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January 14, 2013

Cinnamon Pork Chops

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These seared Cinnamon Pork Chops are topped with sweet, caramelized apples and onions and served warm. This dish is the perfect kind of sweet and savory weeknight meal. Makes 2 servings.

Cinnamon Pork Chops. // The Speckled Palate

Macaroni and cheese.

Grilled cheese and tomato soup.

Bread and butter.

Bacon and eggs.

Pork and apples.

They’re classic combinations. And it wouldn’t surprise me if we all had nostalgic moments with these pairings.

For example, I have distinct memories of eating a spicy, glazed pork tenderloin with applesauce as a kid. And then topping that applesauce with some cinnamon to give it a little uumph. (And to this day, I will eat a big bowl of unsweetened applesauce topped with ground cinnamon because I love it.)

So when Lindsey shared a variation of this recipe on Facebook, I knew I had to try it. In fact, I ended up making it the same night that I saw the recipe. It blew my mind because I love pork and apples paired together so much. The added touch of carmelizing the apples and onions together with the pork is nothing short of perfect, and for me, this is the wonderful kind of weeknight meal that’s simple to make, hearty and delicious without being out-of-control unhealthy.

Other dinner recipes we love: Turkey MeatballsScallion PorkTurkey ScaloppiniGround Beef TacosSlow Cooker Balsamic Pork Tenderloin

Cinnamon Pork Chops
Yield: 2 servings

Cinnamon Pork Chops

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These seared Cinnamon Pork Chops are topped with sweet, caramelized apples and onions and served warm. This dish is the perfect kind of sweet and savory weeknight meal.


  • 2 large apples
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb. pork chops (bone-in and locally pastured, if possible)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup dry white wine


  1. Chop the apples and onion into bite-sized pieces.
  2. In a skillet over medium heat, heat a tablespoon of olive oil, then cook the apples and onion for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the apples and onion from the heat, and add the other tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet.
  4. Season the pork chops on both sides with the cinnamon, sea salt and black pepper.
  5. Sear the pork chops over medium-high heat until browned on the outside, then add the wine to the skillet, cooking it down.
  6. Once the wine has cooked down, add the apples and onion back into the pan with the chops and cook until caramelized.
  7. Serve warm, and enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 pork chop

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 780 Total Fat: 39g Saturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 24g Cholesterol: 191mg Sodium: 660mg Carbohydrates: 38g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 26g Protein: 59g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

Cinnamon Pork Chops. // The Speckled Palate

What is your favorite food pairing?


  1. Natalie

    Those pork chops look extremely tasty! Love the cinnamon and apples addition!

    • Erin

      Thanks, Natalie. I think the apple and cinnamon addition just makes the dish! Please let me know if you give this a try!

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Sunnie! These really are a treat, and I was so happy when my friend sent me the inspiration recipe. I could honestly eat this once a week easily.

  2. Jessica

    I have to say, when I saw this title, I was unsure, but then I got to thinking about it and the cinnamon would be such a lovely pairing! Bring a little sweetness and mix it up. YES! I love it!

    • Erin

      Thanks, Jess! If you give this a try, PLEASE let me know. It’s delicious, and I agree: I love the sweetness added in with the pork. It’s a good combination.

  3. Jayne

    Such a short list of ingredients but I can already imagine the burst of flavours! I’m just wondering what kind of apples did you use? The sweet variety or the more tart kind?

    • Erin

      Jayne, I used Fuji apples. They aren’t crazy sweet, but they aren’t crazy tart, either. That’s one of the reasons I love them so much.

  4. Maria @powerpeanutlife

    Wow! That looks so amazing. I love the coconut chicken I’m eating…but this dish puts it to shame.

    Have you tried pork and figs? Also a favorite of mine. I’m obsessed with figs.

    • Erin

      Maria, thanks! I’ve never had coconut chicken, and THAT sounds fabulous.

      And I’ve sadly never tried pork and figs together. I wish I had thought about that this past summer. We lived in a house with a HUGE fig tree, and we could have easily made so many dishes with the two. Hmm. I must try it sometime this coming summer!

  5. Fletcher

    How long is the last phase of cooking, “until caramelized”? Usually caramelization requires high temp, and with the chops in the pan, they would end up getting very well done (I prefer my chops cooked to the new standard of 145, where they remain slightly pink and juicy.) Or do you mean cook until the liquid is reduced?

    • Erin

      Fletcher, guess I should have specified a little better. I cook the apples and onions down first… and then when I put them back in the pan, I cook them until they’re caramelized with the pork in the pan. I haven’t had problems with the pork overcooking, but you could easily just cook the apples and onions until caramelized on their first step instead, then add them back in with the chops and wine until it reduces, then serve up hot.

      I hope that helps!

      • Fletcher

        Yes, thanks. I’ve got a couple of blade chops from our local farmers’ market that I’ll try soon.

        • Erin

          You’re welcome! Please let me know how they turn out!

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