This Almond Pork Chops recipe is an EASY 30-minute weeknight meal. These skillet pork chops are a healthy dinner choice for your busy family. Paired with potatoes and veggies, it’s one of our favorite meals!
Say hello! to one of my family’s favorite dinner recipes — Almond Skillet Pork Chops! It’s my favorite because not only is it EASY and QUICK to prepare, but it tastes OH SO GOOD! Every one in my family eats these skillet pork chops right up and asks for seconds.
You may be surprised on how good these almond pork chops taste after reading how simple they are! I buy thin pork chops so I save the step of having to pound them thin myself. Usually I can find them this way in my Kroger store — already packaged in 7 to 8 pork chops. Sometimes they are called “breakfast chops”.
Steps to Prepare Skillet Pork Chops
To prepare skillet pork chops:
First, cut the fat off the pork chops because once they are coated and cooked it is hard to see the fat. No one likes to bite into it, and my kids don’t know how to slice it off. So, I save us all the work and do it right at the beginning with my kitchen scissors.
Next, pre-heat the skillet and oil over medium to medium high heat. This way it is ready for the pork chops right after dipping (in the next step).
Now, measure the dry ingredients into one shallow dish and mix the egg and olive oil in another shallow dish. Pie plates are perfect for this. Then, dip the pork chops into the egg mixture followed by the dry mixture, turning a couple of times to coat each side well.
Lastly, the pork chops go straight to the pre-heated skillet and cook until done.
How Can You Tell If Pork Chops Are Done?
Skillet pork chops are done cooking when they have an internal temperature of 145°F. My almond pork chops are typically cooked higher than that temperature, as I usually rely on the timing. To reach internal temperature of 145°F you should cook the pork chops in the skillet for about 3 to 4 minutes per side.
Can Pork Chops Be a Little Pink?
Skillet pork chops can be a little pink inside. When in doubt, use your meat thermometer to check for doneness at 145°F. But, don’t be scared of a tiny little bit of pink.
Whole30 Approved Skillet Pork Chops
This recipe is one we grew to love while we completed our Whole30 last year. Although we do not follow a strict Whole30 diet day to day, we do implement much of what we learned into our daily meal routines. These almond pork chops are a staple meal in our home as a healthy dinner option to our weekly meal planning.
We feel if we can fit a few Whole30 compliant meals in during the week, we’re doing pretty good and can save some of our “guilty pleasure” eating when we go out. This recipe became a quick keeper recipe for that reason!
If you try these almond pork chops, please let me know! I love hearing any tips you found along the way, too!
Almond Crusted Skillet Pork Chops
- 1 1/2 to 2 lb thin pork chops about 7 to 8 pork chops, fat trimmed
- 1 teaspoon olive oil plus 2 tablespoons for skillet
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ground sage
- 1 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Trim fat off pork chops using kitchen shears; set aside. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in skillet over medium to medium high heat.
- Whisk together the eggs and 1 teaspoon olive oil in a shallow rimmed dish. In a separate shallow dish, combine the almond flour and rest of the ingredients.
- Working with two or three pork chops at a time, dip the pork chops into the egg mixture to coat, then into the flour mixture. Turn a couple of times to thoroughly coat each side.
- Place coated pork chops directly into the skillet and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side until reaches internal temperature of 145°F.
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