These Cajun Smothered Pork Chops are incredibly tender and flavorful! They have the perfect blend of spices. This one skillet meal is great for any night of the week! It is always a huge hit and great for leftovers too.

Cajun smothered pork chops in a cast iron skillet

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • These Paleo pork chops require only one skillet. Say goodbye to a pile of dirty dishes!
  • A simple Gluten Free Cajun seasoning elevates the flavor of the pork chops.
  • These pork chops are NOT dry.
  • The pork chops are made with without flour, without eggs, without breadcrumbs, without a grill and without butter.
  • The creamy sauce is reminiscent of a smooth and spicy gravy!
  • This is a great healthy meal prep option.
  • This recipe is Whole30 approved, Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, and Sugar Free.
Paleo pork chops ingredients

Recipe Steps

Step 1

First, season pork chops with Cajun seasoning.

Seasoned pork chops on a white plate

Step 2

Add olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat.

Step 3

Once oil is hot, add pork chops to skillet. Cook for 5 minutes. Then, flip and cook another 5 minutes. Remove pork to a plate.

Pork chops in a cast iron skillet

Step 4

Next, add in onions and peppers to skillet.

Peppers and onions in a skillet

Step 5

Cook vegetables for 5 to 6 minutes or until softened.

Onions and peppers in a cast iron skillet

Step 6

Add pork chops back to skillet. Add in minced garlic, coconut aminos, and water.

Step 7

Bring to a boil. Then, lower heat and simmer 10 to 15 minutes.

Pork chops with Whole30 gravy

Step 8

When pork is done cooking, remove from heat. Garnish with green onions if desired. Serve Cajun smothered pork chops!

Expert Tips

  • Slice peppers and onions into similar sized small pieces. This ensures even cooking.
  • Cook vegetables until they have softened.
  • For a thicker sauce, mix 1 tablespoon tapioca flour (or cornstarch) and 2 tablespoons water in a small bowl.  Pour this into skillet while pork is simmering.
  • Cook pork chops until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, remove from heat. Do not over cook.
  • Serve pork chops with sauce.
  • When storing leftovers, store pork chops with sauce to retain moisture.
Cajun smothered pork chops on a white plate

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you cook pork chops without drying them out?

Cook pork chops until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, remove from heat. Overcooking pork chops yields dryness. In addition, the creamy sauce in this recipe helps to retain moisture.

What vegetable goes with smothered pork chops?

Vegetables with subtle flavors go well with smothered pork chops. Serve these with mashed potatoes or cauliflower rice.

How do you tell when pan fried pork chops are done?

A meat thermometer is necessary for knowing when pork chops are done!

Do you wash pork chops before frying?

It is not necessary to wash pork chops before frying.

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Cajun smothered pork chops in a cast iron skillet

Get the Recipe: Cajun Smothered Pork Chops (Whole30 & Paleo)

These Cajun Smothered Pork Chops are bursting with bold flavors! The pork is incredibly tender and perfectly seasoned. The peppers, onions, and sauce add the right amount of kick!
5 from 4 votes

Ingredients

  • 4 pork chops, boneless
  • 1/4 cup Cajun seasoning, see note
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup red pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 cup green pepper, sliced
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup coconut aminos, see note
  • 1 cup water
  • green onions, to garnish

Instructions 

  • First, season both sides of pork chops liberally with Cajun seasoning.
  • Add olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Once oil is heated, place pork chops in skillet.
  • Cook for 5 minutes. Flip and cook another 5 minutes. Remove pork to a plate.
  • Next, add in onions and peppers to the same skillet.
  • Cook for 5 to 6 minutes on low or until vegetables begin to soften.
  • Add pork chops back into skillet. Add minced garlic, coconut aminos and water into skillet.
  • Then, turn heat to medium high and bring mixture to a light boil.
  • Once boiling, reduce heat to low. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until sauce has thickened and pork is cooked through.
  • Finally, remove from heat and garnish with green onions if desired.

Notes

  • This is my recipe for Gluten Free Cajun seasoning.
  • Coconut aminos can be replaced with gluten free soy sauce for a non Whole30 and Paleo option.
  • If using bone in pork chops, cooking time will increase.  Pork is done when its internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • For a thicker sauce, mix 1 tablespoon tapioca flour (or cornstarch) and 2 tablespoons water in a small bowl.  Pour this into skillet while pork is simmering.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • To reheat, add pork chops and sauce to skillet over low heat.  Cook until warmed through.
Calories: 332kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 31g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 90mg, Sodium: 527mg, Potassium: 771mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 3983IU, Vitamin C: 42mg, Calcium: 42mg, Iron: 2mg

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