Baked Parmesan Panko Pork Chops

Posted on Aug 12 2013 - 8:24am by Barry C. Parsons

Baked Parmesan Panko Pork Chops. No need for frying, this oven baked, lower fat pork chop recipe is delicious served with pasta and your favorite simple marinara or puttanesca sauce.

Crispy Baked Parmesan Panko Pork Chops with marinara sauce.

Crispy Baked Parmesan Panko Pork Chops

These delicious crispy panko pork chops are baked and not fried although you could fry them in canola oil in a non-stick skillet if you wanted. I just put a thin coat of oil on the baking sheet and then just mist the tops of them with an oil sprayer so there is very little added fat.

I also use lean boneless center loin chops for this recipe. We often serve them with whole wheat pasta tossed with a favorite pesto too for a change from the puttanesca sauce version.

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Crispy Baked Parmesan Panko Pork Chops with marinara sauce.


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No need for frying, this oven baked, lower fat pork chop recipe is delicious served with pasta and your favorite simple marinara or puttanesca sauce.
Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: Serves 4-6
  • 6 center loin pork chops (3/4 inch thick cut)
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 egg + 1 tbsp water whisked together (eggwash)
  • 1 cup Panko crumbs
  • ⅓ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to season
For the Quick Puttanesca Sauce
  • 3 clove minced garlic
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 large very ripe, tomatoes ( or one 32 oz can crushed tomatoes)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tsp chili flakes (or to taste)
  • 3 tbsp chopped capers (optional)
  • ½ tsp anchovy paste (optional)
  • 2 tbsp chopped basil
  • 2 tbsp chopped oregano
  • salt and pepper to season
  • ¼ cup chopped kalamata olives (optional)
  1. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper. Mix the Parmesan with the panko crumbs. Dredge the pork chops in the flour, then dip in the egg wash and finally in the panko crumbs.
  2. Place the chops on a lightly oiled baking sheet and mist or drizzle the tops with a little olive oil.
  3. Bake for about 35 minutes in a preheated 375 degree F oven. I like to flip them over half way through the cooking time.
  4. Use a meat thermometer to check that the center of the pork hops has reached 145 degrees F. Let the chops rest for 5 minutes before serving with the Quick Puttanesca Sauce.
To prepare the Quick Puttanesca Sauce
  1. In a large Saute pan over medium heat, cook the garlic in the olive oil for only a minute. It should soften but not brown.
  2. Add all of the remaining ingredients and simmer together for about 10 – 20 minutes stirring often, until a chunky, thick sauce develops. The amount of time this takes, varies, depending up on the water content of the tomatoes.

26 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Anonymous March 16, 2009 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    What are Panko crumbs? I’m in Colorado and am not familiar with this item.

  2. Barry C. Parsons March 16, 2009 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    Panko is a crunchy Japanese breadcrumb. Look for it in the Oriental or International food section at your supermarket.

  3. Ms Dale March 16, 2009 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    Barry, where can I get Panko in St. John’s area? I wonder if you read the same food blogs I do — every now and then you, PDub, and Chef John run similar recipes — Panko has been popular of late 🙂

  4. Barry C. Parsons March 17, 2009 at 8:40 am - Reply

    Sorry, I don’t know those blogs…I barely have time to update mine these days let alone read others. Panko has been pretty popuar for a few years now that I’ve noticed. I get mine at Auntie crae’s downtown.

  5. quindan July 5, 2009 at 8:32 am - Reply

    FYI, Panko is the Japanese word for bread crumbs!

  6. Anonymous October 5, 2009 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    You can now get Panko breadcrumbs at Sobeys Howley Estates.


  7. Anonymous April 3, 2012 at 10:01 am - Reply

    You can get it at Costco as well but in a fairly big package

  8. Anonymous April 12, 2012 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    i get them at Winn Dixie by regular bread crumbs.

  9. Anonymous December 3, 2013 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    how thick are the pork chops cut?

  10. Barry C. Parsons December 3, 2013 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    These were standard cut from the supermarket shelf to about 3/4 inch.Adjust cooking time accordingly.

  11. Anonymous January 8, 2014 at 3:15 am - Reply

    I made these tonight with cooked apples and cheese grits (yummy Virginia staples). They were fabulous – many thanks!

  12. Anonymous January 23, 2014 at 2:39 am - Reply

    Looks so yummy. I have seen Panko breadcrumbs at most of the Sobey’s supermarkets.

  13. Jen Walker February 4, 2014 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    This looks great! Don’t suppose you have any idea on the nutritionals? I’d love to know calories/prepared chop…thanks!!

  14. Barry C. Parsons February 5, 2014 at 10:28 am - Reply

    I don’t routinely do that Jen. There are online recipe calculators to help with that if you choose.

  15. Aunt Rose February 12, 2014 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    You can find panko crumbs next to the cans of bread crumbs in any grocery storeW

  16. Patricia Boshell March 9, 2014 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    I get my Panko bread crumbs from Wal Mart or any grocery store. Look on the isle where the flour & cirn meal & stuff are. They are usually in a container like Pringles…only shorter & fatter.

  17. Jancey October 16, 2014 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    I’ve made these several times and they are delightful! Thank you so much for sharing your recipes.

  18. Laura October 30, 2014 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    Can i use different cheese

    • Barry C. Parsons November 3, 2014 at 10:33 am - Reply

      I don’t think so. Unless it is a hard cheese like parmesan.

  19. dara November 18, 2014 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    If I forget to add the flour will it be okay?

    • Barry C. Parsons November 19, 2014 at 8:54 am - Reply

      The flour really helps to adhere the panko to the chops. You may have issues with the crust falling off.

  20. Ed Gere January 31, 2015 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    I am in the process of following this receipt but notice that the cook times differ- 15 minutes in one place 35 minutes in another. I am assume 35 is correct.

  21. Leslie January 10, 2016 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    used home made chili sauce instead of puttanesca and home made bread crumbs instead of panko. Delicious. Will definitely make again.

  22. Florence Doucette October 29, 2016 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    There’s no fresh herbs .can I subsitude with bottle spices

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