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French Onion Pork Chops

All the flavors you love in a traditional French onion soup are captured in this recipe for French Onion Pork Chops
Make them ASAP and I promise you won’t be sorry!
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French Onion Pork Chops are my go-to meal when I’m craving a highly flavorful meal but without all the carbs.  

This recipe is one of the most popular on my site, and after you make them, you’ll understand why!

I originally published this recipe in 2014. Over the years I’ve updated this post several times with additional information, but the recipe itself has never changed.

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The ingredient list:

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  • Boneless Pork Chops
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Butter
  • Olive Oil
  • Sweet Onions
  • Beef Stock (chicken stock also works)
  • Wine (red or white)
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Gruyère or Swiss Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper

Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

 

Why this recipe works?

This easy pork chop recipe is completely satisfying for any carnivore who is conscious of upping the protein in their diet, and also for any lover of iconic French onion soup!

This is an easy dinner recipe. Each and every time you make them and you’ll get amazing results.

French Onion Pork Chops are perfect for a weeknight dinner, or they’re even special enough for guests.

Two juicy French onion pork chops on a pretty blue plate with cheese, caramelized onions and fresh thyme sprigs.

How long does it take to make French Onion Pork Chops?

From start to finish, this recipe will take approximately 50 minutes depending on how thick your pork chops are, and if they are bone-in or boneless.

Please be aware that bone-in pork chops will take longer to cook through than boneless pork chops.

That said, the thing that will take the longest, is caramelizing the onions. I recommend giving your onions at least 20 minutes to caramelize with the heat set on medium to medium/high.

Stir the onions only occasionally while they’re cooking. Leaving the pan to do the work without a whole lot of stirring is the trick to deeply caramelized onions.

What is the proper temperature for cooked pork?

145-degrees is the proper internal temperature for pork.

Be careful not to cook the pork chops to a higher temperature or it may be dry and less flavorful.

Is there anything I can substitute for the wine in this recipe?

You can opt-out of the wine by using additional beef or chicken stock.

I also suggest giving a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to the stock in order to mimic the acidic component the wine would have otherwise supplied.

Can I use either red or white wine?

YES!

Either choice will work. Even a rosé!

Can caramelized onions be made in advance?

Yes, and it’s a great time saver!

Make the onions whenever you have 30 minutes to spare, and then keep them in an air-tight container in the fridge until ready to use.

Can French onion pork chops be made in a slow cooker?

Great question! Here’s what I would suggest.

  • Brown the chops first in a skillet (as the recipe states). That should take about 4 minutes per side. Add them to the slow cooker.
  • Make the caramelized onions in the same skillet (as the recipe states). That should take at least 30 minutes to get them deeply caramelized.
  • Top the chops in the cooker with the caramelized onions.
    Set the slow cooker to low and cook for 4 hours.
  • Add the onions to a platter and keep warm.
  • Top the chops with cheese and allow it to melt over the chops in the cooker.
  • Top the onions with the chops on the platter, garnish with thyme (if desired), serve, and enjoy! 🙂
    I hope this helps.
    Have a delicious day!
    Renee

The reader reviews are in:

  • “Pork chop recipes are so often a variation of the same recipe, but this one was so entirely different…and delicious. Served it last night and everyone loved it; even my 4-year-old granddaughter. Thanks for sharing.” – Julie
  • “This recipe is out of this world. I did add a little cornstarch water to it to make a gravy. I made it for my husband’s birthday supper and he loved it. Thanks for sharing.” – Debbi
  • “This was amazing and I’ll be trying this out on chicken thighs soon as well.”Lori
  • “This was excellent! A big hit with the whole family!” – Tanya
  • “I cut back the cooking wine like you suggested (but only a tiny bit) and let the chops sit with the Dijon while I got everything else together…except I had already sliced the onions. The rest I did my best to follow your recipe. It was great, I absolutely loved it!
    Also, for having very little real cooking experience, it was quite easy to prep and cook.” – Jared
  • New Year’s resolution is to cook for myself more. Since I’m a 35-year-old man (who ALWAYS eats out) I have to start with easy dishes. This is a super easy dish! I was worried about the simmer time with the pork, and how my sauce would turn out. Wow, was I amazed! This dish is outstanding!! Thanks a ton for sharing this recipe! Will make over and over again!!” – Steve R.

Side dishes to serve alongside French Onion Pork Chops:

*Roasted Parsnips & Carrots with Cardamom & Maple Syrup (pictured below)

The flavors of Roasted Parsnips & Carrots are great by themselves but add a dash of cardamom, and a drizzle of pure maple syrup and you now have a side dish that is a worthy companion to anything (and everything) else on the dinner plate.

Overhead photo of a oval white bowl filled with roasted parsnips and carrots with a serving spoon.

*Cheesy Horseradish Mashed Potatoes (pictured below)

Make this cheesy horseradish mashed potato casserole in advance and pop them in the oven before you’re ready to eat. Easy, cheesy, dinner is served.

A casserole dish filled with cheese horseradish mashed potatoes with melted butter on top.

*Low-Carb Mashed Cauliflower and Pea Casserole (pictured below)

Mashed cauliflower is mixed with cream cheese, butter, cream, garlic, and horseradish sauce for an extra zip of flavor! Even if you’re not a huge cauliflower fan, I hope you’ll give this recipe for cheesy Mashed Cauliflower Casserole a try because I believe it will make you (or someone you love) a cauliflower convert.

A casserole dish filled with mashed cauliflower and pea casserole with a head of cauliflower and butter in the background.

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Below is the printable recipe card along with nutritional information for today’s easy dinner recipe of French Onion Pork Chops.

 
Yield: 4 servings

French Onion Pork Chops

French Onion Pork Chops

All the flavors you love in a traditional French onion soup are captured in this recipe for boneless French onion pork chops.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless pork chops
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil,, divided
  • 4-5 large, sweet onions, sliced
  • 7 - 8 sprigs fresh thyme, plus additional for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt,, plus additional to season the chops
  • ½ teaspoon pepper,, plus additional to season the chops
  • ¼ cup wine, red or white will work
  • ½ cup stock or broth, beef or chicken will work
  • 4 ounces Gruyere cheese, shredded

Instructions

  1. Brush the Dijon mustard evenly on both sides of the pork chops.
  2. Season each chop, on both sides, with salt and pepper.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a large skillet over medium/high heat and brown the chops on both sides, (approximately 2-3 minutes per side).
  4. Remove the browned chops to a plate and keep warm.
  5. In the same skillet add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil, the butter, and the sliced onions, stirring well to coat the onions in the oil. Add 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper.
  6. Cook the onions, stirring only occasionally, until they're golden brown and caramelized. This should take at least 15 minutes over medium/high heat.
  7. Add the wine, stock, and fresh thyme to the onions, making sure to scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
  8. Cook an additional 2-3 minutes after the addition of the wine and stock, stirring frequently.
  9. Reduce the heat to medium and add the chops back into the skillet along with the onions.
  10. Cover the skillet and cook for approximately 20-25 minutes, or until the chops are no longer pink in the center.
  11. Remove the cover and add the shredded cheese to the top of each chop.
  12. Return the cover to the skillet. Turn off the heat, and allow the cheese to melt.
  13. Garnish the top of each chop with a sprig or two of fresh thyme.
  14. Serve the chops on a bed of caramelized onions, making sure to remove the older thyme sprigs before serving.

Notes

tools and equipment:

a large skillet with a lid (or aluminum foil), cutting board, chef's knife, measuring spoons, measuring cups, wooden spoon or slotted spoon, box grater, tongs, pastry brush

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1 serving

Amount Per Serving Calories 468Total Fat 29gSaturated Fat 12gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 128mgSodium 1007mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 39g

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Marsha

Saturday 1st of August 2020

Everyone love the pork chops. Thanks

Renée

Saturday 1st of August 2020

My pleasure, Marsha! Thanks for letting me know, and for the great rating! I appreciate it! Take good care, Renee

Jessica

Tuesday 7th of July 2020

These were divine and going on the regular rotation! Super easy to make!

Renée

Tuesday 14th of July 2020

Thanks, Jessica. They deserve to be on regular rotation :)

Nellie Tracy

Tuesday 7th of July 2020

Yum. This is my new favorite meal to make for Sunday dinners!

Renée

Tuesday 7th of July 2020

It's a great meal for a Sunday dinner! Glad you like it, Nellie!

kitchenknives

Tuesday 30th of June 2020

WOw, french onion pork chop recipe is very easy,i am going to try it at home very soon.

Renée

Tuesday 30th of June 2020

I know you'll love them. Write back and let me know what you think. Enjoy :)

Jeremy

Friday 1st of May 2020

Amazing recipe. I will definitely give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

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