Breaded Pork Chops

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.

Makes

6 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
These traditional pork chops have a wonderful home-cooked flavor like the ones Mom used to make. The breading makes them crispy outside and tender and juicy inside. Why not treat your family to some breaded pork chops tonight? —Deborah Amrine, Grand Haven, Michigan
Breaded Pork Chops Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1-1/2 cups crushed saltine crackers
  • 6 boneless pork loin chops (1 inch thick)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil

Directions

  1. In a shallow bowl, combine egg and milk. Place cracker crumbs in another shallow bowl. Dip each pork chop in egg mixture, then coat with cracker crumbs, patting to make a thick coating.
  2. In a large skillet, cook chops in oil for 4-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 145°. Let meat stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Breaded Pork Chops Tips

How do you get breading to stick to pork chops?

There are many ways to bread a pork chop—we use crushed saltines in this recipe, but you can substitute seasoned or panko bread crumbs, crushed cornflakes or even crushed Cheez-Its. Adding a little Parmesan cheese to the mix can help the breading stick together, while also keeping it from falling off the pork chops. The main culprit for breading that won’t adhere is meat that is too wet. Try patting the pork chops dry with paper towels before dipping them into the egg mixture. If the breading falls off of your pork chops, it's possible the oil wasn’t hot enough, either. Proper oil temperature is essential when frying pork chops to tender, juicy perfection. Test the oil for readiness with a digital thermometer (it should read approximately 350°) or drop a piece of breading into the oil. The oil is ready if the breadcrumb immediately starts to bubble and float to the top. Our guide to how to fry pork chops has plenty more tips.

Can you bake breaded pork chops?

Some of our favorite pork chop recipes are baked, so if you’re looking to avoid excess oil, baked breaded pork chops are a great option. For the oven version, preheat the oven to 425° and bake the breaded pork chops on a rack for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the meat reads 145°. You can also try making air-fryer breaded pork chops.

What do you serve with breaded pork chops?

These breaded pork chops are very versatile, so how you choose to serve them depends on your mood. They would taste fantastic on top of your favorite salad or over roasted vegetables, but they’re equally excellent when paired with hearty sides like mashed potatoes or mac and cheese. Browse through more easy pork chop dinner ideas for inspiration.

Lindsay Mattison, Taste of Home Contributing Writer

Nutrition Facts

1 pork chop: 405 calories, 22g fat (5g saturated fat), 115mg cholesterol, 233mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 36g protein.