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Keto Low-Carb Smothered Pork Chops

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!

keto low carb smothered pork chops in a cast iron skillet

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raw bone in pork loin chops on a cutting board

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.

raw seasoned pork loin chops on a cutting board

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.

heavy cream, chicken broth, onions, seasoning, and butter in glass bowls

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.

collage photo of pork loin chops cooking in a cast iron skillet

How to Season the Chops

I like to use paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. You can also use your favorite pork rub.

How to Make Keto Low Carb Smothered Pork Chops

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

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  1. Season both sides of the pork chops.
  2. Add olive oil to a cast iron skillet on medium heat.
  3. Add the pork chops and sear both sides. Remove the pork chops.
  4. Add butter to the skillet with sliced onions. Cook until translucent.
  5. Add broth and heavy cream to the skillet. Stir until the sauce thickens.
  6. Add the pork chops back to the skillet and serve.
collage photo of keto pork loin chops in a cast iron skillet
collage photo of butter melted in a cast iron skillet with onions and gravy

Cook Time/How Long 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.

keto low carb smothered pork chops in a cast iron skillet and on a white plate

What to Pair with the Pork Chops

Keto Cauliflower Mash
Keto Cauliflower Rice
Air Fryer Roasted Asparagus
Air Fryer Roasted Broccoli
Southern Fried Cabbage
Southern Collard Greens

keto low carb smothered pork chops in a cast iron skillet

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keto smothered pork chops on a white plate
keto low carb smothered pork chops in a cast iron skillet
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Keto Low-Carb Smothered Pork Chops

Keto Low-Carb Smothered Pork Chops is a quick and easy pan fried 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.
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American, Southern
Keyword keto pork chops, keto smothered pork chops, low carb pork chops
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 pork chops
Calories 483kcal



  • 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.
  • Serve.



Traditional smothered pork chop recipes usually use more broth, about 1 cup. These recipes also use cornstarch or flour to thicken up the gravy. I find that by using less broth, paired with heavy cream the sauce will thicken on its own.
If you choose to use more broth to produce more gravy, you may have to use more butter or heavy cream to get the sauce to thicken. You can also consider adding a half teaspoon of xantham gum.
A cast iron is used in this recipe because it cooks the pork chops evenly and is great for searing.
A stainless steel skillet is another option for a comparable skillet to use in this recipe. I would not use a non-stick skillet as it will not produce the same results in this recipe.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1pork chop with gravy | Calories: 483kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 33g
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Recipe Rating

Sherry K

Friday 17th of June 2022

ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!! Definitely going on the "do-over" list whether I am on Keto or not. I followed the recipe exactly.


Tuesday 21st of June 2022

Wonderful. I'm glad you enjoyed them.


Wednesday 23rd of March 2022

I tried this pork chop recipe tonight was delicious and tender would recommend to anyone. It is quick and easy also .


Thursday 24th of March 2022

Wonderful! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Irene Wright

Friday 25th of February 2022

I made these last night and they were so good I am getting more pork chops today to make again tonight. I am going to double the sauce this time. I made it exactly as written and it was excellent!


Sunday 27th of February 2022

Awesome! That's so good to hear.

Betsy Martin

Sunday 9th of January 2022

Made these for dinner tonight, and wow! They were fantastic. I served them with some roasted vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, green beans and red peppers). The vegetables were a great complement to the pork. And that onion gravy! Oh my, I will certainly be keeping this recipe in my regular rotation. Thank you!


Saturday 12th of February 2022

@staysnatched, Do you have a carb count on these?


Sunday 9th of January 2022

I'm glad you enjoyed it!


Wednesday 22nd of December 2021

This was delicious ! So easy to prepare with staple ingredients. Pork was moist, tender and sauce was flavorful !


Tuesday 28th of December 2021

Wonderful! I'm glad you enjoyed it.