Maple glazed pork chops,seasoned with chili powder, cayenne, and maple syrup glaze, is an easy one pan meal ready in less than 30 minutes.
This meal comes together easily, making it perfect for a busy weeknight meal. Even though the glaze calls for maple syrup, it is not overly sweet. In fact, the maple syrup does more to complement the smokiness of the chili powder.
How to Make Maple Glazed Pork Chops
Start by heating two tablespoons of cooking oil over medium heat in a skillet large enough to hold at least four pork chops. I used thick-cut boneless chops, but you could easily substitute with bone-in pork chops.
While the oil is heating, combine two teaspoons of chili powder with one teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Trust me, I am a wimp when it comes to spicy food. It has just enough heat but not so much that it will knock your socks off. Sprinkle both sides of the chops with the seasoning mixture.
By now, your oil should be good and hot. Add the chops to the pan and brown on both sides, about 3-5 minutes per side.
Make the Maple Glaze
While the chops are browning, combine ¼ cups of apple juice with one tablespoon of maple syrup and one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Once you’ve browned the chops on both sides, pour the maple syrup glaze over the top.
Cook the chops for about 5-7 more minutes until they reach an internal temperature of 135 degrees. Remove the glazed pork chops from the pan and let them rest for 10-15 minutes. They should come to their final internal temperature of 145 degrees while they rest. Be sure to pour glaze left in the pan over the chops before serving.
Side Dish Ideas:
- Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole
- Cheese And Cauliflower Gratin
- Fried Okra
- Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Wedge Salad
More Pork Chop Recipes:
Maple Glazed Pork Chops
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 4 (1-inch thick) pork loin chops
- ¼ cup apple juice or cider
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
- Preheat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Combine chili powder, salt, and cayenne pepper. Season both sides of pork chops generously with spice mixture.
- Add chops to the pan and cook 2 minutes per side until outside is brown. Combine juice or cider, maple syrup, and vinegar. Reduce heat to medium.
- Add maple syrup mixture to pan. Scrap up any browned bit on the bottom of the pan. Continue to cook for 5-7 minutes more, turning chops to coat, until pork chop juices run clear and glaze has thickened.