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Keto Pan Fried Pork Chop – Easy and Juicy

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Pork chops are a definite crowd favorite. Even people on a diet couldn’t resist the juiciness and flavor of a piece of grilled or fried pork chop. It’s so quick and easy to cook, just like how you fry steak.

Today, I will surely make you full with this juicy and tasty pork chop recipe. To make a good pan fried pork chop, you must first have quality meat.

In this keto fried pork chops recipe, I only used pork with some fat and bone to bring out the best flavor in our meat. The fatty meat helps cook better and keep it moist.

skillet fried pork chop

Pork is one of the high-protein foods to have on keto diet. It contains around 25 grams of protein for every 100 gram of meat. It also has zero carbs and sugar so it’s safe to say that this dish will not ruin ketosis. It also has some amounts of vitamins and minerals like selenium, thiamin, zinc, iron, vitamin B12, and phosphorous. 

Pork dishes also keep our stomach full and help avoiding the need to eat between meals. You can cook pork for lunch or dinner. It also goes well with your favorite greens such as broccoli or spinach.

It is also necessary that you pat dry your meat after you wash them since we will be frying it. Pan frying wet meat will not make a crunchy crust and can be dangerous due to the oil splattering. I only need a small amount of oil and butter when searing this cut of meat.

This dish is one of the most craved for on a festive table. So feel free to experiment and season the pork according to your taste preferences. Just make sure you keep your dish keto-friendly. 

If you want to try more ways to cook pork chops, I suggest you try my Air Fryer Breaded Pork Chops and Instant Pot BBQ Pork Chops.

How to Make Pan-Seared Pork Chops Juicy

On a chopping board, pierce the pork with a fork on both sides. Rub some salt and pepper on both sides to season it.

rub salt pepper on pork

Melt butter in a frying pan or cast iron, set over medium-high heat. Gently add the pork chop in and brown one side for around 8 minutes. Do the same for the other side.

pan searing pork chop

Set the heat to low. Add minced garlic and thyme and the rest of the butter. Use a spoon to baste the meat with garlic-thyme-butter juice, then turn off the heat. Turn the meat over and leave it in the pan for another 4 to 6 minutes to absorb the flavor.

baste garlic thyme butter

Remove from the pan and into the serving plate. Sprinkle with ground pepper and serve warm with your side dish of choice, such as steamed veggies or green salad.

keto fried pork chop recipe

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Keto Pan Fried Pork Chop

A simple and delicious way to enjoy a low-carb fatty cut of meat.
Course Dinner
Cuisine Ketogenic, Low Carb
Keyword Fried Pork Chop
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 338kcal
Author Tanya K.


  • 2/3 lb pork chop thick with bone and fat layer
  • 2 tbsp butter divided
  • 4 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 clove garlic smashed
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • freshly ground pepper optional
  • steamed broccoli for serving, optional


  • Place the meat on a cutting board and prick it all over with a fork, then flip and prick the other side.
  • Season with salt and pepper on both sides.
  • Melt a tablespoon of butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork chop and cook browned on both sides, about 8 minutes per side.
  • Reduce the heat to low. Add remaining butter, thyme, and garlic. When butter is melted, baste the meat by tilting the pan and spooning the juice over it. Turn off the heat, flip the pork chop and let rest in a skillet covered with a lid for 4-6 minutes.
  • Transfer to the plate, season with freshly ground pepper if using and serve with your favourite side dish.



Nutrition Facts
Keto Pan Fried Pork Chop
Amount Per Serving
Calories 338 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Cholesterol 131mg44%
Sodium 754mg31%
Potassium 564mg16%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 350IU7%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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