Baked Pork Chops are juicy and tender. These delicious pork chops are quick cooking and so easy to make. A simple seasoning mix gives these chops lots of flavor.
Baked Pork Chops
As far back as I can remember, we had pork chops for dinner almost weekly. They are quick cooking and very economical, making it easy to feed a hungry family!
I remember mom often used "Shake 'n Bake" and let us kids do the shaking! We'd put the seasoned coating in a paper bag, dump in the chops, and sing "Shake Shake Shake" KC and the Sunshine Band style!
Those were some good pork chops, but weren't always juicy and tender. I theorize that was because the so called "Safe" temperature for pork was much higher back then, and we were all just cooking the moisture right out of those poor chops!
A Word About Cook Time
One of the reasons this recipe yields juicy tender pork chops is because you cook it at a higher temperature for a brief amount of time.
A good rule of thumb is about 7 minutes baking time in a 400 degree oven per half inch thickness of meat for boneless. 8 minutes per half inch for bone-in.
Using an instant read meat thermometer lets you take the internal temperature of the meat quickly. You want the pork chop to be 140° F.
What If the Pork Chops are Pink in the Middle?
As long as the temperature of the meat is at least 140° F, a little pink is perfectly fine. Back in the day the temperature that was considered safe was 165°F, but that was updated.
I hope you enjoyed learning how to bake pork chops. Give it a try, it's a great retro recipe!
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Baked Pork Chops
- 4 Pork Chops 1" to 1 1/2" thick
- 2-3 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 tsp Paprika
- 2 tsp Garlic Powder
- 2 tsp Onion Powder
- 3/4 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Pepper
- 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
- Preheat oven to 400° F
- Place the pork chops in a baking dish*.
- Brush the olive oil on both sides of the chops, then sprinkle the spice mix on both sides.
- Bake the pork chops for 15-20 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the meat is 140° F. Cook time will depend on the thickness of the pork chops. Don't let them overcook or they will dry out.
- After taking them out of the oven, lightly cover with foil and let rest for 10 minutes before serving**.
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These were really good!