This almond crusted pork chops recipe is an EASY weeknight meal. Lightly pan fry in the skillet for a healthy low-carb dinner for your busy family.
Almond crusted pan fry pork chops is one of our favorite dinner recipes. It's MY favorite because not only is it easy and healthy, but it is FULL of flavor! Every one in my family eats them right up and asks for seconds.
Here are the reasons we've made this recipe so many times over the years.
- The ingredients are simple and typically found in my pantry or easily accessible.
- The almond flour coating is a healthier alternative to typical bread crumbs.
- The recipe is fast and super simple.
- My kids love it and eat it right up.
I buy thin boneless 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. Sometimes they are called "breakfast chops".
(full printable recipe at end of this post)
I like to focus on recipes with simple and accessible ingredients from the grocery store or already in your pantry. Below are the ingredients to make this pan fry pork recipe.
- Thinly pound boneless pork chops - These may be called breakfast pork chops at your store. If you can only find regular thicker pork chops, you can just pound them thin at home inside a ziplock bag with a rolling pin.
- Almond flour - This is your most expensive item for those of you who do not keep this ingredient on hand. I get mine at Costco for the best deal. Also called almond meal.
- Spices - Ground mustard, ground sage, paprika, salt and pepper. This combination is so delicious!
- Eggs and olive oil - For the coating to let the almondmixture stick. Avocado oil works here, too!
How to Pan Fry Pork Chops
Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post for the step-by-step instructions and video on how to make almond crusted pork. The general steps are as follows:
- Prepare pork chops. Cut the fat off 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.
- Pre-heat oil over medium high heat. This way it is ready for the pork chops right after coating them (in the next step).
- Coat the pork chops. Measure the dry ingredients into one shallow dish and mix the egg and oil in another shallow dish. (Pie plates are perfect for this.) Then, dredge the pork chops into the eggmixture followed by the dry mixture, turning a couple of times to coat each side well.
- Pan fry the pork chops. The pork chops go straight to the pre-heated skillet and cook until done, about 4 minutes on each side, flipping once.
How Can You Tell If Pork Is Cooked?
Pork is considered safe with an internal temperature of 145°F. To reach internal temperature of 145°F you should cook the pork chops in the skillet for about 3 to 4 minutes per side.
Pork 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 bit of pink.
Whole30 Approved 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.
You can also consider this a keto friendly recipe. Add this to your low-carb days! These almond crusted pork chops are a staple meal in our home as a healthy dinner option to our weekly meal planning.
We love to serve our almond crusted pork with a side of potatoes (try our potato salad, or creamy mashed potatoes!), macaroni and cheese, and a green salad. Rice is also a great side dish as well as any type of roasted vegetables.
More Skillet Recipes
- Spinach and Sausage Gnocchi
- Mexican Egg Skillet
- Cheesy Nacho Beef Skillet
- Sloppy Joe Noodle Skillet
- Swedish Meatballs
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This article was originally published in February 2019 and updated in May 2022 with no changes to the recipe.
Almond Crusted Pan Fry Pork Chops
- 1 1/2 to 2 lb thin pork chops (8 thin 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 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 almond 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.
- Nutrition information is an estimate only, based on 2 thin pork chops per serving.