Fry up the most delicious Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops with less than 10 minutes of prep work!! They are perfectly juicy.
bread baked pork chops – our fav!
Pork chops have definitely become a favorite dinner idea as I’ve grown older.
We have typically sautéed or cooked them on the stove in the past, but have a new favorite recipe for Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops that is simply the best (this same recipe can even be made with chicken!)
The spices and Parmesan cheese that coat these boneless pork loins add so much flavor, making them our FAVORITE way to enjoy pork chops. Like I mentioned, they are so easy and so good, they’re hard not to love.
We love to serve them over Mashed Potatoes or with veggies and have this recipe on the menu plan at least once a month!
Frying pork chops
As you can imagine, there are many ways to cook pork chops. From grilling, to sauteeing, to baking, to throwing them in the slow cooker, the possibilities and varieties are endless. This recipe uses a combination of pan frying to get a nice crisp crust and then baking in the oven so the center is perfectly cooked.
PREP. We typically like to pan fry our pork loins by heating up oil in a large skillet and heat until the oil is medium hot.
SEASON. From there, we have usually added our spices and seasonings to our chops.
FRY. Place them in the oil until they are golden brown on each side. We typically cook the pork chops for 4-5 minutes on each side and until the juices run clear.
Frying time: There are a few factors that have to be considered when determining how long to fry them including the thickness of the pork chop and the internal temperature.
To make sure the pork loins are cooked to the proper temp, we use our Meat Thermometer to make sure the internal temperature has reached 145 degrees.
baking pork chops
SAUTEE & BAKE. Even though we usually fry the pork chops, this particular recipe calls for sautéing AND baking. Sautéing the spices and cheese into the pork chops infuses the flavor even more.
- Finish the pork loins by continuing to sear them in the pan for a bit longer, but we throw them in the oven to make sure they get cooked to the perfect internal temperature – 145 degrees.
WITHOUT SAUTÉING. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (180 degrees C). Place pork chops in a baking pan. Spread 1 teaspoon of butter over each pork chop along with any spices.
- Bake 15-20 minutes in preheated oven, or until the internal temperature of the chops has reached 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).
Air Frying pork chops
The temperature and length of time that the pork chop will need to cook will depend on the thickness and if it is boneless. For a boneless chop, approximately ¾ inch thick, you will want to cook them at 380°F for 4-5 minutes.
Flip and cook for another 4-5 minutes. (Be sure that you spray both sides of the chop with cooking spray before you place it in the air fryer basket.) For bone in and/or thicker pork chops, increase the cook time.
Recipes Notes + Tips
Pan cover. Don’t cover the pan when they’re in the oven. Doing so causes any moisture to get trapped and then the crispy bread crumb crust will get soggy.
Tender Pork Chops. Be careful that you do not overcook the pork chops. Doing so causes all the moisture to cook right out and leave behind dry tough chops. One way to avoid overcooking is to allow the pork chops to come to room temperature before cooking them.
Use a meat thermometer to test the chops. They should reach an internal temperature of 135°F before you remove them from the oven. Then, let them rest before cutting into them. Resting allows the center to finish cooking to a perfect 145°F as well as distribute all the moisture evenly through the chop.
Thicker Crust. You’ll notice that these pork chops have a light crumb and Parmesan coating. Should you wish for a thicker crust, you’ll want to dredge the chops in flour then dip it in a bowl containing one whisked egg with milk. At this point you’ll want to coat it with the breadcrumb mixture you make in the recipe.
How to reheat? Place cooked pork chops and place in a Ziploc bag or air-tight container. Place in fridge for up to 3-4 days. To reheat, you can use the microwave or cook on a low heat in the oven. In this case, we usually recommend adding some liquid to make sure the chops don’t dry out. We will add 1 tbs olive oil for each chop in the baking dish.
How to freeze? Just use freezer safe bags or wrap tightly in aluminum foil and keep in freezer. They can last in the freezer for up to 5-6 months if stored properly.
We hope you enjoy these pork chops as much as we do! Be sure to check out the other pork chop recipes we have on the site as well as our favorite sides to serve with pork chops.
What to serve with Parmesan Pork Chops?
For more easy pork chop recipes, check out:
- Italian Pork Chops
- Creamy Lemon & Thyme Smothered Pork Chops
- Fried Pork Chops in Lemon Butter Sauce
- Slow Cooker Pork Chops
- Pork Chops with Apples and Onions
Parmesan Crusted Pork Chop Recipe
- 4 boneless pork chops, (about ¾ inch thick)
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2-3 tbsp Italian breadcrumbs
- 1/8 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- Mix Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, paprika, parsley, pepper and garlic powder and place on a plate.
- Dip pork chops in the mixture (making sure mixture sticks) and sear in a pan of olive oil on medium-high heat. Sautee for 5 minutes on each side.
- Place pork chops in a glass baking dish (making sure to leave 1 inch around each chop) and cook according to thickness. NOTE: For more crispy pork chops, bake on a greased wire rack over a baking sheet.
- Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes (or when internal temperature reaches 145 degrees).