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Easy Pork Chops with Cabbage Noodles

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Juicy pork chops served with veggies are an easy low-carb dinner for two!

These pork chops are first browned in a hot skillet for extra flavor and then finished in the oven. I served mine with crisp-tender cabbage "noodles" cooked in lemon juice, avocado oil and chicken stock.

Note that this is a higher protein ketogenic meal. If this is too much protein for you, you can easily adjust it by using smaller pork chops.

Tips for Perfect Pork Chops

Cooking pork chops is easy but there are a few mistakes to avoid when preparing them. For instance, you definitely want to avoid overcooking them. Here are a few more tips for perfectly cooked pork chops:

  • Pork chops shouldn't be too cold when the hit the pan. Make sure to remove the pork chops from the fridge and allow them to come to room temperature before cooking.
  • Don't forget the seasoning! Season the pork chops from both sides before searing them before searing them in a hot ovenproof skillet. If you have time, marinate the pork chops in salt and pepper, or even add spices and herbs.
  • I'm using bone-in pork chops for extra flavor. If you use boneless pork chops, make sure to check them after they've baked for 7-8 minutes in the oven to avoid overcooking.
  • If you use thin-cut pork chops instead of thicker bone-in pork chops, they will take even less time to cook as you won't have to finish them in the oven.
  • To keep the pork chops nice and juicy, rest them for 2 to 5 minutes before serving.

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Hands-on Overall

Serving size 1 pork chop + cabbage noodles

Allergy information for Easy Pork Chops with Cabbage Noodles

✔  Gluten free
✔  Dairy free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nut free
✔  Nightshade free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free
✔  Beef free

Nutritional values (per serving, 1 pork chop + cabbage noodles)

Net carbs6.2 grams
Protein46.4 grams
Fat42.4 grams
Calories605 kcal
Calories from carbs 4%, protein 31%, fat 65%
Total carbs10.1 gramsFiber3.9 gramsSugars4.7 gramsSaturated fat11.6 gramsSodium766 mg(33% RDA)Magnesium64 mg(16% RDA)Potassium987 mg(49% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 2 servings)

  • 2 heads spring green cabbage (300 g/ 10.6 oz)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp virgin avocado oil or ghee, divided (30 ml)
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice or apple cider vinegar (15 ml)
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock or bone broth (60 ml/ 2 fl oz)
  • 2 thick-cut bone-in pork chops (450 g/ 1 lb) - or 400 g/ 14.1 oz boneless pork chops
  • Optional: herbs and lemon wedges to serve


  1. Using a sharp knife, slice the cabbage into about 1-2 cm (1/2-1 inch) wide noodles. Cut out the hard core and discard. Easy Pork Chops with Cabbage Noodles
  2. Place in a bowl and fill with water to wash. Drain and pat dry. Easy Pork Chops with Cabbage Noodles
  3. Grease a heavy based pot with half of the avocado oil (or use ghee). Add the minced garlic and cook for about a minute until fragrant. Add the cabbage. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Add lemon juice, chicken stock (or bone broth). Cover with a lid and cook on medium-low for about 15 minutes. Easy Pork Chops with Cabbage Noodles
  5. Remove the pork chops from the fridge to allow them to come to room temperature. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper. Preheat the oven to 200 °C/ 400 °F (fan assisted), or 220 °C/ 425 °F (conventional).
  6. Grease a hot oven-safe skillet with the remaining avocado oil (or ghee). Add the pork chops and cook on medium-high for 2 to 3 minutes per side until golden brown. (Note: I used bone-in pork chops but you can use boneless pork chops, about 200 g/ 7 oz each.)
  7. Transfer into the oven and bake for 7 to 15 minutes depending on the thickness. If you have a meat thermometer, insert it into the thickest part. The temperature should read 60-63 °C/ 140-145 °F when they are done. Easy Pork Chops with Cabbage Noodles
  8. Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days. Optionally, sprinkle with fresh herbs of choice and serve with lemon wedges. Easy Pork Chops with Cabbage Noodles

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 1 pork chop + cabbage noodles)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Cabbage, green, fresh
4.8 g1.5 g0.2 g30 kcal
Garlic, fresh
0.9 g0.2 g0 g4 kcal
Avocado oil, extra virgin
0 g0 g14 g124 kcal
Salt, sea salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0.1 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Lemon juice, fresh
0.4 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Chicken stock (broth), chicken only, homemade
0 g0.6 g0.6 g8 kcal
Pork, fresh, loin, blade (chops or roasts), bone-in, separable lean and fat, raw
0 g44 g27.6 g437 kcal
Total per serving, 1 pork chop + cabbage noodles
6.2 g46.4 g42.4 g605 kcal

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Martina Slajerova

I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (3)

Hi Martina, my cabbage is either red or white, and the red is a different taste than the white. I'm not sure if we get green cabbage in Texas. The white has green leafs, but under them it's white.

Hi Nicola, you could use red or white cabbage although they will take a little longer to cook so keep that in mind - it depends on how thin you slice it. Here's a recipe for red cabbage: Super Simple Low-Carb Braised Red Cabbage
I'm also thinking you could use collards or chard leaves which would take only a 1-2 minutes to cook.