The BEST tender and juicy Baked Pork Chop recipe – this perfectly seasoned, melt-in-your-mouth pork chop is baked to perfection in just 15 minutes. Plus helpful tips for purchasing pork, freezing pork, and tips for cooking perfect pork chops.
My family has always loved my baked pork chops recipe. Pork chops have always been my go-to meal when I want to have dinner on the table quickly.
I have a method of baking pork chops in the oven that has always delivered outstanding results.
Seasoned and cooked very simply, the pork chop is baked and ready to be enjoyed in under 20 minutes.
I’ve scaled down my recipe and have created this wonderful single serving pork chop recipe that I’m sure you’ll love.
Pork chops have a reputation for being dry and sometimes tough to eat. If that’s what you’re thinking, I urge you to give them a chance again. The recipe I’m sharing delivers tender, juicy, perfectly cooked pork chops every single time.
For a perfectly cooked baked pork chop, you will need:
- 1 boneless pork chop
- olive oil
- smoked paprika
- garlic powder
- black pepper
How To Cook Pork Chops
Baked pork chops couldn’t be easier to make but the trick is to make sure you don’t over bake them. Baking in the oven for too long can lead to dry pork.
I like to use boneless pork chops that are about 1/2-inch to 1-inch thick. Any thinner and they dry out too quickly.
Rub olive oil and generously season both sides of one pork chop.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the pork chop reaches an internal temperature of 145° F.
Remove from the oven, cover and let it rest for 10 minutes.
What To Serve With Pork Chops
Consider any one of these single serving or small batch side dishes. Any would go well with the pork chop.
Tips For Making Tender Pork Chops
Be sure to follow these tips so that your pork chops are perfectly tender every time:
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.
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.
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).
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.
How To Buy Pork
When shopping for pork chops, you will often see a packages with 4 to 8 pork chops inside. This may seem like too much food to purchase if you’re cooking for one.
Many grocery stores have a butcher inside and often the butcher can divide a package of meat into a smaller portion to purchase. Don’t be afraid to ask.
Pork also 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.
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.
This baked pork chop is baked on a quarter baking sheet.
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- boneless pork chop , 1/2-inch thick
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 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.
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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