Learn how to make the perfect baked pork chops! This easy pork chop recipe features a homemade rub and is ready in less than 20 minutes!
Pork chops can sometimes get a bad reputation for being dry and flavorless. I have great news for you when cooked properly pork chops are juicy, tender and so satisfying! This easy pork chop recipe is perfect for busy weeknights because it comes together in a matter of minutes. All you need to do is mix a few spices together to make the perfect pork rub and turn your oven on! Below you will find the step-by-step guide to making the perfect oven-baked pork chops!
Ingredients for Baked Pork Chops
As always, this is a quick overview of the ingredients you will need to make this pork chop recipe. For the complete, printable recipe just keep scrolling.
- Pork Chops: this recipe is perfect for 1-inch thick pork chops. You can use boneless, or bone-in chops. However, I do not recommend this method for thick-cut pork chops. For thick chops use this method, it is incredible and absolutely foolproof.
- Olive Oil: any good quality neutral oil such as olive oil, or avocado oil. Don’t skimp, this keeps things nice and juicy and helps the spices adhere to the pork.
- Spices: for this recipe, we make a homemade spice rub. You will need brown sugar monkfruit (or regular brown sugar if not low carb), chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, salt, and pepper.
Oven Baked Pork Chops
The best baked pork chops can be made in just three simple steps. These pork chops are great with collard greens, a classic Wedge salad, or air fryer green beans! Follow the guide below to see the step by step photos.
Make the Pork Rub
Combine the spices in a small bowl or jar. Mix the spices well until completely combined. This spice mix is excellent on pork chops and pork tenderloin. If you want to make a double batch will make at least two meals worth of pork.
Pat the Pork Chops Dry
Using a paper towel pat the pork chops dry. This is important because if the surface of the pork chops has moisture that moisture will actually steam the chops instead of allowing the exterior of the chops to caramelize and brown during the cooking process. To the naked eye, it may not seem that your chops have very much moisture, but you will be really surprised when you pat them well with a paper towel.
Rub the Chops with Oil
Drizzle the pork chops with olive oil and make sure both sides are coated well. The oil will not only help the rub adhere to the pork, but it aids in keeping the pork chops juicy and help the outside of the chops caramelize and brown perfectly. This is a step you do not want to skip!
Season the Pork Chops
Sprinkle the outside of the chops liberally with the spice rub. You want to make sure everything is coated nicely so each bite is loaded with flavor!
Place the pork chops on a lined or greased baking sheet. Bake the pork chops at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes. Using a meat thermometer check the thickest part of the pork chops. When the internal temperature has reached 145 degrees F. Remove them from the oven. Rest the pork chops for 5 minutes before slicing.
These pork chops pair well with basically anything! Some of my favorite side dish recipes are these Green Bean Almondine, Air Fryer Cauliflower, or Kale Salad. We also love to serve these pork chops with my favorite Keto Red Lobster Biscuits, and if you aren’t watching your carbs Mom’s Mashed Potatoes are a no-brainer!
To store these Baked Pork Chops allow them to cool completely then store them in an air-tight container. If stored properly these pork chops will be good in the fridge up to 5 days.
To reheat the cooked pork chops place them on a square of aluminum foil. Drizzle the pork chops with 1 tablespoon of broth. Fold the foil into a parcel as you would a foil pack recipe. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Heat the pork chops for 15 minutes until warmed. Heating them covered with a little bit of moisture it will reduce the likelihood of the pork chops drying out.
Can I use thick-cut pork chops?
No, this is not the best method for thick-cut pork chops. For the most perfect, juicy thick-cut pork chops follow this tutorial. It only features three ingredients and has over 400 reviews! It is simply the only way to cook a 2-inch pork chop!
Pork Chops FAQ
One-inch pork chops will take approximately 15 minutes to cook. However, your pork chops may be slightly bigger or smaller so use a meat thermometer
For this recipe, we bake the pork chops at 400 degrees F.
No, you do not have to flip the pork chops during the cooking process.
The USDA recommends an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.
Allow the pork chops to rest 5 minutes before slicing. This gives the fibers in the meat and juices a chance to settle.
If you love these Oven Baked Pork Chops you will Also Love
- Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin: this 15-minute recipe is our go-to lazy dinner. Simply season, air fry, and enjoy!
- Pecan Crusted Pork Chops: these easy breaded pork chops feature a low carb, grain free crust that is pan-seared and finished in the oven.
- Air Fryer Pork Chops: another great way to prepare chops if you don’t want to use your oven.
- Roasted Cabbage: this is such an easy and inexpensive side dish! Cabbage pairs so well with pork!
- Air Fryer Zucchini: while these pork chops are in the oven you can quickly whip up this easy side dish!
- Crock Pot Ribs: an easy recipe that is bound to impress!
Perfect Baked Pork Chops
- 4 1-inch pork chops
- Olive oil for drizzling
- 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar monkfruit regular if not keto
- 1/2 tablespoon EACH chili powder and paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon EACH onion powder garlic powder, and oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Combine the spices in a small bowl or jar, mix well.
- Pat the pork chops dry with paper towels.
- Drizzle olive oil on the pork chops and make sure they are covered well. Sprinkle liberally with seasonings, making sure each side is completely covered.
- Place the seasoned chops on a lined or greased baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes. Check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer. Remove the pork chops from the oven when they reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. Depending on the size of the chops you may need an additional 2-3 minutes.
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar monkfruit
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper