Craving delicious, crispy pork that is tender and juicy on the inside? Our Panko Parmesan Pork Chops are a surefire win for the whole family and they can be made in 28 minutes or less!
👌 Why our Panko Parmesan Pork Chops are the Best!
- Crispy and juicy- Crunchy perfection paired with succulent flavor!
- Quick and easy- Like all of our recipes, these panko parmesan pork chops can be made in 28 minutes or less!
- Basic ingredients- Other than the pork, you are likely to have many of the ingredients in your panty or fridge.
- ONE pan- You'll only need ONE pan to cook these pork chops. Minimal mess, minimal cleanup!
- Kids love it! Our kids loved the crispy pork AND they enjoyed helping make this dish! Specifically, they loved pounding the pork with the meat mallet (just as they did with our Chicken Marsala).
Note: If you love panko AND fish, be sure to also try out our Easy Baked Cod with Panko. This is a great option for fish lovers and is just as simple to make!
Notes on Ingredients:
Pork- It's really important to buy THIN pork loins for this recipe. The thinner the pork loins are, the faster they will cook. Of course, if you have extra time, baking the pork loins is always an option.
Parmesan- Grated or finely shredded works.
Lemon- Lemon juice is totally optional but adds a nice flavor on top of cooked pork.
🍽 How to Make These Pork Chops
Step 1: Pound pork and season with salt and pepper*
🥄 Kids Step: Pound meat with a Meat Mallet.
Step 2: Combine dry ingredients and whisk together eggs
🥄 Kids Step: Kids can use a large egg shell piece to help grab any little shells that broke off into the egg bowl.
Step 3: Coat pork in eggs and dry mixture
🥄 Kids Step: Dip pork in eggs. Kids will love getting their hands dirty for this task!
Step 4: Fry pork in oil*
🥄 Kids Step: Flip pork as it cooks (with adult supervision). Using tongs can be fun and supports the development of fine motor skills.
*Note: For toddlers especially, these tasks require adult supervision and/or assistance, as items may be sharp, hot or otherwise dangerous.
✏️ Expert Tips and Tricks
✔️For faster cooking, purchase thinly sliced pork chops.
✔️If you have extra time, allow pork chops to sit on the counter for 10-20 minutes prior to cooking. Giving the pork a little time to warm up will keep the outside from cooking much faster than the inside.
✔️A meat thermometer can be used to measure the pork's temperature. Pork is fully cooked once it reaches an internal temperature of 145° F.
✔️For added flavor, squeeze some lemon juice over the cooked pork loin.
To make pork chops dairy-free, remove the cheese from the breading mix. In its place, it might be wise to add ¼ teaspoon extra salt to maintain the flavor profile.
Yes, parmesan panko pork chops can be fried or baked. Depending on your time frame, you could also sear pork chops in a pan and then bake them until fully cooked.
To maintain the crispy texture of the pork chops, we recommend reheating in the oven at 350° F for about 10 minutes. If you leave them in the oven for too much longer than that, the pork may become dry.
👶 Tips for Picky Eaters
Make mini pork bites! To make things fun, put some toothpicks on the table and let your kids make mini pork bites with small pieces of pork and other veggies, like tomato and cucumber.
Condiments! My kids love dipping their cut-up pieces of pork into ketchup or BBQ sauce!
🧶 Craft for this Recipe
Store your money in these adorable DIY Piggy Bank! Who knew it was so easy to transform a tissue box into a sweet farm animal coin bank!
🐷 Other Pork Recipes to Check Out
Panko Parmesan Pork Chops
- 3-6 THIN boneless pork loin chops (pounded thin)
- 2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- ½ cup finely grated or shredded parmesan cheese
- ⅓ cup all purpose flour
- 1 Tablespoon parsley (dried) (or 3 T fresh parsley)
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- ½ teaspoon thyme
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- 3-4 eggs (beaten)
- 3 Tablespoon cooking oil
- 4-6 lemon wedges (optional)
- Spread pork on a cutting board or baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap, and pound with a Meat Mallet until pork loins are very thin, even pieces. Season both sides with salt and pepper.
- Combine panko, cheese, flour, parsley, garlic salt, thyme and paprika in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk together eggs in a separate bowl.
- Dip pork loins, one at a time, into eggs and then into the dry ingredient mixture, coating each side completely. Place coated pork loins on a large plate or baking sheet.
- Heat cooking oil in a medium-large pan (my absolute fave!). Cook pork loins for 3 minutes on each side and until fully cooked through.
- For faster cooking, purchase thinly sliced pork chops.
- If you have extra time, allow pork chops to sit on the counter for 10-20 minutes prior to cooking. Giving the pork a little time to warm up will keep the outside from cooking much faster than the inside.
- A meat thermometer can be used to measure the pork's temperature. Pork is fully cooked once it reaches an internal temperature of 145° F.
- For added flavor, squeeze some lemon juice over the cooked pork loin.
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. While we are not certified nutritionists, we work with a WordPress-integrated nutrition API to calculate our recipes' ingredient values.
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