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Baked Pork Chops
Baked pork chops are one of my favorite weeknight dinners. A quick sear, then baking them in a 400°F oven for 10 minutes, produces reliably juicy, flavorful chops.
Servings 4 servings
- 1/2 tablespoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 4 bone-in pork chops (1/2 or 1 inch thick, 6-8 oz each)
- Cooking spray (I use avocado oil spray)
If your chops are around 1 inch thick, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
In a small bowl, mix together the paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Rub the mixture on both sides of the pork chops.
When oven has reached 400 degrees, sear the chops: Heat a large, oven-safe, heavy-bottomed skillet over high heat, about 3 minutes. Spray with cooking spray. Add the pork chops. Sear 2 minutes per side, without moving the chops, until well-browned, even charred in spots.
If your chops are 1/2-inch thick, they should be ready now (check with a thermometer - internal temperature should reach 145 degrees F). Transfer to a platter, loosely cover with foil and allow to rest 3 minutes before serving.
If your pork chops are 3/4 to 1 inch thick, place them in the oven and bake for 10 minutes, to a slightly rosy internal temperature of 145 degrees F.
Transfer the baked pork chops to a platter, tent with foil and allow to rest 5 minutes before serving.
Serving: 1pork chop | Calories: 251kcal | Protein: 23.8g | Fat: 16.7g | Sodium: 345mg