Stuffed Pork Chops evoke soul-soothing, nostalgic feelings that I (a victim of decades of dry, overcooked chops) never imagined associating with this cut of meat.

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Exceptionally moist and stuffed with a mixture of herbs and breadcrumbs that reminds me of Thanksgiving stuffing in the best possible way, this homey recipe will have you asking yourself why you don’t cook pork chops more often.

Over the last few months, I’ve been tinkering with proteins that carry the (often deserved) reputation of being bland, rubbery, and dry.

My goal: unlock the secrets to transforming them into tender, pleasurable, healthy meals.

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We’ve covered some excellent ground so far.

And now, we’ve arrived at one of my absolute favorite ways to cook moist, tender meat AND infuse it with restaurant-worthy flavor at the same time: stuffing.

  • Slicing a pocket into the pork chops, then filling it with a moist, savory mixture of breadcrumbs, Parmesan, and herbs insulates the meat from within as it cooks.
  • Stuffing has the added bonus of giving you tasty bites of filling with every forkful.
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The Coziest Stuffing for Pork Chops

While I usually lean Italian/cheesy with my fillings (like this Stuffed Pork Tenderloin and this Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast), rather than default to Italian stuffed pork chops, I felt a pull towards something that felt more snug and tucked-in, as if my dinner were taking care of me from the inside-out.

Of all herbs in my pantry, nothing says “let me hug you” quite like sage.

Sage is also a wonderful pairing with pork.

Combined with breadcrumbs and Parmesan, my first bite of this pork gave me the sensation that I was eating stuffed pork chops with stuffing at a family holiday dinner.

Fans of Stovetop stuffing, you are especially going to love this recipe. It’s classic, herby, and sublime!

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How to Make Stuffed Pork Chops

Stuffing sounds fancy, but it’s surprisingly easy and the results are superb.

This recipe comes together in three parts:

  • Make the filling in a skillet, then stuff the pork chops.
  • Sear the outsides of the pork in the same skillet to give them color, a pleasing exterior texture, and an additional layer of flavor.
  • Baked the stuffed pork chops in the oven covered with foil.

Tip!

Baking the pork on a rack in a roasting pan with a little bit of water and covering the pork chops with foil creates a mega moist environment and allows the chops to cook through without drying out.

oven stuffed pork chops on a plate

The Ingredients

  • Pork Chops. You can use pork loin chops or pork rib chops. For best results, make sure the chops are at least 1 1/2 inches thick and choose bone-in.

Types of Pork Chops

Pork chops come in a variety of cuts, and their names are not always standardized.

The good news is just about any thick-cut, bone-in pork chop works well for stuffing!

  • Loin Chop. These come from the hip and loin and sometimes contain some of the pork tenderloin. (Also called: Center-cut loin chop, pork loin end chop, porterhouse, or top-loin chop.)
  • Rib Chop. Cut from the lower loin. These are tender and have a little more fat than loin chops. (Also called: Center-cut rib chop, pork rib cut chop, pork chop end cut, or rib end cut.)
  • Blade Chop. Cut from the shoulder. These are the fattiest of all of the cuts and have the darkest meat. (Also called: blade chop, blade-end chop, pork shoulder chop, or pork shoulder blade steak.)
  • Boneless Chops. These can be thick- or thin-cut. They are essentially rib or loin chops from which the bone has been removed.

I recommend using bone-in pork chops, as the bone helps create more moist results and flavors the meat.

Personally, I prefer to cook stuffed pork loin or stuffed pork rib chops, as these two cuts are the most lean.

stuffed pork chops with stuffing on a plate
  • Sage. A pinch of rubbed sage is the secret to the stuffing’s welcome hominess.
  • Shallot. Sauteing shallot with butter creates a flavorful base for the stuffing.

Market Swap

Shallots are closely related to onions, garlic, and chives. To substitute shallot, use 1/2 of a yellow onion or white onion.

  • Breadcrumbs. I used Italian seasoned breadcrumbs for an herby touch that requires zero extra effort.

TIP!

For an extra nutritional boost, use whole wheat Italian breadcrumbs if you can find them (our grocery store sells them next to the regular breadcrumbs).

  • Egg. This might sound a little surprising, but adding an egg to the breadcrumb stuffing at the end helps thicken and moisten it (just like when you add eggs to regular stuffing).
  • Parmesan Cheese. A nutty, salty touch that gives the filling nuance.
  • Flour. Dredging (a.k.a. coating) the pork chops in flour before searing the outsides gives them a scrumptious, golden brown exterior.

The Directions

cuts of bone in pork chops used to make stuffed pork chops
  1. Dry and season the pork chops.
shallot and sage sauteing in a skillet for stuffed pork chops
  1. Shallots and sage.
Parmesan for stuffed pork chops in a skillet
  1. Add the Parmesan and breadcrumbs.
stuffing in a skillet for stuffed pork chops
  1. Stir in the beaten egg quickly.
cutting pork chops for stuffing with knife
  1. Cut a pocket in each pork chop.
pork chops filled with stuffing for the oven
  1. Stuff the pork chops and secure with toothpicks.
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  1. Dredge each pork chop with flour, then brown on both sides.
stuffed pork chops in a skillet
  1. Place the pork chops on a rack or ring of foil in a roasting pan and fill the pan with a little bit of water. Cover, and bake the pork chops at 325 degrees F for 25 to 35 minutes, until an internal temperature of 135 F (the temperature will rise as the pork rests). ENJOY!

Don’t Overcook Your Pork

  • Stuffed pork chops should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.
  • Since the pork’s temperature will continue to rise as it rests, I typically remove my pork from the oven at 135 degrees F. The carryover cooking takes it to temperature and I have never had my pork underdone.
  • The best way to test the temperature of your pork and other meat is with an instant read thermometer.

Wine Pairing

Pair pork chops with fruity red such as Pinot Noir or Merlot; for white, try a dry Riesling.

What to Serve with Stuffed Pork Chops

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate leftover pork chops in an airtight storage container for up to 3 days.
  • To Reheat. Gently rewarm pork chops in the air fryer or oven at 350 degrees F, in the microwave, or in a skillet on the stove.
  • To Freeze. Freeze leftover pork chops in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Meal Prep Tip

Prepare the stuffing and cut a pocket in the porkchops up to 1 day in advance; store separately in the refrigerator.

You can also fully stuff the pork 1 day in advance. Let come to room temperature prior to continuing with the recipe.

Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe

  • Instant Thermometer. Super accurate, in my experience, for oven and grilling temperatures.
  • Paring Knife. One-piece carbon blade for a lighter weight without sacrificing strength.
  • Roasting Pan. With a chrome-plated raised rack, this pan is perfect for this recipe!

The Best Cast Iron Skillet

This 12-inch pan’s smooth enamel bottom and matter texture creates exceptional browning. Staub is one-of-a-kind and needs no additional seasoning.

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Thanks to three nights of recipe testing in a row, I think just about every one of our neighbors has tasted these stuffed pork chops.

All votes are in firmly in favor. I hope these stuffed pork chops are as a big a hit with your family as they are on our block!

oven stuffed bone in pork chops on a plate

Stuffed Pork Chops

5 from 1 vote
Juicy stuffed pork chops with a savory Parmesan breadcrumb filling. Seared to perfection and finished in the oven. Moist and tender!

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 1 hr

Servings: 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 4 bone-in pork loin chops about 1 1/2-inch thick (or swap pork rib chops)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large shallot finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry rubbed sage
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

Instructions
 

  • Place rack in the center of your oven and preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Remove pork chops from the refrigerator and pat very dry with paper towels. Season on both sides with the salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Heat the butter and olive oil in a large, oven safe skillet (such as a cast iron skillet) over medium-high heat. Once the butter melts, add the shallot and saute until translucent, about 3 minutes. Stir in the sage.
  • Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the breadcrumbs and Parmesan.
  • Then, stir in the beaten egg. Push the mixture around in the skillet quickly so that the egg cooks and moistens the breadcrumbs.
  • Make a pocket in each pork chop. Insert the point of a small, sharp knife horizontally into the fat-covered edge (the edge opposite the bone). Place your other hand on top. Carefully move the knife back and forth to create a deep pocket that is 1 1/2 to 2 inches wide. Do not cut all the way through.
  • Using a small spoon or your fingers, fill each pocket with one-quarter of the breadcrumb mixture. Secure the pocket openings with toothpicks.
  • Place the flour in a shallow bowl or pie dish. Working one at a time, dredge each pork chop with flour, shaking off any excess.
  • With a clean paper towel, carefully wipe out the skillet you used for the stuffing. Heat the canola oil in the skillet over medium high. Once the oil is hot, swirl to coat the pan. Brown the pork chops on both sides until lightly golden, about 3 minutes per side. Work in batches as needed, ensuring that the chops do not touch as they cook or they won’t brown properly. (I was able to cook 2 chops at a time in my 12-inch cast iron skillet.)
  • Pour a little water into a roasting pan or baking dish so that it fills the bottom of the dish with a thin layer. Place a rack inside (if you don’t have a rack that fits into your dish, make rings out of aluminum foil that are large enough to rest chops on so that the chops don’t touch the bottom of the pan—you’ll need one ring per chop). Place the chops on the rack (or rings) and cover with a lid (if you have one) or aluminum foil.
  • Bake the stuffed pork chops for 25 to 35 minutes, until an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat (not the stuffing or touching bone) registers 135 degrees F. (Pork is considered safe to eat at 145 degrees F, but the temperature will rise as the pork rests. DO NOT over cook or your chops will be dry.)
  • Transfer the chops to a serving plate. Cover and let rest 10 minutes. Enjoy!

Notes

  • TO STORE: Refrigerate leftover pork chops in an airtight storage container for up to 3 days.
  • TO REHEAT: Gently rewarm pork chops in the air fryer or oven at 350 degrees F, in the microwave, or in a skillet on the stove.
  • TO FREEZE: Freeze leftover pork chops in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Nutrition

Serving: 1of 4Calories: 453kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 56gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 211mgPotassium: 879mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 225IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 103mgIron: 3mg

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  1. It’s in the 90s in Minnesota today, but I had thawed pork chops and had to try your recipe. I found a similar recipe on the internet for the air fryer, so was able to use their time and temperature- 375 for 18 minutes. They would have been wonderful if I hadn’t forgotten the cheese! As it was, they were only great! My chops were pretty thick, but they came out nice and moist. Will definitely make them again, with the cheese, and in the oven next time. BTW, I served them with your sautéed Brussels Sprouts, this time using pecans and a couple of leftover crisp bacon slices. They went so well with the pork chops. Thank you for the great recipes!5 stars