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These Gluten Free Cinnamon Apple Pork Chops are delicious made with sliced apples and cinnamon blended with brown sugar, nutmeg, rosemary, and paprika. 

The tart apples and sweet sauce make it a great dish for the whole family, and it will soon be a favorite gluten-free weeknight recipe.

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Gluten Free Cinnamon Apple Pork Chops

This is one of the best pork chop recipes I have so I make it often. You can always change it up by using different kinds of apples or switching the apples for pears or peaches. 

If you like this gluten-free pork chops recipe, look for other apple recipes that you can make for your family like this slow cooker applesauce. New recipes are always fun to try out. 

The flavors of brown sugar and cinnamon with the apple slices give these juicy pork chops a ‘gourmet-ized’ version of your typical pork chop meal, and they are ready in minutes. 

This blend of sweet apples and brown sugar with rich spices are a great way to make a gluten-free recipe more flavorful without relying on expensive specialty ingredients!

In fact, this cinnamon and apples recipe is one of my favorite ways to make chops, but pork chops are super versatile.  You can also make air fried pork chops that are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.

gluten free cinnamon apple pork chops on serving platter

Ingredients needed for apple cinnamon pork chops: 

This recipe for gluten free pork chops with apples uses simple ingredients making this an easy gluten-free recipe that your whole family will love. 

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Ingredients for gluten free cinnamon apple pork chops

For this recipe you’ll need:

  • Boneless pork chops. You can use bone-in as well, but this will change the cooking time.
  • Butter: Softened to room temperature and divided.
  • Medium granny smith apples: Sliced thinly.
  • Brown sugar
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Smoked paprika
  • All spice
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs

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For exact measurements and step-by-step instructions, scroll down to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.

Want to make Paleo cinnamon apple pork chops?

Simply sub ghee for the butter (or use a bit of coconut oil) and use coconut sugar instead of the brown sugar!

How to cook cinnamon apple pork chops from scratch?

First, Cook the pork chops: In a large skillet over medium heat and melt one tablespoon butter before adding pork. Give them a good sear before you cook for four to five minutes on each side or when a meat thermometer reads 145 degrees F.

Searing pork chops in skillet

Next, make the brown sugar mixture: Meanwhile, combine salt, black pepper, paprika, nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice, and brown sugar in a small bowl.

brown sugar mixture for apple pork chops

Remove the chops: Then, remove meat from the pan and keep them warm in a baking dish lightly coated in olive oil and covered in aluminum foil. 

Cook apple mixture: After removing the chops, add the remaining butter, brown sugar mixture, apples, and rosemary sprigs. Cook over medium-high heat until apples are tender.

Cooking sliced apples and seasonings in a skillet

Serve: Lastly, remove and discard rosemary before serving with apple mixture on top or on the sides. You can also garnish with fresh rosemary. 

pan fried pork chops with cinnamon apples

Recipe variations:

  • Bone-in: You can use bone-in chops instead of boneless for this recipe, but you will need to increase the cooking time. 
  • Marinate: You can definitely use a gluten-free marinade in this recipe. One options is to soak chops in apple cider vinegar or white wine overnight before cooking for tender and tangy meat.
  • Different apples: Any type of apples will do but tart apples are best for this recipe.
  • More cinnamon: Feel free to add one more teaspoon ground cinnamon to the mix for more flavor. 
  • Dairy Free: To make gluten free dairy free cinnamon apple pork chops, you can use a gluten-free dairy free butter like one of these options.
  • Creamy Pork Chops: Add ¼ cup heavy cream for a creamier apple cinnamon sauce.
  • Lemon juice: Add a teaspoon of lemon juice for a tangy flavor. 
  • Cooking methods: You can use other cooking methods such as baking, slow cooking, air frying, or making it in your instant pot as well.

How to serve these fall pork chops:

These apple cinnamon pork chops go great with any side dish. Or try one of these ideas:

  • Serve these cinnamon apples pork chops with sweet potatoes and green beans for a delicious and well rounded dinner. 
  • Pork pairs well with just about anything you serve along with a glass of white wine. 
  • Add sautéed red onion strips to the top of the meat before serving for an extra kick of flavor. 
  • You could also serve the cinnamon apples as a side dish or dessert.
  • Add other veggies like diced potatoes, carrots, or corn to the pan when cooking the apple mixture for a hearty meal. 
  • This is a delicious dish when served with white gravy or whatever kind you prefer.

Frequently asked questions

What is the best way to cook pork chops without them drying out?

Nobody likes dry pork… except maybe the dog. 

For the best pork, you want to make sure you get the right cut of meat. The best ones are the bone-in pork loin chops. 

Don’t use pork tenderloin because it dries out quickly since it has very little fat. Cooking them in juice or butter is also important for juicy pork chops.

What is the best way to tenderize pork chops?

The fastest way to tenderize your pork is to beat it with a meat mallet like this one.

This breaks up the muscle, which tenderizes the meat. You should also make sure you get the thickest chops you can find. Also, you can marinade overnight in vinegar, white wine, or some kind of citrus juice. 

Why are my pork chops tough?

Boneless pork loin chops are very lean, so they are susceptible to becoming tough if you do not cook them properly. One of the best tips is to marinate them and use a meat mallet to break up the muscle as mentioned above. 

But you should also sear the meat to keep the juices in and make sure you do not overcook them. Not even for one minute because they will dry and toughen fast. 

How to store leftover pork chops:

  • Store: Wrap leftover chops in plastic wrap and put them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.  
  • Freeze: If you cannot eat them in a few days, put chops in a freezer bag and freeze them for up to three months.    
  • Thaw: Thaw overnight in the fridge for best flavor. 
  • Reheat: Reheat for one minute in the frying pan or about 45 to 90 seconds in the microwave.   

Recipe tips:

  • You should always remove your meat from the fridge at least 15 minutes before preparing. They need to be at room temperature for best results. 
  • Do not overcook. That is the leading cause of tough and dry chops. The internal temperature of the pork should be 145 degrees F with a meat thermometer. 
  • Make sure to always rest your meat after cooking no matter what it is. Five minutes is the minimum.
  • Organic pork is always better as the quality of your meat is very important.
  • The pork should be a reddish pink to purple color for the freshest cuts. The darker it is, the fresher it is. 
  • Using fresh apples gives a better flavor but to save time you can used canned. 
  • The thickness of your pork chops really matters. Thick chops are more tender and juicier. 
  • Cook time will vary depending on the thickness of the meat.
sliced pork chop topped with cinnamon apples

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sliced pork chop topped with cinnamon apples

Gluten Free Cinnamon Apple Pork Chops

These Gluten Free Cinnamon Apple Pork Chops are delicious made with sliced apples and cinnamon blended with brown sugar, nutmeg, rosemary, and paprika.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 530 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 chef knife
  • 1 cutting board
  • 1 nonstick skillet
  • 1 spatula
  • 1 tongs

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tbsp butter (or vegan butter) divided
  • 4 boneless pork chops 4 oz each
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • pinch allspice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 medium granny smith apples thin sliced
  • 3 fresh springs rosemary

Instructions
 

  • Place a large cast iron skillet, over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons butter.
  • Stir it to melt and immediately add the pork chops. Cook 4-5 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the meat reads 145 degrees F. (if using bone-in pork chops, cooking time will increase)
  • In the meantime, in a small bowl, mix brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, paprika, all spice, and salt.
  • Remove the pork chops to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
  • To the pan, add 3 rosemary sprigs, apples, brown sugar mixture, and remaining butter; cook and stir until apples are tender. This will take about 5-7 minutes.
  • Discard the rosemary. Add back the pork chops.
  • Garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs and serve.

Notes

note: nutrition information is provided as a courtesy, but may not accurately reflect the final nutrition composition of your final dish depending on ingredients, substitutions, and serving size.
see the full blog post above post for:
  • ingredient and equipment suggestions & substitutions,
  • tips for modifying the recipe, and
  • frequently asked questions
Keyword apple, apple cinnamon, cinnamon, dairy-free, gluten free dairy free, gluten-free dinner, pork, pork chop

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Lani

Sunday 2nd of October 2022

OMG! This looks mouthwatering, Thanks so much for the recipe. I will definitely try this out! www.lifestylerelated.com

Danika

Sunday 2nd of October 2022

Wow, those porkchops wound absolutely incredible!!! I 100% need to try them. My mouth was watering the whole way through! Thank you for the inspiration ♡

Liv

Sunday 2nd of October 2022

What a delicious recipe! I love the fact your recipes are gluten free, inclusive meals for all my friends !

Fransic verso

Sunday 2nd of October 2022

Wow, this look so good. I would love to try it and its easy to follow your guide. Thank you for sharing!

nia

Sunday 2nd of October 2022

Such a nice combinations of flavors! Thanks for sharing what looks like a very yummy recipe for the Fall season!

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