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The baking dish you use when you’re cooking for one is very important. Here are the best small baking dishes.

There are two essential things you need to know when you’re baking and cooking for one. The first is that you’ve got to know how to reduce a recipe. Some recipes are easy to reduce and others are a little bit more involved. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered here. At One Dish Kitchen, we have hundreds of tested recipes that we’ve already scaled down for you.

The second important part is using the right baking dishes. With each recipe, I reference the baking dish or bowl I use and often provide a link to purchase it from Amazon or from another retailer. The size of the dish used in the recipes at One Dish Kitchen is very important. The recipes are developed and tested using the dish that is recommended. One thing to remember, if you use a much larger baking dish for the recipes featured, the cooking time will be different than listed in the recipe and the results may not be the same.

The 5-inch Baking Dish

a small pound cake in a 5 inch baking dish
Mini Pound Cake made in a Peugeot 5×5-inch baking dish

The most used and recommended baking dish on our site is the 5×5-inch baking dish which has a base of 25 square inches. It’s the perfect size when cooking for one or two people. In the early days of One Dish Kitchen, we referenced the Le Creuset 5-inch x 5-inch dish. You’ll still see it in many of our recipe photos. However, it appears that this wonderful little dish has been discontinued by the company. You may still be able to snag one at a discount home store, but you cannot purchase it from Amazon or from Le Creuset at this time.

This discovery led us to test other similarly sized dishes to use with the recipes requiring a 5-inch dish. The good news is that we have found a 5×5-inch baking dish that we use and love and are now selling it here on our website. This dish, made by Peugeot is absolutely beautiful. It’s sturdy and deep and ideal for every one of our recipes that call for using a 5×5 or a 4×6-inch baking dish.

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Other Dishes We Love

  • The Sweejar ceramic baking dish measures 6.5×4.9×1.8 and works very well in our recipes calling for a 5-inch dish. We have found this baking dish on Amazon and we link to it on the 5-inch dish section of our Store Page.
a grapefruit cake in a blue rectangular dish
Mini Grapefruit Cake
  • Corning Ware 5×5-inch dish
a small loaf of zucchini bread in square baking dish next to an orange napkin.
Mini Zucchini Bread

In addition, we tested 6 different small baking dishes. These dishes or similarly sized dishes should be easy for you to find in your local stores and on Amazon.

Other Dishes We Tested

We took our Mini Pound Cake recipe and baked it in 6 different baking dishes.

  1. 5 x 7-inch Le Creuset (20 fl oz)
  2. Round 6 x 2-inch Wilton Cake Pan
  3. Pyrex Littles: 6-inch square baking dish (24 fl oz)
  4. Pyrex Littles: 5-inch square baking dish (18 fl oz)
  5. Chantal: 5-inch square baking dish (16 fl oz)
  6. Pyrex: 5 x 9-in (1.5-quart) Loaf Pan
six pictures of baking dishes on a granite counter

Our Findings

Every one of these baking dishes worked perfectly! Below you will see how full the pans were with the same pound cake batter before and after baking.

I used the same baking time for each of the pans with similar results.

5×5 PeugeotClick to purchase

a pound cake baked in a 5x5 inch baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet

5×7 Le Creuset

two rectangular baking dishes, one with batter and one as a baked cake

Round 6-inch Wilton Cake Pan

cake batter in a round cake pan next to the baked cake in the same round pan

Pyrex Littles: 6-inch square

two pictures of cake batter and a baked cake in the same square dish

Pyrex Littles: 5-inch square

an unbaked yellow cake next to a baked cake.

5×5 Chantal

a yellow cake in a blue square dish

Pyrex 5 x 9 inch Loaf Pan

a cake baked in a loaf pan on a brown granite counter


Many of our single serving desserts are baked and served in ramekins. We use and recommend these sizes:

  • 8.5-ounce ramekin
  • 10-ounce ramekin

Where To Find Small Baking Dishes

We sell the Peugeot 5×5-inch baking dish on our website.

Many other small baking dishes can be found at Amazon, and at Home Goods, Target, Walmart, Macy’s, and other department stores in the US. If you live outside the United States, you should be able to find similarly sized dishes at your local stores.

Red 5-inch square baking dish with One Dish Kitchen branded paper sleeve around it.

Make 80+ Recipes With This Dish!

Ideal for home chefs, this individual square ceramic baking dish is safe for oven, microwave, freezer, and dishwasher. Simple to use & easy to clean!


I’m Joanie and I’m incredibly happy you’re here! Our aim is to inspire individuals with access to single serving recipes, education, and a supportive community that will enable them to enjoy the preparation of a meal that will nourish both body and soul.

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  1. Brenda says:

    I love to cook and love to use really good food but really good food is expensive. Now that I found your website, I can continue to cook without the waste and eating the same thing over and over!
    Thank you!

  2. Beverly Beaulieu says:

    Where can I buy some of the dishes

  3. Linda Keegan says:

    Hi Joanie,
    I have been following you since the get-go! You and your diverse and delicious selection of recipes turned my life around after I suddenly found myself alone.
    Cooking For One/ is a lot more than just another recipe site. Your pleasant and personal interaction with all of your followers has created a huge and wonderful family. Thank you.

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      Thank you so much, Linda.

  4. JoAnne Wagner says:

    Thank you Joanie for taking the time to actually show us the results of these different baking dishes! Fortunately, I have all the sizes needed for your recipes. I started collecting small cookware and baking dishes early in the game. I love your recipes and my poor cookbook is showing the wear and tear of constant use. 🙂

  5. Beverly says:

    Love all the recipes so far but I’d like to see more low cal and low carb dishes. Pretty sure they’d be amazing!

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      Thank you, Beverly. We do have many low calorie and low carb recipes on our site with many more to come. Please use the search bar which looks like a little magnifying glass in the upper right corner of the page and type in “low carb” to see them. You might also like to browse through these healthy single serving recipes –

  6. Charles says:

    Love your recipes.

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      Thank you so much!

  7. Frances Sim says:

    I have your book and I love it. But could you make another book and include the recipes shown on face book. The ones that are not in your current book.

  8. Roberta Robertson says:

    I love your recipes, they are so helpful. Thank you for all your help

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      I’m so glad you are finding the recipes helpful. Thank you for taking the time to let me know.

  9. Linda says:

    I love Joanie’s lovely personality and her easy manner when preparing a dish. She is a lifesaver for us singles! I bought “The Ultimate Cooking For One” cookbook and it was money well spent

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      Thank you so much, Linda. I’m so happy you are finding our recipes helpful.

  10. Pat says:

    Sure would like to see a link to the Pyrex littles and the Corningware too.