These apple pork chops are browned in butter, then simmered in the most delicious cider sauce with fresh apples and sage.

These chops are the ultimate fall dinner that’s quick to make and always gets rave reviews!

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A pan of apple pork chops with sage.

We eat a lot of chicken, but sometimes I buy some pork chops to mix things up a bit. These apple pork chops only have 6 ingredients but are huge on flavor. This recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight but elegant enough to serve to guests, and the flavors just scream fall! Pork chops with apples is a classic flavor combination, and the addition of apple cider here really makes this dish special.

Along with these pork chops, I also like to make some of my other favorite pork recipes like grilled pork tenderloin, crock pot pork roast and smoked pulled pork. If you want to see some other fall favorites, check out this list of fantastic fall recipes!

Bone in apple pork chops cooked in apple cider.

apple pork chop Ingredients

The ingredients list is very short for these apple pork chops. You want the highest quality that you can find. You can use your favorite type of apple here. These photos show red delicious apples simply because the color is so pretty, but most types of apples will work. You can use bone-in or boneless pork chops. I do think that bone-in chops have more flavor and they’re less prone to getting dry. Fresh sage is absolutely essential here, the dried stuff won’t do. If you don’t have sage on hand, fresh thyme or rosemary are nice substitutes. I use an unfiltered apple cider that’s full of spices and aromatics. If you use the clear apple cider that looks just like apple juice and doesn’t have any spices like cinnamon on the ingredient list, your end result won’t be quite as delicious.

Apple pork chops with cider and sage.

How to make apple pork chops

A mixture of pan drippings, apple cider and Dijon mustard form the base for this sauce. This sauce tends to be on the thinner side. If you’d like it to be a little thicker, you can reduce it by half on the stovetop. That being said, I like a lot of sauce to go around so I keep it as is. These apple pork chops are great served over egg noodles, rice or garlic mashed potatoes Try a green veggie on the side like roasted green beans or bacon wrapped asparagus. This dish will be on regular rotation at my house all through the cold weather months!

More fall favorites

5 from 27 votes

Apple Pork Chops

AuthorSara Welch
A pan of apple pork chops.
This 6 ingredient apple pork chops recipe is the best pork I've ever eaten! These apple pork chops are the perfect fall meal for a busy weeknight.
Time
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Serves 4

Ingredients 

  • 3 tablespoons butter divided use
  • 4 bone in pork chops approximately 5-6 ounces each
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons apple cider divided use
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoons chopped fresh sage
  • 3 apples cored and thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste.

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a large skillet melt 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Season the pork generously with salt and pepper; cook for 6 minutes on each side or until deep golden brown.
  • Add 1/2 cup of cider to the pan and place in the oven for 10-15 minutes. The bake time depends on the thickness of your chops and your desired level of doneness. I like my pork medium well and bake it for 10 minutes, if you prefer well done, bake for 15 minutes.
  • While the pork is in the oven, In another skillet, cook the apples in the remaining butter over medium-high for 5 minutes. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of apple cider, turn the heat to high and cook for 1-2 minutes more. Season the apples with salt to taste.
  • After the pan comes out of the oven transfer the pork to a plate. Whisk the mustard and sage into the cider drippings; season to taste with salt and pepper. Place the apples on the plate with the pork and pour the sauce over the top. Serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 173mg | Potassium: 460mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.6mg

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  1. Can I use an iron skillet to fry the chops? I don’t think my regular skillet can go into the oven.

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe is amazing. My family has asked this be recorded in our all time favorites  I added the drippings from the cooked apples into the pork chop drippings with the Dijon. We also used pork tenderloin filets instead of bone in. I added a sweet potato with cinnamon! Most excellent! Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious!! I made recipe exactly as written. Whole family loved it. Thanks for great recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    This is a simple delicious way to make pork chops that come out tender without breading and doesn’t take forever. I remove the pork chops from the pan and put in a baking pan for the oven, then “fry” my thick sliced and peeled apples in the pan with the drippings from the chops so they caramelize in the butter. With the obligatory mashed potatoes on the side, they were heaven. Thank you, I actually came back to rate this recipe, which I rarely do!

    1. You could use chicken broth if needed, you might just want to add like 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar or honey to make up for the sweetness that would be in the cider.

  5. 5 stars
    Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe! It was easy but tasted so good! Will definitely be making it again! I had to use dry sage, all my herbs except parsley died in the frost!

  6. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I had a little red onion to add which worked well. The recipe by itself was fabulous! It’s a new staple in our house. My husband does not like fruit with his main dishes, but he really liked this.

  7. The nutrition facts are lower than the rest of the recipes I was looking up, is this healthy for a diabetic? I’m looking for recipes low in carbs and sugar.

  8. 1/2 C of vinegar sounds like a lot. Did anyone who has made this think it was overly sour?

  9. 5 stars
    I was looking for a recipe for bone-in pork chops as I bought some on sale at Whole Foods. Not having ever cooked them before, I searched the internet and came upon this recipe which seemed simple enough and perfect for fall. They were the best! The sauce was so tasty and paired with the apples, it was delicious, and my husband and three kids loved it.. This is a keeper! Thank you!

  10. 5 stars
    followed this recipe to the “T” and every one loved them!!! it seamed like they cooked faster but came out great!! the apples alone were a treat! though i think mine were under cook but no one complained so all good this one is a good one to have if your looking for something different if your in a pinch and need to throw a good meal i like this one!