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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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. :)

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Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops

  • 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 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


  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, 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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176 comments on “Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops”

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

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

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  7. 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!

  8. 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!

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  10. 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!

  11. 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!

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  13. 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! :)

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  16. 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! :)

  17. What is the purpose of the heavy cream? Can I omit it? When making these, everything was looking great until I added the heavy cream. It wasnt visually appealing. Maybe I did them wrong? were the pork chops supposed to absorb the cream?

    But I would like to note that it did taste great!

  18. Love these recipes

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  22. 5 stars
    Wonderful zip to porkchops, Husband & I loved, definitely a keeper in my recipe book.

  23. 5 stars

  24. 5 stars
    I live in WI and even though it’s technically August, it’s felt a lot more like October this week. I am not complaining as fall is my favorite time of year for so many reasons! I was inspired to find a good fall recipe that would make the house smell great too. I made these earlier in the week and YUM!!! I ended up browning the pork chops in butter for 2 min on each side, and putting them in the slow cooker. Then I sauteed the onions for about 2 min in the pan before adding them to the slow cooker. I cooked on low for 6 hours. About 10 minutes before serving them, I added in the heavy cream. I also added a touch of balsamic vinegar (about 2 teaspoons, per the recommendation of someone else who made these). They were amazing! I made garlic mashed potatoes and broccoli alongside. My 4 year old and 1 year old devoured them along with my boyfriend :) I will definitely be making this recipe again.

  25. 5 stars
    I it last night and are it again for lunch it is so delicious, I ate 2 chops before I knew it lol, Thanks for the recipe I new something different, but I left out the cream and it turn out very nice!!

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  27. I am going to make this tonight but wondered if this could be done in a pressure cooker?

  28. 5 stars
    Every one has their own “touch” that adds to the dish. I couldn’t find Apple Cider so I got Apple Cinnamon sauce kids cups and added a little water. It came out amazing!!

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  30. 4 stars
    Made this meal last night and it was super yummy! My husband is a picky man and he went for seconds!

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  35. 5 stars
    Hubby loved it. Wants more!! Apple butter works good too instead of the apple cider. It’s quite sweet so I would probably leave out at least half the brown sugar I put a little cinnamon on the apples as I was sautéing.

  36. 5 stars
    I just made this and it was great! Different, easy and tasty! I didn’t have cream but I subbed chicken broth. Perfect! Nice color too! Don’t be scared of the high heat.

  37. 5 stars
    Just made this recipe for supper tonight and my husband and I loved it. I will be making it again .

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  39. 5 stars
    I made this tonight with boneless center cut pork chops.I used 1/2 &1/2 instead of heavy cream and coconut palm sugar instead of brown sugar.It was delicious and I will definetley make it again.Served it with baked acorn squash a perfect fall dinner thanks for the recipe.

  40. 4 stars
    This a good recipe for pork chops! However, I think I will use Apple cider vinegar and thinner pork chops next time. They were a bit tough.

  41. Loved this recipe! Told everyone how delicious it was! Will definitely make it again and prob add more apples! Would love to know how many calories are in this dish.

  42. Made these tonight with a few minor variations! They are excellent and I think this recipe has lots more room for creativity (could be nice with some additional herbs like rosemary etc). Variations were: a)omit cream b) half the butter c) Apple cider vinegar instead of real cider. They were awesome and LOVED how it was a one pan deal. Ps us your cast iron pan if you have one!

  43. Looks beautiful and delicious! I do some prep ahead meals but not that many. I think this is very worthwhile and nice to know you always have a meal on hand!
    rose martine

  44. This receipt is SOOOO good! It is constantly one of our favorites, thanks so much :) Only thing we change is to also add in mushrooms and cook them with the onions and apples.

  45. Pretty good. I think it would benefit from another dimension. I’m going to add dried cranberries next time.

  46. FANTASTIC! Enough Said. This is great with a Baked Sweet Potato, or Mashed Sweet Potatoes. Again, Can’t say enough. I will be cooking this again.

  47. I absolutely loved the taste! Even added some craisins for texture & sweetness.

  48. This was really good. I loved how the apples and onion browned so nicely. Very tasty!