Pork can be an incredibly versatile meat and on a paleo diet, you can make some truly wonderful meals. Experiment with meat rubs and you can even enjoy some paleo-friendly sauces to enjoy them with too.
Most of these recipes are really quick to do too so you can easily rustle them up for an evening meal, even if you are struggling for time.
In a bowl, create a pork meat rub from a teaspoon each of cumin and coconut sugar, half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, an eighth of a teaspoon of paprika, a sixteenth of a teaspoon of allspice and a dash of salt and pepper.
Dry out the pork chops, cover them in the meat rub, and brown them in olive oil in a medium pan.
Meanwhile, create an accompanying chutney by combining a quarter cup each of chopped dried apricots, chopped pitted dates, and chopped roasted pistachios, with three tablespoons of chopped cilantro.
Allow the pork chops to rest and then serve the chutney on top.
Another recipe that uses a spice mix for a meat rub is this one for Cuban Pork Chops. Mix together the juice of an orange, a lemon, and a lime with olive oil, salt, pepper, and a minced garlic clove.
Place the pork chops in a Ziploc bag with three-quarters of the mixture and leave for at least an hour.
Pat the pork chops dry, mix together half a teaspoon each of cumin, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, and oregano with a pinch of cayenne pepper and coat the pork chops.
Sear them both in a hot pan, pour in the rest of the marinade, cover with a lid and cook for around ten minute.
With only seven ingredients, this recipe for Pork Chops With Garlic Sage Butter is well worth trying. Melt a cooking fat in a large skillet, add salt and pepper to the pork chops, then cook them for around eight to ten minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat and add four smashed garlic cloves, four tablespoons of ghee, and eight sprigs of sage. Make sure that the chops are coated and basted then serve.
Another spicy pork chop recipe is this one which involves coating the pork chops with Cajun seasoning and then frying in a large skillet in olive oil.
Remove the pork chops to a plate and then cook off half a cup of diced white onion, half a cup each of sliced red pepper and green pepper then return the pork chops to the pan.
Add two tablespoons of minced garlic, a third of a cup of coconut aminos, and a cup of water, raise the heat to boiling then simmer until the sauce has thickened.
For Smothered Pork Chops, season them with sea salt then leave to dry brine in the refrigerator while you soak half a cup of raw cashews then drain and blend with broth.
Heat up two tablespoons of avocado oil in a large skillet then pat the pork chops dry and cook until golden brown then remove. Reduce the heat and cook a thinly sliced onion until beginning to caramelize, then blend with the blitzed cashews and the broth.
Add two chopped garlic cloves, a tablespoon each of nutritional yeast and coconut aminos, a pinch of cayenne pepper, all purpose seasoning, and a teaspoon of thyme to the onion slices.
Add the broth and cashew mixture, bring to a simmer and return the pork chops to the pan then cook for around 15 to 20 minutes.
One-Skillet Pork Chops With Apples begin by seasoning them with salt, pepper, three quarters of a teaspoon each of onion powder and cinnamon then cook in a large skillet with one and a half tablespoons of ghee.
Brown the pork chops and set aside, add another one and a half tablespoons of ghee then cook two sliced apples and a sliced red onion, season, and cook until beginning to soften.
Add 8oz of chicken broth, two teaspoons of brown mustard, two teaspoons of minced rosemary, and a tablespoon of minced sage. Return the pork chops to the skillet, simmer, and cook until they are done.
For an Indian take on pork chops, season yours with salt, pepper, and turmeric. Heat a tablespoon of ghee in a skillet then fry the pork chops until brown and place them on a baking pan.
Heat another tablespoon of ghee in the skillet and brown two cups of chopped red onions then add two tablespoons of ground coriander, six minced garlic cloves, one and a half inches of minced ginger, one and a half teaspoons of paprika, and half a teaspoon of masala spice.
Add a 15oz can of tomato sauce, cook for five minutes and then add in two tablespoons of honey then pour over the pork chops and bake in the oven at 375°F for 45 minutes to an hour.
A Ziploc bag can be used for Shake N Bake Pork Chops so mix together half a cup of almond flour with two teaspoons each of parsley leaves, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and a teaspoon each of chili powder and paprika.
Coat both sides of each pork chop in egg wash then drop them individually into the bag and shake until covered. Bake the pork chops on a baking sheet for 20 minutes at 425°F.
You will want to create a glaze from a quarter cup of balsamic vinegar but first, season your pork chops.
For the glaze, add three tablespoons of raw honey, two minced garlic cloves, half a teaspoon each of dried oregano, basil, and thyme, with a teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce, and then simmer until thickened.
Sear the pork chops in a skillet then brush over the pork chops and oven cook for six to eight minutes at 400°F.
In a large Ziploc bag, combine a quarter cup of Dijon mustard with two tablespoons each of garlic oil and avocado oil, then add a quarter cup of coconut aminos, half a teaspoon of salt, and two tablespoons of chopped rosemary.
Throw in the pork chops and make sure they are covered in the marinade then leave for at least an hour. Grill the pork chops until brown and the internal temperature has reached between 145 and 150°F.
To create a layer for your Crispy And Oven-Fried Paleo Pork Chops, whisk two eggs in one bowl for a ready made egg wash.
On a plate, combine one and a half cups of almond meal, a teaspoon of dried rosemary, half a teaspoon each of salt and dried basil with an eighth of a teaspoon each of garlic powder and ground black pepper.
Pat dry the pork chops and then dip them in that egg wash. Finally, shake off any remaining egg wash and then coat in the seasonings and bake in the oven for 40 minutes at 375°F, flipping after 30 minutes.
For an easy pan recipe, pat your pork chops dry then season with salt, pepper, and two teaspoons of dried thyme. Sear the pork chops in avocado oil then set them aside and add more avocado oil to fry off half an onion and three minced garlic cloves.
Once the onions have softened, add a quarter cup of lemon juice, one and a quarter cups of chicken broth, two tablespoons of Dijon mustard, and half a cup of coconut cream.
Mix, bring to a boil, reduce then simmer until thickened before returning the pork chops to warm through.
The first step for these Pork Chops With Caramelized Apples is rather simple. Pat the pork chops dry, season with salt and pepper then cook in hot avocado oil and set aside.
Reduce the heat and melt two tablespoons of ghee then cook two sliced honeycrisp apples with half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and a pinch of salt until soft. Add half a teaspoon of vanilla extract and serve with the pork chops.
Another relatively simple paleo recipe begins by seasoning the pork chops with salt and pepper then searing them until golden brown.
In a bowl, combine a quarter of a cup of ghee with half a teaspoon each of fresh chives, flat-leaf parsley, fresh rosemary, and a quarter of a teaspoon of fresh thyme. Mix in two teaspoons of garlic oil and then put a serving on each pork chop.
If you have an instant pot, you can create these pork chops with an apple balsamic topping. Turn on the Sauté setting and melt a tablespoon of ghee, then sear the pork chops and revert to the Warm/Cancel setting.
Add half a diced onion and chunks of an apple with a third of a cup of balsamic vinegar before drizzling over one and a half teaspoons of garlic powder and half a teaspoon each of salt and pepper.
Cook on the Manual setting for ten minutes, then quick release the pressure, and serve.
Sticking to a paleo diet should not be difficult when cooking pork chops. You can use a wide range of seasonings and fresh herbs to introduce flavor into the meat.
There are various sauces you can add too while the meat typically goes exceptionally well with caramelized apples (see also ‘15 Awesome Paleo Apple Recipes You Have To Try‘).
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do You Cook Pork Chops So They Do Not Become Dry?
The best way to cook pork chops is to sear them in a high heat until golden brown and then bake them in a hot oven gently. This is known as the ‘sear-roasting’ method and means that a lot of moisture stays in the pork chop but it cooks crispy on the outside.
Which Ingredients Can You Use To Season Pork Chops?
Aside from simple salt and pepper, you can also season pork chops with various spices. Smoked paprika works well as it adds color, garlic powder can also work well. Try some fresh herbs too like oregano, parsley, and basil.