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These Crumb-Crusted Pork Chops are super flavorful and a close homemade copycat recipe to Shake 'n Bake!

We’re always experimenting in the kitchen – especially when it comes to versatile foods for weeknight dinners like pork chops and chicken breasts. Today’s recipe for Crumb-Crusted Pork Chops is a delicious and very close in flavor copycat recipe to a store-bought Shake ‘n Bake coating mix!

Years ago, while attending a marketing class in grad school, I learned that Shake ‘n Bake gets its distinctive crunch from Grape-Nuts cereal. So with that in mind, my husband Jack experimented with different herbs, spices and oils added to Grape-Nuts and bread crumbs until he came up with today’s delicious recipe!

These Crumb-Crusted Pork Chops are super flavorful and a close homemade copycat recipe to Shake 'n Bake!

These crumb-crusted pork chops are super flavorful on the outside, and tender and juicy on the inside!  You can use this crumb-coating on chicken too (but I will let you know that Jack has been experimenting with a different blend of herbs and spices that is even better suited for chicken which we’ll share someday soon)!

These Crumb-Crusted Pork Chops are super flavorful and a close homemade copycat recipe to Shake 'n Bake!

This recipe makes about 3 cups of the crumb coating – you’ll use about one cup of the coating for every pound of pork.  Any unused, leftover crumb mixture can be refrigerated for about two to three weeks – just make sure not to reuse any coating that touches the uncooked pork.

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Crumb-Crusted Pork Chops (Copycat Shake ‘n Bake)

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups coating mix


  • 2 cups Grape-Nuts cereal
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dry basil
  • 1 teaspoon dry parsley
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • inch to 2 inch bone-in pork chops


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Place Grape-Nuts in food processor and process for 30 seconds. Transfer to a large bowl.
  3. Add all other ingredients and using a whip, combine ingredients until fully blended.
  4. In a large zip lock bag, place one cup of mix for every pound of pork.
  5. Wet the pork chops and place in bag and shake and press until fully coated.
  6. Bake on a foil lined pan for 20-25 minutes or until cooked as desired.

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  • kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox wrote:

    I grew up on Shake n Bake! Love that you made it from scratch and am I the only one that thinks of Talladega Nights when I hear Shake n Bake? (I know I’m totally immature.) BTW…your photos are fantastic!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks so much Kellie! LOL – you aren’t the only one who thinks of that movie! 🙂

  • Nutmeg Nanny wrote:

    To this day shake and bake is my favorite way to eat pork chops. Plus when I make it I get to say “it’s Shake and Bake…and I helped!” haha. I love this homemade version it looks so perfectly crisp.

    • Martha wrote:

      LOL Brandy – isn’t it amazing how an ad slogan can stick in our mind forever!

  • Kate @ Diethood wrote:

    Grape-Nuts?? Whoa NELLY! That’s GENIUS!
    The chops look so, soooo good!

  • Heather | girlichef wrote:

    Grape Nuts? Fascinating! These pork chops look so juicy on the inside, and that crunchy coating – yes please.

  • Renee – Kudos Kitchen wrote:

    Martha, this looks just like what I remember Shake and Bake looking like. I used to use it all the time when I was a new bride (many, many years ago). I love how you’ve reinvented it and made it yourself. I’m sure it’s wonderful and so much better for you than the stuff in the box.

  • Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop wrote:

    I’ve never actually used Shake n Bake, but I love anything that is homemade…. this looks like a great combination!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks so much Kathy!

  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes wrote:

    Grape Nuts?! Interesting! I never would have thought. I can’t wait to try this!

  • Stephanie @ Back for Seconds wrote:

    What a brilliant idea! Such a clever use for Grape Nuts!

  • The Food Hunter wrote:

    I’m all about doing everything homemade. thanks for sharing

  • Cookin Canuck wrote:

    I had no idea that Shake ‘n Bake uses Grape nuts for crunch! This homemade version looks better than anything from a store-bought package.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Dara! Yes – what I was told in that marketing seminar is that there were a lot of leftover crumbs from the Grape Nuts production – so they came up with a product to use those crumbs – and Shake ‘n Bake was created! It totally makes sense – and it really does give the pork (or chicken) great crunch! Thanks for stopping by today!

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