Grain-Free Breaded Pork Chops (Video)
Grain-Free Breaded Pork Chops are a delicious low-carb way to cook pork chops by coating them with almond flour! These low-carb and gluten-free pork chops are served with a tasty mustardy pan sauce, and some of my favorite kids like this recipe!
PIN Grain-Free Breaded Pork Chops to try them later!
These Grain-Free Breaded Pork Chops are coated with almond flour, pan-fried, and then served with a delicious mustardy pan sauce, for a low-carb dish that’s really quick to get on the table. This recipe is so good, and today we’re happy to be giving it a photo update!
And this recipe is a favorite of my niece and cooking assistant Kara, her husband Tim, and their kids Cooper, Sophie, and Quinn. And this is absolutely a perfect recipe to use on those thick boneless pork chops from Costco that can sometimes be a challenge to cook well.
Today I’m also updating the recipe to be four servings so you can make pork chops for a family dinner. The almond flour used for the breading here is also something I buy at Costco, and it adds a delicious layer of flavor, and makes this recipe very low in carbs. I’d say this recipe is a winner in lots of ways!
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
(This is only a list of ingredients; please scroll down for complete printable recipe. Or if you use the JUMP TO RECIPE link at the top of the page, it will take you directly to the complete recipe.)
- thick boneless pork chops
- salt/pepper for seasoning pork chops
- Penzey’s Pork Chop Seasoning (affiliate link), see notes
- Almond Flour (affiliate link)
- Olive Oil (affiliate link)
- chicken broth or homemade chicken stock
- half and half, milk, or cream
- Dijon mustard (affiliate link)
How can breaded pork chops be grain free?
Almond Flour (affiliate link) is used for the breading on these pork chops, and it adds a delicious layer of flavor. And using a breading without flour also makes this recipe gluten-free as well as very low in carbs.
What if you don’t have Pork Chop Seasoning?
For years I’ve loved Penzey’s Pork Chop Seasoning and I think it has the perfect blend of spices for pork. If you don’t have that and don’t want to buy a special seasoning for pork chops, it contains salt, garlic, white pepper, onion, ginger and natural hickory smoke flavor. Just use the spices you have from that list.
Are Grain-Free Breaded Pork Chops similar to Pork Schnitzel?
Schnitzel is a famous Austrian dish where thin cutlets of veal, pork, or chicken is breaded and pan-fried. Pork Schnitzel is pounded more thinly than the pork chops in this recipe, but the idea behind the recipe is similar.
Can you use this recipe on chicken or turkey cutlets?
If you don’t eat pork I’m guessing these ingredients and cooking technique could be used on chicken or turkey cutlets; just be sure the poultry is pounded thin enough that it can cook thoroughly in the quick cooking time. And if anyone else tries it with chicken or turkey I’d love to hear about how it turns out!
How to make Grain-Free Breaded Pork Chops:
(This is only a summary of the steps for the recipe; please scroll down for complete printable recipe. Or if you use the JUMP TO RECIPE link at the top of the page, it will take you directly to the complete recipe.)
- I used thick pork loin chops from Costco and trimmed some but not all of the fat.
- Put each pork chop inside heavy Ziploc bag and pound with a meat mallet (affiliate link) on both sides until about 1/4 inch thick.
- Season the pounded pork chops with salt, pepper, and Pork Chop Seasoning (or whatever seasonings from that blend you’re using.)
- Sprinkle almond flour on the pork chops, and press it into the meat.
- Heat oil to medium-high before you put pork chops in the pan. Turn heat down to medium, add pork chops, and cook about 3 minutes on the first side.
- Turn pork chops and cook 3 minutes more on the second side. Turn once more and cook about 2 minutes more, or until they’re nicely browned on both sides and cooked through. (Watch them carefully so the almond flour doesn’t burn.)
- I would use an Instant Read Meat Thermometer (affiliate link) if you have one and check to see that pork has reached 145F.62C.
- When the pork chops are done, remove to a serving platter, covering with foil.
- Turn up heat a bit and deglaze pan with chicken stock, scraping to remove the tasty browned bits of almond flour.
- Lower heat and whisk in the mustard and half and half, and simmer sauce for a few minutes more to thicken. Pour sauce over pork chops and serve.
Make it a low-carb meal:
I would serve the pork chops with something that will be good with the amazing pan sauce like Pureed Cauliflower with Garlic, Parmesan, and Goat Cheese. This would also be good with Cauliflower Roasted with Parmesan or Easy Cheesy Baked Keto Cauliflower. And a vegetable like Stir-Fried Spinach with Garlic and Parmesan would also be a delicious option.
More Tasty Dinners with Pork Chops:
- Instant Pot Salsa Pork Chops
- Air Fryer Pork Chops
- Pork Chops with Balsamic Glaze
- Grilled Boneless Pork Chops
- Greek Pork Chops
Grain-Free Breaded Pork Chops
Grain-Free Breaded Pork Chops are an easy low-carb preparation for pork chops that are served with a mustardy pan sauce. And this is a quick and easy recipe the whole family is going to like, even if they don't care about it being low in carbs!
- 4 thick boneless pork loin chops
- salt and pepper to season pork chops
- 2 tsp. Penzey's Pork Chop Seasoning (see notes)
- 1/2 cup almond flour (see notes)
- 1 T olive oil
- 3/4 cup chicken broth (see notes)
- 1/2 cup half and half (see note)
- 2 T Dijon mustard (see notes)
- I used thick pork loin chops from Costco. I trimmed some but not all of the pork fat but take your choice on that.
- Then put each pork chop inside a heavy Ziploc bag and pound them on both sides until they are about 1/4 inch thick. Don't be afraid you are making them too thin; they will thicken up a little as they cook.
- Season the pounded pork chops with salt, pepper, and Pork Chop Seasoning (or whatever seasonings from that blend you're using.)
- Put almond flour into a flat bowl, then put in one pork chop at a time and sprinkle over the almond coating and press it into the meat.
- Heat the oil to medium high before you put the chops in, and watch them carefully so the almond flour browns well but doesn't burn. Turn heat down to medium, and cook about 3 minutes on the first side.
- Turn pork chops and cook 3 minutes more on the second side. We turned once more and cook about 2 minutes more, or until they're nicely browned on both sides and cooked through. (If you have one, use an Instant-Read Meat Thermometer to be sure pork is at least 145F/62C.)
- When the pork chops are done, remove them to a serving platter, covering with foil to keep them warm if desired.
- Turn up heat a little and deglaze the pan with chicken stock, scraping to remove the tasty browned bits of almond flour.
- Lower heat and stir in the mustard and half and half, and simmer sauce for a few minutes more, then pour over pork chops and serve.
I use Penzey's Pork Chop Seasoning for this recipe which contains salt, garlic, white pepper, onion, ginger and natural hickory smoke flavor. If you don’t want to buy a special seasoning for pork chops, , season the pork chops with a tiny bit of garlic powder and any other spices you have on that list.
Use homemade chicken stock if you have some. You can use heavy cream or milk instead of half and half, whichever you prefer. Use more or less mustard to taste; can also use milder flavored mustard if desired.
Recipe created by Kalyn, but sauce inspired by a recipe in Dana Carpender’s 500 Low-Carb Recipes.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 406Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 114mgSodium: 720mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 38g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
I’d consider Grain-Free Breaded Pork Chops to be a great choice for any low-carb or low-glycemic eating plan, including Keto. Years after I posted the recipe I found that nut flours are technically not allowed for phase one for the original South Beach Diet, but since you’re only eating the small amount of almond flour that sticks to one pork chop, I’d eat this as a personal choice for any phase of South Beach.
Find More Recipes Like This One:
Use Quick and Easy Recipes to find more recipes like this one. Use the Diet Type Index to find recipes suitable for a specific eating plan. You might also like to follow Kalyn’s Kitchen on Pinterest, on Facebook, on Instagram, on TikTok, or on YouTube to see all the good recipes I’m sharing there.
Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was posted in 2006! The recipe was updated with more information and greatly-improved photos in 2022 and was last updated in 2023.
55 Comments on “Grain-Free Breaded Pork Chops (Video)”
Thanks Jen. So glad you liked it. (Now I need to cook this again, because this post seriously needs a new photo!)
This recipe was amazing!!! I was really impressed. I used "thin cut" pork chops, simply because they were on sale at the grocery store. The thinness reminded me of the schnitzel I adored while traveling in Germany. Thanks Kalyn. Your blog has really helped me to stick with the south beach diet!
Judy thanks! Of course I have to say that I did it for myself before I realized other people might find it helpful! I had to have interesting food or I never could have stuck with the diet!
You have made South Beach so simple and enjoyable. While I have enjoyed the principles of The South Beach diet, I have been frustrated by the lack of good food flavor and the lack of variety in heir menus. You have changed all that! You have not only introduced me to almsot an endless variety of yummy menus to choose from, but I am reading labels and looking for new ideas in stores like never before. Many cudos for all your efforts!
Judy, thanks. I’m not blogging, but I’m trying to keep up with comments, and I do appreciate it.
I know that you are attending to much more important matters than blogging or thinking about pork chops. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family…but I figure at some point knowing how much you are appreciated will feel pretty good. So, thank you for your amazing blog, the beautiful pictures and the wonderful recipes. I made these pork chops tonight and they were incredible. I am in Phase 2, so I added a bit of white wine to the sauce, which I thought made it really yummy. My boyfriend and I love the delicious flavor of the almond meal. Thank you! Your site is such a gift!
Like the sound of ground walnuts in this. (And I am saying to myself, this recipe needs a new photo, but then I’m never satisfied!)
Made this one last night, yummy! Even the daughter that’s suspicious of new sauces agreed it was great. Used ground walnuts instead of almonds.
I used gluten free baking mix instead of almond meal and replaced the chicken stock with wine. Wonderful recipe, thanks Kalyn!
Just made this recipe and was very happy with it. I changed one thing and used ground flaxseed instead and it was fine for me.
Yes, I think cashews would be good here and it would still be fine for South Beach. I would use half and half of milk instead of cream of you’re in the early stages of the diet.
hi! is it possible to use a different kind of nut like cashews?
will it still be south beach friendly? thanks for your help!
Okay, if any of you are ever in the Portland OR area — go south of the city out highway 224 and you’ll run into the Bob’s Red Mill HQ, where they not only sell all of their products, but they serve a kick-ass breakfast, complete with the best grits ever*. We used to live just a couple miles from there and didn’t make it there to breakfast nearly enough!
*well, best grits in the NW, I imagine, anyway 🙂
Yes, Sweetnicks, panko would be great for this if you didn’t want to use the almond meal. Actually if you used whole wheat panko this would still be pretty ok for the South Beach Diet.
Mmmm, The Husband loves pork chops. Bet these would be great with panko. Thanks for the recipe!
Hey Cookiecrumb, or anyone who is wondering, almond meal has 6 carbs in the 1/4 cup used in this recipe. 3 grams of that is fiber. Lots of it was left on the plate, so probably less than 1 carb per pork chop. It also has 6 grams of protien in the 1/4 cup.
Things one never knew. I would have thought almond meal was a bit carby. Sounds tasty!
Kalyn, this is a wonderful series of posts. You’re making me think very seriously of trying South Beach again (the first time I tried it, I had headaches) — but even if not, I’m very much enjoying these innovative dishes.
Bilbo, thanks. I feel very lucky to have such a great kitchen (and such a great brother-in-law who made it possible).
thanks for visiting my blog. I had a look at your kitchen pics and believe u me, I am a serious shade of green right now. You have an awesome , to die for kitchen