Tom's Down-to-the-Bone Pork Chops


I came up with this recipe for bone-in pork chops in the oven because I was sick and tired of dried-out, tough pork chops. The trick to cooking meat and poultry is to know your internal temperatures. That's why you should invest in an instant-read digital meat thermometer — I will not cook without one! I like to serve these with garlicky smashed potatoes and grilled asparagus.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr


  • cooking spray

  • 6 (1-inch thick) bone-in pork chops, at room temperature

  • ½ cup mayonnaise, or as needed

  • 1 pinch Cajun seasoning, or to taste

  • 1 (8 ounce) package panko bread crumbs


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Rinse pork chops and pat dry with paper towels.

  2. Mix mayonnaise and Cajun seasoning together in a bowl. Spread bread crumbs out on a large plate.

  3. Brush mayonnaise mixture over pork chops, then gently press chops into bread crumbs to coat, shaking off any excess crumbs. Arrange breaded chops in the prepared baking dish.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until pork is slightly pink in the center, about 35 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C). Remove from the oven and loosely cover with aluminum foil; let rest for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

    close up view of a pork chop served with mashed potatoes and broccoli on a plate
    Jennifer Crawford


When seasoning up the mayo, just use whatever is your favorite. The are so many good seasoning blends at the store now. Panko bread crumbs are next to regular bread crumbs in the store.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of breading ingredients. The actual amount consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

556 Calories
36g Fat
29g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 556
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 113mg 38%
Sodium 414mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 22mg 2%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 476mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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