We think pork chops get a bad rap. Maybe it has something to do with all the dry, overcooked chops we were served as kids-but it doesn’t have to be that way. Pork chops have the potential to be juicy, tender, and flavorful–really! This oven-baked method will ensure your pork has a delicious crust and a perfectly cooked interior. Just follow these simple rules and prepare yourself to reconsider everything you know about this weeknight-friendly cut. Another sure fire winner? Smothered pork chops!
1. Buy them bone-in and thick
Typically, bone-in pork chops are thicker than those with the bone removed. A thin pork chop is difficult to cook perfectly with this method, because of the hard sear you give both sides before it goes in the oven. If a chop is too thin, by the time you’ve seared both sides, the thing is practically overcooked! Choosing a thick chop allows you to get a nice golden sear on both sides and a perfectly cooked tender center.
2. Season well
Don’t be too shy with you salt and pepper. Most cuts of meat take more seasoning than you may realize to be properly seasoned. It’s always best to season your pork chop before putting them in the skillet as well. Season both sides and feel free to add more than just salt and pepper. Add a little paprika or cumin for something different!
3. Get your skillet HOT
The goal of this initial sear is to get a golden, crisp crust on your chop without really cooking the center. A hot pan is CRUCIAL. Let it cook a couple minutes undisturbed, then take a peek and see how that golden crust is forming. When you’re happy with your sear, flip the chop and give it a chance to get golden on the other side.