Photo: Tara Donne; Styling: Alistair Turnbull
Hands-on Time
19 Mins
Total Time
19 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 3 slices pork and 1/3 cup applesauce)

The fall family favorite goes lighter with barely sweetened apples. And instead of the typical pork chops, we go for lean, inexpensive pork tenderloin. Complete the meal with a side of Broccolini or broccoli.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine 1/2 teaspoon salt, garlic powder, paprika, and pepper; sprinkle evenly over both sides of pork.

Step 2

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add pork to pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove from pan.

Step 3

Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan (do not wipe pan clean); swirl to coat. Add apples and 1/2 cup water; cover and cook 6 minutes or until apples are tender.

Step 4

Uncover. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt, sugar, and cinnamon; cook 2 minutes or until apple is soft and most of liquid evaporates to become syrupy, stirring occasionally. Serve pork with apple mixture; top with parsley, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

Great Weeknight Dinner

January 03, 2018
This is a delicious pork dish and an easy weeknight dinner. I used thick boneless chops instead of slices of tenderloin, so I just pan-fried a bit longer then simmered in the sauce until cooked. I used a TBs of butter instead of additional oil to fry the apples and subbed coconut sugar for brown and hot paprika for regular. Next time, I might increase the amount of apple sauce because it was also great over rice.

Quick, easy, delicious

April 08, 2018
I have made this twice now and it always gets great reviews at my house.  Definitely a keeper.


October 05, 2018
Excellent, great tasting recipe. Simple and easy to prepare. I added a little additional seasoning to the pork (Tony Chachere Creole seasoning) and an additional 1/2 Gala apple. Otherwise, followed recipe instructions exactly.

Pork & Chunky Applesauce

October 28, 2015
Finally something both my husband and my 8 year old loved! They said it tastes just like apple pie and the pork was so tender and tasty! It was very easy to make and required hardly any time, just what we needed for this fast-paced family! Two thumbs up!


November 12, 2015
A very nice, easy weeknight dinner!