These simple and easy baked pork chops with honey glaze are juicy and tender. Plus, you only need a handful of ingredients! The outside is crispy, golden, and sweet, with perfect flavorful pork in the middle. It's a recipe for success!
This flavorful honey-glazed pork chops recipe requires very little preparation and even less cooking time. After all, who doesn't love a delicious weeknight dinner with minimal work, mess, or washing up?
It's always a treat when something that tastes this heavenly is so simple to make! Not to be dramatic, but this is probably the best pork chop recipe that I've ever made!
Choosing the meat for honey-glazed pork chops
Pork is a super versatile meat. After all, there are endless flavor combinations that you can experiment with - and for the most part, they'll be successful! It's actually the most widely consumed meat in the world - about 36% of global total meat consumption!
You need to make sure you choose your cut of pork wisely to suit your tastes. There are several options:
- The leanest cut is pork tenderloin, which is almost as lean as a skinless chicken breast. This is a good option if you're health-conscious.
- The shoulder cut is darker and has quite a lot more fat. However, they also tend to have more gristle and so can be better suited to braising. You can still use a shoulder chop, but you may want to tenderize it before cooking for the best results.
- The rib chop will have a bone running along one side, sometimes with a layer of fat on the outside. This cut is very mild and tender, so it is another good option for recipes like this.
There are other cuts that you may find in various places (and various names!), and many of them will be suitable. I mainly listed these as they tend to be the most common.
No matter the type of chop that you choose, I'd recommend making sure that each is at least an inch thick. This makes sure that meat will remain tender rather than becoming overcooked and tough sooner, as thinner chops tend to do.
What do I need to make this dish?
The sweet and savory honey glaze goes perfectly with baked pork chops. It's made of soy sauce, honey, Worcestershire sauce, ginger, and garlic salt. It gives the glaze a gorgeous golden-brown color - it's enough to make you drool!
So essentially, these are the ingredients:
- Pork chops - your favorite cut, approximately one-inch thick minimum
- Ginger - to provide a slightly Asian touch
- Black pepper - to season the pork
- Garlic salt - because nothing is complete without both garlic and salt
- Onion - as it helps to provide a sweet-savory flavor when cooked properly
- Honey - to create a sticky, sweet glaze (we use raw honey)
- Worcestershire sauce -to give a depth of flavor that can be hard to achieve otherwise
- Water - to thin the glaze so that it doesn't burn as it cooks
- Soy sauce - to season the glaze and further bring a slight Asian flavor
- Olive oil or vegetable oil - although you can also use butter for the skillet if you prefer
Where is this recipe from, originally?
Cooking food from around the world doesn't mean that your own country's food has to be excluded. After all, the food you grew up eating is always best and is very comforting and nostalgic to enjoy.
However, you can still tweak these recipes a little by using flavors from the rest of the world to adapt the recipe to your now more-refined taste buds.
We don't combine sweet with savory in Bosnian food, so I never tried foods like this until we moved to Germany. Then, I tried pork chops with honey - later adding peaches and pineapple. It felt odd to be eating sweet pork, but I grew to love it very quickly.
How do I make these honey-glazed pork chops?
* The full, printable recipe is available in the recipe box at the bottom of this post, as well as the video and some tips.
- Brown the pork chops in a skillet for approximately 3 minutes per side or until golden-brown in color; transfer to a baking dish.
- Mix the remaining ingredients in a bowl. Pour this mixture over the pork chops.
- Bake the pork chops for 45-60 minutes, or until golden brown.
Recipe Tips and Tricks
There are a few little tips and tricks for this recipe. For example:
- When cooking in a cast-iron skillet, make sure to preheat it first, then add oil and other ingredients as skillets perform best when heated and cooled gradually.
- Once you add the meat to the skillet, don't fuss over it. It takes a couple of minutes for the meat to sear properly. By doing so, all of the flavors will lock inside. Only turn it when it gets a white border all around the edges ¼ to ½ inch wide. You can also shake the pan, and if the meat isn't sticking, then it's ready to be turned.
- Brown the pork chops in batches. If you're making these baked pork chops as a romantic dinner for two, halve the recipe. In this case, there is also no reason to transfer the pork into a baking pan - just add the glaze ingredients and place the skillet in the oven.
What should I serve with these pork chops?
While they're baking in the oven, you can use this time to prepare your side dishes. Personally, I suggest Jasmine rice and sugar snap peas - that's my favorite way to enjoy them!
Generally, I keep the rice on the plain side so that it doesn't overwhelm the pork's flavor. This Kurdish rice pilaf is a recipe that compliments them particularly well! However, you could swap the rice for this artisan bread, which would do an excellent job of mopping up the honey glaze at the end.
As for the sugar snap peas, one of the best things about these baked honey pork chops is the drippings left behind. So, if you're anything like me, you'll give those peas a delicious, flavorful bath!
As for veggies, these simple asparagus and peas with warm lemon vinaigrette bring a beautiful light and citrus flavor to the meal, which helps stop it from feeling too heavy and rich. This quick and easy Asian zucchini salad could also be perfect with this pork as it'll complement both the richness and Asian flavors in the honey glaze.
What other pork recipes should I try?
There are plenty of other delicious flavors that go well with pork.
For example, these easy cheesy mushroom pork chops are another hearty comfort food dinner that's perfect for the whole family.
You might also be a fan of these pan-seared pork chops with Dijon mustard sauce - they're quick, easy, and once again, packed full of flavor.
Or, if you prefer medallions, then these are served with bacon and macadamia for a classy date-night dinner.
A fan of rich sauces? Then you will definitely love these German-style schnitzels in Gyspy sauce that are great as a weeknight family meal or for a dinner party with the friends.
Baked Honey-Glazed Pork Chops
- cast-iron or non-stick skillet
- baking dish (optional)
- 4 pork chops
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
- 3 tablespoons honey
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon garlic salt
- ¼ cup water
- 1 small onion chopped
- Fresh thyme for garnish optional
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a large skillet heat 2 tablespoons oil on medium-high heat. Brown 4 pork chops in batches about 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown in color.
- Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix 1 tablespoon oil, 3 tablespoons honey, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt, 1/4 cup water, and one small chopped onion. Pour over pork chops in the skillet, or transfer to a baking dish.
- Bake pork chops 45-60 minutes until golden brown or to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, turning them once or twice. If your pork chops are really thin, reduce the baking time.
- When cooking in a cast-iron skillet, it’s always a good idea to heat the skillet first, then add oil and other ingredients. It performs best when heated and cooled gradually.
- Once you put the meat in the skillet, don’t fuss with it. It needs a couple of minutes to properly sear and lock in all that yummy flavor. Turn it only when it gets a white border all around, about 1/4 to 1/2 – inch wide. You can also shake the pan and if the meat is no longer sticking, it’s ready to be turned.
- Brown pork chops in batches. If you're making this recipe as a romantic dinner for two, halve the recipe. There's also no need to transfer the chops into the baking pan. Move your cast-iron skillet from the stovetop to the oven.
- Serving suggestion: garnish with fresh thyme and serve with rice and sugar snap peas or your favorite vegetable.
- Nutrition information is approximate and meant as a guideline only.