How to Bake Pork Chops

Before learning how to bake pork chops let us look at just what cut of meat this is and the different types of pork chops. Pork chops are comparable to steaks coming from beef cattle. There are different types, they can be cut in various thicknesses and you can buy them with the bone in or boneless. All these factors should be taken in consideration (To some extent) as to how you decide to cook them.

Pork chops can be cut from center of the pork loin, from the rib section of the loin, from the shoulder end or leg end. The last two of these cuts contain much more connective tissue resulting in tougher meat and also being the least expensive.

I am telling you this information because when learning how to bake pork chops, it will help you to decide what kind to buy. The thickness of the chops also plays an important part in this selection. Although all these cuts of meat can be quick cooked or they can be baked slower in the oven, I have my preferences.

When you learn how to bake pork chops, you will probably find as I did, that the thicker chops are more suitable for baking. This thickness could be anywhere from ¾ inch to two inches; your recipe will probably instruct you to the best thickness. I prefer to quick cook the thin chops like frying, grilling or broiling.

When learning how to bake pork chops you will also find recipes for baking with a variety of other ingredients and many recipes for them stuffed. This is why there is such a wide range in size for baking the chops. The stuffed chops with need to be at least 1 ½ inch in thickness so that you can slice them making a pocket to hold the stuffing

As you learn how to bake pork chops you will develop a preference to boneless chops or ones with the bone in.  I really like the flavor of the ones cooked with the bone in but what I purchase depends on two factors. First, if I am cooking for guests, I prefer the boneless chops. The second factor is price; I always look for a good price on everything so I look for sales.

ORANGE PORK CHOP RECIPE made with Mandarin oranges

How to Bake Pork Chops with Mandarin OrangesHow to Bake Pork Chops with Mandarin Oranges
  • 5 to 6 Thick boneless pork chops
  • 2 Tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 Can (11 ounces) Mandarin oranges
  • 4 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 Whole cloves
  • ½ Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Teaspoon prepared mustard
  • ¼ Cup catsup
  • 1 Tablespoon vinegar

Preheat oven to 375F degrees.

In a skillet brown pork chops; place chops in a baking dish.

Drain oranges RESERVING liquid; measure ¾ cup liquid for recipe (Discard remaining liquid).

Combine ¾ cup of the liquid with sugar, cinnamon, cloves, salt, mustard, catsup and vinegar; blend well.

Place oranges on top of pork chops; pour liquid mixture over the top.

Cover dish with foil and place in oven; bake about 40 minutes or until chops are tender.

NOTE: Check chops after 30 minutes to make sure they do not get too dry.

Uncover the dish the last 10 minutes to brown on top. Serves 5 to 6.

How to Bake Pork Chops with Mandarin OrangesHow to Bake Pork Chops with Mandarin Oranges


  • 6 Pork chops
  • Salt/pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1/3 Cup chopped celery
  • 2 Tablespoons dry mustard
  • ¾ Cup water
  • 1 Can (8 ounces) tomato sauce

Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

Brown the chops in hot oil in a skillet; place in a shallow baking pan.

Combine remaining ingredients and pour over the chops; bake for 1 hour.

Serves 6.


  • 4 Thick loin chops
  • 1 Tablespoon cooking oil
  • ¼ Cup finely chopped onion
  • ¾ Cup chili sauce
  • ¼ Cup ketchup
  • 1 Teaspoon dry mustard
  • ¼ Teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ Cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 Beef bouillon cube
  • Salt/ pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

Brown pork chops in hot oil in a skillet; place in a baking dish.

Sauté onions in skillet with drippings; add remaining ingredients to the skillet.

Bring mixture to a boil; pour mixture over the chops.

Cover dish with foil and bake for 90 minutes or until very tender.

NOTE: Check chops after 1 hour to make sure they do not dry out.


Fresh Rosemary Pork Chop RecipeFresh Rosemary Pork Chop Recipe
  • 4 TO 6 Thick cut pork chops
  • ¼ Cup Dijon mustard
  • ¼ Cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ Cup lemon juice
  • 6 Cloves minced garlic
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh rosemary
  • ¾ Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ Cup olive oil

Combine in a large stainless steel or glass bowl mustard, vinegar, lemon juice and olive oil.

Add garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper; stir to blend.

Place pork chops in mixture turning to coat both sides; cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.

PREHEAT OVEN TO 375F degrees.

Remove chops from marinade; place in an oiled pan or baking dish; spoon marinade over the top.

Bake about 45 minutes or until tender; turn chops over after 25 minutes.

Fresh Rosemary Pork Chop RecipeFresh Rosemary Pork Chop Recipe


  • 6 Pork chops 2 inches thick
  • 3 Tablespoons hot water
  • 1 Tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 Cup cornbread stuffing mix
  • 1 Can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 2 Tablespoons minced red bell pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons minced onion
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • ¼ Teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon water

Preheat Butterfly each pork chop to form a pocket for stuffing.

Combine hot water, melted and seasoning package from stuffing mix; stir to blend.

Add stuffing mix, corn, bell pepper, onion, basil, pepper and water; stir until water is absorbed.

Spoon stuffing into pockets of the chops; close pockets with wooden picks.

Cover lightly with foil; bake about 45 minutes or until tender basting occasionally.


Honey Pork Chops RecipeHoney Pork Chops Recipe
  • 4 Pork chops 1 inch thick
  • ¼ Cup soy sauce
  • ¼ Cup lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • ½ Teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ Teaspoon black pepper

Place chops in a shallow glass baking dish.

Combine remaining ingredients and mix well; pour over chops.

Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

Bake chops in the marinade until tender about 50 minutes.

› Baked Pork Chops

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