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🍳 Pan seared boneless pork chops
I think this is the best pan seared pork chop recipe for two key reasons. The first is our cast iron skillet. There is no better way to sear pork and truly caramelize the surface of the meat. This just won't happen in a slow cooker, instant pot, or oven, and you just can't buy this type of flavor. And lastly, our homemade ranch seasoning classifies as a best recipe all on its own.
While pork chops might not sound like the healthiest thing in the world, they're really not so bad! In fact, what if I tell you that pork chops are good for your diet plan and an excellent meal for the whole family.
This creamy ranch pork chop recipe only has 2g net carbs is gluten-free and keto-friendly. And the highlight of this recipe is that everyone love it.
🍽 What you need
Like my other keto pork chop recipes, there isn't much-needed equipment. This also means that cleanup is fast and easy as well, which is another added bonus!
- 12" cast iron skillet
- A spatula or wood spoon
- A stove
- 6 thick-cut boneless pork chops (Note 1)
- 8 oz full-fat cream cheese softened and cut into 8 pieces (parmesan cheese can substitute this if you prefer)
- 8 tbsp salted butter (olive oil also works)
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ½ cup organic chicken broth (low sodium)
- 3 tbsp homemade ranch seasoning
- sea salt apply liberally
- ground black pepper apply liberally
Most of these are pretty standard ingredients that are likely already on your shopping list. The one standout on the list might be ranch seasoning, which adds a unique taste to the smothered pork chops. You can pick it up from a local grocery store or supermarket. But if you have a bit more time and would like to make your own, you'll find it relatively easy. Ranch seasoning is actually made up of pretty common spices and herbs. It can even be healthier or more enjoyable if you make your own and leave some less desirable ingredients.
🔪 How to make
This recipe easy to follow and hassle-free, but it's also deceptively quick. With a total time under 30 minutes, this keto pork recipe is perfect for a large variety of events and meals.
- Start by patting your chops dry and sprinkling them very liberally with salt and pepper. Season liberally as both salt and pepper are absent from the sauce. (Note 2)
- Next, put your cast iron skillet on medium-high heat and melt 8 tablespoons of butter in it. You can also substitute this with olive oil if you prefer.
- Now, place the pork chops in the melted butter and sear them for about 4-5 minutes.
- When the pork chops reach around 135°F or 57 °C degrees, they are done. Remove and let these golden pork chops rest while you continue. Reduce heat to medium.
- Next, pour in the chicken stock. You'll need this to deglaze the skillet. While this is still going on, use a spoon to scrape the skillet's sides to ensure that you get all the delicious brown bits. Continue until sufficiently deglazed. (Note 3)
- Add cream cheese and heavy cream. You'll need to stir the resulting mixture till it's homogenous and smooth.
- Then add in the homemade ranch seasoning and continue stirring until it also combines with the ingredients. This is the cream sauce.
- Finally, lower the heat another notch and reintroduce the pork chops into the cream sauce in the cast iron skillet. Cover it and leave for about 5-10 minutes, then check to see if everything is satisfactorily done. You're aiming for an internal temperature of 145 °F or 63 °C. (Note 4)
💭 Quick tips
- The best pork cuts include boneless pork chops, loin chops, and center cut pork chops.
- Dry the pork chops! When you sear meat, including boneless pork chops, pat dry with a paper towel to absorb surface moisture. If meat is not dry, it will not sear properly and turn grey rather than golden brown.
- When searing pork in your cast iron skillet, leave at least 1 inch between each pork chop. And do not move the pork chops around during the searing process. This will disrupt the sear!
- Other seasonings like onion powder can also help to give your pork some more flavor. And ingredients like green beans can do wonders for variety. But you should never go overboard seasoning pork. Keep that in mind as you mix and explore.
- You'll need your sauce thick to complement the meat properly, so if it hasn't reached that point when the pork chops are done, leave the heat on and take the pork chops out. Continue until you get the thickness you need. This is common practice for any sauce. Simmering reduces moisture, which in turn thickens the sauce.
- When adding your own touch to the recipe, keep in mind that your changes affect the overall carb content and keto eligibility of these already delicious keto pork chops.
- If you're not a pork fan (or follow a kosher diet), you can easily substitute the boneless pork chops for boneless chicken. I suggest breasts. They'll taste just as good as pork chops. Call it by the eye on this one, though.
🥗 Side dish options
I often stick to classic side dishes like green beans or green vegetable mix with a recipe like ranch pork chops. However, I've also made these side dish recipes on several occasions and find they work well with this creamy ranch pork recipe's flavor profile.
- Steamed Vegetables
There has never been a better culinary match than the combination of meat and vegetables. And hearing your pork chops with this steamed vegetable recipe will remind you why this is the case! Complete with the mellow taste of garlic powder spice (I prefer this to cloves garlic) and an oil sauce that brings it together. This green recipe is a great way to get your carnivore husband or child to broaden their horizons a bit.
- Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes with Garlic
Cauliflower is as versatile an ingredient as any I've ever used. It especially excels at allowing keto dieters to substitute some of their favorite meals without breaking their ketosis. Just like it makes for a great rice replacement, cauliflower also makes some delicious mashed potatoes. You can pair this great with your keto pork chops.
- One Pan Mexican Rice Recipe
Another solid option, this makes a great side dish to enjoy with your pork chops or vise versa! Consisting of brown rice with corn and beans (as well as a lot of great spicing), this one-pan meal is completely vegan safe as well, so you can cater to people of varied dietary persuasions.
🍴 Easy meal prep
If you are doing meal prep, make sure your pork chops have cooled off appropriately before storing. Once cool, store in an airtight container like the Snapware 6 cup container, airtight, leak-proof, freezer safe, dishwasher safe, and microwave safe. Place the pork chops on the bottom and smother them with sauce. Store in the fridge for 4-5 days (reheat in microwave) or freeze for up to 3 months (unthaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours, reheat in microwave).
Meal prep storage is easy! One pork chop per serving, planning out amounts is easy. However, I'll admit I've eaten more than my share on several occasions.
Can I use an Instant pot?
Yes, you can! Even though this is a pan-fried boneless pork chop recipe, it can still be made in an instant pot, crockpot, or slow cooker. The outcome does vary, but overall these ranch pork chops with homemade ranch seasoning come out great regardless of the method.
With the built-in saute and slow cook function on your Instant Pot, you can easily coax out all the dish's latent flavor potential. This method requires far less effort on your part, as the Instant Pot is a leave-and-forget device with excellent safety features.
And there you have it; an easy to make, low carb, high fat, gluten-free keto ranch pork chop recipe that's sure to be an instant family favorite.
Keto Pork Chops with Homemade Ranch Seasoning
- Start by patting your chops dry and sprinkling them very liberally with salt and pepper. Season liberally as both salt and pepper are absent from the sauce. (Note 1)
- In a large skillet, heat 8 tbsp of the butter over medium high heat until melted.
- Sear each chop for 4-5 minutes on each side until golden brown. When you've achieved a satisfactory golden brown crisping, turn the pork chops over and sear the other side as well. Note X
- When the pork chops reach around 135°F or 57 °C degrees they are done. Remove and let these golden pork chops rest while you continue. Reduce heat to medium.
- Pour in chicken broth to deglaze pan. Scrape the pan to get all of the yummy browned bits.
- Add cream cheese, and heavy cream and stir continuously until smooth.
- Add homemade ranch seasoning and stir until combined.
- Reduce heat to low, add chops back into pan and cover. Simmer for 10 minutes or until chops reach an internal temp of at least 145 degrees F.
- Best Cuts of Pork include boneless pork chops, loin chops, and center cut, bone-in chops.
- Dry the pork chops! When you sear meat, including pork chops, pat dry with a paper towel to absorb surface moisture. If meat is not dry, it will not sear properly and turn grey rather than golden brown.
- Deglaze the cast iron skillet. We want to capture all of the flavors from the searing process. This is pure gold; the flavor from deglazing a pan is unmatched.
- Timing is everything! This recipe is a guide. If your pork chops are 1", they will take far longer than pork chops that are ½" thick. As long as your mindful, this will turn out wonderful.
- Grab the best Ranch Seasoning Recipe here! Nutrition information shown is an estimate and is not to be assumed to be accurate.