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How Long to Bake Pork Chops

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Learn how long to bake pork chops and get tender and juicy results every time! We’ve got you covered for bone-in or boneless pork chops with any thickness or oven temperature. They’re delicious and easy to make with a few simple tips!

Baking is one of the best ways to cook pork chops because of the even heating and caramelization you get in the oven.

We’re frequently asked “how long do you bake pork chops?” and “what temperature to bake pork chops?” These are great questions because no two pork chops or ovens are the same!

The grocery store may not have the exact pork chop called for in a recipe, or you might be sharing your oven with another dish that requires a different temperature. Here we explain exactly how long to bake pork chops at 350, 375, 400 or 425 and still get the juicy results we all crave!

HOW TO BAKE PORK CHOPS

In addition to correct baking time, there are several tips for great results with oven baked pork chops:

  1. Thicker is better: Thicker pork chops retain their juices better for more flavor and tenderness, so target 1 to 1 1/2 inches when possible.
  2. Salt the chops: Salt tenderizes the meat for juicy chops, and optionally you can brine them in salt water for 20-30 minutes too.
  3. Pat dry: Baking wet chops will interfere with caramelization, so remove excess moisture by patting dry with paper towels if needed.
  4. Use a thermometer: An instant-read meat thermometer is the only accurate way to check when pork chops are done, an internal temperature of 145°F / 63°C.
  5. Let the pork chops rest: After baking, they should rest for 3 minutes to let the juices retreat back into the meat for maximum flavor. Resist the urge to cut into them right away!

If your oven is not reliable, use an oven thermometer to ensure an accurate temperature. Baking in the upper half of the oven helps to produce a nice crust.

HOW LONG DO YOU BAKE PORK CHOPS

The main things affecting pork chop bake time are 1) boneless vs. bone-in pork chops, and 2) oven temperature. Also, pan seared pork chops need a few minutes less bake time, while stuffed or breaded pork chops require an extra 2-4 minutes.

How to tell when pork chops are done: The only reliable way is to insert an instant-read thermometer into the middle of the chop. As soon as the temperature reads 145°F / 63°C, remove the pork chops from the oven. The temperature will rise a few degrees more while resting.

HOW LONG TO BAKE BONELESS PORK CHOPS

Baked boneless pork chops are popular, but also the least forgiving since the meat is lean and easily overcooked. They require less baking time than you might think!

I recommend baking boneless pork chops at 400°F / 205°C to get a crispier, more caramelized texture. Boneless pork chop bake time should be 7 minutes per half-inch / 1.3 cm of thickness. Refer to the chart below for other thicknesses and oven temperatures:

Pork Chop Oven Temp Boneless Pork Chop Bake Time
½ in / 1 cm thickness 1 in / 2½ cm thickness
350°F / 175°C 10-12 min 20-22 min
375°F / 190°C 8-10 min 18-20 min
400°F / 205°C 7-8 min 15-18 min
425°F / 220°C 6-7 min 12-15 min

Note: If you pan sear boneless pork chops before baking, reduce bake time by 2 minutes.

You’ll use slightly less time in a convection oven with the fan on. For a delicious recipe, check out our Baked Boneless Pork Chops.

HOW LONG TO BAKE BONE IN PORK CHOPS

Bone in pork chops are hands-down the most flavorful, and there are two types: rib chops and loin chops. On average, they need 3-5 more minutes of baking time than boneless pork chops depending on the size of the bone! Larger bones take longer to cook through than just a small piece.

Here’s how long to bake bone in pork chops based on thickness and oven temperature:

Pork Chop Oven Temp Bone In Pork Chop Bake Time
½ in / 1 cm thickness 1 in / 2½ cm thickness
350°F / 175°C 16-18 min 25-30 min
375°F / 190°C 14-16 min 23-25 min
400°F / 205°C 12-14 min 20-22 min
425°F / 220°C 8-10 min 18-20 min

Note: If you pan sear the bone in pork chops before baking, reduce bake time by 2 minutes.

Check out our Baked Bone In Pork Chops for a delicious bone in pork chop recipe.

WATCH HOW TO BAKE PORK CHOPS:

The following video tutorial shows how to cook pork chops in the oven:

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Oven Baked Pork Chops

Make tender and juicy pork chops in the oven using a simple seasoning to bring out the natural flavors of boneless pork chops or bone in pork chops. Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 15 mins Total Time: 20 mins Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 pork chops, boneless or bone-in, 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C) and set the rack to the upper third of the oven. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
  • Place pork chops on the baking sheet. Pat dry with paper towels and then rub all over with olive oil.
  • In a small bowl, mix the garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper.
  • Rub the seasoning mixture evenly over the sides of each pork chop.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the middle reads 145°F (63°C). (Note: Bone-in chops normally require an extra 5 minutes.)
  • Remove from the oven and allow the baked pork chops to rest for 3 minutes on a plate before serving.

Notes

  1. Thick-cut pork chops are less likely to dry out than thinner chops. Pork chops that are at least 1-inch thick are ideal.
  2. Salt brings out the natural flavor of pork chops, but if you prefer less salt, you can put half in the seasoning and remainder to taste during serving.
  3. If the center of the pork chop is slightly pink after baking, it’s ok as long as the internal temperature has reached 145°F (63°C).
  4. Don’t pierce or cut into the pork chops during cooking or resting, as juices will escape causing the meat to dry out.

Nutrition Facts Oven Baked Pork Chops Amount Per Serving (200 g) Calories 454 Calories from Fat 234 % Daily Value* Fat 26g40% Saturated Fat 7g35% Cholesterol 152mg51% Sodium 692mg29% Potassium 891mg25% Carbohydrates 2g1% Fiber 1g4% Sugar 1g1% Protein 49g98% Vitamin A 565IU11% Calcium 18mg2% Iron 1.6mg9% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Author: TipBuzz Course: Main Course Cuisine: American Keyword: baked pork chops, how long to bake pork chops, how to bake pork chops Did you make this recipe? Leave a comment below! Don’t forget to follow us on YouTube and Instagram!

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Editor note: Originally published Jan 11, 2019 and updated Jun 19, 2019

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Juicy Oven Baked Pork Chops

Easy oven baked pork chops that are tender, juicy, and easily customized to your favorite spices and seasonings. With a few simple tricks, you can make juicy and tender pork chops in the oven with very little fuss. Jump to the Easy Oven Baked Pork Chops Recipe or watch our quick recipe video showing us make them.

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How to Bake Pork Chops So They Are Juicy, Tender, and Delicious

We’ve already shared our method for cooking the juiciest skillet pork chops. Many of you loved that recipe so much that you asked us to share how we cook pork chops in the oven.

We were happy to help so here it is, our no-fail method for the best oven baked pork chops. Let’s do this!

We are sharing more of a method, rather than a recipe. We love the lemon and herb combination shared in the recipe below, but you can use your favorite spices instead.

Whether you use our flavor combination or your own, for the best baked pork chops, keep these simple tips in mind:

  • Don’t cook chops straight from the refrigerator. Thirty minutes before you plan to cook, take the pork chops out of the fridge. The time out of the refrigerator lets you bring the meat up to room temperature, which helps the pork cook more evenly throughout. Use this trick for other cuts of meat like pork tenderloin or steak.
  • Season the chops with salt 30 minutes before cooking. This way, the salt has a chance to improve the flavor and texture of the meat. Pork chops are pretty lean, so seasoning with salt before cooking is essential for making the most flavorful chops. You can think of this step as a simpler way to brine the pork (instead of a wet brine, the salt acts as a dry brine).
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit so that it is nice and hot before you slide in the chops.
  • Let the baked chops rest. Pork is done when an internal thermometer reads 145 degrees F. The moment they are cooked, transfer them to a clean plate and loosely cover with foil. After 5 minutes all the juices inside the chops will have distributed around the meat.

Our Best Baked Pork Chop Tip

The tips above are all important, but here’s our best tip for baking pork in the oven: Sear the chops briefly in a hot skillet before baking in the oven.

We’d love to tell you that lining raw pork chops on a baking sheet and sliding them into the oven to bake will make for a tasty chop, but after years of cooking proteins like pork and steak in our kitchen, we just haven’t had success with that method.

Instead, by taking an extra five minutes to preheat a skillet and sear one side of the pork before baking, the chops take on a beautiful golden-brown color, have a better texture (thanks to the seared crust), and are more interesting to eat.

Since we hate unnecessary dirty pans/dishes around here, we love to use our cast iron skillet to sear and bake the chops in. If you don’t have an oven-safe skillet like ours, you can sear the pork chops in a regular skillet (the heavier, the better), and then transfer the seared chops to a baking dish or sheet pan to finish them in the oven.

Prefer to cook pork chops on the stove? Here’s our no-fail method for the juiciest skillet pork chops.

What seasonings are best for pork chops?

Similar to chicken breast, pork is mild in flavor, so you have lots of options for adding flavor. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Keep it simple and use salt, pepper, a fresh herb like thyme, and lemon wedges scattered around the pan. This is what we’ve done in our photos and in the recipe shared below.
  • For a chili powder based seasoning, we love using a combination of ancho or our homemade chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, and black pepper. Combine 1 teaspoon of everything listed, except use only 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper. (We used this blend in our skillet pork chops recipe.)
  • For a sweet citrus rub, we love using a blend of brown sugar, grated lemon zest, and smoked paprika. Use 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1 teaspoon lemon zest, and 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika. (We use this blend to make our brown sugar baked salmon.)
  • A combination of fresh herbs, Dijon mustard, and lemon is classic. (Take a look at our lemon baked chicken thighs or our baked pork tenderloin recipe for inspiration.)
  • Italian seasoning, Za’atar seasoning, and taco seasoning are also excellent. (Here’s our homemade taco seasoning blend.)

What kind of pork chops should I use?

When it comes to baking pork chops, the thicker the better. Pork is easy to overcook and when that happens, the results are less than ideal. To prevent overcooking, choose pork chops that are at least 1-inch thick.

If you can buy bone-in chops, do it! The bone helps reduce the chance of overcooking and personally, I think the end result tastes better compared to boneless pork chops.

How long should I cook pork chops in the oven?

The cook time for baked pork chops will vary depending on how thick your chops are. That said, they won’t need very long in the oven. Boneless pork chops that are about 1-inch thick will need a 2 to 3 minute sear in the skillet and then 8 to 15 minutes of bake time in the oven.

Thinner chops will cook much quicker and thicker (or bone-in) chops may take a few minutes longer. Your best bet for checking on whether or not the chops are done is a temperature thermometer. Pork is done when the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit. If you do not have a thermometer, you will know they are done, if when cutting into the chops, the juices run clear.

What should I serve with pork chops?

Thanks to the fact that pork chops are lean and affordable, we cook them quite a bit. Here’s a list of our favorite sides to serve them with:

  • Mashed potatoes or for a low-carb option, try mashed cauliflower
  • Since the oven is on, try roasted broccoli, roasted cauliflower, or these honey roasted carrots
  • This 10-minute lemon garlic bok choy is a reader favorite
  • For a side salad, try our creamy cucumber salad, this easy chickpea salad, or our simple quinoa salad
  • PREP 30mins
  • COOK 15mins
  • TOTAL 45mins

Baked pork chops are a quick, healthy and simple dinner. Our method ensures juicy, tender and flavorful pork chops with little fuss. Use our seasoning suggestions — we especially love the roasted lemon wedges — or substitute with your favorite spice blends (we’ve shared some suggestions in the article above).

We ask you to cover the pork with foil or parchment during baking. By gently cooking the chops this way, they remain juicy and become tender.

Makes 4 servings

You Will Need

4 pork chops, about 1-inch thick and 6 to 7 ounces each

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 tablespoon high-heat cooking oil like grapeseed, avocado, or vegetable oil

2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped

1 lemon, cut into wedges

Handful of tender herbs like parsley or dill, chopped

Directions

  • Dry Brine Chops
  • Take the pork chops out of the refrigerator and season on both sides with salt and pepper — we use just less than 1/4 teaspoon of fine salt per pork chop. Set the chops aside to rest for 30 minutes.

    • Cook Chops
    • Heat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190° C).

      Heat the oil in a large oven-safe skillet — such as a cast iron pan — over medium-high heat. As soon as the oil is hot and looks shimmery, pat the pork dry, and then add the pork. Cook until golden, 2 to 3 minutes. While the pork sears, scatter half of the thyme over the side of the pork chops that are facing up.

      Flip the pork so that the seared side is facing up. (If there is a fattier side of the pork, use kitchen tongs to hold the chops, fat-side-down until it sizzles and browns slightly; about 30 seconds.)

      Scatter the remaining thyme over the seared side of the pork. Arrange lemon wedges around the chops, and then loosely cover with foil or tuck parchment paper around the pan. Slide the skillet into the oven to finish cooking. (If you do not have an oven-safe skillet, transfer the pork chops to a baking dish.)

      Bake 8 to 15 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer reads 145 degrees F when inserted into the thickest part of the chop. (Since cook time depends on the thickness of the chops, check for doneness at 5 minutes then go from there, checking every 2 minutes.) If you do not have a thermometer, you will know they are done, if when cutting into the chops, the juices run clear.

      Transfer pork chops to a plate then cover loosely with aluminum foil. Let the pork rest for 5 minutes. Serve with additional herbs, a squeeze of the roasted lemon wedges, and a spoonful of pan juices on top.

Adam and Joanne’s Tips

  • Optional Pan Sauce: When the pork chops are resting, place the skillet over medium-high then add 1 cup of chicken stock, 2 teaspoons of brown sugar, maple syrup or honey, and the juice from the roasted lemon wedges into the pan. Use a wooden spoon to scrape the bottom of the pan so that any stuck bits of pork come up. Bring to a simmer and cook until reduced by half. Taste then adjust the seasoning with salt or more sugar/honey/maple syrup. Slide the skillet off of the heat and when the sauce is no longer simmering, swirl in a tablespoon of butter.
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.

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Nutrition Per Serving: Serving Size 1 pork chop / Calories 260 / Total Fat 10.4g / Saturated Fat 2.9g / Cholesterol 107.1mg / Sodium 689.2mg / Total Carbohydrate 1g / Dietary Fiber 0.1g / Total Sugars 0.3g / Protein 38.3g AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

Oven Baked Bone-In Pork Chops Recipe

posted by Lyubomira on March 14, 2019

Oven Baked Bone-In Pork Chops Recipe – juicy, tender pork chops, seasoned with flavorful four ingredient dry rub and quickly baked in the oven to perfection.

A quick, simple and effortless weeknight meal for busy people. Thin cut bone in pork chops baked in the oven. Without marinating. No fancy seasoning. And no searing. A guide on how to prep, season and bake pork chops.

These baked pork chops are served with a side of baked green beans, but any vegetable of your choice can be added instead of green beans.

It is not a secret that I use pork in my recipes quite often, I cook with it at least once a week.

Most cuts of pork, like these bone-in pork chops cook fast, combine well with various seasonings and sides and also taste delicious.

What ingredients do I need to make baked bone-in pork chops?

  • bone-in pork chops (about 1 inch or less thickness)
  • salt for seasoning, may need more than the recommended amount in the recipe
  • pepper
  • onion powder
  • paprika
  • oil

How long does it take to make baked bone-in pork chops?

This Oven Baked Bone-In Pork Chops Recipe is ready in 30 minutes total, including preparation, baking and resting time.

So easy to make, with minimal prep work and minimal ingredients.

Serve these chops with a side salad, mashed potatoes or roasted vegetables.

I personally love the combination of green beans and pork, so I baked some green beans in the oven together with the pork chops.

This created the perfect sheet pan dinner for any day of the week.

Can you grill bone-in pork chops?

I chose to bake these pork chops, but you can also grill them. It is still quite cold around here, this is why I have not started grilling yet.

Grill pork chops on medium-high for 4-5 minutes per side, until the internal temperature is 145 F.

What seasoning to use for bone-in pork chops?

You can marinade or dry rub the chops.

Since I’m usually busy, have limited time and often times I don’t even realize that it is 5 o’clock already, so I have to quickly make dinner, I just use olive (or vegetable) oil and dry spices.

I used:

  • salt
  • pepper
  • onion powder
  • and paprika (a mix of smoked and regular paprika tastes delicious!)

You can also add cumin, oregano, dried parsley, some garlic, cayenne pepper or any other seasoning of your choice.

I brush the pork chops with oil, then add the seasoning on both sides and bake.

How to cook bone-in pork chops? How do you make tender pork chops?

I personally prefer the oven baked method, but you can also grill or pan fry them. Time for cooking depends on the thickness and method of cooking you choose.

Pork chops are considered safe for consumption if the internal temperature of the meat has reached 145 F.

Marinating Pork Chops

These baked bone in pork chops are quickly seasoned and baked, but if you’d like to take the extra step, you can marinate them. For thinner cuts of pork that also contain the bone, I rarely marinate. I like this technique for thicker cut, boneless pork chops, because they generally lack the flavor bone-in pork chops do.

For the marinade, you can use:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika (or smoked paprika)
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley (optional)

Why do I prefer to cook these pork chops in the oven?

Because they cook quickly and stay juicy.

With grilling and pan frying you have the risk of the meat drying and turning into something very hard to chew.

How long do you bake pork chops in the oven for?

It depends on the kind of oven and pan used, but also the thickness of the meat, but I usually bake pork chops at 400 F for 15-20 minutes.

You can turn them once half way through, but you can also let them roast without turning.

What temperature should I cook pork chops to?

The internal temperature of the meat should be 145F and you need to let the chops rest for 3 minutes, before serving.

What to serve these oven baked bone-in pork chops with?

For the baked green beans – I used frozen (defrosted ) green beans, that I seasoned with salt and pepper and baked in the oven at the same time with the meat.

The only thing is that you do need to keep an eye on the green beans and remove them from the oven if they are done before the chops.

I usually remove them at the same time, but in some cases the beans may cook faster than the meat.

Side dishes for pork chops:

  • Roasted Radishes
  • Roasted Red Potatoes
  • Oven Baked Okra

Servings: 3 Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 20 mins resting time: 3 mins Total Time: 25 mins Oven Baked Bone-In Pork Chops Recipe – juicy, tender pork chops, seasoned with flavorful four ingredient dry rub and quickly baked in the oven to perfection. 5 from 4 votes Leave a Review “

For the pork chops:

  • 1 1/2 lb Bone-In Pork Chops
  • 4 tbsp olive or vegetable oil — divided
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika — can use 1/2 tsp paprika and 1/2 tsp smoked paprika

For the green beans:

  • 3 cups green beans
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.

    Brush the pork chops with oil, reserving 1 tbsp of it for the green beans.

  2. In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, onion powder and paprika. Season the bone-in pork chops with the seasoning. Place on a baking sheet. Add the green beans on the side, drizzle with oil, season with salt and pepper.

  3. Bake pork chops and green beans for 15-20 minutes, until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 145F. The green beans should be soft and cooked through. You may need to take out of the oven the green beans first, if they cook faster and continue cooking the pork.

  4. Let the pork chops rest for 3 minutes, then serve.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional info includes the side green beans. You do not need to turn the chops while cooking, but if you prefer, turn them once half way through. Course: Main Cuisine: American Keyword: pork chops

Nutrition Information

Calories: 492, Fat: 34g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 117mg, Sodium: 876mg, Potassium: 833mg, Carbohydrates: 8g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3g, Protein: 37g, Vitamin A: 1135%, Vitamin C: 13.4%, Calcium: 73%, Iron: 2.5%

More Pork Recipes:

  • Oven Bakes St. Louis Ribs
  • Dry Rubbed Grilled Pork Chops
  • Grilled Pork Tenderloin Recipe

posted in Dinner, Pork
originally posted on March 14, 2019 last updated on November 22, 2019

Oven Baked Pork Chops seasoned with a quick spice rub and baked to perfection. This baked pork chop recipe produces tender, juicy and flavorful pork chops every time!

These baked pork chops are absolutely delicious and so easy to make. They are seasoned and cooked in a sheet pan, ready in about 20 minutes and always turn out perfect. This is definitely a pork chop recipe to have handy, especially during busy weeknights.

We love serving them with sauteed green beans and maple oven roasted sweet potatoes for an amazing meal the whole family loves.

Most people think baking pork chops produces dried, tough and tasteless meat. I am happy to tell you that oven baked pork chops can be amazingly tender and juicy if you cook them at the right temperature and for the right time.

The Best Baked Pork Chops

I get so many questions about cooking boneless pork chops in the oven, mostly from people who grew up eating dried up pork and are hesitant to even try pork recipes. I will try to answer some of the most often asked questions for you. However, know that achieving tender, succulent and never-dry pork chops is pretty easy – especially if you are aware of the internal temperature safety guidelines for all things pork. (I think most of us forget that a little pink on pork meat is safe to eat).

the Secret To Perfect Baked Pork Chops

  • Size Matters: Choose pork chops that are at least 1-inch thick. Thin pork chops tend to always dry up when baked.
  • Time Matters:: Do not over cook pork chops! It is best to check the internal temperature with an instant-read thermometer that getting chewy and stringy meat! I usually check a few times to make sure I don’t over bake them.
  • Temperature Matters: Remove the pork chops from the oven when they reach an internal temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit and allow them to rest for 5 minutes before serving them. During this period of time called carryover cooking, the temperature will rise to 145 degrees, which is the USDA’s safe temperature guideline for consuming pork chops. Read more about carryover cooking below.

Pork Chops Recipe Ingredients

This oven baked pork chop recipe uses a very simple dry rub that is super flavorful. However, feel free to customize the seasonings and spices if you prefer.

  • Pork Chops: In this recipe I use boneless pork chops that are 1-inch thick minimum. Bone-in pork chops are also an excellent option.
  • Olive Oil: Canola oil, avocado oil and coconut oil can be used as well.
  • Dry Rub Mix: Brown sugar, garlic powder, paprika, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.

How To Make Pork Chops In The Oven

You can season the meat ahead of time and let it sit on the counter for 15 to 30 minutes or in the refrigerator overnight. However, you can season the pork on the sheet pan and bake it right away.

  • First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a small bowl, mix the dry rub ingredients.
  • Place the chops on a baking sheet and drizzle them with the oil. Rub the oil all over the chop (this helps keeping the seasoning on). Next rub the chops with the dry rub mixture on both sides.
  • Bake until the internal temperature reaches 140 degrees, the temperature will rise while the pork rests (read more about carryover cooking at the bottom of the post).
  • Remove the meat from the oven and let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes. I like to tent the pork with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  • At this point, you can recheck the internal temperature if you wish. Serve and enjoy!

Do You Cover The Pork Chops While Baking?

No. I bake pork chops on a baking pan uncovered.

What Temperature Should Pork Chops Be Cooked At?

The USDA’s safe temperature guideline for pork chops is 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
I recommend to remove them from the oven when the temperature reached 140 degrees Fahrenheit and allow the pork to rest for a few minutes. During this time the temperature will rise 5 to 10 degrees.

At What Oven Temperature to Cook Pork Chops?

For this recipe, I bake the pork chops in a 375 degrees oven.

How Long Do You Bake Pork Chops at 375 degrees?

Although not all pork chops are created equal – the fat content, the exact thickness of the chop, how the pork was raised (organic, grain feed, etc) and how hot your oven gets – all have an effect on the exact baking times, these pork chop recipe bakes for about 20 minutes. It is important you check the meat temperature with an instant read thermometer to prevent overcooking. I usually start checking after 17 minutes of cooking.

For juicy pork chops – patience, a watchful eye and a meat thermometer are keys to success.

What is The Best Pork Chop for Baking?

Let’s talk about pork chop cuts:

  • Pork chops are a cut from the loin of the pig that runs from the shoulder to the butt.
  • If you go to the market you will find several cuts of pork chops. Their name depends only by what area of the loin they are cut from. The rib chop and the loin chop are usually the most popular cuts. For this recipe, I used boneless loin chop.
  • The best pork chops for baking are boneless or bone-in pork chops that are at least 1-inch thick. Don’t remove that fat layer at the edge, it will protect the edges from drying out.

Did You Know?

Pork chops are a cut from the loin that runs from the shoulder to the butt of the pig. However, the term “pork butt” – the cut mostly used to make pulled porkcomes from the pig’s shoulder.

What kind of seasoning should I use for Oven Baked Pork Chops?

  • When seasoning pork, the sky is the limit! Pork chops are incredibly versatile. They have a mild flavor and can take to different kinds of seasoning.
  • For this easy pork chop recipe, I seasoned the pork with a simple dry rub made with brown sugar, garlic powder, paprika and Italian seasoning.
  • Spices like cumin and chili powder are also wonderful seasonings for pork chops. Take a look at these Baked Pork Chops with Southwest Dried Rub. They are so flavorful and easy to make!

Pork Chop Recipe Tips and Notes

  • Turn these oven baked pork chops into a sheet pan meal by adding a few veggies to the baking pan. Simply place the vegetables on the pan and drizzle/season with olive oil, salt and black pepper. Bake and voila! Red bell peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, asparagus and mushrooms work well. If you prefer adding potatoes or sweet potatoes, they must be cut into small pieces so the cook in the same amount of time as the pork.
  • If you are following a Paleo diet, make Paleo Pork Chops by swapping the sugar with coconut sugar. For Whole 30 and Keto diets, remove the brown sugar from the spice mix and add 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder. You can also rub the chops with olive oil and a thin layer of mustard for added flavor!
  • These pork chops can be stored in the refrigerator, in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • This pork recipe is gluten free!

What is Carryover Cooking?

When we cook, heat transfers from the outside part of the food inwards as heat slowly moves towards the inner center, this process continues even after the meat is removed from the heat source. Carryover cooking also known as “resting” increases the temperature of the final product by 5 to 25 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the size and density of the food been heated. A large roast’s temperature may increase 20 to 25 degrees during carry over cooking, while a steak may only rise 5 to 8 degrees.

Resting meat, also refers to the process of allowing meat juices to redistribute after cooking. If you cut into a steak right after taking it off the heat, the meet juices run all over – leaving the meat less juicier and with less flavor.

What Should I serve with Pork Chops?

Here are some delicious ideas!
Maple Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Crispy Roasted Greek Potatoes
Creamy Cilantro Lime Coleslaw
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Easy Oven Baked Pork Chops

These Oven Baked Pork Chops are seasoned with simple spices and then baked to perfection. This baked pork chop recipe produces succulent, tender, juicy and flavorful pork chops every time! Prep: 5 minutes Resting Time: 5 minutes Cook: 20 minutes Total Time 30 minutes Servings 4 serving

Dry Rub

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning or dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

The Pork

  • 4 boneless pork chops (1-inch thick)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with aluminium foil or parchment paper for easy clean up.
  • In a small bowl, mix the dry rub ingredients.
  • Rub the pork chops with the olive oil and season them with the dry rub. Make sure you rub the seasoning all over the pork chops (both sides).
  • Place the pork chops onto the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 140 to 145 degrees. Please read notes about carryover cooking and decide at what exact temperature to remove the pork from the oven.
  • Remove from the oven and let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes, tented with aluminum foil. While the meat rests – the temperature will redistribute (carryover cooking) and the internal temperature will rise about 5 to 10 degrees. Serve.

Chef’s Tips

  • The USDA’s safe temperature guideline for pork chops is 145 degrees.
  • I remove the pork chops from the oven when they reach an internal temperature of 140 degrees. I let them rest for 5 minutes. During this resting period the temperature should rise up to 145 degrees (carryover cooking). Find more information in the post.
  • If you prefer, remove the chops from the oven when they reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees.
  • For best practices, always use an instant read thermometer when cooking meats.
  • Exact cooking times vary depending on the size and thickness of the pork chop.
  • Bone-in pork chops (1-inch thick min) can also be used. Adjust cooking times.

Nutrition

Calories: 296kcal (15%)Carbohydrates: 6g (2%)Protein: 29g (58%)Fat: 16g (25%)Saturated Fat: 4g (25%)Cholesterol: 89mg (30%)Sodium: 357mg (16%)Potassium: 511mg (15%)Sugar: 5g (6%)Vitamin A: 245IU (5%)Calcium: 18mg (2%)Iron: 0.9mg (5%) * Please note that all nutrition information are just estimates. Values will vary among brands, so we encourage you to calculate these on your own for most accurate results. Course:Dinner, Main Course Cuisine:American Keyword:Baked Pork Chops, Oven Baked Pork Chops Did you make this?I love seeing what you’ve made! Tag me on Instagram at @LemonBlossomsBlog and don’t forget to leave a comment & rating below!

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These Baked Pork Chops are brined in salted water, then seasoned and baked. This is the easiest way to make juicy, tender and flavorful boneless pork chops.

Serve these pork chops with Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes and Best Roasted Broccoli for a delicious and easy dinner.

BAKED PORK CHOPS

This budget-friendly dinner idea features boneless pork chops that are brined in salted water and baked in the oven for 15 minutes. They are juicy and full of flavor! This recipe has minimal prep time and is perfect even for weeknight dinners. You can make a salad and mashed potatoes while the pork chops are baking.

Baked Pork Chops Ingredients:

  • boneless pork chops (about 3/4″ thick)
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • paprika
  • Italian seasoning
  • garlic powder
  • water

How to make Baked Pork Chops?

If your pork chops were in the fridge, you need to let them come to room temperature before baking. Letting them sit in the brine for 30 minutes will do that and also ensure that your chops are juicy and tender.

Step 1: brine

The secret to perfect juicy pork chops is to let them sit in salty water for at least 30 minutes before baking.

Step 2: season and bake

Place pork chops on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning. Rub it into each pork chop and bake for 15 minutes. Check internal temperature and bake for few more minutes or remove from oven.

How long does it take to bake pork chops in the oven?

I used boneless pork chops and they were done after 15 minutes of baking at 375 degrees F oven. Since every oven is different, so check the temperature of each pork chop before adding more minutes to cook time. It should be 145 degrees F.

Tips for the Best Baked Pork Chops:

  • brine in salty water: this ensures that your pork chops are juicy and tender; make sure to pat the chops with a paper towel before seasoning and baking.
  • do not over bake: check the internal temperature of each pork chop after 15 minutes of baking. If it reached 145 degrees F, the chops are done.
  • season: mix seasoning in a small bowl and rub on both sides of each pork chop. Make sure to drizzle olive oil first to help the seasoning stick to the chops.

Baked Pork Chops Variations:

  • breaded: season and dredge each pork chop in breadcrumbs, then spray with cooking oil spray and bake
  • sweet: add brown sugar or honey to seasoning mixture
  • add sweet onions and apples to pork chops and bake together on a sheet pan
  • stuffed: cut each pork chop lengthwise and fill with cream cheese, spinach and sun-dried tomato mixture

What to serve with Baked Pork Chops?

  • Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes
  • Honey Roasted Butternut Squash
  • Honey Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts
  • Sauteed Spinach

More Easy Baked Dinners:

  • Garlic and Herb Chicken and Potatoes
  • Baked Honey Mustard Chicken
  • Chicken Francese

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5 from 4 votes Baked Pork Chops Prep Time 30 mins Cook Time 15 mins Total Time 45 mins

These Baked Pork Chops are brined in salted water, then seasoned and baked. This is the easiest way to make juicy, tender and flavorful boneless pork chops.

Course: Dinner Cuisine: American Keyword: baked pork chops Servings: 4 servings Calories: 241 kcal Author: Anna Ingredients

  • 4 boneless pork chops
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

Instructions

  1. Place water and salt in a large bowl. Submerge pork chops in salty water and let them sit in room temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  3. Mix garlic powder, paprika, salt, Italian seasoning and oregano in a small bowl.
  4. Remove pork chops from water and pat dry with paper towels.
  5. Place chops on parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  6. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle seasoning over each pork chops and rub on both sides.
  7. Baked pork chops for 15 minutes. Check internal temperature with meat thermometer. If it reads 145 degrees F, the chops are done. If not, you can add 2 to 3 minutes to the baking time.
  8. Let pork chops sit for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

  1. Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.
  2. My pork chops were about 3/4″ thick.

Nutrition Facts Baked Pork Chops Amount Per Serving Calories 241 Calories from Fat 117 % Daily Value* Fat 13g20% Saturated Fat 4g25% Cholesterol 90mg30% Sodium 1524mg66% Potassium 500mg14% Carbohydrates 1g0% Fiber 1g4% Sugar 1g1% Protein 29g58% Vitamin A 62IU1% Calcium 17mg2% Iron 1mg6% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Baked Pork Chops

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My favorite baked pork chops recipe — easy to make, nice and juicy, and easy to customize with your favorite seasonings.

Next up in our back-to-the-basics series this week about how to bake proteins in the oven — my go-to method for how to make juicy, tender, flavorful oven baked pork chops.

(Pssst, this one’s a bookmark-er!)

I don’t know about you, but pork has always been the most challenging meat for me to cook perfectly in the oven. When cooked properly, a nice thick pork chop can be an incredibly delicious, tender, juicy, and versatile cut of meat. But when overcooked — which can happen in a matter of seconds — pork regrettably becomes the meal that you’re going to wish was over, chop-chop. Oof. Nobody likes a dried out pork chop.

Here’s the great news though — it’s actually surprisingly easy to cook pork chops perfectly. And since “the other white meat” happens to also be one of the most affordable and versatile and lean proteins at the store, it’s definitely worth the effort to learn! All you need is this simple basic method plus a few important tips. I’ll show you. ♡

BAKED PORK CHOPS | 1-MINUTE VIDEO

Baked Pork Chops Ingredients & Cooking Tools:

To make this baked pork chops recipe, you will need:

  • Thick-cut pork chops: When it comes to purchasing pork chops, there are three important qualities to look for that I highly, highly recommend:
    • Thick-cut: Ideally, between 1 to 1.5 inches thick. Thick-cut pork chops much easier to cook correctly than their thinner counterparts. If your grocery store only offers really thinly-cut chops, just go to the meat counter and ask if they can double-cut them (cut them a bit more thick) for you.
    • Bone-in: I much prefer bone-in pork chops (specifically, rib chops or loin chops) because they have the most flavor. But if you prefer the leaner boneless pork chops, those will work too. Just be extra-careful not to overcook them.
    • Fresh: Be sure to also buy the freshest pork that you can find. In general, you want to look for pork that is a deep reddish-pink or reddish-purple color, not grayish or white. And the fat should be white and creamy, not dotted with dark spots. It should also be pretty firm, and not soft and squishy.
  • Olive Oil: Or whatever your preferred cooking oil may be.
  • Kosher Salt: An essential ingredient in our brine, and also to season the pork.
  • Seasonings: I typically like to use a simple garlic powder, salt and black pepper seasoning blend with pork. And then serve it up with lots of fresh lemon slices, to brighten up the flavors. But feel free to use whatever other dry seasonings you like.

You will also need (affiliate links included):

  • An oven-proof skillet: I absolutely recommend a cast-iron skillet (or a cast-iron Dutch oven) if you have one, which will hold heat and cook the pork more evenly. But if not, any oven-proof skillet that can sustain high heat will do.
  • Tongs: These will be essential for flipping the pork as it is searing. I recommend these 12-inch tongs from OXO.
  • An instant-read thermometer: I really feel like this is a must with this recipe. A cooking thermometer is the best way to ensure with 100% accuracy that your pork is not over- or under-cooked. And it is just as helpful with cooking many other proteins besides pork too. I recommend this:
    • Instant-read cooking thermometer: which I have owned and used for years when cooking pork, which retails for about $9.99 on Amazon. (Only downside is that it cannot be used inside the oven.)
    • Dual-probe wireless meat thermometer: which I also own and love because it can be used inside of a hot oven (especially helpful for baking pork, salmon, steak and chicken), which retails for about $24.99 on Amazon.

How To Make Baked Pork Chops:

As much as I would love to say that you can make perfectly baked pork chops by just popping them directly in the oven, I’ve just never had good luck with that method. Instead, I’ve learned over the years that the secret is taking an extra 15 minutes (at least) to brine the pork. Then giving it a quick sear on the stove before roasting it in the oven. And then, as I mentioned above, using the help of a cooking thermometer to measure the internal temperature of the pork and ensure that it has reached the magical 145°F (62°C). It may sound complicated, but I promise you — it’s easy peasy. Simply:

  1. Brine the pork. In a large mixing bowl, combine warm water and kosher salt (about 1 tablespoon per cup of water) and stir until the salt is dissolved. Submerge the pork chops in the saltwater and soak for at least 15-30 minutes, or up to 4 hours. Remove the pork chops and rinse them off with cold water. Then pat them dry with paper towels and place on a clean plate.
  2. Season the pork. Brush the pork chops on both sides with olive oil. Then sprinkle with your desired dry seasonings. (I like a mixture of garlic powder, kosher salt and black pepper.)
  3. Pre-heat your skillet. Meanwhile, as you’re seasoning the pork, heat your skillet over high heat for about 5 minutes, until it is super-hot. Once your pork is seasoned and your skillet is ready…
  4. Sear the pork on one side. Place the pork chops in the hot skillet (carefully, so that the oil doesn’t splatter). Then give the tops of the pork chops a gentle press down with a spatula, so that the full bottom surface of the pork chops makes contact with the pan (instead of accidentally curving up). Cook for 2-3 minute, or until the bottom of the pork chops are golden. Then flip the pork chops over to the other side, and quickly…
  5. Transfer pan to the oven and bake. Carefully use an oven mitt to move the entire pan to the oven, where the second side of the pork will continue to sear. Then bake for 3 minutes, flip. And continue baking for 3-5 minutes more, or until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 145°F (62°C). Remove the pan from the oven, and transfer the pork to a clean plate. Use a pastry brush to brush any of those extra juices in the pan onto the pork chops (that’s where so much of the flavor is hiding!). Then tent the plate with aluminum foil and…
  6. Rest the pork. Let the pork rest for 3-5 minutes, to lock those juices in. Once the pork is ready to go…
  7. Serve warm! And enjoy!

Once the pork has been baked, it can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Or you can freeze it for up to 3 months. (<– I recommend shredding, dicing or slicing the pork before freezing for easier use.)

**Also, one important note — the pork chops will definitely be pretty smoky as they are cooking! So be sure to turn on an exhaust fan above your stove (if you have one) or open a window.

How To Season Baked Pork Chops:

Similar to chicken, pork does a brilliant job of adopting whatever flavors you choose to use in your seasonings. I’m a big fan of the simple garlic powder/salt/pepper mix in the recipe below, which goes with just about any cuisine. But if you’d like to mix things up, feel free to sub in any of your favorite dry seasoning mixes, such as:

  • Italian Seasoning
  • Cajun Seasoning
  • Za’atar Seasoning
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Curry Powder
  • Caribbean Jerk Seasoning

And of course, feel free to also toss the baked pork chops with your favorite finishing sauces as well.

Side Dish Recipe Ideas:

Looking for some side dishes to serve with this baked pork chops recipe? Here are a few of my faves:

  • Everyday Salad or Our Family’s Favorite Salad
  • Scalloped Potatoes or The Best Baked Potatoes or Baked Sweet Potato Fries
  • Perfect Roasted Brussels Sprouts or Roasted Asparagus
  • Berry Fruit Salad or Winter Fruit Salad

Other Baked Protein Tutorials:

Be sure to check out our other baked protein tutorials here on the blog. (More coming soon!)

  • Baked Chicken Breasts
  • Baked Salmon
  • Baked Tofu
  • Baked Steak (How To Cook Steak In The Oven)
  • Baked Shrimp (The Easiest Way To Cook Shrimp!)

Enjoy, everyone!

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My favorite baked pork chops recipe — easy to make, nice and juicy, and easy to customize with your favorite seasonings.

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  • 4 bone-in, thick-cut pork chops (ideally about 1 to 1.5-inches thick)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • optional: lemon wedges, for serving
  1. To brine your pork chops, fill a large bowl with 1 quart of warm (not hot) water and 1/4 cup kosher salt. Stir to combine until most of the salt is absorbed. Add the pork chops and let them sit in the mixture to brine for 15 minutes. Or you can also also cover the bowl and refrigerate for up to 6 hours. Remove the pork chops from the brine, rinse with cold water, then pat them dry with some paper towels.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  3. Brush the pork chops on both sides with olive oil
  4. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the salt, pepper, and garlic powder until combined. Sprinkle the mixture evenly on both sides of the pork.
  5. Meanwhile, heat a cast iron skillet (or oven-safe sauté pan) on the stove over high heat for 5 minutes. Once the pan is super-hot, add the pork chops and use a spatula to press them evenly into the pan, so that the entire bottom surface of the pork chops makes contact with the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the under-sides of the pork chops are golden brown. Carefully use tongs to flip the pork chops. Then use an oven mitt to carefully transfer the skillet to the oven. Continue baking for 3 minutes. Then flip the pork chops once more, and continue baking for 3-5 minutes more, or until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 145°F (62°C).
  6. Once the pork is ready to go, immediately remove the pan from the oven, and transfer the pork to a clean plate. Brush any of the pan juices onto the pork chops. Then loosely tent the plate with aluminum foil and and let the pork rest for at least 3 minutes.
  7. Serve warm. Or, refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

I first learned how to make these baked pork chops years ago using The Kitchn’s recipe, which I have adapted slightly since.

posted on September 12, 2018 in Entrees / Main Dishes, Gluten-free

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