Go Back
+ servings
smothered pork chops in a pan and ready to serve

Southern Smothered Pork Chops

Smothered pork chops with buttermilk gravy is a true taste of the south.
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, southern
Keyword smothered pork chops
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 374kcal


  • 4 large bone in pork chops
  • 1 teaspoon creole seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large yellow onion sliced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 3/4 cups (414mL) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup (60mL) buttermilk


  • Season pork chops and set side.
  • Heat oil in a skillet and brown pork chops for about 4 minutes on both sides.
  • Remove from skillet and set aside and drain any excess oil.
  • Next scrape the bottom of the skillet to dislodge all the awesome browned bits and add the onion and saute for about 7 minutes until tender.
  • Then stir in the minced garlic and creole seasoning and cook till fragrant for 1 minute.
  • Add in the cornstarch, stirring with spatula constantly while cooking for 2-3 minutes, until the flour changes to a rich toffee color.
  • Next, stir in the reduced-sodium chicken broth and buttermilk. Mix together, making sure to scrape the bottom of the skillet so the cornstarch and brown bits get combined into the liquid.
  • Reduce heat and let simmer for about 12 minutes until it thickened.
  • Add the pork chops back in and simmer for a further 10 minutes (or so), until the pork chops are very tender and the sauce has thickened further.
  • Switch off the heat, adjust the seasonings, and serve.




Make it sweet - This is a buttermilk gravy that has a very slight tang, which works well with pork chops. If you prefer a sweeter pork chop gravy, you can add in some brown sugar or honey. Or you can use half and half instead of the buttermilk.
Add a different flavor. You can add other flavors to suit your taste. When making this smothered pork chops recipe, I have used:
Thicken it.  – If your gravy is too thin, make a roux in another saucepan and add it to the gravy and cook it some more.

Weight Watchers Points

There are 10 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving.

Serving Suggestions


Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 150mg | Potassium: 741mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 264IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1mg