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!
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!
Why it Works
This easy stovetop to the oven honey-glazed porkchops 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!
The sweet and savory honey glaze goes perfectly with baked cutlets. 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!
🛒Ingredients and Notes
Pork: 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 fat layer on the outside. This cut is very mild and tender, so it is another good option for recipes like this.
🔪Step by Step Instructions
- Brown the meat 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 for 45-60 minutes, or until golden brown.
There are a few little tips and tricks for this recipe. For example:
- Make sure that each pork chop 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.
- 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, it's ready to be turned.
- Brown the chops in batches. If you're making these 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 - add the glaze ingredients and place the skillet in the oven.
While they're baking in the oven, you can use this time to prepare your side dishes. 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.
More Delicious Recipes to Try
There are plenty of other delicious flavors that go well with honey-glazed pork chops.
- For example, these easy cheesy mushroom pork chops are another hearty comfort food dinner that's perfect for the whole family.
- 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 friends.
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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
- ⅛ 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, ¼ cup soy sauce, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, ¼ teaspoon ground ginger, ⅛ teaspoon black pepper, ½ teaspoon garlic salt, ¼ cup water, and one small chopped onion. Pour over the cutlets in the skillet, or transfer to a baking dish.
- Bake 45-60 minutes until golden brown or to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, turning them once or twice. If your 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 ¼ to ½ – 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.