One Pan Ponzu Pork Chop Dinner w/Sweet Potatoes, Apples & Onions

Ponzu is a Japanese citrus based sauce that not only adds tremendous flavor to this One Pan Ponzu Pork Chop Dinner, it also tenderizes the chops and helps keep them moist and juicy.

Ponzu Pork Chop Dinner

What goes better with pork chops than apples, sweet onions, and sweet potatoes? Not much in my book! However, the addition of Japanese ponzu sauce helps to unite these ingredients with a light, citrusy flavor.

Ponzu Pork Chop Dinner

This One Pan Ponzu Pork Chop Dinner is a sure-fire family pleaser which takes only minutes to prepare. You’ll only need a vegetable peeler and chef’s knife to prepare and slice the apples, onions, and sweet potatoes. Then the majority of the work is done by the oven while you go relax for 40 minutes until dinner is wonderfully caramelized and ready to serve. Easy peasy, pork chop pleasy! 🙂  

Ponzu Pork Chop Dinner

Since I’d already had store-bought ponzu sauce in my pantry, that’s what I used to mix up the sauce. There are plenty of recipes on the internet if you prefer making your own, some of which can be found on the following sites: Wandercooks, Serious Eats, and Just One CookbookWhen looking for ponzu in your local market, you’ll find it in the International aisle.

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Since I didn’t want to use straight ponzu, because I wanted something that would stick to the ingredients a little more, I mixed it with a bit of grapeseed oil (you can use any light flavored oil you prefer). I also added some fresh orange juice and orange zest to pump up the citrus flavor. If you’re feeling adventurous, think about adding some minced garlic or shallots as well. I didn’t do this (and it’s not written in the recipe), but I’m sure it would be a flavorful addition.

Let’s begin making this One Pan Ponzu Pork Chop Dinner:

Begin by assembling medium sweet potatoes, 2 Gala apples, 1 large sweet onion, and 1 navel orange. Peel and slice the sweet potatoes and apples into large chunks (approximately 1½” x 2″).

How to make Ponzu Pork Chop Dinner

Peel the onion and slice into large chunks. Place the sliced sweet potatoes, apples and onions into a large bowl. Place 4 boneless pork chops (approximately 1″ thick) onto a sheet tray. In a medium bowl. stir together ¼ cup ponzu sauce, the zest and juice from one orange, and 3 tablespoons grapeseed oil. Spoon some of the sauce over both sides of the pork chops and season with salt and pepper to taste.

How to make Ponzu Pork Chop Dinner

Pour the remaining sauce over the vegetables and apple slices in the bowl, season with salt and pepper and toss well to coat. Place the veggie and apple slices on the sheet tray with the pork chops and roast in a preheated 425 degree oven to 35-40 minutes. Serves 4.

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One Pan Ponzu Pork Chop Dinner
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One Pan Ponzu Pork Chop Dinner ensures moist and juicy chops while marinating the sweet potatoes, apples, and onions in the citrus sauce.
Recipe type: Main Course
Makes: 4 servings
  • 4 boneless pork chops, approximately 1" thick
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 2" slices
  • 2 Gala apples (or your favorite variety), peeled, seeded and chopped into 2" slices
  • 1 large, sweet onion, peeled and sliced into large slices
  • ¼ cup ponzu sauce
  • 1 navel orange, zested and juiced
  • 3 tablespoon grapeseed oil (or your favorite light flavored oil)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Place the chops on a non-stick baking sheet.
  3. Place the chopped sweet potatoes, apples and onions in a large bowl.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together the ponzu sauce, orange juice, orange zest, and grapeseed oil.
  5. Spoon some of the sauce over each chop. Season with salt and pepper, flip and repeat on the other side.
  6. Pour the remaining sauce over the vegetables in the bowl. Season with salt and pepper, and toss well to coat.
  7. Add the seasoned vegetables to the baking sheet in an even layer.
  8. Roast in a preheated oven for 35-40 minutes until the vegetables are caramelized and the pork chops are cooked through.
Tools and equipment:

vegetable peeler
cutting board
large bowl
medium bowl
chef's knife
microplane or rasp
non-stick baking sheet

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  1. I love love love ponzu! This sounds awesome!

  2. I’ve never used Ponzu sauce in my cooking before, and I clearly need to change that because this pork chop dinner looks fabulous! I love the addition of the sweetness with the apples and sweet potatoes, too.

  3. It’s settled we are having pork for dinner tomorrow!

  4. Love how easy and delicious this is. Definitely adding it to my weekly rotation.

  5. A perfectly easy and delicious meal after a long day! Just what I need!