This recipe for Keto Pork Chops boasts a rich garlic chive cream sauce everyone will love! This family-friendly, low carb recipe is quick and easy to make and may just be my best keto-friendly pork chop recipe so far.
The recipe for Keto Pork Chops with Garlic Chive Cream Sauce
Whether you live a low-carb lifestyle or not, you’re going to love this recipe! You can make this main course in less than 30 minutes and the sauce is so good, you’re going to want to lick the plate. Don’t worry, I won’t tell if you do!
In this recipe, I first sear the pork chops to amplify the flavors and give the meat a rich, delectable brown crust. After the pork chops are done, I focus on the sauce. I start by cooking a bit of red onion and garlic. Next, I deglaze the pan with a bit of white wine vinegar. Deglazing pulls all of the goodness hiding on the bottom of the pan, and frees it so it can flavor the sauce.
After deglazing the pan, I add the heavy whipping cream. The cream provides a silky base for all of the other flavors. In addition to the cream, I add any drippings that have come from the pork chops while they have been resting. I’m not one to let flavor go to waste!
Finally, I stir in the chives and a bit of whole grain mustard to add the crowning touch. Don’t forget to taste the sauce and add a bit more salt and pepper if you like.
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What cuts of meat do I use for this recipe?
You can use any pork chops you happen to have in this recipe. I’ve shown them with boneless chops, but bone-in pork chops would work as well. Even thin cutlets would work.
One thing to keep in mind is that the thinner the cut, the faster they will cook. I like chops that are between one half and three quarters of an inch in thickness. The super thick cuts can be difficult to get done in the middle without overcooking the outside. The super thin cuts can be difficult to get a good sear on both sides without overcooking the center.
What to serve with our these pork chops
The sauce on these keto pork chops is loaded with a melange of flavors. Because of this, I like to pair them with something with a simpler flavor profile. One example of this is a simple green salad with a touch of vinegar and oil as a dressing.
These pork chops would also pair well with my recipe for roasted Brussels sprouts, or my roasted radishes. Other options include simply steamed broccoli or green beans topped with a bit of butter and salt.
Is pork keto-friendly?
Like most meats, pork is absolutely keto-friendly! How many carbs are in pork chops? Almost none! The macronutrients in pork are almost entirely protein and fat.
Some people on a ketogenic diet do try to limit their protein intake. If you need watch your protein levels, you may be able to still eat pork, but just watch the amount. More fatty cuts of pork are ideal for this subgroup of people.
Other keto-friendly recipes for pork chops
If you’re a fan of pork chops, you might want to check out our Boneless Pork Chops with Tomato Cream Sauce, our recipe for Sheet Pan Pork Chops with Green Beans or these garlic parmesan pork chops from Kasey Trenum.
Keto Pork Chops with Garlic Chive Cream Sauce
This recipe for Keto Pork Chops starts by searing the pork chops to perfection, then tops them with a creamy garlic chive sauce with a hint of mustard.
- 2 medium pork chops
- sea salt
- black pepper
- 1 Tablespoon avocado oil
- 1 Tablespoon red onion finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic crushed
- 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
- ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
- ½ teaspoon whole grain mustard
- 1 teaspoon fresh chives thinly sliced
- Additional fresh chives (optional for garnish)
Dry both sides of the pork chops and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Heat a heavy, large skillet over medium high heat. Add avocado oil and spread to cover the bottom of the skillet using a spatula. When oil is hot, add the pork chops to sear. Do not allow the pork chops to touch.
When the first side of the pork chop is golden brown, turn and brown the other side. This takes about 3-5 minutes per side. When both sides are browned, turn the the heat down to low and continue cooking, turning occasionally until pork chops reach the desired doneness (Internal temperature should be at least 145º Fahrenheit). This time will vary depending on the thickness of the porkchop and your desired state of doneness.
Remove pork chops to a plate and keep warm. Add the chopped red onion to the skillet. Turn heat to medium low. Cook onion, while stirring, for a few minutes. When edges begin to brown, stir in the garlic. Cook until garlic becomes fragrant--about 1 minute.
Add the vinegar and cook while stirring, scraping up any browned bits. When vinegar has mostly evaporated and become syrupy, whisk in the heavy cream and any drippings that have collected under the pork chops. Turn heat to low.
Cook the sauce, while whisking, until it reaches the desired thickness. Remove from heat. Stir in the mustard and chives. Taste and add salt and pepper if desired.
To serve, spoon the sauce over the pork chops and sprinkle with additional chopped chives to garnish.
(Nutritional information does not include salt as the amount will vary by each individual.