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Pork Chops with Lemon Basil Cream Sauce

Juicy crisp-tender pork chops served with the most heavenly cream sauce. Made in 30 min. You can’t beat that!

Pork Chops with Lemon Basil Cream Sauce - Juicy crisp-tender pork chops served with the most heavenly cream sauce. Made in 30 min. You can't beat that!

Cream sauce. Yes, lemon basil cream sauce to be exact.

And it’s a cream sauce that you’ll want to hide from everyone so you can sneak into the corner bathroom and guzzle it down. By yourself. With the lights off and everything.

No joke. It’s just that good.

Plus, it’ll pair with anything and everything so if pork chops isn’t really your jam, this sauce would also go well with chicken breasts or even a rib eye steak.

You just can’t go wrong here.

Pork Chops with Lemon Basil Cream Sauce - Juicy crisp-tender pork chops served with the most heavenly cream sauce. Made in 30 min. You can't beat that!

Pork Chops with Lemon Basil Cream Sauce

Juicy crisp-tender pork chops served with the most heavenly cream sauce. Made in 30 min. You can’t beat that!

10 minutes20 minutes


  • 4 (8-ounce) pork chops, bone-in, 3/4-inch to 1-inch thick
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup Panko*
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

For the lemon basil cream sauce

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more, to taste
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves, chiffonade
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Season pork chops with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. In a large bowl, combine Panko, Parmesan and parsley; set aside.
  4. Working one at a time, dredge pork chops in flour, dip into eggs, then dredge in Panko mixture, pressing to coat.
  5. Melt butter in a large oven-proof skillet over medium high heat. Add pork chops and sear both sides until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes.
  6. Place into oven and roast until completely cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 140 degrees F, about 8-10 minutes; set aside and keep warm.*
  7. To make the lemon basil cream sauce, melt butter in the skillet. Add garlic and red pepper flakes, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in chicken broth, heavy cream, Parmesan, basil and lemon zest; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
  8. Serve pork chops immediately with cream sauce.


*Panko is a Japanese-style breadcrumb and can be found in the Asian section of your local grocery store.

*Cooking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of the pork chops.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 814.6 Calories from Fat 538.2
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 59.8g 92%
Saturated Fat 31.2g 156%
Trans Fat 0.6g
Cholesterol 322.0mg 107%
Sodium 393.0mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 20.2g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0.7g 3%
Sugars 1.1g
Protein 48.6g 97%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is one of my family’s favorite dishes! Absolutely amazing. I just use my own blend of seasonings on my pork.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’m reviewing only the sauce. I pan fried my pork chops with salt pepper, salt, and garlic powder in a bit of avocado oil coated in only flour. I followed the recipe almost exactly except I used lemon juice from half a lemon rather than zest, omitted the red pepper flakes because of the kids and added a handful of shredded parm as that is all I had  on hand. The sauce still turned out amazing. I loved that it was light and delicious. Very easy. I would love to try with the red pepper flakes. I think it could be used on chicken or fish as well. 

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Delicious! I didn’t bread this (to make it healthier) and just cooked with salt and lemon pepper and just a little butter. Then when I made the sauce I used fat free creamer (again, to make it healthier) instead of heavy cream.. I did use a little corn starch to thicken. I made with green beans. I will definitely make again.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    I found your recipe an hour so ago, and just finished dinner. Delicious! I loved the sauce! As I was only making dinner for one, because of that I didn’t use the same measurements (I’m a pretty intuitive cook, so eyeballing is not an issue) The only difference was I sprinkled a little flour in with the butter mixture because I didn’t have zest, and used lemon juice instead. Thinking the added liquid would make the sauce too thin. It worked perfectly, and came out the right consistency

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is hilarious. I didn’t read your post until after I made the recipe. I actually did end up sneaking the sauce by the spoonful when my husband left the room. Anyway, this sauce is to die for. The more I ate the better it got! I’ll be trying this sauce for lots of other stuff now. The pork chops were pretty amazing as well!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Very very good the sauce was awesome! The only thing I did different was to squeeze 1/2 of lemon into the sauce 

  7. This recipe was so, so good! My husband loved the crispiness of the pork and thought the sauce was “absolutely delicious” (he was unaware of the name of your site, haha), despite me sort of messing up when I tried to reduce it – it didn’t thicken down as much as I thought it would, but I think I may have used a little too much stock.

    Anyway, this recipe is a keeper and I can’t wait to try some of the other delectable looking ones from your site!

  8. I’d like to make this recipe with boneless pork chops. How would you recommend changing the cooking time?

    • What a great idea! But unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

    • Rated 5 out of 5

      I made this recipe for the first time ever about three years ago. The whole family LOVES it and often asks me to make it again. On my way for the ingredients soon actully. Yummm. I add my own variety of seasonings also. This is a dish you can get pretty creative with. Its very hard to leave the sauce aloneeeee.

  9. I love all of your recipes!!! However I’m unable to print them. I haven’t had that problem on any other sites and I wondered if you may know why. Thank you so much for your help!

  10. Chungah – what do you usually pair this with, for veggies? (or maybe rice?) Thanks.

  11. Woman! You are amazing! My whole family loves this dish I made it 4 times in a row! Why?? My children are in love with this recipe! Thank you so much for a great one!!

  12. This basil lemon cream sauce was to die for – sooooo yummy! It could have been thicker but it sure was delicious. The pork chops were so good. Will definitely make again – also, will try to find something else to use this sauce for.

  13. This was such a delicious recipe. I used boneless chops, cooked to 140 and left them in the oven while I was finishing the sauce. They were perfect, and still juicy. Served with baked brown rice (Alton Brown recipe), sheet pan of summer squash/zucchini/mixed bells/red onion/Vidalia onion/fresh pepper/garlic salt/oil, and marinaded button mushrooms (Natasha’s Kitchen recipe). I ended up with a lot of leftover sauce – I can’t wait to add it to some pasta, peas, mushrooms, and top with more parmesan. Definitely adding this to the “keepers” file.

  14. I made this dish for Christmas dinner. It was delicious. The next day, I poured the leftover sauce over spaghetti, it might be my new favorite pasta sauce. 

  15. Simply delicious!

  16. Can boneless chicken breast be used instead of pork chops?

  17. Thank you for an Amazing dish!!  Super easy to make and extremely damn delicious! My entire family loved it. Will become a staple in our home 🙂 

  18. I made this recipe today in my sun oven and it was delicious!! I wanted to share the picture but couldn’t figure out how to do it. After breading and browning the pork chops, I placed them on top of cut up potatoes and baked them via the sun oven outdoors . I made the fabulous cream sauce and poured it over the top and the dish was a major hit with my family. I will make this recipe again, many thanks! Judy

  19. I have a question! My grocery store was out of fresh basil. How much dried basil should I use to substitute the fresh?

  20. Wowie!! Had almost written pork chops out of my recipe book for good until I saw this recipe and decided to give them another try. SO GLAD I did! These were simply damn delicious!! 

  21. You were right about this sauce! I wanted to drink it by itself. Another great recipe. Thanks Chungah!!

  22. Hello Chungah! Thank you thank you for this great recipe, I was so tired of following my usual pork chop recipe and this was such a refreshing change. I made this last night and it came out great!! I stumbled upon your recipe last night so of course I didnt have all the ingredients in my pantry so I substituted the Panko with regular bread crumbs and I didnt dip the pork in egg because I have an intolerance to that yummy ingredient (so not fair) and it turned out just fine.

    Definitely trying it out again (and again). Thanks again and happy cooking 🙂 nom nom 

  23. These were the best pork chops I have ever made.  The whole family enjoyed them!  The sauce was amazing…we put it on the green beans, too.  I love your website and the beautiful photos.  Is it just me, or does anyone else  want to make every recipe? Great variety of recipes.   I’ve made about 10 recipes so far and everyone turned out perfectly!  Thank you!

  24. My daughter cooked these chops twice over the holiday season, and they taste amazing.  I love your recipes Chungah, there is not one which hasnt turned out perfectly.

  25. Again i tried your recipe last night for dinner. These one came out REALLY REALLY good.
    thank you.

  26. I substituted the Panko with crushed up sweet potato tortilla chips (put into food processor) and instead of heavy cream used coconut milk…WOW even with substitutions this recipe was AMAZING! DD all of your recipes ROCK! Loved by my husband and kids too 🙂 

  27. Can I put the leftover sauce in the fridge or will the cream and oil coagulate weird?

    • Unfortunately, I cannot answer this with certainty as I have not tried this myself. As always, please use your best judgment.

    • I made the sauce a day in advance and kept it in the fridge. I microwaved it the day I wanted to serve it. It was still amazing. 

  28. I made this last night and it was so good. Family loved it!

  29. I made these this week and they turned out so good! Seriously jam packed with flavor and moist as can be! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  30. Made this recipe this week, my husband and I LOVED IT!
    Great job DD, we’ll certainly be making this again!

  31. I would definitely be guilty of hiding in a corner with that sauce, it looks fantastic!

  32.  I couldn’t find bone in chops that looked any good so I used boneless chops and it still tasted great! I paired it with garlic and rosemary roasted red potatoes and asparagus…simply amazing! 

  33. Mmmm…hubby will love these!:)

  34. I have been searching for a sauce to go with my  usualy dry pork chops, and this looks really delicious, I’m definitely attempting this over the weekend! Thanks!

    • If your pork chops are dry, you are cooking them too long.  Pork is good to serve at medium rare and the FDA has approved this as well 🙂   I always brown mine in a pan on the stove and then put in a 400 degree oven and cook about 7 minutes for thick pork chops and less for slimmer ones.  This is for pork chops with with bone.  

  35. Made this for dinner last night…..verrrry good!! Best chops I’ve had in a long time!

  36. I just made your one pan ranch pork chops and veggies earlier this week and everyone at the table loved it! Looks like I’m going to have to add this one on the rotation soon as well.

  37. This dish looks amazing! I always have a difficult time coming up with recipes for pork chops, so I can’t wait to try this one out! 🙂

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  38. Okay, so these look scrumptious! YUM!

  39. Yum! These look devine! Wish I had these right now.