A 350 F oven is ideal for baking pork chops. The same temperature is recommended for the air fryer. However, if you wish to bake the chops in the oven at 400 F or even 450 F, these are also doable options.
You may be wanting to roast a sheet of vegetables, for example, and this would require a hotter oven than 350 F.
There are many variations for how to prepare pork chops. You may choose to go super simple on a busy weeknight and bake them with just a little salt, pepper, and garlic powder, or for a more elegant occasion you might prefer to stuff pork chops with dressing.
You might want to do breaded pork chops as a quick and easy option.
Pork chops provide a tasty alternative to chicken or beef, and they are easy to prepare and bake. Pork chops are available both boneless and bone-in.
Whichever way you decide to prepare your pork chops, put them on your grocery list. I always include them in my weekly grocery shop. They are so convenient to have on hand as they are quick, easy and taste fantastic!
How Long To Bake Pork Chops At 350 In The Oven?
The instructions that follow are for boneless pork chops, and about 1 inch in thickness, but this recipe can also be made with bone-in chops, and with chops that are either thinner or thicker.
Simply add 5 minutes to the baking time for bone-in, thicker chops, and 5 minutes less for thinner, boneless chops. A baked pork chop in the oven produces a tender and tasty piece of protein. The following is a basic recipe that is simple and easy to follow.
We keep the ingredients to a minimum so it takes little time to prepare which makes it perfect for a weeknight meal. The pork chops will only take 25-30 minutes to bake, giving you enough time to prepare a salad, cook some rice, and steam some vegetables.
In this recipe we sear the pork chops first before putting them in the oven. Searing cuts down on baking time, but more importantly, it gives great flavor, and is definitely worth the extra few minutes it takes.
If you do not have a meat thermometer, do not despair. Simply cut into the pork chop and check out the color of the juice. If it is clear or slightly pink, the pork chops are done.
Pork chops done in this way will take 25-30 minutes, but check 5 minutes before this to see how far along they are. Some ovens are hotter than others, and you do not want to risk your pork chops being dry.
We use aluminum foil in this recipe to lock in the juices of the meat. You don’t need to be concerned that your pork chops will be pale in color because you have seared them first. Combining the sear with the foil gives you both the color and juiciness you want.
If you do not have aluminum foil on hand, just keep a close eye on the pork chops to make sure they do not dry out. You may wish to turn them to help avoid dryness.
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How Long To Bake Pork Chops At 400 Stuffed?
Ready to take your oven-baked pork chops to the next level? This is it. Pork chops filled with a bread stuffing taste like they took a long time to make, but they are actually quite quick and easy.
One way to keep it simple is to use a stovetop stuffing mix that you can buy at your local grocery store. An even easier way is to use leftover stuffing from a recent turkey dinner – Thanksgiving? Christmas?
Make a little pocket in the chop, spoon in the stuffing and put it in the oven – easy yet elegant!
Choose the thickness of pork chop you wish, however make sure that it is at least 1 inch. If it is less thick than 1 inch it may be difficult to create the pocket and stuff the chop.
Do not overfill the pork chops as the stuffing will expand in the oven and could burst if there is too much.
Don’t limit yourself to bread stuffing. There are lots of other options for stuffing pork chops. Maybe try a stuffing with dried fruit, or one with spinach and cheese. See which ones you like best!
How Long To Bake Pork Chops At 425 F Breaded?
Breading gives a lovely coating to pork chops that both kids and adults enjoy. If you dash into your house at the end of a busy day, and then have to face getting dinner on the table before running children to activities, then this is a terrific option.
To keep preparation time to a minimum, use ready-made bread crumbs. You may wish to add your family’s favorite seasonings to the bread crumbs, or just add a little salt and pepper if you want to keep it simple.
Read on for a tasty, healthy pork chop option that requires very little preparation.
If you do not have bread crumbs on hand, it is easy to make your own, and is a great way to use up stale bread and crusts. Pop six slices of bread on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes in a 300 F oven, turning the bread halfway through.
Once the bread is done, let it cool then make fine crumbs with a food processor, or put the bread in a freezer bag and crush the bread with a rolling pin. Freeze what you don’t need for up to three months. Then you’ll have some handy for the next time.
If your pork chops look a little pink on the inside, that is completely acceptable and safe. Removing them from the oven when the internal temperature reads 140 F will keep the chops more tender and juicy than if they are removed from the heat at 145 F.
Resting for 5 minutes is sufficient time for the chops to come up to the necessary 145 F.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Keep Oven-Baked Pork Chops From Drying Out?
It only takes a few minutes for pork chops to go from juicy and tender to dry and tough. To avoid this, check the pork chops 5 minutes before the suggested bake time is up. Then check every 2 minutes after that.
A meat thermometer is also a very helpful tool. Put it on your kitchen tool wish list.
Another good strategy is to remove the pork chops from the oven when the internal temperature is 140 F. While the meat rests for 5 minutes, it will finish cooking and you will have beautifully tender and juicy pork chops.
Can I Use An Air Fryer For Pork Chops?
Yes, an air fryer is a great option for baking pork chops. Using the air fryer will decrease the baking time to 10-15 minutes.
Preheat the air fryer to 350 F and spray the basket or tray before baking the pork chops. Make sure to give the pork chops enough space in the basket, and do them in batches if necessary.
Is It Possible To Cook Frozen Pork Chops?
It is easy to cook pork chops from frozen both in the oven and in an air fryer. In the air fryer, preheat to 400 F, and spray the basket as well as the pork chops. Bake them for 10-15 minutes.
In the oven, preheat to 350 F, put the chops in a greased pan, pour a sauce on them such as BBQ and bake for 40 minutes.
What Sides Go Well With Pork Chops?
There are many choices of great sides for pork chops. One of my favorites is apple sauce, a classic. Salads are a good choice as well. Throw a little dried fruit in the salad like dried apricots or cranberries.
For vegetables, peas, carrots and beans are all terrific. Candied sweet potatoes that are mashed with a little brown sugar, cream and butter work very well, as do carrots with an orange glaze.
- 1 inch pork chops
- Vegetable oil
- Seasonings - salt & pepper, garlic powder
- Paper towel
- Medium-sized skillet
- Baking pan
- Aluminum foil
- Meat thermometer
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Pour 2-3 tablespoons of vegetable oil into a medium-sized skillet.
- Heat the oil on medium-high.
- Pat the pork chops with a paper towel to dry.
- Season the pork chops on both sides with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
- Place the pork chops in the skillet and sear for 2 minutes or until you have the color you want.
- Remove the skillet from the heat, and place the pork chops in a baking dish.
- Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and place it in the oven.
- The pork chops will be done when a meat thermometer reads 145 F.
- Pork chops
- Salt and pepper
- Small knife
- Baking dish or cookie sheet
- Preheat the oven to 400 F.
- Cut a pocket into each of the pork chops with a paring knife being sure not to cut through the fatty side or the ends.
- With a spoon, fill each of the pockets with stuffing being careful not to overfill.
- Place the stuffed pork chops in a baking dish or on a cookie sheet.
- Sprinkle the pork chops with salt and pepper.
- Put in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 145 F.
- 1 inch pork chops
- Bread crumbs
- Seasonings, if desired
- Paper towel
- Shallow dish or freezer bag
- Baking dish
- Meat thermometer
- Preheat the oven to 425 F.
- Pat the pork chops dry with a paper towel.
- Put bread crumbs with seasonings, if using, in a shallow dish large enough to fit a pork chop, or place the bread crumbs in a large freezer bag with a zip closing.
- Put the pork chops one at a time in the dish and cover with the bread crumbs.
- If using a plastic bag, put one chop at a time into the bag, seal it and shake the chop so that it is covered with the bread crumbs.
- Place each of the pork chops into the baking pan, and put it in the oven.
- Bake the pork chops for 12-14 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 140 F.
- Take the pork chops from the oven and let them rest for 5 minutes during which time their internal temperature will rise to 145 F.
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