Keto Low-Carb Smothered Pork Chops is a quick and easy pan-fried and seared recipe that uses either boneless or bone-in pork loin chops. This classic, southern dish is made using a cast-iron skillet to produce breaded chops with brown gravy. The traditional, glazed meal has been transformed into a keto-friendly dish. You can also bake or grill the pork chops, and throw in mushrooms if you wish!
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Is Pork Keto Friendly?
Is pork keto approved? Absolutely. Pork is low in carbs and filled with healthy protein. Even if you are more low-carb/Atkins Diet focused pork chops are a great option. The number of carbs in fried pork chops can remain relatively low depending on how you prepare them.
What Type of Pork Chops to Use
You can use whatever type of pork chops you wish. I prefer to use bone-in thick, center-cut pork loin chops. Note, thick cut pork chops will take longer to cook in the skillet.
Thick cut chops are great for pan-searing, grilling, and broiling. They are about an inch to an inch and a half thick.
I typically use thick-cut because thin pork chops (especially breakfast chops) will cook really fast, it’s easy to overcook them. This results in dry pork chops. Thin pork chops are about 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch thick and are great for frying (because they cook so fast). Thin chops are sometimes labeled cutlets.
You can read more about Thick Cut Vs Thin Pork Chops here.
Boneless vs Bone-In Pork Chops
Boneless pork chops are a lot more convenient. Bone-in chops usually have more flavor. Boneless chops are leaner because most of the fat has been trimmed away. These will cook very quickly.
Rib chops are the most common of the bone-in chops. The chops have a curved bone. Most grocery stores will have it. Rib chops are less expensive than boneless or center cut chops. They also have the least amount of meat per chop. If you are looking for a super quick meal using bone-in chops this may be your best option.
Center cut chops are also called loin chops have a bone that resembles a “T.” They are more expensive and usually larger in size. Center cut chops usually have the most meat and will yield the longest cook time.
How to Cook Keto Style Bone-in or Boneless Pork Chops
- Season both sides of the pork chops.
- Add olive oil to a cast iron skillet on medium heat.
- Add the pork chops and sear both sides. Remove the pork chops.
- Add butter to the skillet with sliced onions. Cook until translucent.
- Add broth and heavy cream to the skillet. Stir until the sauce thickens.
- Add the pork chops back to the skillet and serve.
How Long Do Pork Chops Take to Cook?
Cook time will depend on how thick your chops are. As mentioned, I used thick-cut pork chops. They took about 10 minutes to cook, about 5 minutes each side. Always cook pork until it reaches at least a minimum internal temperature of at least 145 degrees. This will produce juicy pork.
What to Pair With Smothered Pork Chops
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Keto Low-Carb Smothered Pork Chops
- Place a cast-iron skillet on medium heat to preheat while you season the pork chops.
- Season the pork chops with the garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper to taste.
- Drizzle the olive oil throughout the skillet. Ensure the pan is fully coated with oil.
- Add the pork chops to the pan. Cook each side for 4-5 minutes until the pork reaches an internal temperature of at least 145 degrees. Use a meat thermometer. Cook time will vary based on the size of your pork chops.
- Remove the pork chops from the pan. Set aside.
- Add the butter to the skillet with the onions.
- Spread the butter throughout the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the onions become translucent and fragrant.
- Add the whipping cream and chicken broth to the pan. Stir.
- Cook for 2-3 minutes or until both have become incorporated and the sauce begins to thicken.
- Add the pork chops back to the skillet.