The Best Pork Chop Seasoning Recipe photo by Taste of Home
Total Time
Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
The perfect pork chop seasoning does exist! When using this beautiful blend, you'll get the perfect kick added to your meat.

Updated: Mar. 19, 2024

While there are many different ways to season pork chops, this recipe is one of the best options if you want to really bring your A game and impress your tastebuds. From using a blend of quality spices like paprika, cayenne pepper and oregano, you’ll never eat bland pork chops again!

How to Season Pork Chops

To season your pork chops correctly, use 2 teaspoons of the blend per pound of pork. Season the pork chops generously on both sides before cooking. Let the seasoning penetrate the meat 20 minutes before cooking to ensure your meat is flavorful in every bite.

Pork Chop Seasoning Ingredients

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Making the right pork chop seasoning is the key to flavorful pork chop recipes. From spicy and peppery notes to earthy tones, it’s essential to have the right combination of flavors. Here are the key ingredients:

  • Paprika: This spice brings the perfect amount of smokiness without overpowering your meat.
  • Brown sugar: Brown sugar adds a subtle hint of sweetness and caramelization to the overall savory blend.
  • Garlic powder: Unlike fresh garlic that can overpower a dish, garlic powder provides a more subtle garlic flavor with a hint of savoriness.
  • Onion powder: Onion powder is one of the essential seasonings we love to use in everything from soups to hamburgers. This trusty powder adds depth to any dish.
  • Cayenne pepper: Just the right amount of heat without being overly spicy. Cayenne pepper is less smoky than paprika, so if you like more heat feel free to add even more of this flavorful spice.
  • Sage: Sage adds a hint of pine and mint. For pork chops, it blends beautifully with the other spices and complements the meat wonderfully.
  • Thyme: Thyme has a slightly lemony flavor that adds more complexity to your chops.
  • Oregano: This delicate yet flavorful spice gives your meat an earthy and peppery bite.
  • Ground mustard: Ground mustard is a relatively common ingredient used in salad dressings and savory dishes. This particular spice adds an additional nutty flavor that completes the dish.


Step 1: Combine ingredients

Add all of the ingredients to a small bowl and mix.

Step 2: Store seasoning

Store in a sealed glass jar for up to six months. It’s best to store this container in a cool, dark place. The cupboard or pantry is ideal.

Pork Chop Seasoning Tips

What are some pork chop seasoning variations?

If you like more heat on your pork chops, add a sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes to the mix (you’ll love these Mexican pork chops). If you want your meat to taste more earthy, add 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric or cumin. For a sweeter bite, add a bit more brown sugar to your seasoning mixture. Want more of a peppery taste? You can’t go wrong with an additional 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper.

You can also make different batches of seasonings to store. Just don’t forget to label them!

How do you use pork chop seasoning?

You can certainly use this recipe for other meats! This blend works beautifully on everything from ribs to chicken. If you want to stick to pork, try it on our grilled pork chop recipe.

The Best Pork Chop Seasoning

Prep Time 10 min
Yield about 2/3 cup.


  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 3 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 1 year.

Nutrition Facts

1 teaspoon: 5 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 361mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.