How to Cook Frozen Pork Chops in the Oven

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If you have ever wondered how to cook frozen pork chops in the oven, you’re in the right place! We’ve all forgotten to thaw out meat the night before right?! Never fear–you can bake pork chops directly from the freezer! These flavorful pork chops can be made in three simple steps and they turn out wonderful every time!

Pork chop cooked from frozen on a plate with macaroni and cheese and broccoli

If you have ever forgotten to thaw your meat for dinner the night before, you are DEFINITELY not alone! But never fear! Cooking frozen pork chops in the oven is a lot easier than you think! Simply rub the frozen chops with a spice rub and bake!

While the pork chops are baking, throw together a quick side like a simple tossed salad, these amazing crack green beans, or these perfect mashed potatoes!

Need to cook other meats from frozen?! I got you covered! Try these amazing Frozen Burgers in the Oven or Frozen Chicken Breast in the Air Fryer! These recipes will SAVE you when you forget to defrost! 🙂

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • You can have a DELICIOUS DINNER...even if you forget to thaw your meat!
  • GREAT FLAVOR from the dry rub/spice mixture!
  • PERFECT PORK CHOP EVERY TIME…tender, juicy, and never dry!

RECIPE INGREDIENTS

You’ll need the following ingredients to make these delicious oven-baked pork chops (from frozen!):

Ingredients needed to make frozen pork chops in the oven.

INGREDIENT NOTES

Pork Chops: I prefer using boneless pork chops that are between 1/2″ to 1″ thick because they cook up quickly, but bone-in chops work great, too. You will just need to adjust the baking time.

Spices: The spices included in this recipe are my go-to pork spice rub, but feel free to use your own rub or a premade pork rub.

HOW TO COOK FROZEN PORK CHOPS IN THE OVEN: STEP BY STEP

Here are some quick visual instructions. Remember that full instructions with exact ingredients will be in the printable recipe card below!

Step 1: Preheat oven to 375°F. In a small bowl, mix together olive oil and spices for the rub. Pat down pork chops to ensure there is no excess water or ice on the surface.

4 pork chops on a cutting board with the spice rub mixture in a bowl.

Step 2: Rub both sides of each chop generously with the spice mixture.

Pork chops on a baking sheet with the spice rub mixture.

Step 3: Place chops in a preheated oven and bake until internal temperature reaches 145°F. For thick chops (1″ or more), baking time is 30-40 minutes. For thinner chops, about 25-30 minutes.

Baked pork chops on a baking sheet.

RECIPE TIPS & TRICKS

  • Baking time will depend on the thickness of the chops. Here are the general guidelines but make sure the internal temperature of the chops reaches 145°F:
    • 1″ thick pork chops, bake 30-40
    • For 1/2″ chops, bake 25-30 minutes

Confidence Tip

Exact cooking time will vary based on the thickness of your pork chops. The easiest, foolproof way to check if chops are done is to use an instant-read thermometer. The internal temperature should be 145°F for pork.

STORAGE & REHEATING

  • Reheating: You can reheat pork chops in a pan over the stove. Add a few tablespoons of water or chicken broth to keep them from drying out. Cover, and reheat over medium heat for a few minutes until the chops are heated through.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is it safe to bake frozen pork chops without defrosting?

Yep! It is 100% safe to bake frozen meat without defrosting, per the USDA Food Inspection and Safety department. They say it may take up to one and a half times longer to cook (Source: USDA).

It may take a bit longer, but cooking frozen pork chops is super easy! Just rub pork chops with a spice rub or dry rub and bake until the internal temperature of the chops reaches 145°F. Easy breezy!

What should I serve with this pork chop recipe?

I like serving these perfect baked pork chops with some of my favorite sides like Crack Green Beans, Cheesy Broccoli au Gratin, this Simple Pea Salad, Roasted Baby Carrots or this yummy Potato Salad!

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 A white plate with pork chop baked from frozen, mac and cheese and broccoli.

TOOLS FOR THIS RECIPE

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Instant-Read Thermometer: Essential for checking internal temperature of the chops to see if they’re cooked through.

Baking Sheet: You can also use a baking dish like this one

Wire Rack (optional)

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I hope you love these Pork Chops {Baked from Frozen}! If you make it be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know how you liked it. Enjoy, xo!

oven baked pork chops, macaroni and cheese, and broccoli on a white plate

How to Bake Frozen Pork Chops in the Oven

Casey Rooney
If you have ever wondered how to cook frozen pork chops in the oven, you're in the right place! We've all forgotten to thaw out meat the night before right?! Never fear–you can bake pork chops directly from the freezer! These flavorful pork chops can be made in three simple steps and they turn out wonderful every time!
4.91 from 10 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 309 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3-4 boneless frozen pork chops (1/2" or 1" thick) See Note 1
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp kosher salt or sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil avocado oil works well, too

Instructions
 

  • Prep: Preheat oven to 375°F. In a small bowl, mix oil with spices to form a paste.
  • Prep Pork Chops: Pat pork chops down with a paper towel to remove any excess water, ice etc. If the frozen chops are too hard to remove from the package when they are frozen, soak the package in warm water for 5 minutes while you get the spice mix together. Then, rub each chop generously with the oil/spice mixture.
  • Bake: Place pork chops on a baking sheet lined with a wire rack and aluminum foil or parchment paper. If you don't have a wire baking rack, you can place the chops directly onto the foil/parchment paper. For 1" thick pork chops, bake 30-40 minutes until the internal temperature of the pork chops reach 145° when tested with a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chop. For 1/2" chops, bake 25-30 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 145°F.
  • Rest: Allow pork chops to rest for 5 minutes before cutting and serving.

Notes

Boneless chops work well, but you can also use bone-in chops–you will just have to adjust the baking time up a bit, as thicker chops will need a little extra time. Remember, an internal temperature of 145°F is the safe temperature to consume pork.
 
Nutrition is only an estimate based on the Very Well Fit Nutrition Calculator

Nutrition

Calories: 309kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 25.5gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 738mgPotassium: 52mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5.2gCalcium: 13mg
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8 Comments

  1. tried the frozen pork chops, used bone in. used butt rub and added brown sugar. cooked in oven 90 minutes on 375 degrees. Delicious and tender. Loved it, good job!!

  2. 5 stars
    Oh wow! I love how these pork chops can be cooked straight from the freezer. They look fantastic. Definitely perfect for busy weeknights.

  3. 5 stars
    This is going to save me so much money. I forget almost every single day to take out the meat before I leave for work, and then we have to order takeout! I will definitely be printing this one out for future reference!