When deciding how long to cook pork chops, there are a number of different factors that you need to consider in order to make sure that they are cooked to their best. Cooking times can vary depending on:
- The thickness and size of the pork chop, in other words, what type of cut is it?
- The type of oven you have,
- Whether you are cooking it boneless or with the bone in and,
- How you are going to cook them (eg. bake, fry, roast).
Generally speaking, the shorter the cooking time, the more likely your pork chops will stay moist and juicy and not become dry from overcooking. Let’s look in more detail at the important things to consider when determining how long to cook pork chops.
What Type Of Cut Are The Pork Chops
One of the most important things to determine how long to cook pork chops is what type of cut your pork chop is. If your pork chop is 3/4 inch or less then you will have a thin cut. Anything larger than this is considered a thick cut. A thick cut will generally take longer to cook than a thin cut. You should note that when you are baking your pork chops, then using thick-cut pork chops is a better way to avoid the meat drying out too quickly.
What Type Of Oven Do You Have To Cook The Pork Chops
Deciding out how long to cook pork chops in the oven will depend on whether you have a traditional or convection oven. Also, the number of pork chops you will be cooking is also important.
It is important to remember that when you are cooking pork chops, they should never be layered in a baking pan. Always make sure that you have enough room to turn them over at least once when baking them.
When you are using a large baking pan and 8-10 medium-thick chops, then they should take no more than 50 minutes. If you are making breaded pork chops then another 5 minutes should be added for baking time.
Knowing When Your Pork Chops Are Cooked
To know how long to cook pork chops you need to know when they are done and ready to be served. There are a couple of ways to know when your pork chops are cooked.
You can use a meat thermometer or if the juices are running clear to brown then they are good to go. If the juices are red/pink then they are not cooked yet.
Alternatively, you can cut into the pork chop at the center and see if it is white, if it is pink or even a little pink turn over and keep cooking. Once you have made pork chops a few times, you will have a good idea of just how long to cook them.