These Parmesan Pork Chops are a simple and delicious weeknight meal option. Ready in just 30-minutes, they make a great last-minute meal that is always a hit with the family. Simply seasoned and baked, it has a great crispy coating that is baked instead of fried for a healthier meal.
Parmesan Pork Chops
Pork is the other white meat. A lean cut that is often overlooked, I love adding pork chops to our menu. Not only are the lean and high in protein, they are so easy to make in a multitude of flavors. This parmesan crusted pork chops recipe is a favorite because I can have it ready from start to finish in just 30-minutes.
Don’t fear pork! It makes a great lean protein option in your menu plan!
What Cut of Pork Chop Should I Use?
For this recipe, you can use both boneless and bone in, but I much prefer the ease of a boneless pork chop. The flavor and cooking method would remain the same no matter which you choose. Just make sure that your pork is cooked to a safe temperature before eating, no matter what cut you choose.
You can also pick up bone in pork chops on sale and simply trim the bone off the outside and bake as a boneless pork chop if you prefer. There is no right or wrong when making this recipe.
How do I Know Pork is Done Cooking?
The USDA says that a pork chop should be cooked to at least 145ºF internal temperature. Typically, the cooking time listed will be just right, ut if you have a thinner or thicker chop, you may need to adjust to prevent under or overcooked pork.
I also cannot say enough about getting a quality digital meat thermometer that has a longer probe you can put into the meat and leave in while cooking so it alerts you when it reaches temperature. If you are unsure about food safety, it’s a perfect addition to your kitchen gadgets.
What Sides Go with Pork Chops?
Much like chicken, pork is versatile enough to add just about any side you wish. I have eaten them with many things including classics like pasta or potatoes, but below are a few of my favorite sides that work great alongside my parmesan pork chops recipe.
- Creamy Mashed Cauliflower Recipe
- Rosemary Garlic Potato Parsnip Mash
- Honey Candied Carrots Recipe
- Healthy Homemade Creamed Corn Recipe
- Country Style Best Green Beans Recipe
- Orange Balsamic Crispy Brussel Sprouts Recipe
- Paremsan cheese
- Skim Milk
- Black pepper
- Seasoned bread crumbs
- Pork Chops
How to Make Parmesan Pork Chops
Preheat the oven and spray a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Whisk together the egg, milk, salt, and pepper in a shallow bowl.
Stir together the bread crumbs and additional salt and pepper in a second bowl.
Now, pour the Parmesan cheese into a third bowl.
Dip the pork chops one at a time in the cheese, then egg, then breadcrumb mixture and lay into the baking dish.
Spray the tops with cooking spray, and cook uncovered for 14-16 minutes or until at temperature and golden brown.
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Parmesan Pork Chops
- ⅓ cup reduced-fat grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon skim milk
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
- 4 4-ounce lean, boneless pork chops
- Preheat the oven to 400°F and coat a 9x13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- Place the grated cheese in a shallow dish or plate.
- In a second shallow dish, whisk together the egg, milk, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ⅛ teaspoon black pepper.
- In a third shallow dish or plate, stir together the bread crumbs and the remaining salt and black pepper.
- Dip the pork chops one at a time in the cheese, and gently press to make the cheese adhere to all sides of the pork chop. Next, dip them in the egg, allowing excess to drip off, and lastly, dip them in the breadcrumbs.
- Spray the tops of the pork chops with cooking spray, and bake in the prepared baking dish uncovered for 14-16 minutes, or until cooked through and golden.