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keto low carb smothered pork chops in a cast iron skillet

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.
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.


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