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Easy Baked Pork Chop

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.

A pork chop on a plate with a side of potatoes and a lemon wheel garnish.

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!

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Why This Recipe Works

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.

I've scaled down my recipe and have created this wonderful single serving pork chop recipe that I'm sure you'll love. If you'd like to make more than one pork chop, double the ingredients and bake for the same amount of time as called for in the recipe.

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What You'll Need

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

Ingredient Notes

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • One pork chop: I recommend using a boneless pork chop that is about 1/2-inch thick.
  • Olive oil: I use extra virgin olive oil in this pork chop recipe as well as in every other recipe on One Dish Kitchen that calls for olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil is the least processed form of olive oil. It is an unrefined oil and the highest-quality olive oil you can buy. Because of the way extra virgin olive oil is made, it retains more true olive taste. It also contains more of the vitamins and minerals found in olives. It's my favorite type of olive oil to use but you may use a lighter olive oil instead.
  • Seasonings: I use kosher salt, black pepper, smoked paprika, and garlic powder for great flavor.

How To Make This Recipe

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.
a raw pork chop on a foil lined rimmed baking sheet.
  • 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.
A forkful of pork chop from a plate with a side of potatoes and a lemon wheel garnish.

Serving Suggestions

Consider any one of these single serving or small batch side dishes. Any would go well with the pork chop.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Buy Pork Chops, Especially If I'm Cooking For One?

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. But 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.

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.

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Baked Pork Chop on a dish

Easy Baked Pork Chop For One

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Resting time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keywords: pork
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 274kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a small baking sheet lined with foil.
    raw pork chop on baking pan
  • 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.
    raw pork chop on baking pan with seasoning on top
  • 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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11 thoughts on “Easy Baked Pork Chop”

  1. 5 stars
    I made this recipe exactly as written and it was absolutely wonderful. I used a pork loin chop and it took 16 minutes to cook. This is our new “go to” recipe for pork chops. Thank you so much!

  2. 5 stars
    Bought an assorted pork chop bundle of 4 which fit on my convection toaster oven sheet. Coated them with EVOO, salt, pepper, garlic powder & thyme because I was out of paprika. Baked them for 18 minutes and tented for 10. Then I devoured one and it was amazing. Now I know what my lunches and dinners will be for the next couple of days.

    1. Hi Vicki,

      You may need to cook if for about 5 minutes or so longer. The pork is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.

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