These golden and crispy honey-glazed pork chops are tender, juicy, and easy to make. They only require a handful of ingredients, so you can have dinner ready in no time!
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
The best thing about this recipe is how easy it is. It's also a great dish to serve company because the preparation only takes minutes. The honey glaze will make your mouth water, and you won't be able to wait for your chops to come out of the oven!
- You can make this recipe in no time
- It's easy to do - just follow the instructions!
- There are only a handful of ingredients (honey, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic and ginger powder, and pork chops)
- The result is a sweet and savory dish that will please your tastebuds
- And it's healthy too - these honey glazed pork chops are low-carb, with only 7g of carbs per serving!
- 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 I've ever made!
The sweet and savory honey glaze goes perfectly with baked cutlets. 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, boneless or bone-in:
- 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.
Oil: We almost always use EVOO for cooking, but you can use vegetable or canola oil or whatever oil you have handy.
🔪Step by Step Instructions
Give these delicious oven-baked pork chops recipe a try this weekend (or tonight!) by following the simple instructions below.
How to cook pork chops in the oven (this recipe is also suitable for broiling and grilling, just skip the searing part):
- Place pork chops in a skillet and sear over medium heat for approximately 3 minutes per side or until golden-brown in color; transfer to a baking dish.
- Mix the remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Pour the honey mixture over the pork chops.
- Bake for 30-45 minutes until golden brown or when internal tempreature reaches 150-160 degrees Fahrenheit. Here's a helpful guide on pork cooking times and temperature.
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.
Absolutely! Use boneless, skinless chicken thighs or thin-cut chicken breast.
Other Amazing Recipes to Try
- Estonain Honey Mustard Pork Roast - This traditional Estonian pork roast is slow roasted until it just about falls apart with tenderness. The fragrance of garlic and rosemary fill your home as you prepare this dish for your family to enjoy together.
- Roasted Pork Ribs with Honey Glaze - The aroma of slow-roasted, succulent baby back ribs fills your kitchen. Make yours even better by slathering on a sweet and salty honey glaze that's ready when the oven is.
- Classic Wiener Schnitzel - Your search for the perfect Wiener Schnitzel ends here! This recipe is cooked to perfection, with fresh ingredients that are layered with flavor.
- Roasted Pork Tenderloin - This tender roasted pork is the perfect go-to centerpiece for a satisfying meal. Paired with zesty Italian dressing, this dish will captivate your taste buds without sacrificing any flavor.
- Skillet Gypsy Schnitzel - German skillet Gypsy schnitzel dinner was made of pork cutlets paired with onions and fresh peppers and finishes with a cream tomato sauce. Get your retro-feel on America, it's time for dinner!
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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 of oil on medium-high heat. Sear 4 pork chops in batches for about 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown in color.
- Meanwhile, in a small 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 them to a baking dish.
- Bake 30-45 minutes until golden brown or 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.