Creamy Cajun Pork Chops

Posted on Dec 1, 2016
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Creamy Cajun Pork Chops ~ pork chops smothered in onions and mushrooms, in a spicy Cajun cream sauce.

Creamy Cajun Pork Chops, in skillet with Cajun gravy/sauce.

Creamy Cajun Pork Chops

We are pretty crazy for pork chops around here, in fact, a good pork chop is probably Meathead’s favorite thing for dinner.  And if there’s any kind of cream sauce involved, it’s a surefire hit.  For the past several months, my favorite seasoning to play around with has been Cajun (or Creole) seasoning, and smoked paprika.  Creamy Cajun Pork Chops has become a new favorite in my house.

Creamy Cajun Pork Chops, overhead photo in skillet

I’ve heard the term “smothered” when referring to a southern cooking technique and I think this is similar.  The meat is browned, the vegetables sautéed, the meat goes back in to simmer in the sauce.  That’s pretty much what I did here, with onions, garlic and cremini mushrooms.

Creamy Cajun Pork Chops photo of ingredients

The chops simmer until fully cooked, then the pan sauce is reduced and finished off with sour cream and Cajun spices.  This is my kind of comfort food on a cold night ~ served over egg noodles to sop up all the rich, spicy sauce.

Creamy Cajun Pork Chops, in skillet with serving fork and spoon

I’m thinking of trying this with chicken, but for now I’m sticking with these pork chops.  If you have a Meathead in your house, try these Creamy Cajun Pork Chops ~ you will be showered with praise, they are that good. ~ Kelly

Creamy Cajun Pork Chops, in dish over egg noodles with fork and knife.

Creamy Cajun Pork Chops

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Creamy Cajun Pork Chops

Pork chops smothered in onions and mushrooms, in a spicy Cajun cream sauce.
4.76 from 29 votes
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Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Cajun/southern
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4
Calories: 322kcal
Author: Kelly ~ the hungry bluebird (adapted from What's KP Cooking?)

Ingredients

  • 4 thick-cut (1¼-inch) rib pork chops
  • freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup sliced cremini mushrooms, about 4 ounces ~ can use white button mushrooms instead
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 cup chicken stock or broth, preferably homemade
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning ~ I used my local grocer's Cajun blend
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika ~ can use regular if that's what you have
  • cooked egg noodles, for serving

Instructions

  • Season chops with plenty of black pepper to taste and sprinkle with a little kosher salt.  Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Brown chops, about 5 minutes per side.  Remove chops to a plate and set aside, leaving fat in skillet.
  • Add onions and mushrooms to skillet and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes.  Add garlic and a pinch of salt and cook until just fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Add the chicken stock and deglaze the pan, stirring up any browned bits.  Season with another sprinkle of salt. Turn down the heat to a simmer, add the bay leaves and nestle the chops back in the sauce.  Cover and simmer on low for about 30 - 35 minutes until the chops are cooked through.
  • Remove cooked chops to plate and cover loosely with foil.  Increase heat to high and bring pan juices to a boil and reduce by about half.  Skim as much fat from the surface as you can (I probably skimmed off 2 to 3 tablespoons).
  • Remove bay leaves and turn heat down to low.  Whisk in sour cream, Cajun seasoning and smoked paprika until smooth and creamy and heat for 3 minutes, be careful not to boil.  Taste and adjust for salt and pepper.  Add chops back to pan and coat in sauce and heat another minute or two.  Serve over hot buttered egg noodles with plenty of sauce and chopped fresh parsley.

Notes

I use a Cajun spice blend that has NO SALT.  Keep that in mind when seasoning, I salt as I go but if your Cajun spice blend has salt, be careful so you don't over salt.
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*Adapted from What’s KP Cooking? January, 2010

 

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    5 stars
    Cream sauce AND pork chops!? Be still my heart… ~ Meathead

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    Barbara Graham

    January 2, 2017

    4 stars
    I tried this tonight. Loved the flavors. I thought it was a bit on the salty side and believe it comes from the smoked paprika. I will definitely make this again but will use regular paprika. Now that being said, my son loved it exactly as it is and my dil does not like sour cream and said that’s all she could taste. Can’t please them all. 🙂

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    1. Kelly

      Glad you tried and liked, for the most part. I wouldn’t think the salt came from the smoked paprika, but maybe. Did you use salted chicken stock? Or maybe too much salt in the Cajun spice mix? You’re right, can’t please ’em all ~ I never can in my family 😉

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      Foodguy

      August 17, 2017

      Paprika isn’t salty. Just adjust where it says to add salt. Also can use unsalted butter.

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      The salt comes from the “cajun” seasoning. There’s a lot of salt in there. Smoked Paprika is just smoked paprika–no salt (unless you had some weird blend)

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      1. Kelly

        It depends on the Cajun spice blend used. My blend has no salt in it. I would check for salt in the Cajun seasonings and then adjust accordingly. My version definitely needs salt!

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      Evan Lieberman

      December 2, 2017

      Never seen salt in Paprika. But Cajun seasoning is quite salty. I am going to try this tonight.

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      Joyce

      June 7, 2018

      4 stars
      I don’t believe that there is salt in paprika, at least not in mine. I use salt free Cajun seasoning so if you can find that, or make your own, that should take care of it

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    Deborah

    January 3, 2017

    5 stars
    Excellent recipe! Picky husband approved!

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    5 stars
    This was really good! I wouldn’t change a thing. It had great flavor and it was something different from the regular menu of our dinners. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Stefanie

    April 11, 2017

    5 stars
    Lovely recipe my husband and i loved it.
    Doing low carb so served with loads of sautéed greens it was amazing.
    Have done this again and didn’t have can seasoning so used chilli powder and it was great. Thanks for adding to our recipe staples will be a family favourite from now on x

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    5 stars
    Did you serve on square egg noodles or can you use any , so many different types , did you make buttered egg noodles as to a recipe , or just boil plain egg noodles ?? Wonder wether to serve with mashed potatoes or fries

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    1. Kelly

      Kelly

      May 17, 2017

      Any egg noodles you like! Sometimes I use frozen noodles, sometimes packaged. I add butter and salt after cooking. Mashed potatoes sound great!

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    Jodie

    June 6, 2017

    5 stars
    I served with cajun sweet potato mash and green beans. Great recipe

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    1. Kelly

      Kelly

      June 7, 2017

      That sounds really good! Glad you liked the pork chops.

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    Jennifer

    July 22, 2017

    5 stars
    Wonderful recipe! We loved it! Not too spicy and my husband who does not like sour cream said the sauce was great!

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    1. Kelly

      Thanks so much for the nice compliment.

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    5 stars
    Cajun family making this recipe tonight but serving over mashed potatoes instead! Looks and sounds yum 🙂

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    5 stars
    Excellent recipe! I made this for dinner tonight and it is a hit. I substituted rice for the egg noodles and it’s a fantastic combination. As others have said my picky hubby that doesn’t like shoot cream loved the sauce!!

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    5 stars
    Really yummy. Didn’t put as much salt as recipe called for. Perfect served with white rice instead of egg noodles for me.

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    5 stars
    Great meal, excellent recipe! I made this yesterday and it turned out great! Definitely a Keeper!!!

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    I just made this tonight for dinner, it was so delicious. I didn’t use as much salt as the recipe called for but added more Cajun seasoning. My boys absolutely loved it. Definitely going to make again.

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    Would it be ok without sour cream or what is a good substitute?

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    1. Kelly

      I don’t think so. You could try plain Greek yogurt as a substitute.

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    5 stars
    This meal was amazing. Very salty. I believe it was the chicken stock and the chop seasoning. Make sure you use light salted or unsalted foods. Otherwise amazing recipe.

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    5 stars
    I did this recipe today, but I did adjust a little. I added a can of whole stewed tomatoes, I cut them up small & cooked them with the sauce & chops, gave it a better taste so I didn’t taste the sourcream as strong. Otherwise kept the same, my husband & I loved it. Nice change for chops. I also didn’t do egg noodles, I just cut up golden potatoes & baked in olive oil & seasonig in the oven as my side. We go with potatoes more often if possible.

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    Can I use beef broth/stock instead of chicken broth/stock?

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    1. Kelly

      I have never used beef stock, I prefer chicken stock. Beef stock is too strong sometimes. But if that’s what you, it would probably be just fine.

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    4 stars
    Was very good served with side of green beans Wife and Kids 8 and 11 both loved it as well. They will be taking it to lunch tomorrow
    Salt level was fine but I used low sodium chicken stock unsalted butter and added no extra salt just a Cajun seasoning

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    5 stars
    This was very good. I did omit most of the salt because of salt being in cajun seasoning. I liked it a lot with pasta,but, my husband who is obsessed with honey roasted red potatoes told me that he thought this would be good with those. Big surprise there haha. I served with candied carrots. Thanks for a great recipe!!

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    5 stars
    Made it, loved it, saved it!!!

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    Claudia

    April 29, 2018

    5 stars
    This was a two-thumbs-way-up hit with my husband. And me, too. I followed the recipe exactly, except that I served it with mashed potatoes instead of noodles (I didn’t have any), and it was pretty amazing that way. So delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

    P.S. I’ll bet the sauce would taste awesome with chicken breasts.

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    Marybeth

    June 7, 2018

    5 stars
    I just made this and it was DELISH! I added red, yellow, and orange peppers to it because I had them already cut up and needed to use them, and I wouldn’t make it any other way. I also basically tripled the Cajun spice because I love it super hot! Doing keto diet so no pasta, but I had buttered cabbage to go with it and it was awesome. Definitely going in to my rotation!

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    1. Kelly

      Kelly

      June 7, 2018

      Sounds delicious! I like everything you did to make it keto, glad you liked it.

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    Georgiana

    November 16, 2018

    5 stars
    I made this with regular paprika and served it over mashed potatoes. It was delish. The whole family loved it.

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    Ian Wylie

    January 7, 2019

    5 stars
    Amazing meal everyone loves it. We also use rice, the kids ate the onions without even knowing it. But, I need to get more sauce out of the recipe, how can I do this?

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    5 stars
    Very good recipe. Man pleaser.

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    1. Kelly

      You said that right, my husband loves this dish!

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    5 stars
    Totally kicks but. Wanted them for breakfast this morning. Definitely on the repeat list. Prepared as directed.

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    1. Kelly

      My husband has them for breakfast, if there are any leftovers. No shame at all!!

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    5 stars
    Two thumbs up!👍🏻👍🏻👌🏻 I don’t understand why there were so many comments of it being salty, since you left it up to the cook to salt as needed, AND you specified unsalted cajun seasoning. Recipe is perfect IMHO

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    1. Kelly

      Thanks for pointing that salt issue out! It all depends on the blend. I’m so glad you liked this dish!

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    The picture looked good and caught my interest. Thankfully I like to try new recipes. This was absolutely DELICIOUS! The flavors all blended well together and I will definitely make this again.

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    1. Kelly

      It’s tasty, one of my husband’s favorites!

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    Jocelyn Kyle

    February 14, 2019

    5 stars
    This is my FOURTH time making this recipe! It is amazing, and has quickly become a family favorite. As others have noted, be careful of the salt that comes in many cajun blends. I took 2 minutes to make my own salt- free version and it works perfectly every time! SO GOOD! Thanks for a great recipe!

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    1. Kelly

      I keep saying I’m going to make my own blend, I think I will next time. The store blend I use is so good (and convenient). I’m happy to hear this is a hit with your family. Thanks for letting me know.

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    Ian Wylie

    March 10, 2019

    I love this dish and the kids eat it up, but I always seem to need more of the sauce. How can I get more without compromising the dish?

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    Amber

    May 31, 2019

    5 stars
    Always looking for pork chop recipes and this is FANTASTIC just as written! Thank you so very much for the great meal. 😋 (served over egg noodles with sides of cheesy asparagus and a salad)

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    1. Kelly

      Kelly

      June 2, 2019

      You are so welcome, sounds delicious!!

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    5 stars
    I thought they were incredible!

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    1. Kelly

      Thank you, it’s a tasty way to make pork chops!

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