Seared Pork Chops with Paleo Cabbage Gravy {Whole30}

So this was a product of having pork chops out and being in dire need of using my cabbage before it got funky. I pulled this idea from 10 different recipes I found and mixed them all together to make it Whole30 compliant. The gravy idea came from the Swedish Meatballs I made over the weekend. One of the keys to this recipe is the SEAR the pork chop.  If you don’t know what searing it, you want to quickly brown the outside of the meat (not burning it) and it adds a whole different level of flavor to the meat. The Kitchn has a good how to and explains it more.

What You Need:

  • 2 Thick Cut Pork Chops
  • 1/2 Head Cabbage, Sliced
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 2 Stripes of Paleo Bacon, Chopped
  • 1 Can Full Fat Coconut Milk
  • 2 tbsp tapioca flour, mixed in 4 tbsp cold water
  • 1 tsp Coconut Oil
  • Salt, Pepper, & Garlic Powder to Taste

What To Do:

  1. 0223161900aLeave pork chops out on the counter for about 30 minutes before you start to cook. This gets them to about room temperature.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Heat oven safe pan over medium high heat. Once pan is hot, add coconut oil and allow to melt.
  4. 0223161901_HDRWhile oil melts, pat pork chops dry. Season top side with salt, pepper, and garlic to taste. Place seasoned side down in hot oil.  Season the up side of the chop. Turn heat to medium.
  5. Sear either side of the pork chop. It takes a few minutes on either side. Remove from pan and set aside.  (Note-chop is NOT cooked at this point)
  6. A0223161912dd chopped bacon to the pan.  Cooked for about 4 minutes, stirring around in the pan, until it browns.
  7. Add onion to pan. Cook for a few minutes until they start to soften. Add cabbage. Brown both.
  8. Pour in coconut milk. Let it heat up and start to bubble. Once it’s really hot, add in the tapioca flour slurry (trying to make it like cornstarch).  Stir until sauce starts to thicken.
  9. 0223161926Once sauce has thickened, add pork chops back into pan.  Place the pan into the oven. Cook from 7-10 minutes, depending on the thickness and if you left it in the pan for a little too long (like I did!).
  10. Serve hot!


This was SUPER delicious. My husband loved it and requested I make it again. Sorry for the lack of calories and such on everything. I’m not supposed to count calories at this time.




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