How to Cook Irish Pork Chops

Irish Pork Recipe – Brined Pork Loin Chop

A Very Easy But Very Tasty Pork Chop Recipe

You just can’t beat Irish Pork Recipes, and you certainly won’t beat this Irish brined Pork Chop Recipe. As a chef this is my go to recipe when preparing pork chops for service. It makes pork chops stand out a mile from every other around.

I’ll be honest with you, I love Irish pork Recipes.  Be it a nice succulent Irish Superquinn sausage on a weekend morning or a juicy roasted rolled and stuffed loin of pork for Sunday lunch.  Irish pork recipes give you a fantastic choice of mouth-watering meals to create that you, your family and friends will love and enjoy.

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This Irish brined pork loin chop recipe of mine is great.  It can be made with the minimum amount of effort but will give back maximum gain; which is a winning combination in my book.  The subtle flavours will compliment the pork and create an even juicier pork chop that will water your mouth like Homer Simpson, Ummmm, Pork Chops.

Pork Chop recipe

The brine works by helping the protein to break down in the meat and allows for the salt solution to penetrate into it.  This will help the meat to contain more liquid so when it’s cooked the extra liquid creates a juicier bit of meat; and who doesn’t love a juicy bit of meat.  By adding flavours to the brine you are allowing the salt solution to carry these flavours into the meat creating a more flavoursome meat.

This brine can be used for various types of meat such as chicken and beef.  You will just have to adjust the flavours to suit the meat and add longer soaking times for tougher meat.  The longer soaking for tougher meats will help the meat to tenderise too which is an added bonus.  For red meats I would tend to soak them overnight.

Chef Tips: You should always, when possible, purchase all your meats from your local butcher, preferably an Irish Craft Butcher from your local town.  Talk to them when purchasing meat and ask them about flavours that go best with your meat.  They will always be too happy to give you tips and tricks.

Here is my easy Irish Brined Pork Loin Chop Recipe that I hope you enjoy.  Serve your pork chops with some creamy mashed potato, steamed vegetables and maybe a bit of apple sauce. You will be glad you did.


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Irish Pork Recipes Brined Pork Loin Chop Recipe
Irish Pork Recipe – Brined Irish Pork Chops
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
13 mins
Total Time
23 mins

This is a great recipe to add more flavour into your pork chops.  This brine not only allows for more flavour to be added into the pork chop but also make the pork chop moist and less prone to drying out.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: easy brine, easy pork brine, easy pork chop brine, easy pork chop recipe, how to brine pork, how to brine pork chops, how to cook pork chops, irish pork chop recipe
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 409 kcal
  • 4 Irish Pork Loin Chops
  • 800 ml Water
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 5 or 6 Black pepper corn
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 3 Whole cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp Dried rosemerry or 1 sprig fresh
  1. Bring 200ml of the water to a boil and add in all the ingredient except the pork.  Stir everything until it is combined.

  2. Mix in the rest of the cold water to the brine solution and allow to cool down.

  3. Once the brine is cold place the pork chops into a non-metal container and cover with the brine solution.  Cover the container and place in the refrigerator for 5 to 6 hours.

  4. After 5 or 6 hours heat a heavy based frying pan and when it is very hot turn the heat down to medium.  Add the oil to the pan and fry the pork chops for 4 minutes on each side.  Ensure that the pork chops are fully cooked then set aside to rest for 4 to 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy.

Recipe Notes

This is a basic brine recipe and add a nice flavour as well as moisture to your pork chops. 

You can add other flavours like juniper berries or various herbs. Play about making your own recipe once you have tried this one of course.

Serve with some buttery mash potatoes with steamed vegetables with a nice apple sauce. You won’t get better than that.

Irish Pork Recipes – Brined Pork Chop Recipe

brined pork chop recipe
About the author
J.J. Sheridan
My Name is JJ Sheridan, born in Cork Ireland but spent most of my childhood in County Tipperary. I've been a Chef for a large number of years and have worked in a number of award winning restaurants. I love using local ingredients whenever possible in my food so that I can showcase the best of Irish. My passion is to share with you the best restaurants across Ireland from a Chefs perspective. For many years restaurants have been at the hands of the "food critic". Most of the time these critics will visit the same old restaurants and heap praise on them. Often forgetting about the smaller restaurants who are paving the way for Irish Cuisine. My Goal is to higlight all restaurants, especially the ones the so called food experts never visit and give you a complete list of the best Irish Restaurants to visit.

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