Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops

This Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops recipe is a simple and delicious one-skillet meal that everyone will love! This post is also sponsored by the National Pork Board.

Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops Recipe |

Happy Monday, everyone!  I’m excited to be kicking off the week by sharing with you about a new (and free!) e-book that I am a part of — The Cooking For Comfort E-Cookbook!

I am honored to be joining with The National Pork Board on this collaborative project, which features recipes from a bunch of talented bloggers, Chef Michelle Bernstein (James Beard Award Winner), and Ray Lampe (BBQ expert), and others.  In a nutshell, this free e-cookbook is true to its name, and is comfort food at its finest.  There are recipes ranging from Cassie’s Sweet Potato & Maple Sausage Breakfast Skillet, to Lauren’s biscuits and gravy, Jenny’s Bacon Pesto Mac & Cheese, and so many more.

The first of my two contributions to this cookbook goes out to my Dad — this Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops recipe.

Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops Recipe |

For as long as I can remember, my dad has loved pork chops.

And let me tell you, he can also grill a darn good pork chop.  I remember even during freezing winters growing up, when it was “pork chop” night, my dad would happily bundle up and head out to the grill and sear them up to juicy perfection.  While my mom, sister, and I — of course — stayed in the comfort of the warm kitchen to make sides, toppings, etc.  Then we would all sit down to a delicious dinner together to enjoy it all.

Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops Recipe |

Not much has changed since I was a kid.  Dad still loves pork chops.  And I still prefer to be inside (especially this chilly week!) rather than manning the grill during the winter comfort food months.

So for my pork contribution to the e-cookbook, I decided to make this Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops recipe.  Although my version can be made entirely indoors in a good ol’ skillet.  (That’s my kind of comfort!)

And let me assure you, this one’s a good one.  Thick, juicy pork chops are seared to perfection.  And then they are topped with a creamy, sweet and cinnamon-y topping of sauteed apples and onions.  It’s a one-skillet meal that’s full of sweet and savory flavors, and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops Recipe |

So be sure to download your own free copy of the Cooking for Comfort E-Cookbook today, and check out the National Pork Board on their website, TwitterFacebook and Pinterest.

Then get ready to enjoy some serious comfort food.  :)

Be sure to also

Cooking For Comfort Free E-Book |

Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops

Thick, juicy pork chops are topped with a creamy, sweet, cinnamon-y apple and onion topping. It's comfort food at its best!


  • 4 Ribeye (rib) pork chops, bone-in, about 3/4-inch thick
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 apples, peeled (optional), cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 large white onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Pinch ground cayenne pepper
  • 2/3 cup apple cider
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream


Generously season the chops with salt and pepper on both sides. Set aside.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Immediately add the pork chops and cook until brown, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and set aside. Let chops rest for 3 minutes.

Return the skillet to medium-high heat and melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Immediately add the apples and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon and cayenne. Stir in the apple cider and cream. Add the pork chops, nestling them into the liquid, and cook until the internal temperature of the pork reaches between 145 degrees F. (medium rare), with a 3-minute rest, and 160 degrees F. (medium), 3 to 4 minutes per side.

Serve the chops with the apple mixture spooned on top

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops Recipe |

Disclaimer: This is a compensated sponsored post from the National Pork Board.  All opinions are 100% my own as always, and I’m honored to be a part of the project.  Thank you for supporting the brands which help make this blog possible! :)

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  1. Tieghan — November 18, 2013 @ 7:29 am (#)

    These chops look great, Ali! I love the cinnamon apples with the pork. That sounds really awesome!

  2. Beth Young — November 18, 2013 @ 8:47 am (#)

    These sound amazing! Can’t beat a great pork and apple combo! Looking forward to testing them on my Italian friends!

  3. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — November 18, 2013 @ 9:14 am (#)

    Mmmm…I am seriously drooling right now! These look absolutely delicious, Ali! :)

  4. Ali's Mom — November 18, 2013 @ 10:12 am (#)

    Ahem, this may look better than Dad’s classic chops. Gonna try this soon!

  5. cassie — November 18, 2013 @ 10:47 am (#)

    Stunning as always! I love these flavors.

  6. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — November 18, 2013 @ 3:11 pm (#)

    Oh, now THIS is comfort food! Absolute winner of a flavor combo right here. Love these mouthwatering chops!

  7. Tracey — November 18, 2013 @ 4:05 pm (#)

    I absolutely love pork and apples together – this recipe sounds fantastic! Total comfort food for the cold winter months!

  8. Joybee — November 18, 2013 @ 5:29 pm (#)

    Wow this sounds amazing. I love pork chops put usually get stuck making them the same way this sounds like a bright and flavorful new way to cook them. I can’t wait to try it.

  9. Paula - bell'alimento — November 19, 2013 @ 6:01 am (#)

    What a great cool weather dinner! This looks so yummy that I had to share it on FB!

  10. Alexe @ Keys to the Cucina — November 19, 2013 @ 3:02 pm (#)

    Ooh I’ll have to try cayenne and brown sugar in my apple pork chops next time, these look amazing!

  11. Alexe @ Keys to the Cucina — November 19, 2013 @ 3:02 pm (#)

    Ooh I’ll have to try cayenne and brown sugar in my apple pork chops next time, these look amazing!

  12. Diana — November 20, 2013 @ 5:10 am (#)

    The apples in the picture do not look like they are peeled. Do you need to peel them?

    • Didi Divine — September 12, 2014 @ 7:38 am (#)

      I left the peels on. I used a variety of apples so I wanted to show that off for Instagram ;)

  13. Patty — November 20, 2013 @ 8:37 am (#)

    OMG…thank you! These look so amazing!

  14. Bev @ Bev Cooks — November 26, 2013 @ 8:09 am (#)

    Yes, yes yes.

  15. Nutmeg Nanny — November 26, 2013 @ 3:06 pm (#)

    YUM!! This is an amazing pork chop recipe :) I cannot wait to make this

  16. Sarah — January 4, 2014 @ 7:40 pm (#)

    Cant Wait To Try! What Side Dishes Pair Well With This Main Dish? Thanks!!

  17. Sadye — January 14, 2014 @ 12:38 pm (#)

    If you’re reading this entry — you HAVE to make these! So delicious! I finished the cooking in my crock pot instead of back in the pan; four hours on high plus almost two on low resulted in seriously falling-apart-so-tender chops.

  18. Edward — January 31, 2014 @ 6:55 pm (#)

    WOW!! I made this for dinner tonight with a baked sweet potato and steamed broccoli, it was such a home run she said, “can we have that again next week too?”
    Thank you!! I was pleasantly surprised at the simplicity and perfect flavor combinations!!

  19. Lou Neville — July 19, 2014 @ 9:07 am (#)

    Can anyone recommend any substitutions for the apple cider?

    • Ali — July 19, 2014 @ 9:50 am (#)

      You can also substitute apple juice. :)

    • Didi Divine — September 12, 2014 @ 7:36 am (#)

      I used apple juice!

  20. Jessica | Saucy Pear — August 12, 2014 @ 8:57 am (#)

    The German kid in me that grew up on a meat and potatoes diet is feeling very nostalgic right now – in the best possible way! I feel like I forget about pork sometimes when I’m considering dinner options (except for bacon, because no one forgets about bacon), and this post reminds me how delicious it can be! Sounds like I should check out the ebook too…

  21. Bree Courtney — August 12, 2014 @ 3:36 pm (#)

    I don’t make pork chops very often, but I have some in the fridge and I’m excited to try this recipe tonight!

  22. Brian Doniger — August 12, 2014 @ 5:51 pm (#)

    Perfection, was delishhh

  23. Didi Divine — September 12, 2014 @ 7:36 am (#)

    I just discovered your blog yesterday and I spent the entire day on it! After much deliberation on which of your great recipes I wanted to try first I settled on this. I was not disappointed at all! I cannot wait for my lunch hour so that I can eat the leftovers! A I know that your blog will inspire the majority of my meals going forward (especially as I embark on a gluten free lifestyle next year). Also HECK YES to shopping at Aldi I have been loyal to it for years! Kudos Chica, you rock!

  24. Molly — October 25, 2014 @ 1:45 pm (#)

    what can I substitute for the heavy cream?  My son is allergic to dairy.

    • Ali — November 9, 2014 @ 9:48 pm (#)

      You could substitute in coconut cream. Enjoy!

  25. Andrew — November 28, 2014 @ 5:33 pm (#)

    So your pictures of this dish do not reflect the use of heavy cream. Is this accurate?

    • Ali — November 29, 2014 @ 8:42 am (#)

      The cream is in there. It just doesn’t show up well in photos.

  26. Bri — January 2, 2015 @ 9:52 am (#)

    My husband would love this! Unfortunately, I don’t eat pork. I know I could just divide the recipe for a single serving, but we work opposite schedules and it’d be great for him to have a delicious meal for several days. Does this reheat well?

    • Ali — January 3, 2015 @ 1:39 pm (#)

      Yes, I think it reheats well. Enjoy!

  27. Claudia — January 2, 2015 @ 9:53 am (#)

    Hi Ali,
    I don’t eat pork. Can I substitute pork with beef?
    Thank you.

    • Ali — January 3, 2015 @ 1:39 pm (#)

      Sure, you definitely could.

  28. Barbara Steuart — January 7, 2015 @ 11:37 am (#)

    I made these pork chops last night and must say it was one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. The whole family loved it! FWIW: I sliced more apples than called for bc they are so good. Worked out great!

  29. Ellen — January 21, 2015 @ 4:40 pm (#)

    i made this tonight for dinner and hubby and I thought it was delicious!  I didn’t have cider or Apple juice so I just used chicken stock.  This one is a keeper!  Thank you for sharing.

  30. renae g — February 16, 2015 @ 7:30 pm (#)

    This was very good… family loved it! Trying to find different things for dinner!

  31. Emma — March 20, 2015 @ 9:26 pm (#)

    I found this on pinterest and made it tonight, and I totally misread the ingredients! I added Apple cider VINEGAR instead of plain Apple cider, but it was delicious! I’m going to try it the right way next time, but I will definitely be making it again with the vinegar as it adds a nice punch. I served it with a salad a d used the sauce as dressing, it was so good. I let it cook and reduce for a few minutes after I added the vinegar and then added the cream so it wouldn’t be too much of a kick, just a heads up.

    Disclaimer: I am 8 months pregnant, so in real life this might have been a horrible mistake and my weird pregnancy tastes are justifying it…but my 2 year old are it without complaint so who knows!

    • Ali — March 21, 2015 @ 10:51 am (#)

      Oh no! I hate when I do stuff like that, but I’m glad it wasn’t a waste! Thanks for giving it a try. : )

  32. Dawn — March 29, 2015 @ 1:47 pm (#)

    making these today and they smell great. Cant wait to have a nice meal for a change instead of hot dogs and mac and cheese, lol.

    • Ali — March 29, 2015 @ 2:01 pm (#)

      Woohoo, let me know what you think! : )

  33. Anna — April 13, 2015 @ 7:51 pm (#)

    I made these tonight and oh my goodness!! I used more apples since we love apples. I will definitely be making these again 

    • Ali — April 14, 2015 @ 12:15 pm (#)

      Thanks Anna, I’m happy you enjoyed these!

  34. kate — May 24, 2015 @ 7:51 pm (#)

    These were delicious although I forgot the apple cider so I substituted wild vines blackberry merlot instead of the cider.  Still yummy. Even my husband ate this and he says he hates onions but the onions took on the Apple cinnamon  flavor . So he liked it. 

    • Ali — May 25, 2015 @ 8:07 am (#)

      Thanks, Kate! I’m glad you and your husband liked them!

  35. Sara — August 26, 2015 @ 1:34 pm (#)

    is this recipe gluten free? Thanks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 26, 2015 @ 9:15 pm (#)

      Hi Sara! The only ingredient in this recipe that we’re not certain about is the apple cider, so we’d suggest just checking the label first. We hope this helps!

  36. Amaryllis @ — September 10, 2015 @ 5:47 am (#)

    I’ve never made pork chops at home, but this is too good to pass. Pork and apples is one of my favourite combos. Thanks for the inspiration, Ali!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 10, 2015 @ 7:59 am (#)

      Awesome, we hope you love it, it’s a surprisingly wonderful combo! :)

  37. Katie — September 24, 2015 @ 1:32 pm (#)

    I don’t own a skillet, is a regular frying pan ok? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 25, 2015 @ 1:45 pm (#)

      Yes, that’s fine, we hope you enjoy the recipe! :)

  38. Jacob Guajardo — September 29, 2015 @ 7:03 pm (#)

    Easy to make. Added bacon, because well…bacon. Made it super delicious 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 29, 2015 @ 11:05 pm (#)

      Bacon is always a good idea (we think). :) We’re glad you liked the recipe!

  39. Veronique — October 2, 2015 @ 2:22 pm (#)

    Can anybody tell me if i can substitute the white onions for a yellow one?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 2, 2015 @ 3:55 pm (#)

      Hi Veronique! Yes, you can definitely do that. We hope you enjoy the recipe!

  40. Eden Passante — October 14, 2015 @ 6:09 pm (#)

    This is making me hungry! This looks like the perfect fall dinner!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 15, 2015 @ 12:37 pm (#)

      Thanks Eden (we love your name btw!), we hope you enjoy this!

  41. Nichole — November 25, 2015 @ 5:07 am (#)

    These turned out nicely but seemed like they were missing a component. I added a drizzle of fig balsamic vinegar and it was amazing!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 29, 2015 @ 9:29 am (#)

      Thanks for sharing Nichole! We think that fig balsamic sounds incredible! :)

  42. Roxanne — November 25, 2015 @ 2:27 pm (#)

    What kind of apples? Gala?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 29, 2015 @ 9:44 am (#)

      We like Pink Ladies, but use whichever apples you like best! You can use a combo too if you like. We hope this helps and that you enjoy!


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