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Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


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


  • 4 bone-in pork chops, about 3/4-inch thick
  • fine sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 apples, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 large white onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon finely-chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2/3 cup apple cider
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream


  1. Generously season the chops with salt and pepper on both sides. Set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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, rosemary, 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.
  4. Serve the chops with the apple mixture spooned on top

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103 comments on “Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops”

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

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

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

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

  5. Stunning as always! I love these flavors.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  13. OMG…thank you! These look so amazing!

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

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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!!

  18. Can anyone recommend any substitutions for the apple cider?

  19. 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…

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

  21. Perfection, was delishhh

  22. 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!

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

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

  25. 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?

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

  27. 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!

  28. 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.

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

  30. 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!

  31. 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.

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

  33. 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. 

  34. is this recipe gluten free? Thanks!

    • 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!

  35. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

  41. What kind of apples? Gala?

    • 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!

  42. Made these tonight. Next time I will omit the heavy cream.  I feel it created an unpleasant texture similar to a raw egg.  Otherwise, it was a flavorful and easy recipe. 

    • We’re sorry you didn’t care for the cream in this Gloria, definitely feel free to leave it out next time. We’re glad you still enjoyed the recipe though!

  43. Love!! 
    Love this recipe. I forgot the onions but it was still fantastic.

  44. I’ve made this before and absolutely LOVE it! Making it again, but for a bigger crowd, so I need to use something larger, like a casserole dish…can it be baked in the oven instead of done on the stove? If so, how long and at what temp? Thanks for the help!

    • Thanks for sharing Shannon — we’re happy you enjoyed it! Hmmm, that’s a good question. We haven’t tried making a bigger portion of this and baking it, but we think that should work. You’ll still want to do everything in the first paragraph. Then, we think you could transfer the pork chops and all of the other ingredients to a baking dish and then bake at 425 for about 25 min (or until the pork chops are cooked to your liking. We hope this helps!

  45. These sound delicious and I think my 14 month old might even like them since she loves apples. I saw the comment about cooking in an oven, which might be easier for me with a little one, do you think this would also work in a slow cooker?

    • Thanks Kelly! We haven’t tried this in a slow cooker, but we think you could probably cook everything on low for 6-8 hours. However, we would brown the onion just a little bit first, and we wouldn’t add the cream until the very end (like last 5 min of cooking). We hope you enjoy!

  46. What side dish do you recommend? 

    • Hi Debbie! We like a nice side salad with a light vinaigrette (balsamic, lemon or white wine), and garlicky potatoes. :) We hope you enjoy!

  47. This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it and will definitely be trying in the slow cooker. Question for you…why do you choose the pork with the bone in? Does it make a difference? I usually just have my butcher slice up a pork loin to make boneless pork chops. Thanks for sharing your recipe

    • Hi Jennifer! We prefer using bone-in pork chops (and any bone-in meats really) because the bone helps keep the meat juicier and more tender. You can definitely use boneless though, and for this recipe we think they should take about the same amount of time. We hope you enjoy!

  48. I didn’t have apple cider or heavy cream. I substituted equal parts apple cider vinegar, water and unsweetened coconut milk (to equal a cup, I can’t really do the whole lactose thing). Added another tbsp of brown sugar and tbsp of balsamic vinegar to sweeten up and help make a glaze. It was sweet, spicy, tangy…biiiggggggg hit in our house! Yummo :) 

    • We’re so glad you were able to make this work and that you enjoyed it Jessie! :)

  49. Just made this and it was absolutely amazing! My grocery store actually didn’t have apple cider, so I used apple cider vinegar and it was so good! Great recipe! Will be making a lot in the future! :)