Roasted boneless pork chops– a super easy and delicious recipe to make when you have no inspiration on what to cook for dinner.
I don’t know about you, but I associate the roasted pork aromas with holidays, cold seasons and comforting foods.
Born in Eastern Europe, more precisely in Romania, I grew up eating pork. Pork is a popular item in Romanian cuisine. Therefore there are plenty of recipes to choose from.
Baked boneless pork chops and why you should make this recipe
- It is economical– Pork is relatively cheap to buy, and I cook with it quite a bit.
2. Perfect for any occasion– This is a super easy and delicious recipe to make when you have absolutely no inspiration on what to cook for dinner.
OR, it is the middle of the week, and you have to come up with a fast dinner for your family. You can absolutely make this center-cut boneless pork chops recipe for a romantic dinner or a Sunday meal.
3. It is easy to make– You don’t need many ingredients, pork has a lot of flavor, it is healthy and also very delicious. Serve it with a green salad, and you are here for a feast. Leftovers are great too.
If you love boneless center cut pork chops, you’ll obsess over how delicious and super easy they are to make.
4. You can make this recipe choosing different pork cuts.
I regularly cook boneless pork chops because they’re inexpensive, low in fat, and high in protein. They are also versatile and can be grilled, roasted, or fried. You can also choose slices of pork shoulder or pork tenderloin.
5. Wine and garlic sauce– I cook with wine quite a bit, and I also love the taste of roasted meat in the oven with a sauce made out of garlic, spices, and red wine. You can also skip the wine if you prefer.
6. Pork chops fit in many dietary categories as they are low carb, gluten free and also paleo.
The conclusion is that this recipe is very versatile and allows you to make it casually, for a regular dinner or fancier, for entertaining. It looks good and it works to feed a crowd if you plan on the right amount of meat per person.
How thick the pork chops should be, and how long do I cook them:
As I said before, I used boneless center cut pork chops.
However, the thickness of the pork chop matters and can make or break the recipe. I prefer a pork chop that is about 1/2 to 1 inch thick. Anything thinner or thicker than that will require a different cooking time.
If you use thin pork chops and bake them in the oven for 30 minutes, you will dry the life out of them.
If you go with a pork chop thicker than 1 1/2 inch, it will require more minutes in the oven.
For that matter, I do recommend you use a thermometer. The cooked pork chop should have an internal temperature of 140-145F to be safe for consumption.
My recipe gives you an approximate cooking time based on my experience in the kitchen. However, it is up to you to adjust that time, based on your environment and experience in the kitchen.
As someone told me once, you need to build a relationship with your oven, before you start baking like a pro.
How to make these baked center-cut pork chops:
Step 1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
Step 2. Place the meat in the pan and dress it with the rest of the ingredients.
Calculate one or two pieces of meat per person, based on the size of the pork chop.
Tip: The pork chops need to be close together in the pan. This way, the meat will not dry out.
Sprinkle the pork chops generously with salt, pepper, thyme and rosemary on each side.
Slice a medium onion and toss it together with the meat. You can skip the onions if you don’t like them.
Chop the garlic cloves in half and add them to the meat.
Add the oil and red wine. See how pretty the pan looks already? Yum!
Step 3. Bake.
Cover the baking dish tightly with foil and bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes.
Uncover the pan and return it to the oven for another 10 minutes.
The liquid will slightly reduce, the onion will caramelize and the pork chops will nicely brown.
Check the internal temperature of the pork chops and make sure it is 145F.
It definitely looks awesome, don’t you think? And the smell…oh my, the smell of roasted meat is divine!
While the pork chops were in the oven I made some mushrooms with garlic and served them as a side dish, with a glass of red wine.
This was a simple meal that did not require a lot of preparation and it was everything we needed for a Saturday dinner.
Mushrooms are not a must for this recipe, we like them and they were also available in my fridge, so I used them.
What other spices can I use on these roasted boneless pork chops?
I used thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper. You can also use oregano, paprika, garlic powder, or Za’atar(zaatar).
What do you think? Best oven boneless pork chops, if you ask me!
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- 8 boneless pork chops count 2/person
- 1 medium onion sliced julienne
- 3-4 garlic cloves sliced
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 1 1/2 cups red wine your preference
- 2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Lay the pork chops on a 9x13 baking pan or a pan big enough to accommodate the meat in one layer and sprinkle them generously with salt, pepper, thyme and rosemary on each side.
- Slice an onion and toss it together with the meat.
- Chop the garlic cloves in half and add them to the meat.
- Add the oil and red wine.
- Cover the baking dish tightly with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes.
- Remove the foil and continue baking for another 5-10 minutes or until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 145F.
- Serve with roasted potatoes, salad, roasted vegetables or anything you like.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 810Total Fat: 48gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 31gCholesterol: 206mgSodium: 770mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 74g