This Easy Baked Pork Chops recipe is bursting with sweet and smoky flavor for a 30 minute meal you’ll love. Seasoned with a variety of spices, they’re the tastiest oven baked boneless pork chops you’ll ever make! Whole30 option.
The 3rd and final edition to our healing spices week! These Sweet & Smoky Easy Baked Pork Chops are part of our Restorative Health Series, meaning they are made with anti-inflammatory spices to nourish the body, reduce inflammation, and more.
Why You’ll Love these Pork Chops
Who doesn’t love a one-pan recipe? Honestly, they’re lifesavers when it comes to making nourishing meals without spending hours in the kitchen. Plus, from Superfood Baked Salmon, to Persian Spiced Pan Roasted Chicken, and this Mexican Quinoa Skillet Dinner, there’s something to fit everyone’s needs! However, while these recipes are all great and definitely guaranteed to please a crowd, I’ve noticed that I don’t often see many one-pan pork chop options.
So, I decided to change that by creating an Easy Baked Pork Chops recipe with roasted vegetables! After all, often overlooked, pork is a fairly lean meat and is typically very budget-friendly, making it great for family dinners and meal prep.
Not to mention, with these oven baked boneless pork chops you’ll be in and out of the chicken in 30 minutes! However, that’s not the only reason you’re going to love this recipe. They’re also:
- Made with spices you probably already have in your pantry
- Suitable for both bone-in and boneless pork chops
- Lower carb, gluten free, and grain free
- The perfect combination of sweet and spicy flavors for a meal that makes it easy to eat your veggies!
So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get cooking!
Pork Chop Seasoning Secret
The secret to making the best baked pork chops is in the spice rub! Unlike other versions that mask the flavor of the meat with mushroom gravy and sauces, this recipe enhances the flavor with natural spices. Using notes of sweet cinnamon, smoked paprika, and spicy chili powder, the ingredients work together to create an element of heat and a smoky flavor without overwhelming your tastebuds. Don’t worry, though! The rub comes together in just a few seconds with spices you likely already have on hand!
Baking Tip: Double or triple the spice rub to have a batch on hand for pork chops, chicken, salmon, and veggies!
Ingredients for Baked Boneless Pork Chops
The ingredients for these easy baked pork chops are broken down into two parts. First, you’ll need to create your spice rub. Then, you’ll gather the rest of the ingredients to finish the meal!
For the Spice Rub
- Coconut Sugar (or raw sugar)
- Ground Chili Powder (or chipotle chili powder)
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Smoked Paprika
- Dried Oregano
- Sea Salt
- Black Pepper
Note: For a Whole30 option, omit the sugar altogether.
For the Pan
- Parsnips – Root vegetables that are part of the parsley family, parsnips are packed with vitamins and nutrients including vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate.
- Carrots – Carrots provide a good source of vitamin A, B vitamins, and potassium.
- Boneless Pork Chops – While being tasty, pork chops provide protein, selenium, zinc, and iron.
- Herbs and Spices – I used lemon slices, parsley, red chili flakes, salt, and pepper.
How to Make the Best Baked Pork Chops
How to Season
Before you start baking, it’s important to properly season your pork chops. Don’t just sprinkle the spice rub over the meat, though! Instead, use a towel to pat the pork chops dry. Then, season both sides of the chops well, making sure they are completely coated. To make sure the spice sticks to the pork, use your fingers to press it into the meat.
Temperature: 400 degrees Fahrenheit
Duration: 30 minutes
Take a look below to learn how to make the best pork chop rub and bake them with ease!
- Mix and Preheat. To begin, combine the spice rub seasonings in a small bowl. Then, preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Roast. Slice the parsnips and carrots into ½ inch pieces, and toss them in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 teaspoons of the spice rub mixture before layering them on a lined baking sheet. Roast the veggies for 15 minutes.
- Sear. While the veggies are baking, season each pork chop in the spice rub, and place them in a pan with 1 tablespoon of oil. Sear the pork on medium-high heat for 2-4 minutes, making sure to flip them once halfway through searing.
Baking Tip: Don’t skip searing the meat! It locks in the pork chop rub and creates a crust on the outside, locking in the moisture and creating juicy pork chops.
- Bake. Once seared, place the pork chops on the baking sheet with the parsnips and carrots, and bake them both for another 6-8 minutes or until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 145 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Then let it rest for a few minutes before slicing. 160 degrees Fahrenheit is well done. Here’s a great cooking temperature chart for pork.
- Garnish. Once cooked, remove the pan from the oven, and garnish with lemon slices, fresh parsley, and optional red pepper flakes.
Tips for Tender Pork Chops
A common problem I hear when it comes to making easy baked pork chops is that they tend to dry out. Luckily, there are a few simple tips to make sure you get juicy pork chops every single time!
Use Thick Pork Chops. For the best results, use pork chops that are at least 1-inch thick to prevent them from drying out while cooking.
Use High Heat. Ensuring that your pan is hot before adding the pork chops will guarantee that the outsides sear within a few minutes, locking in the moisture. However, if the pan is not hot enough, you run the risk of overcooking your meat.
Pro-Tip: To make sure your pan is hot, try flicking a bit of water onto it from your fingers. If the water sizzles, your pan is ready.
Rest the Meat. Once your pork chops are removed from the oven, let them rest for 3 – 5 minutes before slicing. This will allow the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, preventing them from running out.
Don’t Overcook. The most common reason pork chops turn out dry is that they are overcooked. Be sure to keep an eye on your meat, and pull it from the oven as soon as it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees or 150 degrees Fahrenheit as it will continue to cook after being removed.
Due to the high temperatures being used, it is not necessary to cover your pork chops while baking. However, for recipes that require lower temperatures and longer baking times, it may be a good idea to cover your baked pork chops with foil.
I haven’t personally tried to air fry this recipe, but it should work! Follow a similar technique used for Air Fryer Lamb Chops. Just keep an eye on your pork chops and adjust the baking time as needed. Also, if you want to air fry the vegetables, too. You’ll need to make them in batches to ensure everything cooks completely.
While no food is inherently healthy or unhealthy, pork chops offer several important vitamins and nutrients such as selenium, zinc, and iron along with being a good source of protein. For the best option, use human raised pork whenever possible. Also, for the leanest cut of pork, opt for pork loin or pork chops.
How to Storage Your Chops
Fridge: Stored in an airtight container, easy baked pork chops (and the roasted veggies) will stay fresh in the fridge for 3-4 days.
Freezer: wrapped tightly in aluminum foil and stored in an airtight container, frozen baked pork chops can be kept in the freezer for 2-3 months.
Baking Tip: To reheat your pork chops, first let them thaw in the fridge overnight. Then, add them to an oven-safe pan along with about 2 tablespoons of water or broth, cover the pan with foil, and bake the pork chops for 10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or until the desired temperature is reached.
More One-Pan Meals
The great thing about these oven baked boneless pork chops is that they’re made along with veggies for a complete meal! If you’re looking for more one-pan meals try a few of my favorites including:
Sweet, spicy, and super quick, these easy baked pork chops are one of my favorite recipes for nights when I’m in a pinch for time and need a nourishing meal on the table fast! If you make them, too, I would love it if you let me know in the comments below!