How to Cut a Pocket in Pork Chops

Pork chop recipes that star a savory stuffing are much easier to make than you might think! These step-by-step directions show you which pork chop cuts to use, how to cut pork chop pockets, and how to fill your stuffed pork chops. You'll also find links to our favorite stuffed pork chop recipes.

A classic pork chop recipe is improved by stuffing with your favorite fillings! Try cheese, bread crumbs, or more meat, whatever your heart desires to make a stuffed pork chop.

You've found some great stuffed pork chop recipes, and you're ready to give them a try. Trouble is, you're not sure how to cut pork chop pockets. We're here to help, with step-by-step directions on how it's done.  

Get the Pancetta-Stuffed Pork Chops recipe.

Best Pork Chop Cuts for Stuffing

Let's start with the basics. First, choose the right pork chop cuts, as some cuts are better than others for stuffing. Many stuffed pork chop recipes call for pork loin rib chops (shown left in the photo) or bone-in pork loin chops (shown right in the photo). Another good choice is a boneless pork loin chop.

Hint: You can also stuff other cuts of pork. Here are recipes for:  


How to Cut Pork Chops for Stuffed Pork Chops

To cut pork chop pockets:

  • Use a sharp, pointed knife to make a horizontal slit in the fatty side of each chop, cutting almost to the other side (or to the bone) without cutting through the opposite side.
  • Work the knife inside the chop to widen an interior pocket while keeping the original slit small. 

How to Fill Chops for Stuffed Pork Chop Recipes

Once you've cut the pocket for your stuffed pork chops, fill them with the stuffing. Simply use one hand to lift the top of the chop and spoon the filling into the pocket, spreading evenly throughout the pocket. 

How to Secure Stuffed Pork Chops for Cooking

To prevent the stuffing from oozing out during cooking, secure the opening of the chops with wooden toothpicks.  

Cook pork chops as directed in your recipe. Or, check out the video above for more information on how to cook pork chops. Once the stuffed pork chops are cooked, be sure to remove the picks before serving.  

Learn more about how to cook pork chops with these primers:

How to Bake Pork Chops

How to Pan-Fry Pork Chops

Our Best Stuffed Pork Chop Recipes


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