apple spice pork chops

$7.41 recipe / $1.85 serving

Are y’all ready for this?

…no, no, I don’t think you are.

Okay, if you insist… But if your head explodes upon contemplating the deliciousness of this recipe, don’t say I didn’t try to warn you.

I don’t even know if I can describe it… it’s just wonderful. No, it’s more than wonderful. The brown sugar and butter create an amazing caramel like sauce that drenches the pork chops in a deep, rich, sweetness. Add a little spice from the cinnamon, nutmeg and black pepper and you’ve got a carnival in your mouth. Pork heaven.

Also, since the chops simmer in the delicious sauce there is not even a fraction of a possibility that chops will end up as dry hockey pucks. No, they’re juicy, rich, sweet and savory all at one time. *mouth watering as I type*

A couple of notes: I used boneless, center cut, thick chops but you use bone-in as well. I chose fuji apples for this recipe because I wanted something that was halfway between sweet and tart. I would suggest using any variety that is sweet but not sickeningly so. You want a little “acid” in there.

Apple Spice Pork Chops

Apple Spice Pork Chops

4.8 from 12 reviews
apple spice pork chops
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Total Cost: $7.41
Cost Per Serving: $1.85
Serves: 4
  • 4 thick cut pork chops $5.01
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil $0.06
  • a sprinkle salt and pepper $0.05
  • 1 med onion $0.38
  • 2 med apples $1.69
  • 2 Tbsp butter $0.07
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar $0.02
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon $0.02
  • ⅛ tsp nutmeg $0.02
  • 1 tsp chicken or vegetable bouillon $0.09
  • 1 cup water $0.00
  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. While the skillet is heating, open the pork chops and season one side with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  2. Once the oil is hot (it should look wavy or ripply) place the chops in the pan, seasoned side down. Season the other side and let the chops cook undisturbed for 5-7 minutes or until the bottoms form a nice brown crust. If your chops are sticking to the pan, that means they have not formed a crust yet. They will “let go” once the crust forms. Flip the chops and cook the second side in the same manner. It should take 5-7 minutes for each side.
  3. While the chops are searing, thinly slice the onion. Wash, core and slice the apples into thin wedges. Once the chops have seared on both sides, remove them from the pan and add the apples, onion and butter. Stir and cook for about five minutes or until the apples and onions begin to soften.
  4. Add the bouillon, water, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg to the skillet with the apples and onions. Stir until everything is mixed together then return the chops to the pan. Nestle the chops down in the mixture, making sure some onions and apples are on top of the chops.
  5. Simmer the chops in the apple/onion mixture for about 10-15 minutes or until the liquid has reduced by half. Stir occasionally, moving the apples and onions around so they all have a chance to simmer and soften. Serve each chop with apples, onions and sauce spooned over top.
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Apple Spice Pork Chops

Step By Step Photos

raw pork chopsOpen the package of pork chops and season one side with salt and pepper. Heat a large, heavy skillet with vegetable oil over medium-high heat.

sear chopsWhen the oil is very hot (it should look wavy), add the chops, seasoning side down. Season the second side with salt and pepper. Let the chops sizzle in the skillet, without disturbing them until they form a brown crust.

crusted pork chopsWhen the chops have seared and formed a crust, they will no longer stick to the pan and you can turn them over and cook the second side in the same manner.

apple onionWhile the chops are doing their thing, get out your onion and apples. Wash the apples well.

sliced onions applesSlice the onion thinly. Core and slice the apples into wedges. Next time I think I’ll slice the apples a little thinner.

add apples onions to skilletOnce the pork chops have seared on both sides, remove them to a plate. Add the apples, onion and butter to the skillet.

deglaze panStir them all around so that the butter and juices from the apples and onion deglaze the pan (deglaze = dissolve all of the crusted pork goodness stuck to the pan). Cook them down for about 5 minutes or until they begin to soften.

bouillon and spicesAdd the water, bouillon, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. I didn’t bother measuring the nutmeg and cinnamon, just go ahead and sprinkle some in there. Stir it all around to mix everything together.

nestle chops inAdd the chops back to the pan and nestle them down in all of that goodness. See them hiding down in there? Continue to let everything simmer until the liquid reduces by half. Stir everything around every few minutes or so.

apple spice pork chopsServe each chop with some apples, onions and sauce spooned over top!

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Pork rapture, y’all.

I felt kinda weird about using someone else’s image (pork rapture) that I found on google until I opened their website and saw that they borrowed my meatball sub photo in a recent post… what a coincidence!!


  1. Evie says:

    So yummy. I ran out of brown sugar, so I used some maple syrup instead. Two words: Mind Blown!

  2. This looks amazing – I can’t wait to try it! I’ll be featuring this recipe on my blog tomorrow!

  3. Susan says:

    Your blog is like the bible of all recipe blogs. Every time I attempted cooking before, I’d end up burning something, and now I’m cooking dishes like these lick-the-plate-clean delicious apple spice pork chops. I made these a few nights ago and am still savoring the leftovers. THANK YOU for posting these easy to follow recipes and basically for existing. That is all. :-)

  4. Jolene says:

    I’ve made this recipe several times and it’s been my favorite. Today we went to our local apple orchard and got fresh apples and cider and I substituted the water with the apple cider and they turned out just as delisious.

  5. Megan says:

    Just made these. So good and so easy!! I used a 3 pack of pork chops so I just reduced the apples and onions a bit, kept everything else the same.

  6. Tiffany says:

    did you cook these by themselves or serve with any sides? Side suggestions?

  7. Tracy says:

    Is there away to adapt this to a crockpot?

    • The browning step for the pork chops is really important for creating the right flavor, so you’ll want to still do that step in a skillet. After that you can put everything in a slow cooker together. I’m not sure how long or what setting without testing it out, but it should also be noted that meat cooked in a slow cooker usually comes out very tender, so it might “fall apart” with a fork, like pulled pork. That’s usually a good thing, but maybe not for a pork chop?

  8. Clarissa says:

    I made this tonight and it was a hit! I got some pork chops on sale yesterday and didn’t know what to do with them, and was excited to find this recipe. I have no idea how it turned out, personally, because I’m a vegetarian, but my boyfriend liked it :).

  9. Jessica says:

    This looks and sounds delicious but I want to try it with chicken breast instead of pork, I know this might be an off the wall question but would anything change about cooking the meat or will I be able to do the same thing

    • You can use the same method, you’ll just need to keep an eye on it because it will cook at a different pace depending on the thickness and fat content of the meat.

  10. anniefran says:

    Has anyone attempted these without the onion?

  11. Rachelle says:

    I have an irrational fear/distaste of cooking pork, partly because of the overhyped bacon fever and partly because I’m always afraid of ruining it. But I saw pork chops on sale yesterday, so I bought them and cooked this.

    Holy wow, this was amazing. And easy! And I never don’t have apples or onions on hand. Once again, Beth, you are a genius.

  12. Clara Arcia says:

    This recipe was great! I am not a good cook at all, and this recipe was so easy to follow and it came out delicious. I made it for my boyfriend and roommate and got great reviews! Thanks so much, I love this website, great blog!

  13. taylor says:

    I have been eyeing this recipe for months but as I live in the West Indies, where all food is imported, the pork chops will cost me approx. $17.00 US. The apples will be about $4.00 US and the remainder of ingredients negligible. After reading all the favourable reviews I have decided to go for it. Will buy pork chops on weekend ( if food boat comes in ) and make this early next week. The photos look so yummy and I know I will not regret the cost. As I have not yet made it, I am awarding stars based on the pics and reviews.

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