Roasted Garlic And Onion Pork Chops

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These Roasted Garlic And Onion Pork Chops are a low-carb, higher-fat meal for those who follow a clean eating, low carb eating plan.

This recipe is pretty quick and easy. It’ll take you about 30 minutes to prepare if you are quick with the onions and garlic. It’s convenient because you finish cooking it in the oven (you don’t have to, but it’s extra time to prepare other foods). So if you are making rice or veggies to go with this, the time in the oven gives you time to focus on any side dishes you might serve with this.

Clean Eating Roasted Garlic And Onion Pork Chops shown in the skillet they were cooked in. There are three perfectly browned pork chops with wedges of roasted red onion and a roasted head of garlic.

Is Pork Healthy?

Pork can be healthy or very unhealthy, depending on how it’s prepared and/or served. A lean cut of pork, cooked properly and without too much added fat is considered perfectly fine for the average person looking to eat healthfully. And in fact, contains a wonderful dose of many essential vitamins as well as lean protein. What isn’t healthy, are fatty cuts such as bacon, pork that has been fried, or foods like pork sausage.

Now, before I get any angry comments, I realize some of you believe that pork is not clean. I personally consider it to be clean and that is my personal choice. If pork doesn’t fit your belief system or eating plan, I have lots of non-pork recipes you can enjoy!

How Long Should You Cook Pork Chops?

This will depend greatly on the thickness of your chops as well as your method of cooking. On average, you’ll cook pork chops for about 23-25 minutes. But again, this will vary. The very best way to make sure your pork chops are cooked properly is to use a meat thermometer. Do not insert the thermometer close to the bone. Insert it into the meatiest part of the pork chop. When the thermometer reads 165 F., your pork chops are done. Do not eat pork chops that are not cooked to at least this temperature, or you will risk making yourself very sick. That said, anything too much higher will leave you with rubbery, tough-to-eat chops. So aim for that temperature and then remove them from the heat source.

How To Fry Pork Chops

As stated above, pork, in general, shouldn’t be served with a ton of fat. I know this goes against the current mindset of high-fat (keto/low carb) enthusiasts (I used to be one of them!) but for the average person not on a high-fat or keto diet, keep that fat low.

That being said, sometimes a fried pork chop is the only way to go. You can cut down on cooking fat by browning your pork chops in a light coat of oil to get that nice, golden brown color, and then continue cooking by baking them in the oven to finish them off, which is what the recipe below basically does. If you must fry your chops, this is probably the healthiest way to do it. Otherwise, your fat content will go up way too high. The other option is to cook your chops in an air fryer.

How To Air Fry Pork Chops

If you really want fried pork chops but don’t want all the fat, an air fryer is a great way to go! Again, you can start them in the pan with a light coat of oil if you wish, and then finish them off in an air fryer. Here’s a delicious recipe for Air Fryer Pork Chops.

An overhead view of two pork chops stacked on top of each other with a sprig of fresh rosemary sitting next to them.
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How To Bake Pork Chops In The Oven

Pork chops can become rubbery very easily in the oven due to overcooking. Baking pork chops is, in my experience, the hardest way to get a properly cooked chop because you don’t want to keep opening the oven door to check your chops. But if you really want to bake them from start to finish, I highly recommend a meat thermometer that you can leave in the oven that will display a temperature you can read through the glass in your oven door.

How To Grill Pork Chops

Gilling can be very different in the length of time it takes to cook a pork chop. You’ll want to grill on each side, long enough for the meat to easily release from the grill itself. Once it easily releases, it’s pretty much done. But again, you’ll want to check the temperature with a meat thermometer to be certain. The trick here is to cook evenly on both sides, much as you would in a skillet.

How To Marinate Pork Chops

Pork can be marinated anywhere from 2 to 8 hours. Tougher cuts of pork can marinate up to 12 hours. But chops are more tender and therefore don’t need to marinate as long.

The easiest way to marinate chops is to use a gallon-size, zipper-top, plastic bag. Put your chops into the bag with the marinade, give it a good toss and then let it sit flat in your fridge. In my experience, the longer the pork marinates, the better and more tender it is. But don’t go over the 8-hour mark or the meat can take on a not-so-desirable texture.

For more information on marinating different types of meat, check out this article here.

Easy Pork Chop Marinade

I have one recipe for pork marinade that works really well with chops. Just be sure to stay on the lower range for marinating time with this one. Find it here. It’s not required for the recipe below, but I thought I’d share the information in case you want it.

Why Make This Roasted Garlic And Onion Pork Chops Recipe?

The flavor is fantastic. But aside from that, it’s a very easy, one-skillet dish to make. You can serve multiple people or just have leftovers for yourself. It’s easy to scale for the number of people you need to feed (as long as your skillet is big enough!), and you can serve it with almost any type of side dish. Potatoes, rice, wild rice, quinoa, more vegetables… it all works!

Ingredients For Roasted Garlic And Onion Pork Chops

1 ½ lb. boneless pork chops – 3 pork chops

1 large red onion – cut into wedges.

1 head garlic

½ tsp. garlic powder

½ tsp. dried sage

3 tbsp. oil

How To Make Roasted Garlic And Onion Pork Chops

  • Sprinkle both sides of the pork chops equally with the sage and garlic powder.
  • Using 1 tbsp. of oil, brown the pork chops in an oven-safe skillet.
  • Chop the top of the garlic head off to expose all of the cloves. Set aside.
  • Place the onion pieces in a bowl or zipper top plastic bag and combine with 2 tbsp. oil. Shake to coat the onions.
  • Pre-heat oven to 350° F.
  • When the chops are browned, place the head of garlic in the pan as well as the onions.
  • If needed, add a 4th tbsp of oil to the skillet (only if the pan is really dry).
  • Place the entire pan in the oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes or until the pork reaches at least 165 F.
  • Remove from oven and cool enough to handle the garlic. Squeeze out the cloves and serve.

I paired this with artichokes and added some brown rice for Mini Chef and my mom.

More Delicious Pork Recipes

Roasted Garlic And Onion Pork Chops Recipe

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Clean Eating Roasted Garlic And Onion Pork Chops Recipe

Roasted Garlic And Onion Pork Chops

These delicious pork chops are a wonderful way to enjoy pork. Just don’t talk to anybody the next day because that garlic is yummy too!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 509kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lb. boneless pork chops (3 pork chops)
  • 1 large red onion (cut into wedges)
  • 1 head garlic
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. dried sage
  • 3 tbsp. oil

Instructions

  • Sprinkle both sides of the pork chops equally with the sage and garlic powder.
  • Using 1 tbsp. of oil, brown the pork chops in an oven-safe skillet.
  • Chop the top of the garlic head off to expose all of the cloves. Set aside.
  • Place the onion pieces in a bowl or zipper top plastic bag and combine with 2 tbsp. oil. Shake to coat the onions.
  • Pre-heat oven to 350° F.
  • When the chops are browned, place the head of garlic in the pan as well as the onions.
  • If needed, add a 4th tbsp of oil to the skillet (only if the pan is really dry).
  • Place the entire pan in the oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes or until the pork reaches at least 165 F.
  • Remove from oven and cool enough to handle the garlic. Squeeze out the cloves and serve.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.33the recipe | Calories: 509kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 151mg | Sodium: 111mg | Potassium: 907mg | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 4.5mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1.6mg

Recipe from the Gracious Pantry archives, originally posted 5/17/15.

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