2 net carbs

Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops

Treat yourself to the irresistible flavors of our parmesan crusted pork chops – juicy boneless chops coated in a delectable mixture of parmesan cheese, almond flour, and spices, seared to perfection and baked for a meal that will have you coming back for seconds.

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Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops

Close-up view of parmesan crusted pork chops.

Low-Carb Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops [Keto]

Total Diabetes Wellness
Get ready to savor a fantastic meal with our parmesan crusted pork chops recipe. These mouthwatering boneless chops, coated in a delightful mixture of parmesan cheese, almond flour, and a blend of spices, will surely make your taste buds dance with joy. It's a simple yet flavorful dish that will impress your family and friends. By searing the chops to a beautiful golden color and then finishing them off in the oven, you'll achieve a juicy and tender result that's hard to resist.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Lunch and Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Net Carbs 2 g
*Net carbs are per serving

Ingredients
 

  • 4 boneless pork chops, 1-1.5” thick
  • cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350F/177C.
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  • On a plate, mix the parmesan cheese, paprika, garlic powder, parsley, almond flour, salt, and black pepper.
    Top view of parmesan crust mixture for parmesan crusted pork chops.
  • In a shallow bowl, whisk the egg.
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  • Dip both sides of the pork chops in the egg, then press into the parmesan mixture until well coated (both sides).
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  • In a large oven-safe skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Once the skillet is hot, sear each side of the pork chops for 1-2 minutes, until golden.
    Top-view of parmesan crusted pork chops searing in a large skillet.
  • Transfer the skillet to the oven, and bake for 12-20 minutes. Total bake time will depend on the thickness of your pork chops. Bake until the internal temperature reaches 145F/63C. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Enjoy!
    Close-up, side-view of parmesan crusted pork chops cooked to perfection.

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Nutritional information

The nutrition information is calculated based off pork chops that are 4 ounces each. If using larger or smaller pork chops, please be aware the nutrition information, including carbohydrate count, may differ.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I pair parmesan crusted pork chops with?

These delicious pork chops pair well with almost any side dish! Check out our low-carb vegetables and side dish recipes here. Our favorite side dishes to pair are green beans with avocado or creamy garlic broccoli with bacon.

Is this low-carb parmesan crusted pork chop recipe Keto?

Yes! Each pork chop contains 2 net carbs. If you’re feeling hungry, you could eat more than one serving without adding a lot of extra carbs to your meal.

Is this recipe gluten-free?

Yes, this recipe is naturally gluten-free. Swapping traditional bread crumbs for almond flour makes this recipe both low-carb and gluten-free.

Storage and Reheating Guidelines

  • Make-ahead: This recipe tastes best when cooked fresh; we don’t recommend making this recipe ahead of time.
  • Storing leftovers: Store leftover parmesan crusted pork chops in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  • Freezing instructions: We don’t recommend freezing the pork chops after cooking. The parmesan crust can become soggy when thawed. Instead, we recommend freezing raw pork chops, thawing them overnight in the refrigerator, and cooking as directed when ready to eat. 
  • To reheat: To reheat pork chops so they don’t dry out, we recommend wrapping them in foil and heating them in the oven at 350F/177C for 10-15 minutes.

Additional Details

Parmesan crusted pork chops are a delectable low-carb dish that combines tender pork chops with a crispy, golden crust of Parmesan cheese and flavorful seasonings. This recipe is perfect for individuals with diabetes who are looking for a delicious and satisfying meal option that won’t spike their blood sugar levels.

Parmesan crusted pork chops offer a delightful twist on traditional pork chops by adding a cheesy and crunchy coating. The combination of tender meat and a crispy crust creates a contrast of textures that will tantalize your taste buds. The Parmesan cheese brings a rich, savory flavor that perfectly complements the juicy pork, making it a crowd-pleasing dish for both special occasions and everyday dinners.

Parmesan Crusted Pork Chop Ingredients

  • Pork Chops: Choose boneless pork chops that are about 1 inch thick for optimal tenderness and flavor. Pork is an excellent source of protein and essential nutrients, including vitamins B6 and B12, zinc, and selenium.
  • Parmesan Cheese: The star of the show! The grated Parmesan cheese adds a wonderful nutty and salty taste and helps create the crispy crust. Parmesan cheese is low in carbohydrates and provides a good amount of protein and calcium.
  • Almond Flour: To achieve a low-carb and gluten-free crust, almond flour is used instead of traditional bread crumbs. Almond flour is high in healthy fats, low in carbs, and adds a lovely nutty flavor.
  • Seasonings: A blend of dried herbs and spices, such as garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper, enhances the overall flavor profile of the dish.

Preparation Tips

  • Pat dry the pork chops before coating them to ensure the crust adheres well.
  • Preheat the oven to the specified temperature to ensure even cooking and a crispy crust.
  • Use a wire rack placed on a baking sheet to elevate the pork chops while baking. This helps promote airflow and prevents the bottom from becoming soggy.
  • For extra flavor, marinate the pork chops in your favorite low-carb marinade or season them with herbs and spices before coating them.

How to Cook Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops

  • Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F (177°C).
  • Combine the grated Parmesan cheese, almond flour, and seasonings in a shallow bowl.
  • Pat dry the pork chops using a paper towel and season them with salt and pepper.
  • Dip each pork chop into the Parmesan mixture, pressing firmly to adhere the coating evenly.
  • Place the coated pork chops on a wire rack set on a baking sheet, ensuring they are not touching.
  • Bake the pork chops in the preheated oven until the crust is golden brown, and the internal temperature reaches 145°F (63°C).
  • Once cooked, remove the pork chops from the oven and allow them to rest for a few minutes before serving.

Safe Temperature for Pork

When cooking pork, it’s crucial to ensure that it reaches a safe internal temperature to eliminate any potentially harmful bacteria and ensure food safety. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends cooking pork to a minimum internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) with a three-minute rest time. This applies to all cuts of pork, including pork chops.

A reliable meat thermometer is essential to measure the internal temperature of the pork accurately. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the meat, avoiding contact with bones, fat, or the cooking surface. Once the pork reaches the recommended temperature, remove it from the heat source and let it rest for a few minutes. During the resting period, the temperature will continue to rise slightly, and the juices will redistribute, resulting in a juicier and more flavorful pork chop.

What to Serve with Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops

  • Serve the parmesan crusted pork chops with a side of steamed vegetables, such as broccoli or asparagus, for a complete low-carb meal. The vibrant colors and fresh flavors of the vegetables complement the savory pork chops perfectly.
  • Create a delicious dipping sauce by combining Greek yogurt with fresh herbs, lemon juice, and garlic for a tangy and creamy accompaniment. The cool and refreshing dip adds a burst of flavor to each bite.
  • For added flavor, sprinkle some freshly chopped parsley or basil over the pork chops before serving. The herbs add a touch of freshness and elevate the overall presentation of the dish.
  • Try substituting the pork chops with chicken breasts or fish fillets for a variation of this recipe. The crispy Parmesan crust works well with different proteins, allowing you to enjoy this delightful dish in various forms.

Benefits for People with Diabetes

This parmesan crusted pork chops recipe is a great option for individuals with diabetes due to its low-carb nature. By using almond flour instead of bread crumbs and omitting high-carb ingredients, this dish helps to maintain stable blood sugar levels. The protein-rich pork chops provide a feeling of fullness, preventing overeating and helping to control blood sugar spikes. 

Additionally, the combination of healthy fats from almond flour and Parmesan cheese contributes to improved glycemic control. These fats slow down the digestion of carbohydrates, preventing rapid increases in blood sugar levels after a meal. Moreover, this recipe is packed with essential nutrients like vitamins B6 and B12, zinc, and selenium, which are beneficial for overall health and well-being.

Parmesan crusted pork chops are a scrumptious low-carb dish that satisfies both your taste buds and dietary needs. With a golden and crispy crust made from grated Parmesan cheese and almond flour, these pork chops are bursting with flavor. 

Whether you’re looking for a delightful weeknight meal or a special occasion dish, these pork chops are sure to impress. For individuals with diabetes, this recipe offers a delicious way to enjoy a satisfying meal without compromising blood sugar control. So, roll up your sleeves and get ready to savor the irresistible combination of juicy pork and a crispy, cheesy crust!

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