Make your own homemade Shake And Bake Pork Chops from scratch! This easy recipe shows you how to make breaded pork chops that are tender on the inside and crispy on the outside with a homemade Shake 'n Bake copycat mix. In under 30 minutes, you’ll have a satisfying juicy pork chop that’s great for a Sunday dinner or an easy weeknight meal.
Some convenience foods are easy, but they're even better homemade from scratch!
Making your own Shake and Bake Pork Chops is easy, quick, and full of fresh flavors.
Shake and bake is a coating for pork chops or other proteins like chicken or turkey.
You can purchase the mixes in the grocery store, or make it yourself easily - plus you can then customize it to your liking.
I love how quickly the homemade shake n bake mix comes together and that it's all natural! Plus, it tastes much better.
Once mixed together, coat the pork chops in the dry mix and oven bake until the pork chops are golden brown on the outside and tender on the inside.
Why Make This Recipe
The pork chops come out perfectly cooked being crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.
Making homemade shake and bake mix contains no preservatives, sugar, or added chemicals.
This protein cooks in just 30 minutes from start to finish.
You can customize the shake n bake breadcrumb mixture by using your favorite seasonings to change the flavor.
- Pork Chops - You can use boneless or bone-in pork chops up to 1inch thick to make this dish.
- Oil - Helps keep the seasoning on while cooking giving these pork chops their crispy texture on the outside.
Homemade shake & bake:
- Breadcrumbs - Gives this mix its bready and crunchy texture that enhances once baked.
- Cornmeal - Used to enhance the texture of the seasoning giving the pork an additional crispy texture.
- Seasonings - Smoked paprika and Italian seasoning give these pork chops a smoky herb flavor.
- Garlic & Onion Powder - Infuses the pork chops with a complimentary garlic and onion flavor.
- Salt & Pepper - Used to bring out all of the flavors in the pork and boost the flavor in the seasoning.
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How to Make Shake and Bake Pork Chops
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Prepare for baking: Preheat the oven to 400F (200C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, aluminum foil, or a silicone baking sheet. Set aside.
Prepare the pork chops: Rinse the pork chops after removing them from the package, then use a paper towel to pat them dry. Let them sit out at room temperature for 10 minutes before baking. Brush the surface of the pork chops on both sides with olive oil.
Prepare the shake and bake mix: In a small bowl, combine all of the shake and bake seasoning ingredients and mix until fully combined. Add the mixture to a Ziploc bag.
Coat the pork chops: Add the prepared pork chops one at a time to the bag with the dry mix, then shake the bag to ensure the pork chops are fully coated with the dry mix. Discard any unused mix.
Bake the pork chops: Place the coated pork chops on the baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for a total of 20 minutes making sure to flip halfway. The pork chops are finished cooking when the internal temperature reaches 145F. Let them rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Air Fryer Shake and Bake Pork Chops
These pork chops can be made in the air fryer at 375F for 6-8 minutes on each side flipping halfway.
The time it takes to bake a pork chop will depend on how thick the meat is. A pork chop that is thick up to one inch will take about 20-25 minutes to cook whereas 1.5-2 inches will take at least 30 minutes.
If you decide to sear your pork chops beforehand, reduce the cooking time by 2 minutes. If your pork chop has a large bone, you may need to add a few minutes to the cooking time.
Pork should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145F, tested with a meat thermometer in the thickest part. This is especially important for bone-in pork chops as the meat near the bone tends to cook the slowest.
For tender pork chops, let them rest for 5 minutes after cooking before serving. This will ensure that the juices are evenly distributed.
If your breadcrumbs are big in large crumbles, you could add them to a Ziploc bag and grind them up a bit with a rolling pin to create a fine texture.
Don’t enjoy pork? Try making this recipe with thinly sliced chicken breast or turkey.
Spice up the shake and bake mix by adding in some cayenne pepper or red chili flake.
Change up the seasonings in the mixture by adding Greek, Cajun, Lemon Pepper, or any spice blend you enjoy.
Instead of using oil to coat the pork chops, you can use a whisked egg, or mayonnaise to get the coating to stick.
Serve homemade shake and bake pork chops with homemade barbecue sauce, homemade honey dijon mustard sauce, homemade onion gravy, homemade applesauce, or homemade ranch dressing.
Try them drizzled with some copycat Wingstop Ranch.
Serve with a scoop of copycat Texas Roadhouse Seasoned Rice.
Cut up any leftovers and use them on top of a crunchy green salad.
Pair them with hearty green vegetables like roasted asparagus or sweet maple roasted carrots.
Storage & Freezing
Storing: Add any leftover pork chops to an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat in the oven or by using your air fryer until the inside is warm and the outside is crispy again.
Freezing: To freeze, wrap each breaded pork chop in a tight layer of plastic wrap, then add them to a freezer-safe bag or airtight container. Thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating and serving. The pork chops can be frozen for up to 3 months.
The best way to keep pork chops from getting soggy is to make sure they are cooked at a high temperature. Any lower than 400F may keep the pork chops from drying properly in the oven. You can also cook them on a wire rack to make sure heat circulates all around the pork chop.
In areas where there is too much fat, the breading may not stick to the pork chop as well. To avoid this, trim any excess fat off of the pork chops before coating.
To make a homemade gluten-free shake and bake mix, use gluten-free breadcrumbs and make sure your cornmeal and spices are free of any wheat ingredients.
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Shake and Bake Pork Chops
- Mixing Bowl
- Baking Sheet
- 4 pork chops use either bone-in or boneless
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
For the Shake and Bake seasoning:
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- 2 tablespoons cornmeal
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400°F/200°C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
- Rinse the pork chops, then use a paper towel to pat them dry. Brush or rub them all over with the oil.
- Mix all the ‘Shake and Bake’ ingredients in a small bowl.
TIP: If your breadcrumbs are big, you could add them to a ziploc bag and grind them up a bit with a rolling pin.
- Add the Shake and Bake mix to a large ziploc bag, and add the pork chops, one at a time, seal the bag (leave a little air in) and shake it to fully coat the chop. Discard any unused shake and bake mix.
- Place the coated pork chops onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, then flip over and cook for a further 10 minutes or until fully cooked (you can check with a meat thermometer that the internal temperature of the chops is 145F/62C).
- Allow the shake and bake pork chops to rest for 5 minutes and serve.
- The time it takes to bake a pork chop will depend on how thick the meat is. A pork chop that is thick up to one inch will take about 20-25 minutes to cook whereas 1.5-2 inches will take at least 30 minutes.
- If you decide to sear your pork chops beforehand, reduce the cooking time by 2 minutes.
- If your pork chop has a large bone, you may need to add a few minutes to the cooking time.
- Pork should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145F, tested with a meat thermometer in the thickest part. This is especially important for bone-in pork chops as the meat near the bone tends to cook the slowest.
- For tender pork chops, let them rest for 5 minutes after cooking before serving. This will ensure that the juices are evenly distributed.
- If your breadcrumbs are big in large crumbles, you could add them to a Ziploc bag and grind them up a bit with a rolling pin to create a fine texture.