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Keto Pork Chops with Asparagus

These keto pork chops are garlicky, buttery, and so flavorful. It’s a perfect keto lunch or dinner with just 4g of net carbs per serving. It’s gluten-free and Whole30 – friendly.

keto pork chop

These buttery, herbed keto pork chops are going to make you smile.  Served with asparagus cooked in the pan’s juices, you will find this recipe a winner.

This rich garlic butter will fill you up and give your taste buds some happiness, and you can use it with other meats too!

slice of pork of fork

This keto dish is so good for a couple of reasons.  Well, yes, obviously it tastes delicious!  But it also makes your meal planning a breeze.

If you have family members who aren’t following keto, mealtimes can be like juggling balls, but not this one.

It’s the perfect way to keep everyone happy as you can dish the meal up for yourself but simply add whatever carb anyone else wishes to their plate.  Dinner done!

keto pork chop with asparagus

Ingredients You’ll Need

Here is a quick list of all ingredients you’ll need and possible substitute to use.

Garlic butter

Butter – Choose a grass-fed, organic butter if you can, as the flavor can be much creamier and richer.  You can use salted or unsalted.

Garlic – If you’re someone who hates crushing garlic, this garlic press is amazing.  Alternatively, you could use a garlic paste. 

Garlic powder – Yes, we’re going all out with the garlic flavor.  Add some of this, too, as it gives a saltier and more intense flavor.

Dried oregano –  This is a wonderful store cupboard essential. You could use dried thyme if you wish instead.

Lemon – Choose a juicy one and give it a roll on the worktop as it helps with the juicing.

Salt and pepper – Use a sea salt and freshly ground black pepper if you can, but you can use the regular varieties too.

ingredients for keto pork

Pork Chops and Asparagus

Pork chops – Free-range, grass-fed pork chops are the healthiest choices for pork as these animals have been reared on a more natural diet, so try and source a good quality one.

Fresh asparagus – There are many varieties, but this recipe has used a medium-thick stalk, so it still gives you a good crunch and doesn’t take long to cook.

Salt and pepper

raw pork and asparagus

How to Make Keto Pork Chops with Asparagus

 

In a bowl, place the butter, minced garlic, garlic powder, dried oregano, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper and mix until all these ingredients are combined.

Get your pork chops ready by making a few cuts in them.

bowl of spices and butter

Heat a skillet to medium-high heat and then add the garlic butter, stirring to melt it. 

butter mix in pan

Next, add the pork chops to the skillet, coating them well in the garlic butter.

pork chops cooking in pan

Fry the pork chops for about 5 minutes on both sides until they are fully cooked. 

Remove from the pan, and keep warm.

pork chops cooking with butter

Now, add the asparagus to the skillet and season with salt and black pepper.

asparagus in pot

Stir well and coat in the garlic butter in the skillet.  Cook until the asparagus is soft but still has a little bite. 

cooking asparagus

Serve the pork chops on plates with the asparagus and pour over all the lovely garlic butter from the pan.  Delicious!

Tip – Remember, if you do have family members not following keto, you can always add a side of new potatoes or steamed rice for them to serve with their pork chop.

cooked pork chop and asparagus

How Do You Cook Pork Chops Without Drying Them Out?

Pork chops can easily dry out when cooking, but there are some tips to help with this. 

Cook over an immediate high heat to sear the outside as quickly as you can.  This will keep all of those lovely juices inside.  Then turn the heat down to continue cooking all the way through.

Baste, baste, baste your chops while they are cooking by spooning over the juices in the pan or a little stock.  This helps keep the meat tender and reduces the cooking time a little too.

Don’t overcook!  Chops, especially ones without a bone, are quick to cook; you’d be surprised! However, you can always smother a chop with a cracking sauce if you feel you may have overcooked one. 

Use a fattier cut – which is great for keto!  The fat will help keep the meat moist and succulent. 

Slicing a pork chop up and using it for a stir fry, cooking over high heat can help keep the meat moist too.  A keto sweet and sour pork dish is possible!

Don’t forget it’s also about the aftercare, as well as the cooking.  Leave the meat to rest for a while after cooking to allow it to reabsorb the juices to give a softer result.

two plates of keto pork

What Vegetable Goes Well with Pork Chops?

Pork LOVES greens.  You could use several different ones on keto, so take your pick.  The darker green the leaf, the more nutrition it has, so find something like spinach, kale, or cavolo nero. 

Pork juices go well with sweeter flavors, too, so try a pork chop placed on top of a cauliflower steak as this veggie does have a milder taste than some of the greens.

Have you fried a wedge of lettuce before? Choose a tightly packed one, like a baby gem, if you fancy giving it a go. The water content in the lettuce helps with a potentially dry pork chop, and they are keto-friendly!

keto pork chops on plate

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Keto Pork Chops with Asparagus

Yield: 4 pork chops
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

These pork chops with asparagus are keto-friendly, gluten-free and so yummy. Garlicky, buttery and contain 4g of net carbs per serving.

Ingredients

Garlic butter

  • 10 tbsp butter
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • ½ tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper

Pork Chops and Asparagus

  • 4 pork chops
  • 1 lb fresh asparagus
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix butter, minced garlic, garlic powder, dried oregano, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper.
  2. Take out your pork chops, make a few cuts in them.
  3. Heat a skillet to medium-high heat, melt the garlic butter and add in the pork chops.
  4. Fry them up for 5 minutes on each side until they're fully cooked.
  5. Remove the pork chops from the pan and add in the asparagus. Add some salt and black pepper, then cook over medium-high heat until they have slightly softened up.
  6. Serve the pork chops with asparagus and pour over the butter from the pan to serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 pork chops Serving Size: 1 pork chop
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 748Total Fat: 61gSaturated Fat: 30gTrans Fat: 1.2gUnsaturated Fat: 26.5gCholesterol: 219mgSodium: 350mgCarbohydrates: 7.1gNet Carbohydrates: 4gFiber: 3.1gSugar: 2.3gProtein: 44g

Nutritional values were obtained with automatic software using the amounts of products used. To get the most accurate representation of the nutritional values, you should calculate them with the actual ingredients used in your recipe. You are solely responsible for the nutritional information obtained to be accurate.

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