Pork Chops with Caramelized Onions

Make these perfect pork chops for an easy weeknight dinner.
Make these perfect pork chops for an easy weeknight dinner.

This recipe for pork chops with caramelized onions is an easy weeknight staple for anyone looking for something easy and delicious that goes with almost any side. I served them with homemade sour cream biscuits and steamed broccoli.

Something to watch out for when making pork chops with caramelized onions is the cooking temperature and size of the meat. It’s good to always be watching how hot your pan is getting and how brown your meat is. The pork chops I was able to purchase from Draeger’s Market in Los Altos, my favorite place to purchase meat.

Best Onion for Caramelizing

There are a lot of different options for onions when it comes to caramelizing, especially when you’re adding the onion to the pan and cooking it down in the pan juices from the pork chops. Whichever onions choose, just make sure they are sliced about an eight of an inch thick.

  • White onion: White onions are usually sharp and more difficult to fit into dishes.
  • Red onion: Red onions are a bit zestier than other choices, but still have high sugar content. If you have a red onion on hand that you’ve been looking to use, this is a great recipe to use it in.
  • Yellow onion: Sweet yellow onions generally have the highest sugar content which makes them the best choice for caramelizing.

You can always add a teaspoon of sugar to your onions as they are cooking down to help them caramelize. The added sugar will help “kickstart” the caramelizing process. Add a pinch of salt as well to really bring those flavors full circle.

When are the chops finished cooking?

You can tell your chops are finished cooking two different ways: you can use a thermometer and measure the temperature (pork will be finished cooking at 145 degrees) or you can tell the doneness by the firmness of the meat. If you touch the middle of the chop, it should feel firm and not give as much as it did when it was raw.

This recipe below is for 4 pork chops (a family of 4) but you could easily reduce this recipe for two or just for one person.

Pork Chops with Caramelized Onions

5.0 from 2 votes
Recipe by Sarah
Course: Easy Recipes, Entrée, Quick & EasyCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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These perfect pork chops are an easy weeknight staple for anyone looking for something easy and delicious that go with almost any side.


  • 4 pork chops

  • 1 sweet yellow onion

  • 4 tsp butter

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • freshly ground pepper

  • salt


  • Prep your ingredients. Bring your meat out of the fridge and let come to room temperature for about 30 minutes. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper on each side. Chop your onion into slices.
  • Heat your oil in a pan. I was using a dutch oven so I had to work in batches of two chops.
  • Sear chops. When the oil is hot, add your chops to the pan and let sear on one side for about 3 minutes.
  • Add onions. Add your onion slices and let cook over medium heat. Add your butter. Cover with the dutch oven lid. Flip the pork chop after about 7 minutes and let the chop fry on the other side for 7 minutes.
  • Cook pork thoroughly. After about 15 minutes the chops will be cooked through. The onions will be cooked down and caramelized.
  • Rest your meat. Let rest for about 15 minutes and then serve with green vegetables.


  • Serve with applesauce for dipping for a different kind of side. Apple pairs well with pork. 

Did you make these perfect pork chops? How did they turn out? Tell me in the comments below.


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  2. Elle Barney

    Love this recipe but my pork chops stuck to my pan! Trying to figure out why they did that…Loved the caramelized onions as a side for the pork, I usually just use applesauce.

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