Maple Cider Glazed Pork Chops

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Pan fried pork chops make a quick easy dinner recipe. Made in less than 30 minutes, these glazed pork chops are tender, juicy and flavorful.

Maple Cider Glazed Pork Chops on mashed potatoes

Pork is a quick cooking meat with lots of protein. It is not marbled like beef so has less fat. Apple cider glazed pork chops have an acid in the glaze that tenderizes the meat and red pepper flakes for just a bit of heat.

You can double this recipe, but you want to cook the maple pork chops in batches. Give them lots of space to sear for a perfect texture.

How do you keep pan fried pork chops moist?

This delicious and healthy apple cider glazed pork chop dinner can be ready in under 30 minutes. Following these few tips will help you keep your pan fried pork chops juicy. After cooking you’ll add the sweet glaze.

  1. I use boneless pork chops for this recipe. You do have to watch them closely though. Bone-in pork chops will take longer to cook, but are usually more tender. I try to choose thicker chops, especially if I’m cooking with boneless pork chops.
  2. Bring the pork chops to room temperature before cooking.
  3. Blot the pork chops with a paper towel to remove excess moisture. Then season it with salt, pepper and garlic. Press the seasonings into the meat with your hands.
  4. Sear the meat. Put oil in a pan on medium-hight heat. Cook one side and then the other of the pork chop, about three minutes each. Searing the meat first will lock in the moisture.
  5. Decrease the heat and allow the pork chops to cook completely. Let it sit after it reaches 145°F internal temperature. It should be golden brown and firm to the touch. This will only take about five minutes. Pork is very quick cooking and overcooked pork will be tough.
  6. Serve with sauce.

Maple Cider Glazed Pork Chops stacked on a plate

How do you tenderize pan fried pork chops?

One of the best ways to tenderize pork is with a liquid like this maple cider glaze. Any marinade or glaze that contains an acidic ingredient will serve to tenderize your meat. This glaze contains ingredients to increase both the flavor and texture.

I like using glazes for tenderizing pork. Try my slow cooker smothered pork chops or cranberry glazed pork loin chops for other ideas.

For this apple cider glazed pork chop, I use:

  • Maple syrup
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Dijon mustard
  • Thyme
  • Red pepper flakes

Once you have cooked your pork chops and are allowing them to rest, you can combine the sauce ingredients into the same pan you use for cooking. Scrap up all the browned bits on the bottom of the pan for even more flavor.

This sauce is amazing and glazes and thickens, coating the boneless pork. 🙂

glazed boneless pork chop on plate

How to store

If you happen to have any leftovers, you can store maple pork chops in the refrigerator for three to four days. Keep them in an airtight sealed container to maintain freshness and keep them safe.

I love to serve these over mashed potatoes with lots of the sauce poured over. Enjoy!

plated pork chop on masehed potatoes with glaze sauce


Watch how to make this below!


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A close up of a plate of Glazed Pork on mashed potatoes

Maple Cider Glazed Pork Chops

5 from 9 votes
This sweet maple and apple cider sauce with mustard takes these pork chops to the next level and they're so easy to prepare.
Servings: 4
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes




  • Using a paring knife, make small cut along the fat side of the pork chop to reduce any curling when cooking.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the maple syrup, vinegar, mustard, thyme and red pepper flakes. Set aside.
  • Season both sides of pork with kosher salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  • In a large skillet over medium high heat, add the olive oil. Sear and brown the pork chops on one side for 3 minutes. Turn the chops over, lower heat to medium and cook for another 5 minutes or until internal temperature reads 145°F. Remove from pan, cover and allow to rest while making the sauce.
  • Add the sauce ingredients to the hot skillet, scraping up the browned bits on bottom of pan. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 3-5 minutes until syrupy. Add a tablespoon of butter and swirl in to incorporate (optional).
  • Pour any juices from the rested pork chops into the sauce and stir over low heat. Add the cooked pork chops to the skillet and turn to coat until heated through, about a minute. Serve with sauce poured over each pork chop. Garnish with fresh thyme or parsley if you wish.


  1. I pick up a four pack of 6 ounce boneless pork chops that are almost an inch thick. Sometimes they are called pork loin chops.
  2. Since the video was made (Feb 2020) I have tried this sauce with some dijon mustard and think it really adds a nice flavor. Feel free to omit or add if you would like.


Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 339mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 37IU | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Course: Dinner, Main
Cuisine: American, Western
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  1. The recipe lists Dijon mustard in the sauce but at no point in the video do you add mustard. . My question is…mustard or no mustard?

    1. Hello Kathleen! Since the video was made (Feb 2020) I have tried this sauce with some dijon mustard and think it really adds a nice flavor. Feel free to omit or add if you would like. I’v eupdated the recipe car dNotes to reflect. Thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    I made this and followed the recipe exactly. It was amazing! I can’t recommend this enough. If I had a gripe it was that I wanted more glaze because it was delicious lol! Just as every other recipe I’ve made from this website, it was impressive! I’ve made the parm encrusted chicken with mustard sauce, the balsamic roasted pork tenderloin, and the honey balsamic Brussel sprouts. Everything is phenomenal!! There are soo many other recipes I can’t wait to try. Kevin, the flavor profiles of all your recipes are truly decadent! Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    I made this for dinner last night and it was delicious. I could have just eaten the sauce with a spoon! I cut the vinegar in half because my husband has Parkinson’s and can’t
    eat anything sharp tasting. Thank you for the keeper recipe!!

  4. 5 stars
    This is probably the best pork chop recipe I’ve ever made. The sauce is fantastic . Great with mashed potatoes. This is the third recipe I’ve made from your website. All excellent

  5. 5 stars
    Thank you Kevin for this amazing recipe!!! I had lots of 100% Pure Canadian Maple Syrup on hand & wanted a recipe that I could use some syrup up with. This is just the perfect one. Someone could smell the Apple Cider Vinegar & thought it would taste very vinegary but it did not. It was so yummy & I am so glad that I found you out here!!! I will check out some of your other recipes as well. By the way don’t worry about the mic lots of people have made that mistake & it won’t be the last for someone else. The only thing that I changed was the garlic & changed it for ground ginger instead only because I am allergic to it. But it still was amazing!!! Have a great Holiday July 4th day!!! Lots of Love!!! Ali
    P.S. I think I will try the sauce with chicken next because life is to short to be bland right !!!
    P.S.S. Love your videos you are fantastic & right to the point!!!

    1. Ali, thanks so much for the kind words and following along on my culinary adventures! Have a wonderful holiday yourself and stay safe and healthy out there! 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    This was so fast & very good. During the Covid 19 quarantine, I’ve been thawing meat stashed in the freezer. Happened to have all the ingredients. It was a nice change. Following the directions exactly resulted in a juicy pork loin chops with a tasty glaze.

  7. 5 stars
    Love the addition of vinegar and the ol’ sweet/savoury situation going on here, Kevin! Delish weeknight (or Sunday supper) dinner!