Pork Chops With Balsamic Sweet Onion Sauce

Pork Chops with Balsamic Caramelized Onion Sauce

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Total: 70 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Yield: 4 pork chops
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
753 Calories
42g Fat
31g Carbs
60g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 753
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 42g 54%
Saturated Fat 10g 52%
Cholesterol 191mg 64%
Sodium 460mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 60g
Vitamin C 24mg 122%
Calcium 104mg 8%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 1053mg 22%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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, or as needed

  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar

  • 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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