This delicious fall-inspired recipe for spice-rubbed pork chops with apples and onions is finished with an easy-to-make apple cider pan sauce.

A platter with four pork chops topped with apple slices, sautéed red onion, and cider pan sauce, serving tongs on the side.

Apples and caramelized onions are a perfect match for pork, and in this dish, that sweet-and-savory combination is enhanced by a mellow seasoning blend made with ground cinnamon, coriander, and brown sugar.

The flavors are quintessential fall, and the recipe is so easy it only takes about thirty minutes to prepare, so it’s perfect for a weeknight dinner.

A Quick Look at How to Make This Recipe

Here’s an overview of how to make pork chops with apples and caramelized onion. The full, printable recipe with both quantities and directions is featured below.

  • Mix up the seasoning blend and rub it on both sides of the pork.
  • Slice the onion and apple, and mince the garlic.
  • Caramelize the onions in butter.
  • Deglaze with apple cider, add the apples, cook until tender, then set aside.
  • Dust the pork chops with flour and pan-sear until lightly browned on both sides.
  • Add more apple cider and cook until the chops are nicely glazed.
  • Arrange the chops on a serving plate and add the apples and onions.
  • Drizzle with the remaining pan sauce and serve.
Boneless pork chop topped with three apple slices and cider pan sauce with caramelized red onions on the side.

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Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

Spiced Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

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This delicious fall-inspired recipe for spice-rubbed pork chops with apples and onions is finished with an easy-to-make apple cider pan sauce.

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless pork loin chops, 1/2-inch thick, about 1 lb
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 large apple, peeled, cored and cut into wedges
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup apple cider, divided

Seasoning blend:

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • If necessary, trim excess fat from the pork.
  • Combine the sugar, cinnamon, coriander, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  • Reserve 1 teaspoon of the mixture for seasoning the apples, then sprinkle the remainder evenly over both sides of the chops and rub it in with the back of a spoon.
  • Heat the butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until well caramelized, 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook just until fragrant, 1 minute longer.
  • Add the apples, sprinkle with the reserved seasoning and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the apple cider.
  • Make sure the apples are evenly coated with the cider and seasoning and cook until they’re tender, about 3 minutes longer.
  • Transfer the apple-onion mixture to a plate and set aside.
  • Wipe out the pan, coat the bottom with a small amount of vegetable oil and return to the stove over medium-high heat.
  • Dredge the pork chops in the flour, shake off the excess and add to the pan. Cook until lightly browned, 1-1/2 to 2 minutes per side.
  • Add the remaining apple cider and continue cooking, turning the pork several times, until the liquid has thickened and the pork is glazed with the cider.
  • Transfer the chops to a serving platter and add the apples and onions.
  • Drizzle the remaining pan sauce over the top and serve immediately.

Tips for Making This Recipe

For best results, look for pork chops that are nicely marbled and be sure to leave a little of the fat around the edges so they stay moist and tender when cooked.
Calories: 322kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 24g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 83mg, Sodium: 352mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 10g
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