Easy Baked Pork Chops Recipe – the best easy baked pork chops ever in under 20 minutes with simple ingredients! Your family will beg for these pork chops all the time!
This Easy Baked Pork Chops Recipe is simple, delicious, and SO easy.
Seriously… just marinate, heat a pan in the oven, add the pork chops – and you’re done!
If you’ve ever wondered how to make perfect, juicy, never dry and always tender baked pork chops, this easy baked pork chops recipe is for you!
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Pork Chop Marinade
Pork chops come from a lean cut of pork – so they don’t have much fat to keep the meat tender and moist.
To soften the meat and keep the juices locked in, a pork chop marinade helps a ton!
Marinating your pork chops a day before baking them will keep them tender and perfect – with no extra work.
While you don’t have to marinade pork chops before cooking, I feel it helps to infuse so much flavor and locks in the juices of the chops so much, I always try to marinate my pork chops for at the very least 30 minutes before cooking them.
While I am giving a recipe for my favorite pork chop marinade, you can marinate pork chops in oil based salad dressings, olive oil with lemon or vinegar, wine, or anything with a little fat and something mildly acidic that you love the flavor of!
Pork Chop Marinade Ideas
There are so many flavor combinations for a pork chop marinade – mix and match some of the ingredients below for a great marinade!
Oil/Fat/Liquid – pick one
– Olive oil
– Salad Dressing
– Greek Yogurt
– Walnut Oil
– Avocado Oil
– Canola oil
– Chicken stock
– Soy Sauce
– Balsamic Vinegar
Citrus – pick one
– Lemon juice
– Lemon zest
– Lime juice
– Lime Zest
Herbs – pick any combo you’d like!
– Salt and Pepper
– Black Pepper
– Garlic powder
– Dijon Mustard
– Ranch Dressing Seasoning Packet
– Brown Sugar
– Chili Paste
– Green Chili Sauce
– Italian Herbs
When you have your pork chop marinade ingredients together, put them and chops in a large ziploc bag or bowl and refrigerate to marinate for 30 minutes to preferably 24 hours.
How Long To Bake Pork Chops
First off, it’s important to know the temperature to cook pork to since pork chop shapes and sizes can vary so much – but this method is great for ANY kind of pork chop – thin, thick, bone-in, and bone-removed!
As with any dish, having a preheated oven helps get the best flavor and texture from your pork, so it can cook hot and fast from the get-go.
You will need to watch the cooktime of your own easy baked pork chops for best results – you’ll want to check your meat thermometer so you know when your pork chops reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees. Just make sure you don’t insert the thermometer too far and take the temperature of the baking dish your easy baked pork chops are in!
How long to cook your pork chops can vary from 6-8 minutes for a very thin boneless chops (like inch thick chops) – to 30 minutes for a large chop… so it is important to monitor your pork and know when it’s cooked through to an internal temperature of 145 degrees.
The more you cook pork chops, the more you’ll learn to notice the signs of pork chops being done – well browned on the outside, not pink (or only faintly pink) in the middle, firm to the touch, and 145 degrees internal temperature.
What Temperature To Cook Pork To
Pork is one meat that can be tricky if not done right – so I try to go off temperature way more than time or looks. Pork can be fully cooked and look slightly pink – and can go from pink to dry in no time – so going off the temperature is the best, no-fail way to get the best, juiciest, and most tender pork chops from the oven.
The new guidelines suggest cooking pork to 145 degrees internal temperature.
At 145 degrees internal temperature, your pork chop might look faintly pink.
Don’t worry about a slight pink tint – if your pork is 145 degrees throughout (take care to be sure your thermometer is in the middle of the meat and not touching the pan), it is safe to eat.
Next, you’ll need to figure out what kind of pork chop you’re cooking and adjust cook-time based off the type of pork chop you’re using.
Bone-in Pork Chops
Bone-in pork chops take more time to cook, so count on extra time with the bones still in the chop.
Be sure to take the temperature in the middle of the pork chop, as well as near (but not touching) the bone.
If your pork chops start to curl around the bone, you can weight it with a cooking iron to cook more evenly.
Boneless Pork Chops
Boneless pork chops cook more quickly and evenly – but also dry out more quickly.
If you’re cooking boneless pork chops, pay close attention to the temperature so they don’t overcook – and try to marinate if possible!
For more information on all things pork chops, please visit The Ultimate Guide To Pork Chops!
What To Serve With Pork Chops
If you love these easy baked pork chops, try some of my favorite side dishes to serve with them!
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Add lemon juice, 2 tbsp olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, pork chops, salt, and pepper to a ziploc bag and marinate for at least 3 hours, and up to overnight.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and place cast iron pan (or other heavy oven safe pan) in oven.
When oven is 375 degrees and pan is scorching hot (but not smoking), carefully swirl olive oil in pan and heat until shimmery.
Season pork chops with salt and pepper.
Add in pork chops, without crowding the pan.
Close oven and cook to browned on one side - about 6 minutes.
Flip pork chops and place back in oven.
After 6 minutes, check pork's temperature. If pork chops are thinner, they cook much faster - pork chops are done when they are 145 degrees internally.
If pork chops are not done, keep cooking until they are (cooking time will vary widely based on the thickness of your pork chop, whether or not there is a bone, etc. - so I find it's best to go from temperature instead of time.)
When pork is 145 degrees internally, remove from oven and let rest 5 minutes before serving.