A delicious skillet pork chop recipe perfect if you like a little bit of sweet with your savoury, these Pork Chops with Apples and Onions come together in less than 30 minutes and feature amazing flavor and juicy, perfectly cooked pork chops.
Skillet Pork Chops with Apples Recipe
I always overlook the humble pork chop.
When meal planning, I tend to think about beef, chicken and seafood – but often it’s not unless I see pork chops on sale that I remember how delicious and versatile they are!
This skillet pork chops recipe is perfect for when you grab some pork chops on sale and forget to buy anything else to do with them – like I did. (Oops.) I love the sweet-tangy-acidic combination of apples and onions, and then deepening the flavor with a hit of mustard, homemade poultry seasoning and browned butter took this simple, thrown-together recipe and made it seem like a gourmet meal that I had spent hours planning and executing.
The key to ensuring that this recipe isn’t too sweet for your liking is picking apples that are slightly tart. I personally love Honeycrisp apples for snacking and opted for Gala apples in this dish, but clearly I like it sweet! My daughter found the apples a bit too sweet (she’s a Granny Smith fan), so next time I’ll go with a tarter apple, like a MacIntosh or Jony Gold variety to find a happy medium.
Browned butter sounds fancy but it’s super easy. Basically, you’re heating your butter past just the melting point and allowing the milk solids (those little white flecks that appear in melted butter) to continue cooking until lightly browned, when it takes on a caramelized, slightly nutty flavor. If that sounds too sweet for you, you can just opt for melted butter and simply add your pork chops once the butter is melted and hot – before it starts to brown.
The secret to ensuring that these pork chops stay juicy is to cook them at a medium-heat and allow each side to get a gorgeous, brown sear to seal in those juices before using your meat tongs to flip them.
I also like to use a meat thermometer to avoid cutting into the meat to check for doneness. Pork should be cooked to 145F for safety. This is the meat thermometer I have been using for the past 6 years – I’ve never had to change a battery and it’s super sturdy and reliable. It was a bit pricey, but unlike the $15 models that you can buy, this one isn’t going to need replacement. It is waterproof and comes with a two-year warranty. (Thermoworks also has a $15 pocket-sized model if you want to try that out first before investing in the MK4.)
What to Serve with Skillet Pork Chops
Because this dish is a bit on the sweet side, I recommend opting for savoury pairings. We served ours with blanched green beans and mashed (purple) sweet potato. Other side dish options could include:
- Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Potatoes
- Roasted Broccoli from Kylee Cooks
- Creamy Potato Pea Salad
- Honey Roasted Carrots with Rosemary from Sizzle and Salt
- Brussel Sprout Salad with Pecans, Bacon and Feta Cheese
Check out our quick recipe video for how to make these Skillet Apple Pork Chops, and then don’t forget to scroll down to grab your free printable recipe card:
Apple Pork Chops Ingredients
- Pork Chops
- Poultry Seasoning <– grab our recipe for homemade poultry seasoning here
- Salt and Pepper
- Olive oil
- Chicken Broth
- Whole Grain Mustard <– can use dijon mustard
- Apple Cider, optional <– can use apple cider vinegar or even a splash of apple juice
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: I personally found that our apples were sweet enough without the addition of apple cider. Apple cider vinegar is a great option if you want to add some bite to your recipe without adding additional spices.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Cast Iron Skillet <– I love the versatility of a good cast-iron pan – you can make everything from eggs to dessert in them and they transition easily from the stove to the oven. This one is pre-seasoned and great for even heating
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Sharp kitchen knife
- Wooden Spoon or Spatula <– I like these spatulas because they are one solid piece and don’t have removable heads for bacteria to get trapped underneath. Plus they are heat-resistant and have a lifetime warranty.
- Meat Thermometer
How to Make Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Onions
Place butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Allow the butter to melt and get bubbly to the point that you can see little white milk solids.
Meanwhile, pat the pork chops dry and seasoning with 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning each and salt and pepper, to taste.
Add the pork chops to the skillet and brown well on each side, about 8 minutes per side, until an inserted meat thermometer reaches 145F.
Remove the pork chops to a plate and add the olive oil to the skillet.
Once the oil is hot, add the slices apples and onions and cook until onions are translucent, about 3 minutes.
Add 3/4 cup of the chicken broth, mustard, thyme and optional apple cider, and increase heat to medium-high.
Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce and cook for 5-8 minutes until broth is fully absorbed, adding more broth as needed.
Return the pork chops to the pan and scoop on the apple and onion mixture.
Place a lid on the skillet to heat the pork chops through faster. (You can also do this without a lid.)
Serve the pork chops with a generous scoop of the apple and onion mixture on top.
Grab your free printable for our skillet pork chops with apples and onions recipe:
- 2 Tablespoons Butter
- 4 3-4oz Pork Chops
- 2 teaspoons Poultry Seasoning
- Salt and Pepper, as needed
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 2 medium Apples, thinly sliced
- 1 Onion, thinly sliced
- 1 cup Chicken Broth
- 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
- 1/4 cup Apple Cider, optional
- Place butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Allow the butter to melt and get bubbly to the point that you can see little white milk solids.
- Meanwhile, pat the pork chops dry and seasoning with 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning each and salt and pepper, to taste.
- Add the pork chops to the skillet and brown well on each side, about 8 minutes per side, until an inserted meat thermometer reaches 145F.
- Remove the pork chops to a plate and add the olive oil to the skillet.
- Once the oil is hot, add the slices apples and onions and cook until onions are translucent, about 3 minutes.
- Add 3/4 cup of the chicken broth, mustard, thyme and optional apple cider, and increase heat to medium-high.
- Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce and cook for 5-8 minutes until broth is fully absorbed, adding more broth as needed.
- Return the pork chops to the pan and scoop on the apple and onion mixture.
- Place a lid on the skillet to heat the pork chops through faster. (You can also do this without a lid.)
- Serve the pork chops with a generous scoop of the apple and onion mixture on top.
Taste your apple medley before adding the apple cider. I found my apples were sweet enough that they didn't need it. Apple cider vinegar is also optional, it can add some bite and flavor without salt.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 362Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 501mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 3gSugar: 12gProtein: 23g
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.
I hope your family loves this super simple weeknight dinner as much as mine did! It looks and tastes like a gourmet meal – but it takes very little effort and no special culinary skills!