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Hard Cider Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

This fall inspired Hard Cider Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Onions recipe makes a great dinner your whole family will love – comes together so quickly. This recipe has been very popular with readers over the years! 

close up of boneless pork chop and apples in a skillet

This post was originally published September 24, 2014. I’ve updated it with new pictures and wanted to share it again since it’s apple season!

When Fall (and football season) hit I pretty much crave two specific (adult) beverages – pumpkin beer and hard apple cider. It’s a happy day when the pumpkin beer display appears at the grocery store. Hard apple cider, I’ve noticed, seems to be available all year round which is a treat because sometimes a cold, refreshing, slightly sweet apple bevvy really hits the spot on a warm evening on the patio.

I don’t cook pork chops very often at home. No reason why really, it just doesn’t seem to be something I remember to include when I am planning our meals. I really should start adding them into regular rotation because I’ve noticed when I do make them, everyone devours them – including the kids (the whole family loves these Parmesan Baked Pork Chops!).

These fall inspired Hard Cider Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Onions make a great one-pan meal your whole family will love.

I’ve always loved the flavor of pork chops with apples – adding the hard cider the mix just makes it better! If you are cooking for your family, don’t worry – the alcohol cooks off in the skillet making them kid friendly. (You can always use regular apple juice or apple cider instead.)

These fall inspired Hard Cider Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Onions make a great one-pan meal your whole family will love.

Since the pork chops are boneless and thin, this Hard Cider Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Onions recipe cooks up fairly quickly making it a good option for a weeknight dinner. I don’t know about you, but I love skillet meals like this.

We ate these skillet pork chops with apples alongside these Cheddar Dill Roasted Red Potatoes but mashed potatoes or wild rice would be another great side as well.

Fall inspired Hard Cider Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Onions make a great one-pan meal

PS…I’m curious, what’s your favorite hard cider or pumpkin beer?

hard cider pork chops with apples

Hard Cider Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

  • Author: Aggies Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Skillet
  • Cuisine: American


These fall inspired Hard Cider Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Onions recipe makes a great dinner your whole family will love.


  • 6 thin, boneless pork loin chops (about 2 lb)
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 large apples, sliced (try Golden Delicious, Granny Smith or Gala)
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 sweet yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 cup hard apple cider (try Angry Orchard or Redds, you can substitute apple juice or cider too)


  1. In a small bowl mix together salt, pepper, rosemary and garlic powder. Season both sides of pork chops liberally.
  2. In a large heavy skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Place the pork chops into pan. (If not enough room, cook pork chops in batches). Cook on one side for 4 minutes until chops are golden brown and releases from pan easily. Cook other side for additional 4 minutes.
  3. Take pork chops out and place on to a plate. Repeat with remaining pork chops, if needed.
  4. Add sliced onions and apples into skillet. Season with pinch salt and pepper. Pour in part of hard apple cider (about 1/4 cup) to deglaze pan while tossing apples and onions. Add rest of hard apple cider and let simmer for 5 minutes uncovered or until liquid reduces a bit. Add pork chops back into skillet and cover. Turn off heat and let sit for 1-2 minutes. Using tongs, take out pork chops and place in dish. Pour apple and onion mixture over pork chops and serve.

Keywords: pork, pork chops, healthy recipe, pork with apples, fall recipe, pork recipe, healthy pork recipe, apple recipe, savory apple recipe

More recipes using pork chops:

Honey Soy Pork Chops

Pork Chops with Glazed Apricots

Mediterranean Boneless Pork Chops

Balsamic Dijon Pork Chops

Fall comfort food! Grab some hard apple cider and elevate the flavor of this Pork with Apples and Onions dish. Your whole family will love it!

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43 Responses to “Hard Cider Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Onions”

  1. Rachel Cooks posted September 24, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Such a great fall meal!

  2. Erin | The Law Student's Wife posted September 24, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Love apples and pork together! I’m still on the search for the right pumpkin beer–something that still tastes like pumpkin (but not like I’m drinking a loaf of pumpkin bread!)

  3. Liz posted September 24, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Thank you for the nice recipe.

  4. Sandy @ Reluctant Entertainer posted September 24, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Oh, this looks fabulous, Aggie. Perfect for the season! Thanks for the linky love for the Apricot Chops! They are yummy, too! 🙂

  5. Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen posted September 24, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Hard cider is getting very trendy these days, isn’t it? I’m seeing it more and more. Love the idea of using it as an ingredient – especially for pork chops. This recipe has me in the mood for fall food!

  6. Gaby posted September 24, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    This is my kind of dinner! It really sounds amazing!

  7. Robin posted September 24, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    I prefer the Shipyard Pumpkinhead beer, served in a glass with a cinnamon sugar rim! Yum!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted September 25, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      Oh I love the sound of that cinnamon sugar rim! Will have to try it, YUM!

  8. Jersey Girl Cooks posted September 24, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Delish! I love Angry Orchard cider.

    • Aggies Kitchen posted September 25, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      yes, love it too…and Redds! I tried one at a bar on tap that was my favorite but I can not remember name!

  9. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl posted September 24, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    I am loving pumpkin beer right now- Ichabad and Magic Hat are two great ones! Loving these pork chops!!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted September 25, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      I’ve seen Magic Hat but not Ichabad, and have tried neither! I want to try only new ones this year 🙂 Thanks friend!

  10. Shaina posted September 25, 2014 at 11:35 am

    I adore hard cider. I’m not much of a fan of pumpkin things in general (please don’t throw things at me), but a local brewery has a sweet potato beer that’s quite nice. These are the perfect fall pork chops!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted September 25, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      ha ha about pumpkin! I would love to try that sweet potato beer! Thanks Shaina!

  11. Jacinta posted September 25, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Bulmers Cider from Ireland is THE best! Outside of Ireland it is called Magner’s. Go to to look up where it is available.

    • Aggies Kitchen posted September 26, 2014 at 11:46 am

      Yes! Magners! I think that is the one I ordered at a bar in NY once (a friend with me rec’d) and loved it! I will have to look for it here locally. Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Miss @ Miss in the posted September 27, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    My family would love this, such a great comforting fall meal!

  13. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles posted September 29, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    That’s my favorite hard cider you have in your hand, missy. Love it! AND I love this pork chops dish – looks awesome!

  14. Aimee posted October 14, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Made this last night – DELICIOUS! Even the kiddos ate it. Perfect fall food. I used the Angry Orchard Apple Ginger. Even better today for lunch.

    • Aggies Kitchen posted October 14, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks for letting me know Aimee! So glad you enjoyed it! (I have never tried the apple ginger, will pick some up! 🙂 )

  15. Edni posted October 24, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    This sounds delicious. I’ll have to try it! There are so many great pumpkin beers available, Wolaver’s Pumkin ale and Southern Tier’s Pumking, are 2 of my faves!

  16. Millena posted November 9, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Yum! This recipe turned out fantastic! I added cinnamon to the apple sauté and I highly recommend it. I’ve been a big fan of cider lately so it was nice to incorporate that into cooking. Thanks for an awesome recipe!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted November 9, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      Ohhh that cinnamon sounds great! So glad you enjoyed this! Thanks for letting me know 🙂

  17. Tori posted November 10, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    This looks delicious! I’ve got it on the menu for tomorrow – just wondering if you have suggestions on a side dish to go with this?

    • Aggies Kitchen posted November 11, 2014 at 9:17 am

      Hi Tori! Maybe some wild rice or roasted potatoes? Hope you enjoy it!!

  18. Devon posted November 14, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Tried it with some differences tonight, it is finishing up in the oven because we don’t have a big enough pan.

    Subbed out the rosemary in the rub and used fresh garlic instead, added in bacon bits and pecans (left over from the pie I made yesterday and potato soup from last week) to the sauce. Used in season honey crisp apples, which are huge and delicious so I only needed one. And we had Elderflower AO in the fridge instead of the regular crisp apple, more of a floral scent and taste to it. Also in the recent college graduate train of thought I added in some Fireball whiskey to the reduction to make it Angry balls style.
    Yes it is a drink, one shot of Fireball whiskey to a bottle of Angry Orchard, can also be found under the classier name of Fiery Orchard and one of our favorites in college because it was cheap and good. The cinnamon was a great counterpart to the apple to wake you up when you were cold outside at a bonfire.

  19. Amy posted January 6, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    These were delicious! I have made them 3 times and tonight, I used thinly sliced chicken breast since I didn’t have pork chops on hand. It was equally delicious! Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted January 7, 2015 at 5:27 am

      wow, thanks so much for commenting and letting me know! I’m so happy you have enjoyed this recipe, and I love that you used chicken this time around, I will have to try that!! Have a great day!

  20. Kelly posted January 29, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    Brand-new wife here! Which also means brand new to the kitchen! Found this recipe on Pinterest & it looked like something we would enjoy (onions are a staple!) Made it tonight & oh my goodness! I overlooked the pork because I’m always worried about meat being undercooked, but the flavors were delish! I omitted the rosemary as we aren’t too crazy about it, but it was still amazing! I’ll definitely be making this with chicken in the future. Thank you!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted January 30, 2015 at 7:16 am

      What a wonderful comment to wake up to. I’m so happy you and your husband enjoyed the recipe!! Thank you!

  21. Megan posted July 8, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Making this dish for a few friends, it looks yummy!
    We love Bold Rock Cider, mostly sold on the East Coast.

  22. Sherlyn posted October 21, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    I just found this recipe and made these tonight.  It was absolutely wonderful!  DH ate 3 helpings!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted October 22, 2015 at 5:50 am

      Thank you so much!! Love the feedback, and love that your husband enjoyed 3 helpings! 🙂

  23. Kelly posted October 26, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Do you think this recipe can be made in the crockpot? 

    • Aggies Kitchen posted October 27, 2015 at 6:21 am

      Honestly, I haven’t tried it myself. I would think if you start the pork chops in the skillet to brown them, then transfer. Maybe reduce the liquid a bit (that would be the key). I wish I had an answer for you, I should try myself! I have never cooked pork chops in the slow cooker, but pork tenderloin turns out great.

  24. Jo Ann posted October 28, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Made this tonight for dinner. Can I just say, O M to the G!!! They were yummilicious!!!  The whole family devoured these! Definitely a winner and will be a favorite for us. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  25. Annette Daly posted March 12, 2016 at 5:43 am

    Made this last night for dinner and it was so good. Peace, love, and hot stuff, Annette

    • Aggies Kitchen posted March 15, 2016 at 3:23 pm

      Thank you Annette!

  26. Lynette Lazenby posted January 12, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    I’m making this as I type. I normally add apple brandy to my pork chops with apples, but this is a nice change. I doubled the garlic (as I always do). It smells amazing! Serving this with spaghetti squash and roasted carrots. Delish!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted January 18, 2017 at 6:39 am

      sounds so good with apple brandy!! Great idea to serve with the spaghetti squash and carrots, I have to make this again, it’s been a while. Thanks for the note!!

  27. Kristen posted October 26, 2018 at 8:55 am

    These look good enough to sacrifice an Angry Orchard for!


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