Creamy Low Carb Pork Chops are packed with flavor! These boneless pork chops are crispy on the outside an juicy on the inside. They are easy to prepare in less than 30 minutes. Perfect for quick weeknight dinners!
Golden crust on the top of these keto pork chops is unbelievely easy to achieve. You get them this crispy by dreading them in Almond flour instead of the regular flour. Gluten free! As a result these smothered pork chops boast only 7 grams of carbs per serving. And creamy sauce is thickened with either Xanthan gum or Parmesan cheese. Crusty and juicy on inside! Tender melt-in-your mouth deliciousness in one pan!
Low carb pork chops is a delicious way to keep your body in the state of ketosis. As a reminder, you can achieve the state of Ketosis through the use a low carbohydrate diet. This way you restrict your body in glucose containing carbohydrates. And since glucose is your body’s primary fuel source, your body will start looking for alternative sources. Fat!
Juicy Pork Chops
This is where these juicy seared pork chops come into play. They just don’t let any of those unnecessary carbs to sneak in! No way. And that’s how your will start burning excess body fat instead of calories for fuel. No carbs = no weight gain! And if you are in the right keto territory that day- even weight loss!
Imagine how good the life would be if the following were true? Right? What if you were eating these low carb pork chops weekly while losing the weight at the same time? You need this keto pork chop recipe in your life to burn some body fat!
Low Carb Pork Chops and Alcohol – Yes or No?
This keto pork chop recipe uses dry white wine. Do not use cooking wine. It’s loaded with sodium and is not suitable for this recipe. Instead, use real wine that you like to drink. Please make sure to choose a low carb wine that is keto compliant. Basically, the rule of thumb is to stick to dry or semi-dry wines. Good choices are Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay or Riesling. I use low carb Pinot Grigio dry white wine. All the time.
You can also choose zero carb whiskey or brandy instead of wine. There are many choices. Incidentally, I successfully made a wonderful low carb boneless pork chop recipe using whiskey in this Pork Chops in Creamy Irish Whiskey Sauce. It includes 1 adjustment necessary to make it keto – almond flour.
Low Carb White Wines
- Chardonnay – 118 calories, 3.7g net carbs
- Pinot Grigio – 122 calories, 3.2g net carbs
- Riesling – 118 calories, 5.5g net carbs
- Champagne/Sparkling Wine – 96 calories, 1.5g net carbs
You can learn more about keto friendly wines and alcohol in general in Keto Diet and Alcohol article.
Ways to Thicken the Sauce
Use ½ cup of cheese to thicken the sauce. Or more.Cheese is one of the easiest ways to provide fat and fuel. Here of course we use it to make our low carb pork chops juicy and creamy. This is my favorite method.
Instead of regular flour, use ¼ cup of Almond flour to thicken the sauce. It’s one of the easiest ingredients to use. Plus almond flour will make these low carb pork chops so delicious and healthy!
Instead of regular flour, I use Xanthan gum as a sauce thickener. It can turn any thin liquid into a rich sauce! Very rich! Xanthan gum has a very neutral flavor so it mixes well with foods without masking their flavor. I like that. Also, xanthan gum is gluten free and low carb. It’s a perfect flour substitute for thickening sauces on Keto diet.
Keep in mind that a little goes a long way when xanthan gum is concerned. I mean it. Go light on it and let it heat up as you are whisking it. It will thicken, but you just need to give it a little time. If you find it is too thin you can always add a little more. Easy!
Equipment You Will Need
I like to use a 12 inch cast iron pan as well as this amazing pan to sear my pork chops. Why? Cast iron pan is non stick, chemical free and lasts a long time. You can use it both on the stove and in the oven. And it’s easy to clean and less expensive than other pans on the market!
More Low Carb Pork Chops Recipes
Curious about cooking boneless pork chops in zero carb whiskey sauce? We loved this delicious recipe:
And how about a tenderloin? Below are two very delicious low carb pork tenderloin recipes:
Creamy Low Carb Pork Chops (Gluten Free)
- 4 boneless pork chops
- 2 tablespoons butter
Dredging Mixture for Pork Chops:
- ⅓ cup Blanched Almond Flour
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese, (or ¼ cup almond flour, or ¼ teaspoon Xanthan Gum)
- ½ cup dry white wine
- ¼ lemon
- ½ cup chicken stock, (sodium free)
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only
- Dry mixture: In a large bowl, whisk together almond flour, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning.
- Cooking pork chops: First, season pork chops generously with salt and pepper. Then dredge them thoroughly in dry mixture. Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Once the pan is hot, add pork chops. Now sear them by cooking for 3-4 minutes per side for a total of 6-8 minutes. First side is cooked on medium high. But when cooking on the second side, reduce the heat to medium. After searing is done, remove pork from heat and transfer to a plate. Cover to keep warm.
- Creamy garlic & herb sauce: Return skillet to heat and add butter and minced garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes on medium heat.
- Next ad wine and squeeze lemon into the pan while still on medium heat. Now add chicken stock and heavy cream. Bring to a boiling point and lower heat. Cook on low for 2-3 minutes.
- Add fresh thyme and Italian seasoning, season with salt and pepper (to taste). Also add Parmesan cheese and then simmer for 2-3 minutes. Next taste the sauce and add more seasoning, if necessary.
- Adding pork chops to the sauce. Reduce heat to low and return pork chops to pan. Depending on the thickness of your pork chops, you might just need to heat them up a bit to make sure they are done.
- Drizzle some of the sauce over pork chops and reheat on low for 2-3 minutes or until pork chops are done.
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only. This information comes from online calculators. Although whatsinthepan.com attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
Alison Abbington says
I made this last night almost to the letter (used cooking wine and no xantham gum, just let the sauce boil then simmer to thicken with the parmesan), OMG IT WAS SOOOO GOOD! I’m the only one in my house on a low carb lifestyle, and my family loved it! I’m so glad I doubled the recipe for leftovers. I served it over rice (cauliflower rice for me) and paired it with green beans. I couldn’t stop eating it! I even shared the recipe with my mom and told her it was a must try. Thank you for such a GREAT recipe.
So happy to hear that it was a success! Thank you for sharing the recipe with your mom!
Julie Craig says
Hi there 🙂
I’m on a low carb plan and wanted to know is the carb cost for 1 pork chop? I could eat 3 lol
I made this tonight with a couple of tweaks…just because of the ingredients I had on hand. Switched lime juice for lemon, beef broth for wine/chicken broth. This was soooo flavorful, the Italian spice is perfect with the pork!! I also used both parmesan cheese and xanthan gum to thicken the sauce, and it was exactly the thickness I wanted! Seriously, this was delicious, and going into my rotation. Thanks!!!!
Yes! I too find that Italian seasoning pairs up beautifully with the pork! And definitely – both Parmesan and Xanthan Gum DO thicken the sauce.
Amy Doss says
What is 1/4 lemon? Do you mean 1/4c lemon juice, or the juice of 1/4 lemon?
I meant 1/4 of a lemon (quarter of an actual lemon) – not 1/4 cup.
Leon C. says
I made this tonight and the pork chops were tender and juicy. I’m going to make this for my Mom next week.
It was simple to follow the recipe and by the time my Wife arrived home from work dinner was ready. Even my finicky
Daughter liked it.
I am so impressed that you are making this for all women in your family:)!
Debbie Wehlan says
Brava! This was the best Keto meal we’ve prepared. Flavorful, delicious, easy to prepare, and healthy. It checked all the boxes for an enjoyable meal. This is at the top of our list to serve for a casual dinner party. Do you have more Keto recipes that are this amazing? Please share if you do 🙂
Thank you so much, Debbie! I love this particular recipe – so glad you did too!
These pork chops were amazing! The sauce was so creamy and delicious. I did leave out the lemon (I don’t care for lemon in my food) and the dry white wine just because I didn’t have any. Will definitely make this again and again!
Made it last night. Flavor of the sauce was truly excellent. I used boneless rib chops and they were ridiculously tender with this recipe. Will definitely be added to my group of favorite recipes. Cant wait to try more of your recipes. I would make this for company for sure!
Just made this last night. Didn’t have any heavy cream so I used buttermilk. That worked fine. Didn’t have almond flour so I used cake flour, which also worked o.k. The chops were flavorful and tender. Made 2 batches. It really is a quick, delicious meal!
Yum! Sounds like you nailed it!
Richard Kohout says
I would imagine it got smokey. Butter has a low smoke point and is not a good choice for searing under this high temp. Ghee or LIGHT olive oil is ok, never use extra virgin olive oil for high temp cooking. Your best choice for searing is Avocado oil, it has a very high smoke point.