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.
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 pork comes 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?
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Easy Oven Baked Pork Chops
- 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.
- 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.