These oven baked pork chops are seasoned with spices and baked to perfection in a cast iron skillet. These baked pork chops turn out tender, juicy and full of flavor.
Easy Oven Baked Pork Chops
There are certain days of the week that our family has a lot going on and I need a simple, yet delicious meal to serve my family. This pork chop recipe is easy to put together and cooks up in less than thirty minutes. They cook up in cast iron skillets and don’t require any marinating time. These are the perfect easy dinner solution to a busy schedule for any day of the week.
How to Make Tender Pork Chops in the Oven
A lot of people think that pork chops are tough, dry and tasteless. However, that isn’t how these turn out! These are full of flavor and with a few simple tips, you too can get tender, delicious pork chops.
When cooking pork chops in the oven, I recommend using 1 inch thick chops with the bone-in. They take a bit longer to cook up than the thin boneless chops, but they have a much greater flavor and tenderness.
Pork chops should come to an internal temperature of 145 degrees and the best way to make sure they are finished is to use a meat thermometer. Over cooking pork chops is what causes them to bland and dry, so be sure to watch them so that they do not over cook.
When the pork chops are finished cooking allow them to sit for 5 minutes before you cut into them. This helps to retain the juice in the pork chops which results in a tender, juicy pork chop.
What Spices Are Good on Pork Chops?
There is a large variety of combinations that taste great on pork chops but my personal favorite is a little bit of sweet with a little bit of spice. This recipe has just the right amount of both and everyone in my family loves them.
In fact, my family loves this combination so much that they are often debating who gets the last one. I cook up a large amount for our family of six so you can cut the spice amounts in half for a smaller serving.
Oven Baked Pork Chop Recipe
I bake these pork chops up for a family of six, so feel free to cut this recipe in half to meet the needs of your family.
11-13 bone-in 1 inch pork chops
8 tablespoons of sweetener. ( Sugar, Xylitol, Brown Sugar, or sweetener of choice)
3 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
3 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons cumin
3 tablespoons chili powder
3 teaspoons celtic salt
1 teaspoon pepper
How to Bake Pork Chops in a Cast Iron Skillet
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Prepare the seasonings by combining them all in a bowl.
Place the pork chops in a cast iron skillet and coat them generously with the seasoning mix.
Place them in the oven and cook for 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and flip the pork chops.
Generously season the other side with seasoning mix.
Return pork chops to the oven and bake another 10 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 145 degrees.
Tip * When the pork chops are close to being finished, I turn the oven on broil to get that delicious caramelized flavor. Be careful to watch them so they don’t burn. It generally only takes 2-3 minutes.