Juicy and tender, sweet and savory, these Smothered Baked Pork Chops are roasted to perfection in just 30 minutes! A quick and easy dinner that’s healthy too.
So thrilled to be sharing with you the easiest and tastiest dinner today! My kids gobbled this up. With just 8 pantry staple ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time, you can have flavorful Baked Pork Chops smothered with a simple garlic butter honey mustard sauce fresh from the oven! Pair with some of my favorite side dishes and you have a healthy filling dinner for the whole family.
Ingredients Needed for Baked Pork Chops
Flavorful pork chops start with 1) the meat and 2) the seasonings and flavorings that go along with it! Gather up these simple ingredients to get started:
- Pork Chops – a pork chop is a loin cut taken from a pig (usually with a rib attached). This cut of meat is leaner than other cuts from the pig (hiiiii bacon!) which means it’s healthier for you than some other cuts. Packed full of protein and juicy flavor. More about bone-in versus boneless below.
- Dijon Mustard – bold, thick, and super mustardy. Great tangy flavors from this ingredient. If you don’t have Dijon you can also use yellow mustard.
- Fresh Rosemary and Garlic – rosemary brings a great sharp herby flavor while garlic is always welcome come dinner time.
- Honey – a little sticky but also sweet. A great balance to the other strong flavors happening.
- Salted Butter – this helps bring the sauce together but it also adds flavor and helps the sauce penetrate the pork chops.
- Salt and Ground Pepper – salt and pepper to go into the sauce. It is so important to remember to season during cooking. Salt is a mineral that needs a little help (heat) dissolving into each dish.
Bone-In or Boneless?
I used Bone-In Pork Chops for this recipe but you can absolutely use boneless. Boneless pork chops are leaner than bone-in and don’t need nearly as much baking time. Bone-in chops bake up juicier thanks to the extra fat around the bone plus it adds a ton of extra natural flavor. Simply cut the chop from the bone after baking to easier serving. Scroll down to read my notes in the recipe card about baking times. No matter what kind of pork chop you are baking, I’ve got you covered.
Tips and Tricks for Juicy, Tender Pork Chops
- Use Room Temperature Meat: Although you can use your chops straight from the fridge, considering taking them out of the fridge beforehand. Room temperature meat tends to cook more evenly.
- Don’t Overbake: over-baked pork chops tend to get more and more tough the longer you cook them! Since we want juicy and tender pork, do your best to not over bake. For you over achievers, aim for 150-160 degrees Fahrenheit, no higher.
- Let them Rest: After everything is done baking, try tenting your baking dish with tin foil and letting the meat rest for about 10 minutes. Resting really helps lock in moisture!
How to Cook Pork Chops
Baking pork chops is one of my favorite ways to cook pork chops! It’s quick, easy, and downright heavenly. And it is especially helpful when I have a ravenous family to feed. Here’s how to bake pork chops:
- Preheat oven. Spray 9×13 pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
- Place pork chops into the baking sheet.
- In a small bowl stir dijon mustard, rosemary, garlic, honey, butter, salt, and pepper together. Microwave until the butter has melted completely.
- Pour half the sauce overtop pork chops, turn and spread the remaining sauce over top. Bake until completely heated through. Serve hot.
How Long to Bake Pork Chops
I baked my pork chops for 30 minutes at 375 degrees. But in general, you’re going to want to bake until the internal temperature of the meat is 145-160 degrees (depending on preference). That is when you know for sure your chops are done and safe to eat.
What do Pork Chops Look Like When They Are Done?
When you cut into your pork chops it’s okay if you see a little pink, unlike chicken, pork won’t hurt you if it’s on the medium-rare side of things. For well-done meat, bake your chops until the internal temperature reads 160 degrees. The meat should be white, juicy, and steaming (serve hot)!
What to Serve with your Smothered Pork Chops
I have a plethora of side dishes on my site to serve with meaty recipes like this one, but here are just a few that keep things on the healthier side.
- Oven-Baked Cauliflower Recipe
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Baked Asparagus Recipe
- Maple Glazed Carrots Recipe
- Colorful Carrot Salad Recipe
- Buttery Mashed Potatoes
- Roasted Potatoes
- Famous Butter Rice
Any leftover pork chops can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
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If you loved these easy baked pork chops, you’re going to love these other 30 Minute Meals!
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Smothered Baked Pork Chops
- 2 pounds pork chops* bone in
- 1/4 cup dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary
- 1 tablespoon garlic minced
- 5 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons salted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 9x13 pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
- Place pork chops into baking sheet.
- In a small bowl stir dijon mustard, rosemary, garlic, honey and butter together. Microwave 30 seconds to 1 minute or until butter has melted completely.
- Pour half the sauce overtop pork chops, turn and spread the remaining sauce overtop. Bake 25-30 minutes or until baked to 150-160 degreed Fahrenheit. Remove from oven, cover with foil and rest 10 minutes. Serve warm.
- 140-150 degrees: Medium Rare
- 150-155 degrees: Medium
- 155-160 degrees: Medium Well
- 160 degrees: Well