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Caramel Apple Pork Chops

Pork chops are pan seared and then cooked in a simple buttery brown sugar sauce with fresh sliced apples to make a totally fun (and fast!) fall dinner dish. Caramel Apple Pork Chops can be on the table in just 30 minutes!

Caramel Apple Pork Chop Recipe

I originally shared this recipe waaaay back in October 2011, about a month after I started this blog. I have updated the photos (and the embarrassing text – what in the world?!), but the recipe is unchanged! It is a MAJOR favorite in my house!

It’s been since this time last year that I added apples to a savory dish with Chicken and Apple Cheddar Dumplings. I have a TON of sweet apple recipes, but I love being able to give my favorite fruit a fun dinner twist. Caramel Apple Pork Chops are where it’s at.

 

This is a super easy 30 minute one-pot dish. The apples turn out like those sweet baked cinnamon apples you can order on the side in homestyle restaurants. You know — the ones you can’t decide to eat for dinner or dessert? Those.

Caramel Apple Pork Chop Skillet

They are tender and brown sugar sweet with just a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. The pecans add a little richness and some crunch.

Pork chops are not in my normal dinnertime wheelhouse. I have a TON of chicken recipes, but if you’ve been reading here awhile, you might remember that my dad and his non-cooking skills basically ruined pork chops for me for approximately 20 years. He thought he was extra professional when he realized he could open a can of cream-of-whatever soup, pour it over pork chops, and bake them. For the record, please don’t do that.

Anyway. These are not those. The pork chops turn out tender and juicy. The sauce is brown sugar buttery. All of it together is gonna be your new favorite fall meal.

Easy Caramel Apple Pork Chop Recipe

5.0 from 3 reviews
Caramel Apple Pork Chops
 
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Serves: serves 4
Ingredients
  • 6-8 boneless pork chops (1/2 inch to ¾ inch thick)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced (A firm apple like a Granny Smith is best)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Heat the oil in a large skillet, over medium high heat and then brown the pork chops (about 1 minute on each side).
  2. Remove the browned chops from the skillet and set them aside. In the same skillet, over medium heat, melt butter and add the brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir until the sauce is completely combined and then add the apples.
  3. Cook the apples in the caramel sauce for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add the pork chops back to the skillet and sprinkle with the chopped pecans.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes or until pork chops are cooked through. The apples will be tender and the sauce will be bubbly. Spoon the apples and sauce over the pork chops when serving.

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An easy 30 minute meal loaded with fall flavors! These Caramel Apple Pork Chops are a weeknight meal favorite.
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Tabitha

Monday 13th of November 2017

I don't understand the transition from throwing them back in thth skillet to bake them for 25 minutes?

David Lee

Tuesday 23rd of July 2019

@Tabitha, retains moisture, after you brown the outside it seals in juice then the bake time 25min finishes the chops juicy n tender

Maggie

Sunday 29th of October 2017

Was ABSOLUTELY delicious! Will make again... :)

Heather Tullos

Wednesday 1st of November 2017

Yaayyyy! Glad you loved this! Thanks, Maggie!

Austyn

Tuesday 15th of November 2016

How could I do this recipe as a crockpot recipe? I would love to try it but 30 minutes of undivided attention in the kitchen with my 2 year old boy/girl twins is a very rare experience...

lori

Friday 21st of October 2016

Made this for dinner with fried potatoes. It was awesome. The apples were wonderful. I used honey crisp apples.

Heather Tullos

Friday 21st of October 2016

Yes! Honey Crisp are the best! So glad you enjoyed!

Jane

Monday 17th of October 2016

Just made this again for maybe the third time and it's as good now as the first time I made it! Cooking the apples with the chops infuses them with the flavor and makes them so tender! This is a must try recipe that everyone will love

Heather Tullos

Tuesday 18th of October 2016

oh awesome! Thanks so much Jane! Glad you enjoyed it!