It doesn’t get simpler or more delicious than these 4 ingredient oven baked pork chops. A classic family recipe passed down from my grandmother and the only way I ever make pork chops. Gluten Free too. You only need pork chops, onions, mayo and sharp cheddar.
I don’t make pork chops too often but every time I do I always use this recipe. Baked pork chops all the way!
This is a family recipe – one that my mom showed me how to make years ago and I absolutely love love love it. I mean I don’t mean to brag but this is hands down the best way to make pork chops ever.
My mom rarely made pork chops but whenever she did she always made them this way. I know there are tons of delicious pork chop recipes out there, but I can never bring myself to betray my true favorite way of preparing pork chops.
And yes, of course there’s mayonnaise in this recipe – no true favorite of mine could be without at least a little bit of mayo. That’s how we Russians love to cook. Can’t deny the tenderizing effect mayo seems to have on meat. Seriously though. Want the most moist and tender oven roasted chicken? Slather that thing in a mayo marinade. If you only have one take away from this post today it should be mayo + meat = very tender meat. Something magical just seems to happen when meat and mayo come together. Let those two hang out for a bit and they both become the best versions of themselves.
With this dish it is very important to get thin cut pork chops – the thinner the better (or get thick ones and cut them in half width wise)- and you absolutely must must must tenderize the meat on both sides with a meat hammer.
Don’t have one? Not a problem – use some other kitchen utensil. Before I bought a meat hammer I used a potato masher (which I obviously thoroughly washed before reusing it to make mashed potatoes) or an empty wine bottle!
Just about any solid kitchen tool will do though. Tenderizing meat is also a great way to get rid of some pent up frustration. Beat that meat to a pulp! Get that bad energy out.
This baked pork chops recipe is all about simplicity. With the right combo of basic ingredients and final dish is out of this work. Here you only need thin cut pork chops, sliced onions, mayonnaise and dairy free cheddar (or regular extra sharp cheddar). Salt and pepper help too. When I first shared this recipe I was still eating cheese, but now that I have switched to a dairy free diet I have tested out this recipe with a vegan cheese instead.
And the recipe is still magical, meaning you can enjoy this baked pork chops recipe even if you are following a dairy free diet!
If you are eating cheese the best one to go with here is the extra sharp cheddar – that “extra” added in really gives a stronger taste and flavor. If onions aren’t your thing feel free to omit them, in which case this become a three ingredient recipe.
You just need a large baking tray lined with aluminum foil where you can neatly place the pork chops side by side, if you leave no extra spaces between each pork chop it makes the layering of the rest of the ingredients even easier.
Then you just sprinkle with salt and pepper, toss on those onions, lather generously with mayo and sprinkle with grated cheese.
Throw that in the oven and sit patiently enjoying the fragrant aroma that fills the entire kitchen. This is seriously one of my favorite comfort food recipes that brings me back to my childhood with my grandmother and my parents. I know this is a classic family favorite that you will love and make over and over again (as we have over the years).
So when you’re looking for a new family favorite be sure to try making my four ingredient oven baked pork chops.
Do you have a favorite pork chops recipe that you think I must try?
Helpful kitchen tools for this recipe:
• OXO Good Grips Meat Tenderizer – so much easier to pound meat with a real meat hammer instead of always having to find odd objects around the kitchen to use for this task.
Quite possibly the best recipe for baked pork chops. A must make. And only 4 ingredients!
10 minPrep Time
45 minCook Time
55 minTotal Time
- 1 pound thin cut pork chops
- 1 small onion, halved and thinly sliced
- 1/3 - 1/2 cup mayonnaise (or more, if you really love mayo)
- 6-8 oz dairy free cheddar cheese (Daiya works great) (or extra sharp cheddar if you are not dairy free), grated
- sea salt, black pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Using a meat hammer (or any other appropriate kitchen utensil) tenderize the meat on both sides. (I place the meat between two sheets of plastic wrap and then tenderize it).
- Place meat side by side on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
- Season meat with salt and pepper and then spread sliced onions over top of it. Spread mayonnaise over meat and onion and then top with shredded cheese.
- Bake 35-45 minutes until cheese is bubbly on top and meat is cooked through.
If you do not like onions omit them. If using Daiya dairy free cheddar, at the end of cooking broiling on high for 5 minutes helps melt the cheese and get it to bubble a bit
Original Photo from 2011: