Pork chops are an easy and delicious way to enjoy a hearty meal. Baking pork chops can be even easier when done correctly, leading to a flavorful and juicy end result that everyone will love. This guide provides tips on how to bake pork chops perfectly every time.
Are baked pork chops heart healthy?
Yes, pork chops can be part of a heart healthy diet. Lean cuts of pork are just as nutritious as skinless chicken or turkey, and contain essential nutrients such as iron, zinc, and B vitamins. To make baked pork chops even healthier, opt for low-fat seasonings and baking techniques that do not require any added oils or fats.
Additionally, avoid adding sugars or sweeteners to the dish since these ingredients can increase cholesterol levels.
Ingredients & Tools
The ingredients needed for baking pork chops include: 4-6 boneless center cut pork chops; 2 tablespoons of olive oil, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and other desired seasonings; 1/4 cup of chicken broth or water.
Additionally you will need a large skillet and a greased baking dish. Finally, it is helpful to have a meat thermometer to ensure your pork chops are cooked through. With these items on hand, you can easily bake your favorite pork chop recipes with ease!
How to bake pork chops in oven
- Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and lightly grease a baking dish with cooking spray or butter.
- Season both sides of the pork chops with garlic powder, salt and pepper, and any other desired seasonings.
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork chops and cook for 3 minutes per side until lightly browned on both sides.
- Place the pork chops in the greased baking dish and pour 1/4 cup of chicken broth or water over them.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) is reached when measured with a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chop.
- Allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving so that juices can redistribute throughout the pork chop. Enjoy!
How to bake pork chops with bread crumbs
- Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C) and lightly coat the baking dish with cooking spray or butter.
- Season both sides of the pork chops with any desired seasonings.
- Dip each pork chop in beaten egg then press into seasoned bread crumbs on both sides until evenly covered.
- Place the pork chops in the greased baking dish and bake for 15-20 minutes or until an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) is reached when measured with a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chop.
- Let stand for 5 minutes before serving so the juices can redistribute throughout the pork chops. Attractive!
How to bake pork chops with cream of mushroom soup
- Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C) and grease a baking tray with oil or butter.
- Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder or any desired seasoning on both sides of the pork chops.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the pork chops and cook for 3 minutes per side until lightly browned on both sides.
- Place the pork chops in the greased baking dish and spread 1 can of cream of mushroom soup over them evenly.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) is reached when measured with a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chop.
- Don’t forget to let them rest for 5 minutes before eating and enjoy!
These methods will ensure your pork chops are cooked to perfection every time, leaving you with a delicious and savory meal. With these tips, how to bake pork chops is easier than ever! Bon appétit!
How long does it take to bake pork chop?
It typically takes 20-25 minutes to bake pork chops. To ensure your pork chops are cooked through, use a meat thermometer and measure an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C).
The time may vary based on the size of your pork chop and how much stuffing or liquid has been added to the dish.
Perfect side dishes for baked pork chops
Includes roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, wild rice pilaf and other hearty dishes. Serve with a light salad for a complete meal!
Storage and Reheating baked pork chops
Baked pork chops will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months. To reheat, simply place in oven at 350°F (175°C) for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.
Baking pork chops is an easy and delicious way to enjoy a hearty meal. This guide provides tips on how to bake pork chops perfectly every time and how to make them more heart healthy with low-fat seasonings and baking techniques. With this how-to guide, you’ll be able to make expertly baked pork chops at home in no time!
Bakied Pork Chops Recipe FAQs
How many calories is a baked pork chop?
A 4-ounce baked pork chop contains an estimated 243 calories. This amount varies depending on how much fat and seasonings you add.
Is baked pork chops good for high cholesterol?
Yes, lean cuts of pork such as loin chops are an excellent source of protein and minerals that can help lower cholesterol levels. Additionally, baking with olive oil or low-fat seasonings will also help make this dish more heart healthy.
Can I bake pre-seasoned pork chops?
Yes, you can bake pre-seasoned pork chops as long as the seasoning does not contain sugar or acidic ingredients that could burn during baking. However, pre-seasoning may require less baking time to prevent burning.
Can I bake frozen pork chops?
Yes, you can bake frozen pork chops but they may take longer to cook through and should not be cooked at a higher temperature than 350°F (175°C). Make sure to check their internal temperature with a thermometer to ensure they are cooked through.
Should pork chops be baked covered or uncovered?
Pork chops should always be baked uncovered in the oven so that they can brown evenly and retain their moisture. If desired, you can cover them with foil for the last 5-10 minutes of baking to prevent overbrowning.
How thick of pork chops should I use?
Pork chops that are 1-inch thick or less will cook faster and more evenly than thicker cuts. Thicker pork chops may need to be cooked longer or at a lower temperature to prevent overcooking.
Can I stuff my pork chops before baking?
Yes, you can stuff your pork chops with a variety of ingredients before baking such as herbs, vegetables and diced fruits. Just make sure to adjust your baking time accordingly for how much stuffing was added.
Is it better to bake pork chops at 350 or 400?
It is best to bake pork chops at 350°F (175°C) as higher temperatures can cause them to dry out or burn. If you wish to cook your pork chops faster, reduce the baking time instead of increasing the temperature.
Are pork chops done when they are still slightly pink?
Yes, pork chops are done cooking when they are still slightly pink inside but have reached an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C). This is especially true for thicker pork chops which may take longer to cook through completely.
Is there an alternative way to bake pork chops?
Yes, you can also grill or pan fry your pork chops instead of baking them. Grilling will take about 10 minutes per side while pan frying usually takes 3-4 minutes per side over medium heat.
Is it better to cook pork chops in the oven or on the stovetop?
It depends on your preference and how quickly you want to cook them. Oven baking is more time consuming but creates a juicier and flakier texture while stovetop cooking is faster but can dry out the meat if overcooked.
Is it better to bake pork chops on a sheet pan or in a roasting pan?
It is best to use either a sheet pan or roasting pan when baking your pork chops as both will allow the pork chops to cook evenly and keep their moisture. However, roasting pans are better suited for larger cuts of meat while sheet pans are better for thinner cuts.
With this how-to guide, you now have all the information needed to bake delicious pork chops at home! Whether it’s a special occasion or a weeknight dinner, you’ll be able to make expertly cooked pork chops every time. Enjoy!
I’m Godfrey Jensen, CEO and head chef at Lapps Meats. We’re a top-quality butcher with over 70 years of experience. Our goal is to provide our customers with the best, freshest products possible. We take our food seriously, and we love serving the community by providing them with quality meat products.