Flash-Braised Pork Chops with Apples and Cream

Some apples can turn to mush quickly in a hot skillet, so choosing the right variety is important to this savory-sweet pork chop recipe. If Gala or Braeburn aren't available, try Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, or Fuji.

skillet of Flash-Braised Pork Chops with Apples and Cream
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 pork chops plus 2 cups apples


  • 4 bone-in rib pork chops, cut 1-inch thick (1 3/4 to 2 lb.)

  • Kosher salt

  • Black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon canola or corn oil

  • 2 firm cooking apples, such as Gala or Braeburn, cored and cut into 1/2-inch thick wedges

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 3 large shallots, finely chopped

  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 sprigs fresh sage

  • 2 tablespoon + 1/2 tsp. sherry vinegar

  • 1 cup apple cider

  • 3 tablespoon heavy cream

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard

  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh sage


  1. Season pork with salt and pepper. In a extra-large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Add pork chops. Cook 2 minutes, turning once halfway through cooking. Transfer pork to a plate. Add apples to skillet. Cook until browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Season with salt. Transfer to plate with pork.

  2. Reduce heat to medium. Add butter and shallots to the skillet and cook about 3 minutes. Add garlic and sage sprigs; cook 30 seconds or just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the 2 Tbsp. vinegar; stir to release browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add cider; bring to a simmer. Return pork chops and their juices to pan; reduce heat to low. Cover and gently simmer until pork is done (145°F), about 10 minutes, adding the apples during the last 5 minutes of cooking. Transfer pork and apples to a plate.

  3. Increase heat to medium-high. Simmer 5 minutes or until reduced by about half. Whisk in cream, mustard, chopped sage, and the remaining 1/2 tsp. vinegar. Simmer 1 to 2 minutes more or until slightly thickened. Return pork and apples to skillet with sauce before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

348 Calories
16g Fat
24g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 348
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 241mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 8mg 40%
Calcium 57mg 4%
Iron 1.2mg 7%
Potassium 679mg 14%
Folate, total 10mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.7mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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