How Do I Bake Pork Chops?
That seems to be a pretty common question with many ways to “answer” and branch off into recipes, but we’re here to make learning how to bake pork chops very simple!
Before we get too excited to get cooking, we do need a few things.
- Baking Dish
- Meat Thermometer
- Pork Chop
Easy enough, right?
Remember, I’m giving you an answer to a basic question. Marinades, seasonings, and all of those wonderful, flavorful things are optional so we won’t get into discussing the things we can do with those here.
There are a few more things you should be aware of before preparation.
The bone or lack thereof should not affect the cooking time. Cooking times and temperatures typically vary due to the cut size and personal preference.
You may wish to consider the desired moisture levels for the finished product. The most important thing is to make sure the pork chop(s) registers at around 145-160° Fahrenheit internally (at least) before eating.
- Preheat your oven.
- Remove the pork chops from their container or wrapping.
- Rinse the pork chops.
- Pat dry.
- Trim the meat, season, or baste at this point to add flavor if you wish to.
- Put the pork chops in the baking dish.
- Moisten if desired.
- Place baking dish with pork chops in the oven.
- Let the pork chops bake for half of your desired time.
- Turn pork chops over to allow opposite side to bake.
- Continue baking for the remainder of desired time.
- Carefully remove the pork chops after the desired amount of time has passed.
- Grab your meat thermometer.
- Place the meat thermometer in the thicket part of the pork chop and ensure it is between 145-160° Fahrenheit.
If the meat is at the mentioned temperature, you have successfully baked a pork chop! Enjoy.