Oven Baked Pork Chops

These Oven Baked Pork Chops are an easy recipe that the entire family will love.  These juicy pork chops are a quick weeknight dinner, and are perfect for entertaining!

plated oven baked pork chops with parsley on top

Sometimes I feel like I should be fired, because I get into the biggest dinner ruts.  When I’m better about meal planning, it’s much easier to keep dinners more exciting.

About a month and a half ago I did just that.  I made a meal plan and included a recipe for oven baked pork chops, and I opted to make my own spice rub. 

I sprinkled a little of this, and a little of that onto some beautiful boneless pork chops, and smothered them with olive oil.  I popped them into the oven and made the side dishes, and 20 minutes later dinner was done.  

Everyone, with myself included, was crazy about those pork chops.  They were so incredibly juicy, and the rub was extremely flavorful.  I jotted everything down because I knew I had to share the recipe with you.

And the bottom line?  I need to meal plan more often! 

As if I didn’t know that already.

oven baked pork chops in cast iron skillet with rosemary

Oven Baked Pork Chops

I forget about pork chops and have no idea why.  They cook up so quickly — much faster than chicken — and they’re a great way to change up the dinner routine.

These juicy, oven baked pork chops will quickly become your family’s favorite meal.  The warm flavors of cumin and coriander are balanced out with the pungency of garlic powder and rosemary. 

It truly makes an addictive flavor combination!

What temperature should pork chops be cooked at?

This oven baked pork chop recipe requires cooking the pork chops at a temperature of 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes, or until an instant read thermometer registers 145 degrees.  

overhead shot of oven baked pork chops in cast iron skillet

Can you eat pork chops a little pink?

If pork chops are cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees, they will be a bit pink inside.  They’re perfectly safe to eat when cooked to this temperature, and they’ll be perfectly tender and juicy.

When cooked to a higher temperature than 145 degrees, the results will be pork chop that are a lot less juicy, or dry from overcooking. 

Should you cover pork chops when baking?

There’s no need to cover the pork chops with a lid or with foil while baking in the oven.    When cooking in a pan that’s just large enough to hold the pork chops, the juices in the pan will keep them nice and moist during cooking.

Are you supposed to flip pork chops in the oven?

There’s no need to flip the pork chops in the oven as they cook nice and evenly.

close up of oven baked pork chops in cast iron skillet

Juicy pork chops ingredients

  • (4) 1 – 1 1/2″ thick boneless pork chops
  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Garlic Powder
  • Fresh rosemary (or dried)
  • Olive oil

How to make oven baked pork chops

These juicy pork chops couldn’t be easier to make.  They’re prepped in less 5 minutes, and are on the table in about 20 minutes!

  • Trim any excess fat from the pork chops, and season with salt and pepper to taste
  • Combine the cumin, coriander, garlic salt, rosemary and olive oil, then rub over all sides of the pork chops
  • Heat olive oil in a cast iron or oven proof skillet over medium high heat, and sear both sides of the pork chops until a nice golden brown crust has formed
  • Bake in the oven for 8-15 minutes, or until an instant read thermometer registers 145 degrees.
  • Remove from heat, cover loosely with foil and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes.

Recipe tips and substitutions

  • You can skip pan searing the pork chops if you wish, but your chops won’t have a crispy, golden brown crust.  If you do skip this step, bake for 15-18 minutes total in the oven until an instant read thermometer registers 145 degrees.
  • Be sure to cook the pork chops in a skillet or dish that’s just big enough for them.  The ensures that they’ll cook in their juices, which makes for a nice tender pork chop.  Be sure and pour those juices over the chops just before serving!
  • My pork chops were 1 1/2″ thick and they took 18 minutes total time to cook.
  • If using bone-in pork chops, cooking time will be longer.
  • You may have some rub leftover. Store in an air tight container and use within 3 months.

plate with oven baked pork chops dinner

Need more dinner inspiration?  See all of my Dinner recipes.

More pork recipes:

Grilled pork chops

Instant pot pork chops

Instant pot pulled pork

Pan fried pork chops

What goes good with pork chops?

Instant pot mashed sweet potatoes

Roasted carrots and parsnips

Roasted sweet potatoes

Wild rice salad

 

Oven Baked Pork Chops

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

These oven baked pork chops are an easy recipe that the entire family will love.  These juicy pork chops are a quick weeknight dinner, and are perfect for entertaining!

Oven Baked Pork Chops

Ingredients

  • (4) 1 - 1 1/2" boneless pork chops, trimmed of excess fat
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. Combine the cumin, coriander, garlic powder, chopped rosemary and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a small bowl. Rub the mixture on all sides of the pork chops.
  3. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a cast iron skillet or oven proof sauté pan over medium high heat. Add the pork chops and sear for 2 minutes on each side, or until a nice golden brown crust has formed. Remove from heat.
  4. Place the skillet into the oven and bake for 8-15 minutes, or until an internal thermometer into the thickest part of the pork chop registers 145 degrees.
  5. Remove from heat, cover loosely with foil and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • You can skip pan searing the pork chops if you wish, but your chops won't have the crispy, golden brown crust.  If you do skip this step, bake for 15-18 minutes total until an instant read thermometer registers 145 degrees.
  • Be sure to cook the pork chops in a skillet or dish that's just big enough for them.  The ensures that they'll cook in their juices, which makes for a nice tender pork chop.  Be sure and pour those juices over the chops just before serving!
  • My pork chops were 1 1/2" thick and they took 18 minutes total time to cook.
  • If using bone-in pork chops, cooking time will be longer.
  • You may have some rub leftover. Store in an air tight container and use within 3 months.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1 pork chop

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 166 Total Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 39mg Sodium: 123mg Carbohydrates: 3g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 0g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 15g
Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.

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