Baked Pork Chops

Learn how long to bake pork chops in the oven, the right pork chop temperature and more. Get our baked pork chops recipe here

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Baked Pork Chops
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Level: Easy
Total: 40 min
Active: 10 min
Yield: 4 servings

Article by Emily Saladino

This simple baked pork chops recipe comes together quickly and entails minimal cleanup—perfect for a weeknight meal. Here, Food Network Kitchen’s recipe developers share their tips for juicy pork chops that are on the table in 40 minutes.

How to Cook Pork Chops in the Oven Like a Pro

Everything you need to know, from our test kitchen to your dinner table.

Customize the breading. Our recipe developers love the way that panko stays crispy while frying, though you can use other breadcrumbs if you prefer. You can also change up the seasonings: swap in a peppercorn mix, the herb and spice blend of your choice (just check the label to make sure there isn’t added sodium) or even pumpkin pie spice. Or try adding finely chopped fresh herbs like parsley, tarragon and dill along with grated fresh lemon zest. To cut down on prep time, combine Parmesan, panko and dried seasonings in a zip-top plastic bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to cook, just add the vegetable oil and shake.

A wire rack helps bone-in pork chops cook evenly. Baking pork chops above— rather than in direct contact with—your sheet pan helps hot air circulate around them, so they cook perfectly every time.

Use an instant-read thermometer to check for doneness. Wondering how long to bake pork chops in the oven? Our recipe developers find that 15 to 20 minutes is a good guideline, but the exact timing will vary based on the size and thickness of your chops and temperature fluctuations in your oven. That’s why we use an instant-read thermometer to check for doneness. Insert it into the thickest part of the chop not touching the bone, and look for an internal pork chop temperature of 145 degrees F.

What to Serve with Baked Pork Chops

Serve your oven-baked pork chops with roasted broccoli and our crispest ever potatoes, plus a few spoonfuls of our best homemade applesauce. For other ideas, check out some of our favorite potato recipes and vegetable sides.

Short on time? We also love pairing these baked pork chops with a simple green salad and 10-minute lemon-pepper mushrooms.

Other Pork Chop Recipes

If you like this recipe for baked pork chops, try some of our other favorites.

Rosemary-Garlic Pork Chops with Chickpeas: Another weeknight stalwart, this sheet-pan dinner comes together in 30 minutes.

Crispy Pork Chops with Sriracha Brussels Sprouts: Boneless pork chops are coated with Dijon mustard and Sriracha for layers of flavor in this top-rated recipe.

Breaded Pork Chops with Warm Apple-Cabbage Slaw: This lightened-up dish bakes in the oven and features an irresistibly tangy sour cream-Dijon sauce.

Katsu Sando: Boneless pork chops and crunchy green cabbage star in our version of the popular Japanese sandwich.

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Baked Pork Chops

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. 
  2. Combine the panko, oil, Parmesan, Italian seasoning and 3/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a large resealable plastic bag. Put the pork chops in a large bowl and toss to coat with 1 tablespoon water. Place the pork chops in the bag and shake well to coat, pressing the breadcrumb mixture firmly into the meat.
  3. Place the pork chops on a wire rack set on a baking sheet and top evenly with any breadcrumbs remaining in the bag. Bake until the breadcrumbs are dark golden and the internal temperature of the chops registers 145 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer (avoid touching bone), 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Serve immediately with lemon wedges if using.