Best Oven Baked Pork Chops
My best oven baked pork chops are juicy and flavorful! A simple rub made with pantry ingredients takes this baked pork chops recipe to the next level! With my tips, your pork chops will turn out tender and juicy, never dry.
I’ve tried a few different pork chop recipes and they all seem to fall short. Either the pork chops are lacking in flavor, or they turn out dry and tough.
I’ve done some experimenting to find the best way to bake boneless pork chops in your oven. This baked pork chops one pan dinner is one of my favorite dinners that I’ve cooked lately! It’s made me appreciate pork chops in a way that I haven’t in a long time. So much so that I’ve developed a recipe for pan seared pork chops as well. They are so good, with a silky honey mustard pan sauce!
Why baked pork chops? Cooking pork chops in your oven is quick and easy! Follow my tips and your pork chops will turn out moist and flavorful.
About this Baked Pork Chops Recipe
- This is an easy one pan dinner. You cook the baked pork chops and vegetables on a sheet pan. Clean up is so easy since there is only one pan to wash!
- You’ll rub your pork chops with a simple mix of spices and seasonings made from pantry ingredients. The rub caramelizes as the pork chops bake. It’s so good!
- You can make this with your family’s favorite vegetables. I’ve given some tips below on how to use different veggies.
This meal is a kid-friendly, family-friendly dinner that you can have on your table in 30 minutes!
How to Bake Pork Chops
Follow my quick and easy steps to cook your own juicy pork chops!
This recipe is for baked boneless pork chops. Try to find pork chops that are about 1-inch thick. Much thinner than 1-inch and the pork chops dry out as they bake. Really thick pork chops are also at risk for drying out as you wait for the center to cook through.
The best way to keep your pork chops from drying out is to bake them at high temperature for a shorter amount of time. I bake my pork chops at 450 degrees F, and they take between 12-16 minutes to cook.
After your pork chops have cooked for about 10 minutes, you will want to check on them often. They will cook quickly at the end, so it’s easy to over cook pork chops if you don’t watch them closely.
I like to use an instant read thermometer to check the internal temperature of the pork chops. This is the most accurate way to check for doneness.
The USDA recommends that you cook pork to an internal temperature of at least 145 degrees F and then allow the meat to rest for at least 3 minutes, for food safety. I cook my pork chops to an internal temperature of 145-150 degrees F. Then, remove the pan from the oven, lightly cover the pork chops with foil, and let them rest for 10 minutes. The temperature of the meat will continue to rise about 5 degrees due to carryover cooking.
Don’t skip the step of letting your pork chops rest, covered, for 10 minutes. This is the key to moist, juicy pork chops. Along with being careful not to overcook them, of course.
Vegetables to Serve with Pork Chops
To make this baked pork chops and vegetables recipe, you will put the sweet potatoes in the oven before the pork chops and green beans. The sweet potatoes take longer to cook, so you will give them a 10 minute head start. While you wait, you can mix up the spice rub and prep your green beans.
After the sweet potatoes have cooked for 10 minutes, take the pan out of the oven and add the green beans and pork chops. Be careful, as the pan will be very hot!
Rub the spice rub over the tops of the pork chops and return the pan to the hot oven. Now the sweet potatoes, green beans and pork chops will all be done at the same time.
If you want to substitute the sweet potatoes or green beans with other vegetables, you might try baby potatoes, brussels sprouts or broccoli. Baby potatoes and brussels sprouts, like sweet potatoes, will need to cook for about 10 minutes before you add the pork chops. Broccoli will need to cook for about 5 minutes longer than the pork chops.
Tips for Baking Pork Chops
- For the best baked pork chops, buy boneless pork chops that are 1-inch thick.
- Bake pork chops at high temperature (450 degrees F). This will caramelize the outsides and sear in the juices.
- Don’t overcook your pork chops. Take them out of the oven when the internal temperature is between 145 and 150 degrees F.
- Let the pork chops rest, covered, for 10 minutes after baking. The internal temperature of the meat will continue to rise by about 5 degrees.
- Rub a simple blend of spices and seasonings on your pork chops before baking. My best pork chops spice rub is in the recipe card below!
- More easy one pan family dinners: sausage and roasted veggies, baked chicken and vegetables, honey garlic salmon and vegetables.
Best Oven Baked Pork Chops
- 2 medium sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 1 pound green beans trimmed
- 4 1-inch thick boneless pork chops
For the rub:
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a metal rimmed baking sheet with foil (for easy clean up).
- Place sweet potatoes on baking sheet, drizzle with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Move sweet potatoes to one side of the baking sheet and lay them in a single layer. Bake for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, combine the rub ingredients in a small bowl and stir. Wash, dry and trim the ends of the green beans if you haven’t already done so.
- After sweet potatoes have roasted for 10 minutes, remove the pan from the oven. Carefully stir the sweet potatoes and keep them to one side of the pan.
- Lightly spray the empty side of the pan with nonstick cooking spray or brush with olive oil.
- Working carefully as the baking sheet is very hot, place green beans on side of pan opposite sweet potatoes. Drizzle green beans with remaining ½ tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Place the pork chops down the center of the pan and rub the tops with the rub mixture, spreading it evenly over each pork chop.
- Return pan to the oven and bake for 12-16 minutes, until pork chops reach an internal temperature of 145-150 degrees, depending on your preferences.
- Remove pan from the oven and cover pork (but not veggies) loosely with a piece of foil. Let rest for 10 minutes. The internal temperature of the pork will rise about 5 more degrees due to carryover cooking. Serve.
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