Whole30 Pork Chops with Garlic Ghee Sauce
Say goodbye to dry boring pork chops and hello to these Whole30 Pork Chops! The homemade garlic ghee sauce is the perfect creamy sauce on top! These pork chops are tender, hearty and so flavorful!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- These Whole30 pork chops are so tender!
- They have a crispy sear on the outside.
- Only a handful of healthy ingredients required.
- This recipe is made without eggs, without breading or bread crumbs and without milk.
- This is a great Whole30 dinner option.
- See my Ultimate Guide to Whole30 for more delicious ideas!
- This is Whole30 compliant, Paleo, Gluten Free, Keto, Low Carb, and Sugar Free.
What is Ghee?
Ghee is clarified butter. To make ghee, simmer butter until the brown milk solids rise to the surface. Once these milk solids are removed, the result is called ghee.
Since the water from the butter is removed, ghee has a higher smoke point than butter. Butter has a smoke point around 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Ghee has a smoke point of over 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
Ghee is a bright deep yellow color. It tastes like a very concentrated version of butter. Similar to butter, it is solid when cold and liquid when heated.
This Whole30 cooking fat is high in omega 3s. In addition, it adds a ton of flavor to any dish! This healthy fat is great in both sweet and savory recipes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Pat pork chops dry with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper on both sides.
Heat olive oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Once hot, place pork chops in skillet.
Sear pork chops for 4 to 5 minutes on each side.
Remove from heat. Place skillet in oven.
Bake 15 to 20 minutes, until cooked through (internal temperature should be at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove from oven.
Meanwhile, melt ghee in the microwave. Stir in olive oil and minced garlic. Spoon this sauce over each pork chop.
Garnish with chopped basil if desired. Serve Whole30 pork chops.
Frequently Asked Questions
This method of searing and then baking yields tender pork chops. Typically, overcooking pork chops will make them dry.
No, these Whole30 pork chops do not need to be covered.
After searing, bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Pork chops are done when they are at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit internally.
Yes! Follow the same recipe steps. Check doneness of chicken while baking. Depending on thickness, they might need less time in the oven.
Sure! Use grass fed butter for Whole30 and Paleo.
These pork chops are relatively thin. They are boneless and about 1 inch thick.
Garlic Ghee Sauce
This Whole30 garlic ghee sauce is simple to make. It adds a ton of flavor to the pork. In addition, the sauce helps the pork retain moisture.
To make the sauce, melt ghee. Stir in olive oil and minced garlic. Spoon this mixture over the cooked pork chops!
How To Serve & Store
Serve pork chops straight from the oven for best results. They are best when hot!
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in a skillet over medium until warm. If making ahead of time, I suggest holding off on the sauce. When ready to eat, quickly make sauce.
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Get the Recipe: Whole30 Pork Chops with Garlic Ghee Sauce
- First, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Pat pork chops dry with paper towels. Season both sides with salt and pepper.
- Add olive oil to a large cast iron or oven safe skillet. Once oil is hot, place pork chops in skillet. Sear for 4 to 5 minutes over medium heat on each side.
- Then, remove from heat. Place skillet in the oven. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until internal temperature of pork reaches at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Remove skillet from oven.
- Meanwhile, melt ghee in a small microwave safe dish. Stir in olive oil and minced garlic. Spoon this sauce over each pork chop.
- Finally, garnish with chopped basil if desired.
- Pat pork chops dry before seasoning and searing.
- Sear each pork chop for 4 to 5 minutes on medium on each side before flipping. This helps get a nice sear on each side.
- Pork is done when it reaches at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit. I let mine cook until well done, or around 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
- My pork chops took about 20 minutes in the oven, but this will vary depending on the pork chop thickness.
- Use boneless thin cut (about 1 inch thick) pork chops for best results.
- If using bone in, cooking time will increase.
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