Savory Pork Chops with Pears Skillet

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We’re all familiar with apples and pork but let us introduce you to the savory combination of pork with red onions and pears.

This Savory Pork Chops with Pears Skillet dish comes together in less than one hour and costs about $20 to make! This is an easy recipe with most ingredients either in your pantry or found easily with a quick trip to the grocery store.

A tip for this recipe: If you don’t have fresh thyme, don’t worry! Feel free to substitute with dried. If you prefer boneless pork chops, go ahead and make the change.

Savory Pork Chops with Pears Skillet

Servings 4
Cost $20


  • 4 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 3 pears, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 2 small (or 1 large) red onion, peeled, cut in half, and thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • sea salt
  • fresh black pepper
  • 4.5 inch thick bone-in pork chops
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a large oven proof skillet, such as cast iron, over medium-high heat, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  •  Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the onions and thyme. Cook for an additional 8-10 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from skillet and place in a bowl, set aside.
  • In the same skillet over medium-high heat, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper on both sides then sear until golden brown, approximately 3-4 minutes per side. Remove the pork chops from the pan and set aside.
  • Deglaze the pan with the cider vinegar and add thecc hicken stock. Bring to a low boil and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Return the pork chops to the skillet, and top with the pear and onion mixture.
  • Place skillet into the oven and cook for another 10 minutes or until pork chops reach 145 degrees internal temperature. If your pork chops are thicker, it could take 15 minutes in the oven.
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We like to serve up this dish with a side salad or baked potato — It’s a perfect (and cost-effective!) way to round out an easy weekday meal.


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All photos by Lorianne DeVita

Note: $20 is an approximate cost for this dish. The actual price of all ingredients may vary.