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Whole30 + Keto Balsamic Mustard Pork Chops

Low carb pork chops served with a balsamic mustard pan sauce. A 30 minute clean eating dinner! 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 402
Author: Natalie


  • 4 8-oz pork chops (I get my pork from ButcherBox, which I highly recommend)
  • kosher salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 1/4 cup brown deli mustard
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chicken stock
  • Optional for sweetness: 1 tablespoon date paste for Whole30 or 1 tablespoon monk fruit for Keto or 1 tablespoon maple syrup if it works with your diet
  • 1 yellow onion sliced
  • 1 clove of garlic grated or finely minced
  • Finely chopped parsley for garnish optional


  • Dry the pork chops completely with paper towels. Use a chefs knife to score the fat cap through to the meat several times 3/4" apart, this prevents the pork chops from curling up as they cook. Season the pork chops generously with kosher salt and pepper.
  • Add the ghee to the warm skillet, and sear the pork chops for 5-7 minutes, until crispy and golden brown. Flip, and continue cooking on all sides (even the edges! The fat cap tastes so good when it's ben seared off an caramelized!) until the pork chops have an internal temperature of 145ºF, roughly another 7-10 minutes. Remove the pork chops from the skillet and transfer to a plate to rest.
  • To the same skillet over medium heat, add the onions and garlic. Season with kosher salt and pepper. Cook until the onions are soft, stirring frequently, about 5-7 minutes.
  • While the onions are cooking, in a measuring cup combine the mustard, balsamic vinegar and chicken stock (and date paste/monk fruit/maple syrup if using). Pour the sauce over the onions once the onions are soft and translucent. Stir to combine, and heat the sauce for just 30 seconds over medium heat.
  • Turn off the heat, and add the pork chops back to the skillet. Spoon the sauce over the pork chops. Serve warm.
  • This is great with some mashed cauliflower and roasted brussels sprouts.
  • Leftovers will keep refrigerated in an airtight container for 5 days.
  • As always, lots of tips, FAQs and substitution info in the Recipe Notes below!



Meat: If you can get your hands on bone in pork chops, those are my favorite because they have even more flavor. Boneless work too! This recipe would also be great with chicken breasts or chicken thighs!
Balsamic Vinegar: If you're out of balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar would be a fun substitute. Same quantity.
Mustard: I love using brown deli mustard, but you could also use dijon mustard or a grainy mustard. Same quantity for all substitutions.
Cooking Oil: I love using ghee, but you could also use olive oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil. Same quantity for all substitutions.
Onion: I prefer yellow onion, but a white onion, red onion or even shallots would work too.
Reheating: You can reheat in the microwave until warm, or reheat in a skillet until warm.


Calories: 402 | Total Carbs: 6.7g | Protein: 52.2g | Fat: 17.5g | Fiber: 1.8g | Net Carbs: 5g