How Long to Cook Pork Chops to Your Preferred Doneness
The most important thing to remember when cooking pork chops to a certain degree of doneness is that the clock will only tell you so much: Use a meat thermometer to make sure that the pork chop reaches the temperature you like, as cook times can vary depending on the thickness of the pork chop and the oven temperature.
The times listed here are for baking your pork chops in a 375-degree oven; however, you can trim a few minutes off of your cook time (and add flavor, too) by searing the pork chops for a few minutes on each side before putting them into the oven.
How Long to Cook Pork Chops to Medium-Rare (145°)
It should take 20-22 minutes to cook pork chops to medium-rare doneness in a 375-degree oven.
How Long to Cook Pork Chops for Medium Doneness (150°)
In general, each degree of doneness needs 5 more minutes to achieve. A pork chop cooked to medium takes 27 minutes.
How Long to Cook Pork Chops to Medium-Well (155°)
You should be able to get medium-well pork chops with 32 minutes of cooking time. Keep a close eye on the temperature of your meat so it doesn't overcook.
How Long to Cook Well-Done Pork Chops (160°)
A well-done pork chop may need to cook as long as 35 to 40 minutes. Be very careful not to overcook it; at this temperature, the risk of dried-out meat is much higher.