Oven-baked pork chops are juicy, tender, and so delicious you’ll want to go back for more. This simple go-to pork chop recipe will give you succulent pork chops in the oven every time and with very minimal effort. Ready in under 30 minutes from start to finish, this recipe is perfect for any weeknight meal.
We’re making these baked pork chops with brown sugar rub and spices to get them perfectly caramelized on the outside and packed full of flavor in every bite.
Tender Baked Pork Chops
These easy baked pork chops are made in just a few simple steps and use basic ingredients that you most likely already have on hand.
Say goodbye to flavorless dry pork chops and say hello to flavorful and tender pork chops that will leave your mouth watering for more. You’re going to want to make this recipe again and again.
Ingredients you’ll need for Oven Baked Pork Chops:
- Boneless pork chops
- Brown sugar
- Smoked paprika
- Garlic powder
- Cayenne pepper
For the exact amounts needed, please see the recipe card below.
How to Make Oven Baked Pork Chops
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and lightly oil the inside of a 9×13 baking dish. Place your pork chops inside of the pan.
Stir together the brown sugar, smoked paprika, garlic powder, oregano, salt, and cayenne in a small bowl until combined.
Sprinkle half of the seasoning blend over the pork chops and then sprinkle the remaining spices over the other side.
Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until they are completely cooked through, flipping them over when they are halfway finished.
Serve warm with sides.
Baking these pork chops at a higher temperature will help to caramelize and sear the outsides of the chops which helps to make them juicy and tender on the inside as a result.
Buy thicker cut pork chops (the kind that is at least 1 inch thick) as they are much more forgiving and less likely to dry out when cooking, unlike the thin chops which cook very quickly.
When your chops are about halfway finished with cooking, check the internal temperature and adjust the remaining time as needed. Your chops could cook faster or longer depending on their size.
Keeping the pork chops snugly fitting in the baking dish will help to keep the juices at the bottom of the pan from evaporating so the chops will stay juicy.
How do I know when my pork chops are done cooking?
Your pork chops will be safe to eat after they reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees F and have been given a 3-5 minute rest after cooking so that they can finish the cooking process. This additional rest time also helps to keep your pork chops juicy because if you cut into them too soon after removing the chops from the oven, they will leak juices all over the cutting board instead of staying in the meat.
Are baked boneless pork chops healthy?
Yes, pork is very lean meat that is low in calories and high in protein making it a perfect meal option. While we do add a little bit of sugar to the rub mixture, it’s divided between all of the chops making the amount per serving very minimal.
Should I cover my pork chops to bake them?
No, this recipe does not request that you cover the chops at all while cooking them. This is because if you cover them, the pork chops will cook more quickly thanks to the trapped steam and as a result, the meat will not end up with a caramelized outside and may even dry out. Leaving them uncovered will give you optimal results.
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