Pork chops sometimes cook up dry, but this easy marinade makes the pork so juicy and full of perfectly-balanced flavor. It’s fail-proof!
I love finding pork chop recipes that make the juiciest and most flavorful meal – if you have a slow cooker, you are going to want to try these Slow Cooker Pork Chops that make the BEST pork chops!
If you are looking for a baked pork chop recipe, try these Sheet Pan Italian Pork Chops that cook with potatoes and carrots on the pan, making a complete dinner on just one pan!
This recipe also works great with chicken. Either cut of meat will be delicious.
Related Recipe: The slow cooker does all the work with this Ranch Pork Roast recipe. This family favorite dish is so easy to make.
How to make simple pork chop marinade
With most marinades on our site, we use easy ingredients that you probably have in your pantry right now. The ingredients that you will need for this marinade are:
- vegetable oil (could also use canola oil)
- soy sauce
- apple cider vinegar (can also use white vinegar)
- Worcestershire sauce
- lemon juice
- Dijon mustard (yellow mustard will work also)
- salt, pepper, parsley, and garlic
other Delicious Pork Chop Marinades to try
- Maple Pork Chops
- Brown Sugar Glazed Pork Chops
- Asian Marinade Pork Chops
- Smoky Honey Mustard Pork Chops
- Garlic Lime Marinated Pork Chops
How to cook pork chops in the oven
If you don’t have a grill or it’s the middle of winter and you don’t feel like firing up the grill, have no fear! You can bake these pork chops in your oven. Here’s how:
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Spray a 9×13″ baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Place pork chops inside pan (after they are finished marinating) and pour marinade on top of chops.
- Cook uncovered for 25-35 minutes (depending on thickness of chops) or until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F.
How long can you keep marinated pork in the fridge
The key to these juicy pork chops is letting them marinade for 6-8 hours. Sometimes I even let them marinate overnight.
I wouldn’t recommend marinating these pork chops much longer than 12 hours. The main ingredient – soy sauce – is very acidic and will break down the pork chops, making them mushy and not an edible texture.
If you do want to make these pork chops in advance, I would recommend placing the pork chops and marinade in a resealable gallon-sized freezer bag and keeping them in the freezer.
They will keep in your freezer for up to 30 days.
When you are ready to grill them, remove them from the freezer 12-24 hours in advance and place them in the fridge to thaw.
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What to serve with pork chops
- Spaghetti Salad
- Roasted Rosemary Sweet Potatoes
- Broccoli and Cheese Orzo
- Italian Roasted Vegetables
- Slow Cooker Green Beans