. You can thaw the frozen pork chops in a bowl of cold water but you should cook them immediately after thawing. 
  1. If you are thawing the pork chops in the oven or microwave it is recommended to cook them immediately till they reach an internal temperature of 160 to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. 

The reason behind cooking the pork chops immediately after thawing them in a cold water bowl or microwave is that when you warm the pork chops using these methods, the temperature at the surface of the pork chops gets higher than that of 40 degrees Fahrenheit before the core temperature can become 40 degrees Fahrenheit and they can thaw completely and that’s when the bacteria can start to grow on the surface rapidly.

Therefore it is advised to cook such thawed pork chops immediately until their internal temperature reaches 145 to 155 degrees Fahrenheit. Because it is only by cooking the pork chops properly that we can get rid of the bacteria completely.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “can you cook frozen pork chops” with an in-depth analysis of whether or not you can cook frozen pork chops. Moreover, we discussed the proper way to freeze and thaw pork chops.

Citations

https://www.commodious.co.uk/knowledge-bank/food-hygiene/frozen-cooking#:~:text=A%3A%20Yes%20you%20can%20cook,if%20fresh%20or%20thawed%20out.
https://www.allrecipes.com/article/how-to-thaw-frozen-pork-chops/
https://www.leaf.tv/articles/how-to-bake-frozen-pork-chops/

Mahnoor Asghar is a Clinical Nutritionist with a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is compassionate and dedicated to playing her part in the well-being of the masses. She wants to play a fruitful role in creating nutrition and health-related awareness among the general public. Additionally, she has a keen eye for detail and loves to create content related to food, nutrition, health, and wellness.