Rosemary and garlic come together to bring out the delight of the other white meat. In this baked pork chop recipe, you’ll find a quick, easy, and absolutely delicious pork chop dinner. It gets 2 thumbs up from everyone in my home and can even be thrown together on a whim when you don’t know what to serve guests.
Best Pork Chop Recipe
Ages ago, I used to buy that pork chop seasoning kit. You know the one. And then I woke up to the added preservatives in there. Besides, there is a much better way to make pork chops that doesn’t require breading and this best pork chop recipe proves it!
Easy Pork Chop Recipe
With only 6 ingredients, this easy pork chop recipe goes from raw to ready in no time. In less than an hour total, you’ll have it on the table. You’ll do it partly on the stove top and then finish it in the oven, leaving you plenty of time to whip up appropriate sides to round out your meal.
Pork Chop Ingredients
- Pork loin chops – you can either get them already sliced or slice up a tenderloin, just be sure you choose top quality meat!
- Rosemary – make sure it’s fresh for the best piney and citrusy flavor.
- Garlic – mince your garlic yourself to get the perfect taste.
- Butter – adds a richness to the dish and a base for your sauce for pork chops.
- Extra virgin olive oil – helps the butter maintain the perfect coating for the chops.
- Salt and pepper – add it to taste.
How do you Make Pork Chops from Scratch
You’ll start it on the stove while the oven preheats. Season your pork chops and then mix up the butter, rosemary, and garlic separately. You’ll heat your skillet, sear the chops, and then move them to a baking sheet, covering with the garlic butter sauce to serve when done. So simple and so satisfying!
If life gives you lemons throw them away and get some pork.
Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Pork Chop Every Time
- Choose a thicker cut. If you go too thin, they will dry out and become chewy.
- Season well. Don’t be shy with the salt and pepper. It will bring out the natural taste of the pork.
- Don’t skip the searing on the stove top. Tempting as it is to just shove it all in the oven, searing it locks in the flavors.
How to Cook Oven Baked Pork Chops
Pork chops can be cooked a number of ways, making them a versatile dish. In this baked pork chop recipe, you’ll cook them on the stove top to sear them for a gorgeous color while locking in the flavor. Baking pork chops the rest of the way in the oven properly cooks them to the perfect temperature and gives you a juicy, delightful texture.
How do you tenderize pork chops?
Pork chops can be tenderized a number of ways. You can physically pound it with a tenderizer, use a pork chop marinade, or salt it.
When should you season pork chops?
Season your pork chops at the very beginning of preparation with salt and pepper. This helps tenderize the meat.
How do you make pork chops tender?
In this recipe, salt is used to make the pork chops tender. Additionally, letting it come to room temperature before searing it will help it cook better. By splitting the cook time between the stove top and the oven, it will render tender baked pork chops.
Is it better to fry or bake pork chops?
Baking boneless pork chops in the oven is best since it can be done slower and lower, though if you put them in your skillet first to pan fry your pork chops and then bake them, you will have the best possible flavor and texture. Pan fried pork chops help seal in the flavor and juices while adding a delicious crust.
What is the best way to cook pork chops so they are not dry?
Pork chops will come out tender and juicy if you first sear them on the stove top and then cook them in the oven. Pan seared pork chops lock in all the bold flavors. Then by baking pork chops in the oven after, you’ll get a full spectrum of flavors along with meat that isn’t dry.
How long are you supposed to cook pork chops?
At 375F, you should cook pork chops for about 22 minutes. In this recipe, that cooking time is shortened because of the searing step on the stove prior to the oven cook time, helping you cook it through while keeping a juicy flavor.
Temperature to cook Pork Chops
You will bake these pork chops for about 12 minutes at the perfect pork chop cook temp of 375F. The internal pork chop temp should read 145F to be safe for consumption. It is best to check your pork chop internal temp with a meat thermometer.
Do you bake pork chops covered or uncovered?
Bake them uncovered. This cook time is not long enough for them to burn or dry out in your oven.
Does pork get more tender the longer you cook it?
No, it doesn’t. Pork chops are a leaner cut of meat so the longer you cook it, the tougher it turns out. It’s not like a shoulder cut that you slow-cook all day.
How do you keep pork chops moist when frying?
Since pork is leaner than beef, the trick is to use olive oil to sear it with. Once you get a nice sear, move it to the baking sheet and cook the rest of the way. You won’t have dry and chewy pork chops again.
How do you fry pork chops without them sticking to the pan?
Make sure you coat the pan with olive oil first. Also, make sure the pan is hot enough before adding the oil. It should have a nice sheen to it and that will keep your pork chops from sticking.
How do you cook pork chops without overcooking?
Less is more with pork chops. The easiest way to do it is by searing in a pan and then moving them to the oven to finish baking them at the correct pork chop temperature of 375F.
Why are my pork chops tough?
Your pork chops are tough if you overcook them. This is easy to do with thin cuts of meat. Choose something a little thicker and use the stovetop followed by the oven to get a tender taste.
What goes well with Pork Chops
When it comes to side dishes for pork chops, any type of salad is a great side dish to serve with pork chops. Additionally, sauteed green beans, spinach, or broccoli rabe can add more green to the meal. Potatoes in any style such as roasted, scalloped, or even baked are also great sides.
How to Store Pork Chops
Pork chops must go in the fridge when everyone is done eating. Put them in an airtight container or wrap them well in foil.
How Long Do Pork Chops Last?
You can keep your pork chops in the fridge for 3 to 5 days. In our house, we always eat them well before this though you can pop them in the freezer to save for a hectic day.
Can You Freeze Pork Chops?
Of course you can! Just wrap them well so they remain airtight, label them, and tuck them into your freezer. They’ll be better the sooner you use them but you can keep them about 3 months before time takes its toll on taste.
How to Reheat Pork Chops?
Let them thaw out in your fridge overnight. Then heat on the stove or in the oven, whichever you prefer.
Classic Pork Chop Recipe
- 4 pork loin chops
- black pepper (to taste)
- salt (to taste)
- 2 tbsp fresh rosemary (minced)
- 4 garlic cloves (minced)
- 1 1/4 stick butter (melted)
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 375F and prepare a large baking sheet by lining with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Liberally season the pork chops with salt and pepper on each side then set aside. Then, mix together the butter, rosemary, and garlic and set aside.
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Sear the pork chops, cooking for about 4 minutes on each side. Transfer the pork chops to a baking sheet and cook for about 12 minutes or until 145F in the center. Serve immediately with more garlic butter sauce.
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