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Juicy and tender, sweet and savory, these Smothered Baked Pork Chops are roasted to perfection in just 30 minutes! Pork chops are smothered in a homemade butter-rosemary-honey-mustard sauce and baked to juicy perfection! A quick and easy dinner that is fabulous served with Mashed Potatoes, Butter Rice or simple Roasted Brussels Sprouts.
Smothered Baked Pork Chops | Fastest Easiest Dinner!!
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 garlicky, rosemary 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.
Main Ingredients Needed
Flavorful pork chops start with 1) bone in pork chops and 2) the seasonings and flavorings that go along with it! Here’s what you will need:
- 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.
Can I use Boneless Pork Chops?
I used Bone-In Pork Chops for this recipe but, yes, you can absolutely use boneless pork chops no problem. 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.
How to Bake Pork Chops | Directions
Baking pork chops is one of my favorite ways to cook pork chops! It’s quick, easy, and because they’re smothered in this yummy sweet and savory sauce, they turn out so so delicious! This is a great recipe to have on hand for those busier weeknights. Dinner will be on your table in three easy steps:
Step 1: Make the Sauce
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl stir dijon mustard, rosemary, garlic, honey, butter, salt, and pepper together. Microwave until the butter has melted completely. This obviously melts the butter and creates more of a sauce, but also helps bring out the flavors in the rosemary.
Step 2: Smother Your Chops!
Spray a 9×13 pan or other baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place your pork chops into the baking pan so they lay flat.
Pour half the sauce overtop pork chops, turn and spread the remaining sauce over top.
Step 3: Bake Your Pork Chops
Bake pork chops uncovered for 25-30 minutes at 375 degrees or until the interior of the chop is no longer pink and the internal temperature has reached 150-160 degrees F. More on cooking temperatures below. Remove from oven and cover with foil to rest 10 minutes before serving warm.
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 150-160 degrees (depending on preference). Every oven will vary, so the most accurate way to know your pork chops are done is by using an instant read thermometer. This is the one I have and use.
What do Pork Chops Look Like When They Are Done Baking?
When you cut into your pork chops it’s okay if you see a little pink. This is absolutely not my preference (I like most of my meat cooked completely well done…except for Prime Rib).
Unlike chicken, you shouldn’t get food bourne illness from pork that is cooked to medium. You can see my cooking temperature guide in the notes section of the recipe card below.
For well-done pork chops, bake until the internal temperature reads 160 degrees. The meat should be white, juicy, and steaming (serve hot)!
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!
Any leftover pork chops can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days, though I doubt they will last that long. These are so so delicious, you will be licking your plates clean.
Great Sides for Pork Chops
I have tons of side dish options 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
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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 9×13 pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place pork chops into baking pan.
- 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, and spread using the back of a spoon.
- 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