Simple homemade sauces (or glazes) are your secret weapon in the kitchen. They’re the easiest way to turn a boring piece of meat into something really mouthwatering and amazing. Case in point: Honey Mustard Pork Chops. This particularly awesome sauce is a mix of honey, Dijon mustard, a little mayo for creaminess, and a few spices. Smear that awesome sauce on a some pan seared pork chops, pop them in the oven to heat through, and then finish them off with a few minutes under the broiler. The end result is creamy, caramelized, honey mustard madness. Madness in a good way, of course.
Originally posted 1-10-2015, updated 10-23-2020.
Baking Time May Vary
Pork chops are delicate flowers. If you over bake them, they get tough and dry, so you really have to pay them some attention. This is where cooking intuition comes in handy. I’ve provided a general estimated bake time in the recipe below, but the total time needed to get the internal temperature of the pork chops up to 145ºF will vary depending on several factors. The thickness of your pork chops will greatly determine how long they need to bake, as will the amount of time they spent in the skillet while searing. The longer they’re in the skillet, the less time they’ll need in the oven. So keep these things in mind as you cook your chops and I wish you all the most juicy and tender pork chop success!
Can I Use Boneless Pork Chops?
Yes, you can achieve something similar with boneless pork chops and a slightly altered technique. The recipe below is written for bone-in pork chops, which take longer to cook than boneless chops. If using boneless chops you can shorten the bake time considerably. Keep your meat thermometer handy so you can test their temperature and prevent overcooking. If you’re using thin boneless pork chops, you may not even need to bake them after searing. Simply slather the seared chops with the sauce right in the skillet and let the sauce reduce a little bit to more of a glaze consistency. Either way, make sure they reach an internal temperature of 145ºF.
What to Serve with Honey Mustard Pork Chops
I served my Honey Mustard Pork Chops with some Roasted Brussels Sprouts and roasted sweet potatoes. Because they cooked at different temperatures from the pork chops, I cooked the vegetables first, then lowered the oven’s temperature before adding the pork chops. Make sure the oven is all the way down to the correct temperature before baking the pork chops, so you don’t accidentally over cook them! :) Or you could pair it with something super simple and a little lighter, like Simple Sautéed Vegetables or Lemon Garlic Roasted Asparagus, and some Seasoned Rice.
Honey Mustard Pork Chops
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise ($0.53)
- 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard ($0.18)
- 2 Tbsp honey ($0.24)
- 1/8 tsp garlic powder ($0.02)
- 1/4 tsp smoked paprika ($0.03)
- 1/4 tsp salt ($0.02)
- 1/4 tsp Freshly cracked pepper ($0.02)
- 1 Tbsp cooking oil ($0.02)
- 4 bone-in pork chops, one-inch thick (about 2.5 lbs.) ($5.02)
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Prepare the honey mustard sauce by stirring together the mayonnaise, Dijon, honey, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and freshly cracked black pepper.
- Use a paper towel to dry off the surface of the pork chops, then season each side with a pinch of salt and freshly cracked pepper. Heat one tablespoon of cooking oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. When the skillet is very hot add two pork chops at a time and cook until golden brown on each side (3 minutes each side). Place the browned pork chops in a casserole dish (it's okay if they overlap slihtly).
- Smear the honey mustard sauce over both sides of the pork chops in the casserole dish. Bake for about 30 minutes for 1-inch thick chops, about 20 minutes for ¾-inch thick chops, or until the internal temperature reaches 145ºF. To achieve more browning, switch the oven to broil and broil the chops for 3-5 minutes or until the surface is golden brown and bubbly. Serve hot.
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How to Make Baked Honey Mustard Pork Chops – Step by Step Photos
Start by mixing up the honey mustard sauce. Stir together 1/3 cup mayonnaise, 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard, 2 Tbsp honey, 1/8 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp smoked paprika, 1/4 tsp salt, and some freshly cracked pepper (about 15 cranks of a pepper mill).
Then you have a really delicious honey mustard sauce that you will have to restrain yourself from licking off the spoon. Set it aside and try to forget about it for a minute.
You’ll want four thick-cut bone-in pork chops for this recipe. Try to get pork chops that are 3/4 to 1-inch thick. The pork chops I used today are about ¾-inch thick. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Use a paper towel to dry off the surface of the chops (this helps them sear better), then season each side with a pinch of salt and some freshly cracked pepper.
Heat one Tbsp cooking oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Make sure the skillet and oil are very hot, then add two chops at a time and cook until golden brown on each side (about 3 minutes per side). If it’s taking longer than about 3 minutes to get a nice brown color, make sure you reduce the baking time to compensate because the pork chops will already be more cooked when they go into the oven.
After browning the chops, place them into a casserole dish (it’s okay if they overlap just a little). Smear the honey mustard sauce over both sides of the pork chops. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-30 minutes, or until they reach an internal temperature of 145ºF (about 20 min for ¾-inch thick, or closer to 30 for 1-inch thick chops).
Finish them off with just a few minutes under the broiler for maximum browning action (I did not move the oven rack, I simply switched the setting from bake to broil and kept an eye on them).
So yummy! I garnished with a little parsley for color, but it’s not needed to flavor the honey mustard pork chops.
I have been making this recipe(Honey Mustard Pork Chops) since you introduced it, yes all those years. I had lost the recipe and on chance looked at your site. Hurrah, you have so many yummy recipes cataloged. You made my day!
I have a bit of a mental block about cooking with mayo. Could greek yogurt be used as a substitute here?
At less than $2.00 per serving, this Recipe is a genuine keeper!
I made this earlier this week and it was a HIT — not only with my DH but also with 6 of my Family members and 6 neighbors who we hosted at our annual “Friendsgiving” gathering. I quadrupled the recipe (following it as precisely as I could), cooked the 3/4 inch bone-in Chops in batches on my stove-top, and then baked them in my oven in my “Lasagna Dish” (the Sauce was particularly delectable — but, then again, I absolutely love Honey-Mustard anything) and BOTH of the cooking times were PERFECT! I set out homemade Applesauce, “doctored” canned Baked Beans, Carmelized Onions, Garlic String Beans, “Creamy” Mashed Potatoes (alongside pats of Butter, Sour Cream, shredded Cheddar and PepperJack cheeses, and Scallions) plus a simple “side Salad” (Romaine Lettuce, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and sliced Onions) with the option of either a simple Vinaigrette, Ranch, or Honey-Mustard Dressing — all of which were homemade). Result? Virtually NOTHING was left at the end of a very enjoyable evening with Family and Friends. And while I would like to take credit for the entire “event”, it was most definitely the PORK CHOPS that “stole the show”. Both my DH and my oldest Son pretty much EXCLAIMED over the Chops, and ALL THREE of our female Neighbors plus 1 of my Daughters asked me for the Recipe (I directed them to your blog-site). Thank you — once again — Beth for yet another wonderful — and Budget Friendly — recipe. I will be making it often.
This is one of my go-to favorites. I love this sauce — I could eat it with a spoon.
I’ve also made these with boneless chops and basically just skipped the oven baking step. Also completely delicious and a bit quicker for more rushed evenings. I love pairing this with roasted broccoli or the parmesan roasted potatoes and a side salad. Truly wonderful!
I just tried the baked honey mustard porc chop recipe.
Not only is it delicious and mouth watering. It is so simple to prepare. I highly recommend this recipe to any type of cook, novice or advanced. I had no Dijon mustard available and substituted it with honey mustard instead. Works great too.
Very good, simple, tasty recipe. I misunderstood the instructions and covered the pan when I put it in the oven and it still turned out great. I would make again!
First, let me say that I usually loathe anything honey mustard-flavored so I’m not sure why I chose to make this recipe, except that I wanted pork chops and it seemed uncomplicated. These were delicious! I used bone-in chops, about 1-1/2” thick. Doubled the sauce. I should’ve kept to the instructions and only added a pinch of salt to season the chops but, instead, I added a little Tony’s and they ended up a tad too salty. Lesson learned! Will definitely make these again.
I’ve made this recipe so many times. It’s delicious. I may never make pork chops a different way.