Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops that are crispy and juicy with just 6 ingredients in just 45 minutes from start to finish. The perfect weeknight meal.
Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops
Pork chops are a delicious and easy alternative to chicken and the whole family loves it. One of the biggest reasons people struggle with recipe boredom is that we get in a rut with the recipes we make. Clients we’d cook for in the past used to have favorites an even a switch in protein would make a huge difference.
Why pork? Well, this recipe calls for pork loin chops. Loin chops are lean white meat similar to chicken breast, but with much more flavor. We love cooking with pork loin because you can give pork a good sear on high heat quickly while keeping the pork juicy.
Can you make this with chicken? Yes, this is an easy switch to make, I just recommend either trimming the chicken so it’s even or pounding it to an even thickness.
Since you’re going to be baking these pork chops I also recommend trimming the fat from the pork chops. While loin meat is lean there will be a small fat cap on the top of the loin. This fat is important when roasting a whole pork loin but for our purposes that fat won’t render and be as deliciously browned and crispy as it is on that pork loin.
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Picking cuts of pork
If you’re looking for cut pork chops for this recipe I’d recommend one of two options to ensure you get a thick enough pork chop.
- Ask your local meat department to cut the chops thicker for you. There is not an extra cost for this, just patience (I usually ask then go finish picking out other items I need and come back when the meat is ready).
- Second, assuming you don’t want to ask for them to be done for you would be for you to buy a pork loin whole and simply cut the chops yourself.
- If you do buy a loin you can buy a half of one too and you’ll end up generally getting a pretty good deal. Just be sure to trim the fat off the top of the loin.
Baked Pork Chops
Baked Pork Chops are a delicious option when you’re not grilling or searing them in a cast iron skillet.
Generally when working with breading you can either bake or fry. In this recipe with the addition of the Parmesan cheese and olive oil you’ll have enough fat to help brown the breading.
When baking these pork chops be sure to give each chop 1-2 inches of space. This allows for steam to escape and helps the breading to crisp up. If the pork chops are too close together you’ll end up steaming the coating and it won’t allow it to crisp up.
We also flip the pork halfway through to promote a more even browning on the pork chops.
- 6 boneless pork loin chops ¾ to 1 inch thick
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup Parmesan Cheese grated
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Season the pork with salt, pepper and olive oil, rubbing it on until evenly covered.
- Mix the Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs in a medium bowl before pressing the pork into the mixture until well covered before adding it to a baking pan and cooking for 30-35 minutes, flipping them over halfway through cooking.