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Spicy Breaded Pork Chops

Makes dinner for two, with leftovers for lunch.

Approximate cooking time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 3 Tbs coconut oil/tallow/lard, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups almond flour
  • 4 pork chops (6 oz each)

Instructions

  1. Mix cayenne pepper and 2 Tbs coconut oil/tallow/lard in a shallow bowl and coat both sides of each pork chop.
  2. Pour almond flour into a shallow pan and dip both sides of each pork chop in almond flour until covered.
  3. Heat 1 Tbs coconut oil/tallow/lard in a skillet over medium heat. When pan is hot, cook pork chops on both sides until fully done.

33 Comments

  1. briggsa

    Is it really 2 tablespoons of cayenne pepper. I mixed the two and it looks like cayenne porradge. Seems like it would be too spicy.

  2. stachine

    i cut back on the cayenne but added turmeric, garlic powder, cumin and a bit of paprika and it was delish!

  3. dhidalg29

    I would suggest cutting back on the cayenne and maybe not cooking it on high. When I made this last night, the smoke from the burnt/cooked cayenne made my husband and I cough so much. The pepper loomed in our home all night so that was the downside. But they were really good and filling!

  4. Thanks for posting your experience with the ‘smoke’ I had the same problem. I thought the fire was going to go off. After I scraped the burnt coating off, these are pretty good as leftovers.

  5. maureen

    TOOO Much cayenne pepper and i live with someone who loves spice and even they thought it was too much
    so im assuming you meant tsp not tbsp
    right?

    • Jason G.

      I *love* spicy, so maybe I got too ambitious. I’ve updated the recipe for the average person.

  6. texaspaleo

    I agree this was super smoky. Does anyone have any suggestions to avoid setting off all of my smoke alarms?

  7. mommydanna

    I just couldn’t do the Cayenne, especially after the spicy tuna salad from lunch today. Plus, I’m feeding 5 kids. I deleted the cayenne and mixed up “Spike” with the olive oil. I used pork “steaks” instead of chops (not sure what the difference is) and my husband said they were the best he’s ever tasted!

  8. Just made them tonight… I can get the crispy, done, and not burnt all at the same time any suggestions?

    • Jason G.

      Try adjusting the heat, most likely turning it down a bit and cooking a little bit longer.

  9. oops… cant get the crispy etc.

  10. crenaudo

    I started on medium heat to brown them. I turned the heat to low/medium and turned them several times to keep them from burning. I also added a lid to help hold in the heat to cook them faster so they didn’t burn. No smoke alarms and no burnt pork…just a yummy meal!

  11. Tasted great!! I’m going to try using some cayenne and some chipotle together next time for a flavor variation.

  12. Margaret P

    This recipe is very good. One suggestion, I have prepared this recipe twice. The first time following your instructions. I was disappointed because the chops were dry and on the tough side. Next I prepared the recipe my way using the same cut of chops and what a differance. Pork chops should go in a cold pan then cooked over medium-low heat. When the chops sizzle in about 2 minutes the temperature is just right. Don’t overcook and the chops will be spicy, juicy chops. Delicious.

  13. I followed the spice suggestions from stachine and the cooking instructions of Margaret P to make a VERY tasty pork chop! Thanks you guys. I’m new to paleo diet and it is seeming so much more do-able now!

  14. mattmcla

    Breading falls off every time I make these :( any suggestions?

  15. cocuzza

    I used an egg wash instead of the oil prior to coating with the almond flour and fried in the hot oil until golden brown (about 4 min, each side), removed from the pan and finished off in a 400 degree oven to complete the cooking (about 10 min). Crispy, and juicy!!!

  16. savagefamily

    sadly i wasted pork chops because i had to throw them away! Defiantly way to spicy!!!!

  17. these turned out terrific, I actually didn’t do any measuring and used an egg wash before the dry ingredients. Used coconut oil in a pan with chops on the bone and did boneless/skinless chicken. The flavor was so good and the meat was super juicy!! A must have again!!!

  18. I seared them in a pan and then finished them off in the oven at 400º for 15mins

  19. Made these for the first time tonight. I recommend adding salt to the almond flour. I always cook in oil on medium heat to keep from burning and smoking. These were a hit and we’ll definitely make them again.

  20. Heidibgoode@yahoo.com

    I used an egg wash and coconut flour. I cooked on medium heat and used a cover to control smoke. They came out moist and delicious!

  21. I like these recipes as a starter idea and i modify as i go. Im not big on spicy so ill be using garlic salt, italian seasoning, and drizzling with lemon juice before serving. Thanks for the ideas!

  22. Its tsp (teaspoons) not Tbs (tablespoons)!!! lol

    • Neely Quinn

      Sarah – No, it’s actually tablespoons, if you’re referring to the fat? This is for 4 servings, which means it’s less than a tablespoon per serving, which is under 100 calories. All good!

  23. sweetp007

    The directions say 2TSP….. teaspoons….not tablespoon

  24. Amazing!!! I made these with an egg wash and used cayenne, garlic, paprika and onion powder to the almond flour. I also seared on each side for 4 minutes then put in 400 degree oven for 14 minutes, but my pork chops were fairly thick. Wonderful!!! Thank you!

  25. Anonymous

    It clearly says tsp which it teaspoons silly people

  26. Rebecca

    Like cara, I used an egg wash after applying the cayenne oil mix & before rolling in flour. I used 1tbs of cayenne & combined with the creaminess of the chard the spice was perfect

  27. In the ingredients it says 3 TBS of oil/tallow/lard. Just want clarification if I need all 3 of these or just one???

  28. Karen M

    Oh my goodness. These were fantastic. Followed the recipe exactly and they were brilliant. The leftovers the next day were even better – my husband thought they tasted like KFC!

  29. Would anyone know if there’s something else that can be use to substitute for the almond flour?

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