Pork Chops With Balsamic Sweet Onion Sauce

Pork Chops with Balsamic Caramelized Onion Sauce

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

  • Total: 70 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings

These easy skillet pork chops are nicely flavored with a lightly sweetened sauce made with apple cider, caramelized sweet onions, and balsamic vinegar. 


  • 2 medium sweet onions (or yellow onions; halved, sliced thinly)
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil (divided)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup chicken broth (as needed)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 cup apple cider (or juice)
  • 4 (3/4-inch thick) pork chops
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a large skillet or sauté pan over medium-high heat, heat two tablespoons of olive oil or vegetable oil. Add sliced onions and cook, stirring frequently, until onions are softened and nicely browned.

  3. From time to time, as the onions stick to the pan a bit, add small amounts of chicken broth.

  4. When the onions are soft and light brown, add the brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, and apple juice. Bring to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes to reduce the mixture.

  5. Sprinkle the pork chops with salt and pepper.

  6. Heat 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork chops and sear for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until browned.

  7. Add the onion mixture to the pan. Reduce heat to medium low, cover the pan, and simmer for 15 minutes.

  8. Uncover and simmer for 5 minutes longer or until pork chops are tender and fully cooked.


  • The caramelized onions take about 25 to 30 minutes cooking time, but the recipe is really very easy to prepare and cook. 
  • Use sweet onions or yellow onions in the sauce for this recipe.

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