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How to Bake Pork Chops

Thick, juicy baked pork chops make an excellent main dish for weeknight dinners because they are delicious, lean, and quick to cook. Check out these pointers for baking the best pork chops.

How to Pick a Pork Chop

Rib Chops

Pork chops come from the loin section (upper back) of the hog. Here are some of the most common cuts you will find in the supermarket butcher department:

  • Loin chop (bone-in): also called porterhouse pork chop, this chop looks like a T-bone beef steak
  • Top loin chop (boneless): also called New York pork chop or center cut chop
  • Sirloin chop (usually bone-in)
  • Rib chop (bone-in): also known as ribeye pork chop

How to Test Pork Chops for Doneness

The thickness of a pork chop will determine its final cooking time, regardless of whether it's boneless or bone-in. Chops typically range in thickness from 3/4 inch to 1-1/2 inches. The USDA updated its doneness guidelines in 2011, noting that pork cooked to 145 degrees F (followed by a 3-minute rest time) is just as safe as pork cooked to 160 degrees F. At this doneness, the pork is pinker than many people are used to, but the meat is juicier and more flavorful. If you'd rather, you can always cook your pork chop to the previous standard of 160 degrees F.

Baked Pork Chop Recipes

Oven-Fried Pork Chops Recipe

Here are two tasty ways to bake pork chops:

Oven-Fried Pork Chops

In this recipe, pork loin chops are breaded and baked for scrumptious fried flavor without the added fat and calories. First the pork chops are dipped in a mixture of milk and egg, then they are coated with corn bread stuffing mix. The chops are baked at 425 degrees F for 20 minutes or until the chops reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. Allow chops to stand for 3 minutes at room temperature before serving.

To stuff, cut a pocket in the side of each pork chop.

Pesto-Stuffed Pork Chops

To make stuffed pork chops, a small pocket is cut into the side of a pork loin chop to create a space for stuffing. Then a mixture of feta cheese, pesto, and pine nuts is spooned into each pocket. If necessary, the edges of each pocket can be secured with wooden toothpicks to keep the filling in place. The pork chops are then rubbed with a flavorful mixture of black pepper, oregano, crushed red pepper, and thyme before they are baked at 375 degrees F for 35 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. Allow chops to stand for 3 minutes at room temperature before serving.

How to Pick a Pork Chop

How to Bake a Pork Chop


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