You only need 4 ingredients and about 5 minutes to prepare these flavorful, juicy, and tender Baked Pork Chops! The easy dinner recipe is perfect for busy weeknights when you need dinner on the table fast, and it works equally well as a freezer meal!
I saw some nice looking thick-cut pork chops at the grocery store last week, so I instantly scooped them up.
We try to have pork on the dinner menu at least a couple of times each month -- just to mix it up from chicken -- and I love to experiment with new ways to cook the meat. There's only one rule: any recipe I try has to be really easy!
These tender baked pork chops tasted so darn amazing that I just had to share them with you! Best of all, they were thrown together with a handful of pantry staples and have now become a regular in our home.
This meal is a great option for those days when you have some pork chops in the freezer and you don't know what to do with them, or you can prep them in advance as a freezer meal for those nights that you don't want to cook!
HOW DO I MAKE TENDER PORK CHOPS IN THE OVEN?
Trust me when I say that this is about as easy as it gets!
You need just 4 ingredients (plus salt and pepper) for these marinated baked pork chops: Italian salad dressing, Dijon mustard, and brown sugar...
plus 4 thick-cut boneless pork chops.
To start, pat the pork dry with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper. Place the chops in a large baking dish.
Whisk together the Italian dressing, mustard, and brown sugar to form the most delicious sweet-and-savory sauce. This marinade would also be perfect for grilled pork chops or chicken!
Pour the marinade over the pork chops and your job is DONE! See how simple that is?
HOW LONG DO YOU COOK PORK CHOPS IN THE OVEN?
Bake the pork chops (uncovered) at 400 degrees F for about 20 minutes.
The final cooking time will ultimately depend on the thickness of your meat, so I like to use a meat thermometer (like this one) to make sure that the pork is cooked perfectly.
You know that the pork is done when it's slightly pink inside and it reaches an internal temperature of at least 145 degrees F.
Tip! During the final 3-4 minutes of baking time (when the pork is about 135 degrees F and almost finished), I like to transfer the dish to the broiler. Broil on HIGH for a few minutes to get that crispy finish on the top of your pork.
The chops will be nicely browned, but will stay tender and juicy on the inside!
What Should I Serve with the Easy Baked Pork Chops?
This meat pairs perfectly with just about any sides (it's so versatile!). Try serving the pork with one of these quick-prep options:
- Bread, dinner rolls, or Aunt Bee's 3-Ingredient Buttermilk Biscuits
- Easy Creamed Spinach Casserole
- Slow Cooker Southern Green Beans
Looking for even more easy pork chop recipes? Try these:
- 5-Ingredient Pan Fried Pork Chops
- Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Vegetables and Gravy
- Dump-and-Bake Boneless Pork Chops with Apples and Stuffing
Dump-and-Go 4-Ingredient Baked Pork Chops
- 4 thick-cut boneless pork chops about 1-inch thick and 6 ounces each
- 1 cup Italian salad dressing I use Ken’s Steak House Lite Northern Italian with Basil and Romano
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup Dijon mustard
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Optional garnish: fresh parsley or other herbs
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a large baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
- Pat pork chops dry with a paper towel, and season on both sides with salt and pepper.
- Place pork chops in prepared baking dish.
- In a large measuring cup or bowl, whisk together salad dressing, brown sugar, and Dijon mustard. Pour over pork chops.
- Bake uncovered until pork is slightly pink inside, reaching an internal temperature of at least 145 degrees F – about 20 minutes (use a meat thermometer to make it really easy!). I like to put the pork under the broiler for the final 3-4 minutes so that it gets a bit crispy on the top, but that step is totally optional.
- Loosely cover pork with foil and allow to rest for at least 5-10 minutes.
- Garnish with fresh parsley just before serving.
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