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Have you wondered How to Bake Juicy Pork Chops in the Oven? It is so easy! These easy baked pork chops have a breadcrumb and parmesan cheese crust that helps create a tender, juicy piece of pork. These will quickly become one of your favorite pork chop recipes! 

How to Bake Pork Chops in the Oven on white plate

HOW TO BAKE JUICY PORK CHOPS IN THE OVEN 

Cooking pork chops in the oven couldn’t be easier!

And today’s recipe isn’t only easy it tastes really good.

It has a breadcrumb and Parmesan cheese crust that creates a nice layer to help seal in the juices and create a tender pork chop.

You might remember my posts showing you How to Make Pork Tenderloin in the Slow Cooker and How to Make Pork Loin in the Slow Cooker.

You guys have told me that those posts were helpful, so I figured we should talk about How to Bake Pork Chops in the Oven too!

And if you like pork chops you also have to check out my Grilled Hawaiian Pork ChopsBBQ Baked Pork Chops, Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops, Easy Pineapple Pork Chops or my Maple Bourbon Pork Chops.

I love pairing my baked breaded pork chops with rice, pasta or quinoa. 

These pork chops also work really nicely on their own with a simple side dish like these Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables and a Lemon Arugula Salad.

The Ohio Pork Council and I are here to fill you in on how easy it is to bake pork chops in the oven to create a quick and easy weeknight meal for your family! 

How to Bake Pork Chops in the Oven on wire rack

This method will work with whatever type of pork chop you want to make in the oven – either bone-in or boneless. 

It is a versatile way to make pork chops, especially in the winter.

HOW TO BAKE PORK CHOPS IN THE OVEN

Baking pork chops in the oven is my preferred way to make them in the winter. Here are the steps below to get you that tender, juicy pork you love! 

  • CREATE THE BREADING MIXTURE: Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees F. Combine the panko breadcrumbs, olive oil, Parmesan, oregano, basil, parsley, salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl.
  • COAT THE PORK IN THE BREADING: Place the pork chops in a ziplock bag or a large Tupperware container. Toss the pork chops in 2 Tablespoons water. Add the breadcrumbs into the ziploack bag with the pork chops. If there isn’t enough room to coat all of the pork chops, remove two and work in batches.
  • PLACE THE PORK ON A WIRE RACK ON BAKING SHEET: Close the ziploack and use your hands to work the breadcrumbs over the pork chops. Set a wire rack on a baking sheet. Place the pork chops on a wire rack set. Sprinkle with a little extra salt and pepper and any leftover breadcrumbs if you like.
  • BAKE THE PORK CHOPS: Bake the pork chops until the breadcrumbs are turning golden and the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F. This will take about 12-14 minutes for 1/2 inch/ 1 cm inch thick pork chops, or 20 to 22 minutes for 1inch/ 2 1/2 cm thickness. Let rest for 3 minutes. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve with tomato sauce and pasta.

Breaded Baked Pork Chops with pasta

HOW LONG DO I COOK PORK CHOPS AT 400 DEGREES F?

I get a lot of questions asking how long to bake bone-in pork chops in the oven for.

This is a great question, especially because no one wants their pork to be dry and tough. You want it to be juicy.

If you are wondering if you should use bone-in or boneless pork chops, either is fine.

I do think that bone-in has more flavor though! 

To ensure you have a juicy, tender piece of pork you want want to cook your bone-in pork chops to the correct temperature.

The temperature for pork chops is 145 degrees F with a three minute rest which takes about 20 to 25 minutes at 400 degrees with the bone-in. 

Here is a nice chart for how long to cook pork chops with the bone-in:

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

How to Bake Pork Chops in the Oven on platter

HOW LONG DO YOU COOK BONELESS PORK CHOPS?

Like I mentioned you can use either bone-in or boneless pork chops for this recipe.

If you pick boneless just make sure you watch the pork chops so they don’t overcook.

I find that boneless pork chops can cook quicker and become dry easier.

I suggest you cook them around the 375 degree temperature or even 400 for a crispier skin.

See below for how long to cook them based on their thickness. 

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

How to Bake Juicy Pork Chops in the Oven on white platter.

CAN PORK CHOPS BE SLIGHTLY PINK?

I often hear this question from people. The answer is yes! 

The internal temperature should be 145 degrees F in the deepest part using a meat thermometer for pork chops and they will be slightly pink which means they are juicy and perfectly safe to eat.

If you overcook them to the point where there is no pink and the pork is slightly grey it will be tough and dry. 

IS PORK HEALTHY?

Pork is a lean meat that is high in protein so it keeps you feeling satisfied and full. 

This healthy pork chop recipe is a great way to eat pork and is can be added into a healthy diet. You can easily cut out the breadcrumbs and cheese in this recipe and just create a blend of spices to rub on the pork instead. This will create an even healthier pork chop. 

Try a blend of oregano, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper. 

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WHAT TO SERVE WITH BAKED PORK CHOPS?

TOMATO CUCUMBER FETA QUINOA SALAD

CHEESY ZUCCHINI FRITTERS

MEDITERRANEAN EGGPLANT SALAD 

LEBANESE GREEN BEANS 

EASY LEBANESE SALAD

TUMERIC ROASTED CAULIFLOWER

    How to Bake Pork Chops in the Oven on white plate

    How to Bake Pork Chops in the Oven

    Yield: 4
    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 35 minutes
    Total Time: 50 minutes

    Have you wondered How to Bake Pork Chops in the Oven? It is so easy! These easy baked pork chops have a breadcrumb and parmesan cheese crust that helps create a tender, juicy piece of pork. These will quickly become one of your favorite pork chop recipes! 

    Ingredients

    • Four 3/4-inch bone-in pork chops (about 2 to 2 1/2 pounds)
    • 1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs {or regular breadcrumbs}
    • 1/4 cup olive oil + 2 Tablespoons
    • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1 teaspoon dried basil
    • 1 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
    • Fresh parsley for garnish
    • 4 cups of your favorite tomato sauce
    • Pasta for serving

    Instructions

      1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
      2. Combine the panko breadcrumbs, olive oil, Parmesan, oregano, basil, parsley, salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl.
      3. Place the pork chops in a ziplock bag or a large Tupperware container. Toss the pork chops in 2 Tablespoons water.
      4. Add the breadcrumbs into the ziploack bag with the pork chops. If there isn't enough room to coat all of the pork chops, remove two and work in batches. Close the ziploack and use your hands to work the breadcrumbs over the pork chops.
      5. Set a wire rack on a baking sheet. Place the pork chops on a wire rack set. Sprinkle with a little extra salt and pepper and any leftover breadcrumbs if you like.
      6. Bake the pork chops until the breadcrumbs are turning golden and the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F. This will take about 12-14 minutes for 1/2 inch/ 1 cm inch thick pork chops, or 20 to 22 minutes for 1inch/ 2 1/2 cm thickness. Let rest for 3 minutes.
      7. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve with tomato sauce and pasta.

    Notes

    If you see a blush of pink that is ok as long as the internal temperature is 145 degrees F.

    If you want extra flavor you can sear your pork chops first on the stove in a skillet. I would heat a small amount of olive oil and brown all sides. This will also cut the cook time down by 2 to 3 minutes.

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Daniel

Monday 16th of May 2022

I want to thank you deeply for providing a great guide, but also for not wasting the reader's time with a 4 page intro.

Patsy Hernandez

Wednesday 16th of February 2022

Do you need a wire rack to place pork chops on ?

Julia

Thursday 17th of February 2022

You don't need one- it just helps them cook evenly. You can just flip the pork chops halfway through and make sure they come to the appropriate temperature and you should be good to go!

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