Oftentimes the work week can be stressful. This can manifest itself in your life in a variety of ways- one of which being rushed meal plans.
In the chaotic 21st century, this is perfectly understandable. Weekdays were basically made for cereal and KD, but when the weekend arrives and the pace of life slows down a bit, it’s nice to try and get a substantial meal on the table.
When you are trying to come up with a meal with substance, protein is a must.
There’s no denying that beef and chicken are great options, but our personal favorite has to be pork.
Did you know that pork is the most consumed meat worldwide?
That’s right, this delicious and lean source of protein is not only the most popular meat globally, but it is also full of nutrients, including vitamins and minerals, such as iron and zinc.
When it comes to actually preparing pork, the best way to cook it is in the oven at a temperature of 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Implementing this approach when working with pork is optimal as it heats the meat quickly but without drying it out. In fact, this method will give you the perfect piece of meat that is irresistibly juicy and flavorful.
Now, it’s important to remember that depending on the size of your pork will determine how long you have to cook it for.
Smaller cuts of pork, for example, will naturally require less time than, let’s say, a pork roast.
If you’re ready to start your pork journey, but are in need of a little guidance, check out the rest of this article for the best tips and tricks.
How To Cook A Pork Roast In The Oven At 375?
There’s nothing better than a Sunday roast, especially when it’s prepared in the oven at 375.
Because of their size, pork roasts tend to take longer than smaller cuts, but it’s totally worth it.
Follow these steps and get ready for a delectable cut of meat that’s extra juicy and tender on the inside and extra crispy and golden brown on the outside.
- If you don’t have any olive oil spray, you can also use a regular bottle of olive oil and apply it onto the rack using a brush.
- This also applies to the top of the pork.
- If you’re not sure what seasonings to use, we highly recommend garlic, paprika, sage and thyme for the best flavor palette.
- It’s essential that you place the thermometer in the thickest part of the pork, as this is the section that will take the longest to cook.
- Remember that the time frames provided are for a 3-pound pork roast.
- A general rule to follow is that after the initial 15 minutes, your pork will need an extra 25 minutes per pound.
- If your roast is bigger than 3 pounds, the same rule applies. You may, however, notice the top browning too much after 75 minutes. In this case, simply cover the roast with foil and continue cooking.
- If there is butcher twine (string) in the roast, ensure to remove it before you slice and serve it.
- Don’t skip the resting stage after your roast is out of the oven!
- Allowing your meat to rest provides time for the juices in the roast to really settle, providing your meat with extra moisture and flavor!
How To Cook Pork Chops In The Oven At 375?
While most people cook their pork chops in a skillet on the stovetop, preparing them in the oven is actually a great alternative.
Cooking pork chops at 375 in the oven will make your cuts extra tender and juicy without drying them out.
Pork chops tend to be more lean with less fat, so they can easily be overdone.
To see how you can make the perfect pork chops in the oven, check out this table
- Allowing your pork chops to rest before cooking them will bring your meat to room temperature. This will ensure the pork chops are cooked evenly when they are put in the oven.
- Adding spices to your pork chops is a great way to add some flavor. We highly recommend paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
- If you don’t have any cooking spray, don’t worry. You can also line the dish with parchment paper.
- When you place the pork chops in the cooking dish, make sure they are not touching each other or overlapping (this allows the meat to cook evenly).
- You can coat the pork chops in olive oil with a brush, but if you don’t have one, your hands will work fine as well.
- Depending on how thick your pork chops are will determine how long you have to cook them for. Generally, most pork chops will fall between 18-25 minutes, but if you’re unsure, here are some benchmarks you can follow:
- 1-inch, boneless pork chop- 18-20 minutes
- ½-inch boneless pork chop- 10-15 minutes
- Your pork chops will be done when you cut into them and the juices are clear.
- If you’re not confident your pork chops are done, you can use a thermometer to determine this. Pork chops are done when you insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the meat and the temperature reads 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Don’t skip the resting stage after your chops are out of the oven!
- Allowing your meat to rest provides time for the juices in the pork chops to really settle, providing your meat with extra moisture and flavor!
How To Cook Pork Tenderloin In The Oven At 375?
When cooked correctly in the oven, pork tenderloin makes for a delicious and hearty side dish in any meal.
Pork tenderloins can be a little trickier than pork chops as they tend to dry out more easily and turn hard.
Like the previous cuts of pork, tenderloin is best cooked at 375 for just 25 minutes per pound.
For more details, check out this table
- Cutting off the fatty parts of the tenderloin before cooking it is a great idea as it will help to ensure the pork isn’t extra tough and chewy.
- Searing your pork chops before putting them in the oven will make your meat extra moist and tender! Just make sure you don’t cook them in the pan for too long (just long enough so that each side browns).
- Adding spices to your pork will help to enhance the overall flavor factor even more. Some spices we would recommend, include chili powder, paprika, onion powder, cumin, salt and pepper.
- If you are wanting to roast vegetables, you can add them to the wire rack before placing the roast in the oven.
- Cooking the tenderloin to a temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit will provide you with a medium-well-done result. If you like your meat to be more on the well-done side, you can leave it in the oven until the temperature reads 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Don’t skip the resting stage after your tenderloin is out of the oven!
- Allowing your meat to rest provides time for the juices in the pork to really settle, providing your meat with extra moisture and flavor!
Frequently Asked Questions
Do You Need To Cover Pork In The Oven?
It is not necessary, but if you are concerned that your pork will dry out too much in the oven, you can simply add a sheet of aluminum foil over the pork before the cooking process.
Just make sure to remove the foil 10 minutes before your pork is done so that the exterior can crisp up a bit.
How Do I Know When My Pork Is Done Without A Thermometer?
When you don’t have a thermometer on hand, another great way to tell your pork is done is by examining the juices.
If you cut a small piece off and the juices are clear and the meat is slightly pink, your meat is done.
Can You Eat Pork Tenderloin That Is Pink?
Eating undercooked pork can be extremely dangerous, so it’s vital that you ensure your tenderloin is done.
When you cook pork tenderloin in the oven at 375, it will appear slightly pink on the interior.
As long as the internal temperature reads 145 degrees Fahrenheit (in the thickest part), this is perfectly safe.
- 3 pounds pork roast
- Olive oil spray
- Seasonings of your choice
- Rimmed baking sheet
- Wire rack
- Meat thermometer
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
- Take the roast out of the fridge and allow it to sit at room temperature for approximately 30 minutes
- Retrieve a baking sheet and line it with aluminum foil
- Set a wire rack onto the baking sheet
- Spray the rack with olive oil
- Mix together salt, pepper and seasonings of your choice in a small bowl
- Use paper towel to pat the entire surface of the pork dry
- Place the pork on the wire rack
- Brush the seasoning mixture all over the pork
- Spray some more olive oil on the top of the roast (be generous!)
- Take your thermometer and place it in the thickest part of the roast
- Place the roast in the hot oven
- Cook for 15 minutes and then turn the oven down to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
- Cook for an additional 75 minutes or until the thermometer reads 145 degrees Fahrenheit
- Once it is down, remove the roast from the oven
- Cover the roast with foil and allow it to rest for 15-20 minutes
- Serve and enjoy!
- Pork chops
- Olive oil
- Seasonings of your choice
- 9x13-inch baking dish
- Cooking spray
- Paper towel
- Set your oven to a temperature of 375 degrees Fahrenheit
- Remove your pork chops from the fridge and allow them to rest for 10 minutes
- Take a bowl and mix together the salt and pepper as well as your desired seasonings
- Retrieve a 9x13-inch baking dish and spray it with cooking spray
- Put the pork chops into the baking dish
- Pat the pork chops dry with a paper towel
- Coat the pork chops in olive oil
- Apply the seasoning mixture all over the pork chops
- Put the pork chops in the oven and cook for 18-25 minutes, depending on how thick they are
- See pro tips below for more details
- Remove the pork chops from the oven and allow them to rest for 5 minutes before serving
- Pork tenderloin
- Spices of choice
- Olive oil
- Baking sheet
- Wire rack
- Remove the tenderloin from the fridge
- Cut off any fatty parts
- Take a pan and put some olive oil in it
- Warm up the pan on medium-high heat
- Once hot, place the pork tenderloin in the pan and allow each side to brown
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
- Mix together the salt, pepper and spices of your choice
- Apply the spice mixture all over the tenderloin
- Place a wire rack on a baking sheet and then the pork tenderloin onto the wire rack
- Cook for 25 minutes per pound
- Use a thermometer to check the internal temperature: once it has hit 145 degrees Fahrenheit, the pork is done
- Remove the tenderloin and allow it to rest for 5-10 minutes
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