This Pork Chops with Apples recipe is the perfect fall meal! Cook tender pork chops in a cast iron skillet with thinly sliced apples.
Pork and apples make for A Nostalgic Fall Flavored Dinner
We grew up eating pork chops and applesauce for dinner as a kid all the time. I wanted to create a dinner that reminded me of those flavors but more my style of cooking. This pork chops with apples does exactly that! It is quick and easy too.
Cast iron skillet pork chops take few ingredients but the recipe is packed full of flavor. It also all comes together in just one pan with very few kitchen tools needed. If you want the taste of fall but the absence of pumpkin, this recipe is for you.
- Cast Iron Skillet (or any oven safe skillet)
- Cutting board
- Sharp chefs knife
- Measuring spoons
- Tongs for tossing
This pork chops and apples recipe can be a meal on its own, but would also pair great with a side. I like serving these with salads, shaved brussels sprouts, roasted squash, or even just some warm buttery bread.
It makes enough for about 4 servings. If you have any leftovers, you could dice the pork chops and apples and maybe even put them on a salad, like this roasted vegetable salad. It’s also be great with some grains on the side.
- Boneless pork chops
- Medium sized apples (see note below)
- Yellow onion
- Olive oil
- Unsalted Butter
- Dried thyme
- Kosher salt
Sweeter apples like honey crisp are my favorite to use in this recipe. Any apple will work – it is totally up to you!
Granny smith will give more of a sour tang, if that’s more your speed. If you are sensitive to onions you may leave them out, but if you are not sensitive I suggest keeping them in since they give the dish more depth.
To make this recipe dairy free, you can use either a butter substitute or just more olive oil.
How to make This Pork Chop Apple Recipe
Step 1: Preheat the oven and Prep ingredients
To begin, preheat the oven to 350 F. Then, salt the pork chops heavily on both sides and set aside.
Next, slice the apples and onion into thin slices. You want them to be about 1/8 of an inch thick if possible.
Step 2: Start the dish on the stove
Sear the pork for about two minutes on each side. Remove the pork from the pan and reduce heat to medium low.
Then, add the butter to the pan and add apples and onions to the pan. Saute the onions and apples until soft, about five minutes.
Season with salt and dried thyme and cook for another minute.
Step 3: Bake the pork chops and apples in the oven
Next, nestle the pork chops back into the dish with the apples and onions. Place skillet in the 350 degree oven and bake for 12 minutes. Check that the internal temperature of the meat is at least 145 F.
Serve with your favorite side dish and enjoy!
Storage and reheating
This dish can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat either in the oven or on the stove top until warmed through and enjoy.
If you like cold leftovers, this dish is actually great cold as well!
Check out these other fall dinner recipes
- Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce
- No Bean Turkey Chili
- Chicken Apple Sausage Sheet Pan Supper
- Spicy Pumpkin One Pot Pasta
You can find the full recipe below. If you make this recipe, please rate and review it in the comments, or share it with me on Instagram!
- Preheat oven to 350F. Salt pork chops liberally on all sides and set aside
- Slice apples and onion into thin slices.
- Heat oil in a large cast iron skillet over med-high heat. Sear pork for about 2 minutes on each side. Remove the pork from the pan and decrease heat to med-low.
- Add butter to the pan and saute onions and apple in butter until softened about 5 minutes. Season with salt and dried thyme and cook for another minute.
- Nestle pork chops back into the pan with the apples and onions. Place skillet in the oven and cook at 350F for 12 minutes. Check that the internal temperature of the pork has reached 145F and enjoy!
- You can use any kind of apple but I prefer something sweeter like a honey crisp
- You can use any oven safe skillet for this recipe