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Imagine coming home to an uncomplicated yet mouth-watering dinner option that promises to impress. We’re talking about a perfectly seasoned, tender, and juicy pork chop that takes just 15 minutes to bake to perfection in your oven.

Ideal for anyone who is cooking for one, this single serving baked pork chop recipe is the epitome of comfort food, yet sophisticated enough to double and serve at an intimate dinner party.

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Why You’ll Love This Pork Chop Recipe

  • Quick and Easy: Ready in minutes, this recipe fits right into your busy schedule.
  • Incredibly Delicious: Expertly seasoned to hit all the right notes.
  • Healthy: Lean pork is a great source of protein.
  • Scalable: Need to feed more than one? This recipe doubles exceptionally well for those special occasions or when you have company.

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Ingredients

the ingredients needed to make pork chops labeled and on a brown table.

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  • Pork Chop: Choose a boneless pork chop with a thickness between 1/2-inch and 3/4-inch. Thinner cuts risk drying out during the baking process, affecting both texture and flavor.
  • Olive Oil: The recipe calls for extra virgin olive oil, known for its high quality and low level of processing. This unrefined variant retains the authentic flavor of olives and is rich in nutrients. If you prefer, a lighter olive oil will work as a suitable alternative.
  • Seasonings: This recipe achieves its distinct taste through a blend of kosher salt, black pepper, smoked paprika, and garlic powder. These seasonings work together to amplify the natural flavors of the pork, providing a balanced and aromatic finish.

Each of these ingredient notes is crafted to guide you towards creating a flavorful and satisfying dish.

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How To Bake One Pork Chop

These step-by-step photos and instructions help you visualize how to bake a pork chop. See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a small baking sheet lined with foil.
  2. Rub olive oil over the pork chop.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together salt, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and black pepper. Sprinkle over both sides of pork chops.
a raw pork chop on a foil lined rimmed baking sheet.
  1. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the pork chop reaches an internal temperature of 145° F.

Pro Tip: Baked pork chops couldn’t be easier to make but the trick is to make sure you don’t overbake them. Baking in the oven for too long can lead to dry pork.

  1. Remove from the oven, cover, and let it rest for 10 minutes.
one seasoned pork shop with a fork next to it on a white plate.

Expert Tips

Be sure to follow these tips so that your pork chops are perfectly tender every time:

  1. Be sure to season the pork before cooking. Pork is lean and it is also bland. Seasoning with salt and other spices is essential for enhancing the texture and taste of the meat.
  2. Do not cook the pork straight from the refrigerator. Remove the pork from the refrigerator about 10 minutes before you are ready to cook it. This will help the pork to cook more evenly.
  3. Do not overcook the pork. This tip is definitely worth repeating. Overcooked pork is tough, dry, and not worth eating. Follow the cook times in this recipe for the best-tasting pork chop. The USDA states that pork should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 °F (62.8 °C).
  4. Let the pork rest. After you remove the pork from the oven, cover it and let it rest for 10 minutes or so. This gives you a juicier and more tender piece of meat.

Serving Suggestions

Finding the perfect pairing for your baked pork chop can truly elevate your dining experience. The right side dishes not only complement the main course but also create a balanced meal that satisfies all your taste buds.

  • Sauteed Green Beans: A quick sauté with a hint of garlic gives these green beans a flavorful edge. They add a vibrant color and a crisp texture that contrasts beautifully with the tenderness of the pork chop.
  • A Sweet Potato: Sweet potatoes offer a creamy and slightly sweet counterpoint to the savory pork. They’re also a great source of vitamins and fiber, making them a nutritious choice.
  • Fried Apples: For a touch of Southern comfort, consider adding fried apples to your plate. Their natural sweetness and slight tartness offer a delightful contrast to the pork’s savory profile.
  • Fresh Tomato Salad: Light and refreshing, a tomato salad with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of fresh basil can cut through the richness of the pork chop, making each bite feel like a fresh experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I buy a single pork chop?

It’s common to find pork chop packages containing 4 to 8 pieces, which might seem excessive if you’re cooking for one. However, many grocery stores feature an in-house butcher who can divide these larger packages into smaller portions for you. Don’t hesitate to inquire about this option.

How do I freeze pork?

Pork freezes well. If you purchase a large package of pork chops and want to freeze them, be sure to re-wrap the pork into convenient portions in either heavy-duty freezer zip-top bags or freezer paper. Label and date the package so you know when it was packed.
Fresh cuts of pork such as pork tenderloin, roast, and pork chops can be safely stored in the freezer for up to 6 months. Well wrapped ground pork can be safely kept for three months.
The best way to thaw frozen pork chops is in the refrigerator in its wrapping. For a one inch pork chop, allow 12-14 hours to fully thaw.

How long will pork stay good in the refrigerator?

If you want to refrigerate the pork, sealed pork can be safely stored in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days or use by the sell-by date on the package.

What is the optimal baking time for pork chops?

The key to juicy, tender pork chops is to avoid overcooking. Since pork is a lean protein, it can dry out quickly. Aim for a baking time of 15-20 minutes at a preheated 400°F oven. To retain juiciness, allow the meat to rest for 10 minutes before cutting into it; this lets the juices redistribute within the meat, ensuring a succulent bite.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients leftover from this recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder or you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

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Baked Pork Chop For One

4.96 from 25 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Resting time: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Tender and juicy Oven Baked Pork Chop. Perfectly seasoned, melt-in-your-mouth pork chop baked to perfection in just 15 minutes.

Ingredients 
 

  • 1 boneless pork chop , ½-inch thick
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
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Instructions 

  • Heat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a small baking sheet lined with foil.
  • Rub olive oil over the pork chop.
  • In a small bowl, mix together salt, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and black pepper. Sprinkle over both sides of pork chops.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until pork chops reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.
  • Remove from oven, cover and let rest for 10 minutes before eating.

Notes

Expert Tips
Be sure to follow these tips so that your pork chops are perfectly tender every time:
  1. Be sure to season the pork before cooking. Pork is lean and it is also bland. Seasoning with salt and other spices is essential for enhancing the texture and taste of the meat.
  2. Do not cook the pork straight from the refrigerator. Remove the pork from the refrigerator about 10 minutes before you are ready to cook it. This will help the pork to cook more evenly.
  3. Do not overcook the pork. This tip is definitely worth repeating. Overcooked pork is tough, dry, and not worth eating. Follow the cook times in this recipe for the best tasting pork chop. The USDA states that pork should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 °F (62.8 °C).
  4. Let the pork rest. After you remove the pork from the oven, cover it and let it rest for 10 minutes or so. This gives you a juicier and more tender piece of meat.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 274kcal, Protein: 29g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 89mg, Sodium: 646mg, Potassium: 499mg, Vitamin A: 245IU, Iron: 0.7mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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36 Comments

  1. Gerard says:

    Five stars for flavor, absolutely delicious. My chop was 3/4 of an inch thick and I baked it at 400° convect for 30 minutes. Done very nicely to medium and very moist. However did not Brown. Next time I will either pre sear it in a hot Skillet or bake at 425°. The Taste was so good there will be a next time

  2. Claudette Petruzzi says:

    The pork chop was moist and delicious thank you for the recipe every recipe I made from this website has been delicious and easy to make

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      Thank you!

  3. Jennifer says:

    Absolutely PERFECT! I’m so glad I decided to use your recipe for my 2 pork chops as opposed to someone else’s I saw online.

  4. J. Hegyi says:

    Terrific recipe.

  5. Dee says:

    Very flavorful, juicy and tender. A definite addition to our tiny family’s meals.