These keto parmesan crusted pork chops have a secret ingredient in their crusty, brown “breading.” The secret ingredient is something that I have been super afraid to try since starting my lower carb lifestyle. But I finally took the pork rind plunge and I am so glad I did. That’s right, pork rinds make up the base of the coating for these juicy pork chops.
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I can’t really pinpoint exactly why I was so apprehensive at the thought of using pork rinds. We can put a few things out there right now. My husband worships pork rinds (pretty sure he would eat them as a side with a bowl of cereal kind of love). I don’t hate them as much as he loves them, but I would not say I really like them. So if you are in the same boat as me, don’t let the pork rinds scare you! I promise it does not taste like you bathed your pork chop in rinds. In fact, you can’t tell they are pork rinds unless you know (don’t worry hubby still loved them!).
Keto Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops
So now that you know the secret ingredient for these yummy keto parmesan crusted pork chops, we can get started. The recipe comes together quickly so you can make it after a day of work and still get dinner on the table to your family in a reasonable hour. And speaking of family, my picky little four year old ate this like a champ. She prefers her pork chop dipped in a little ketchup, fine by me as long as she is eating something!
I adapted this pork chop meal to be keto friendly from our favorite pork chop recipe that I found on Just a Pinch. Since the recipe uses really simple ingredients, I usually have everything that is needed on hand.
One of my biggest money saving tips is to have a good arsenal of “go to” meals that you typically have on hand and that are quick and easy to prepare. It will help you to resist ordering a pizza on a busy night if you know that you can make something quick and healthy for your family like these keto parmesan crusted pork chops. (and a side note, when did ordering pizza get so outrageous??)
Here is all that you need to make these chops:
4 Boneless Pork chops
Tbsp Olive Oil
To prep these keto parmesan crusted pork chops, you first want to prep your secret ingredient. I used my high powered blender to crush the pork rinds into a fine powder. The pork rinds clump together just a little once they are blended but don’t worry. Once you mix it with the parmesan cheese, it should mix nicely.
I had to do a couple of rounds in the blender to get the cup of pork rinds. If you are a little under, it should be fine. It is a pretty forgiving “breadcrumb” mixture.
Next, mix the parmesan cheese (use the kind in the green can it works best), ground pork rinds, pepper and garlic powder to a medium bowl.
Pour a bit of olive oil onto a plate. I just eyeball it but you need a tablespoon or two.
Dip each pork chop into the olive oil and then coat each side with the crumb mixture. I use my hands and press as much of the cheesy, pork rind crumb into the pork chops as I can get to stay attached.
Gently place each breaded chop onto a lined and sprayed baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes. If you are cooking a thinner chop, cook for less time. The coating will brown and crisp up when ready.
I usually serve this with some creamed spinach or a side salad. If you want to see how Trim Healthy Mama has helped me lose 22 lbs postpartum, read about that here. If you need more Keto or THM S recipes, check out my most popular recipe Cheesy Salsa Verde Chicken with Cauli Rice.