How Long To Bake

Chicken breast

pieThe amount of time to bake a pie crust depends on the type of pie you’re baking.

  • If you need a fully baked pie crust, like for a cream pie, line it with foil, fill it with pie weights or dried beans, and bake it at 425 degrees for about 25 minutes, removing the foil and weights for the last 5 minutes.
  • To par-bake pie crust, like for a quiche, bake it at 450 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. You’ll want to cover it with foil for 8 minutes, then remove the foil and bake until the crust is slightly browned.
  • If you’re making apple pie or another type of fruit pie, the bake time will be about 50 minutes at 375 degrees. You’ll know it’s ready when the filling is cooked completely and the crust is golden brown. If you notice that the crust is getting too brown, cover it with foil or a pie shield.
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jalapenoThe bake time for jalapeno poppers is 20 to 30 minutes in a 350-degree oven. This holds true whether you stuff your peppers with cream cheese or cheddar cheese filling and whether you choose to coat them in breading or not. However, if you choose to wrap your stuffed jalapenos in bacon, you’ll want to increase the bake time to 30 to 45 minutes to make sure that the bacon gets fully cooked and crispy. For breaded or bacon-wrapped peppers, you’ll know they’re done when they’re nice and crispy; for recipes without a coating, look for the cheese inside to get browned and bubbly.

mahi mahiHaddock is a fish that bakes relatively quickly, even if your pieces are relatively large. But the bake time for haddock will vary slightly depending on your oven temperature.

  • 425 degrees: 10 to 12 minutes
  • 400 degrees: 12 to 15 minutes
  • 375 degrees: 15 to 20 minutes
  • 350 degrees: 20 to 25 minutes

You can be sure your haddock is fully baked when it looks opaque and flakes easily when you test it with a fork. But if you want a little reassurance, stick a meat thermometer into the thickest part of your fish: When it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees, then your fish is ready to serve.

TilapiaThe best bake time for halibut is 10 to 15 minutes at 425 degrees. Since halibut has a lower fat content than most fish, you’ll want to keep a close eye on it so it doesn’t dry out in the oven. It’s also not a bad idea to add olive oil or butter to help keep the fish moist as it cooks. You can test your halibut with a fork to tell if it’s done: If the flesh flakes easily with a fork, it’s ready to eat. You can also test the fish with a meat thermometer, looking for a temperature of 130 degrees.

brussel sproutsThe best bake time and temperature for Brussels sprouts is 20 minutes at 400 degrees. The result is something you might not expect from this much-maligned vegetable: a truly delicious side dish that’s also healthy and easy to make. When the Brussels sprouts are done baking, they’ll be tender while having a toasty, crispy surface. All you need to do to make roasted Brussels sprouts is to cut them in half, toss the sprouts with oil, salt, and pepper and place them on a foil-lined pan, then pop them into the oven. You can also add seasonings like garlic, balsamic vinegar, and honey: A touch of sweet flavor can provide a nice contrast for this rich and somewhat bitter vegetable.

asparagusThe bake time for asparagus is just 10 minutes in a 400-degree oven. To make roasted asparagus, first, break off the woody ends of the stalks. If your pieces are particularly thick, you may also want to peel off the outer skin to keep them from being stringy. Then, toss the asparagus stalks in olive oil, salt, pepper, and your seasoning of choice and spread them out on a baking sheet. Bake them just until they’re tender. Be careful not to overbake them: Overcooking asparagus makes it soggy.

Pork chopThe bake time for boneless pork chops depends on whether you choose to sear your chops on the stove before baking them. If you don’t sear your pork chops beforehand, you should bake them for 22 minutes at 375 degrees. But if you sear the chops in a skillet for 4 minutes on each side, you’ll get a more flavorful exterior and be able to shave a few minutes off the baking time: They’ll only need to spend 12 minutes in the oven. With either method, you’ll know when your pork chops are done when their internal temperature reaches at least 145 degrees.

chicken wingsIt takes 20 to 25 minutes to bake uncooked chicken tenders in a 375-degree oven. You can also speed things up by setting your oven to 425 degrees, which will shorten the bake time to 15 to 20 minutes. Either way, you’ll have a great main dish on the table in no time! Add a quick coat of bread crumbs and you can create chicken fingers much better than anything from the frozen-food section. You can also bake raw chicken tenders and put them in the fridge as part of your meal prep plan: They’ll give you a great starting point for quesadillas, casseroles, or salads.

potatoThe bake time for a large potato will be a little longer than you’d expect for a smaller spud, but the technique is the same. You can expect the time to bake a large potato at 400 degrees to be around 60 to 70 minutes. Make sure to prick your XL potatoes with a fork all over before baking them; this allows steam to escape as the potatoes bake. You’ll know when your jumbo baked potatoes are done when you can stick a fork into the center of the largest one and it slides in easily.