French Onion Pork Chops

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These Keto French Onion Pork Chops are an easy one pot meal! Using the same great flavors of French onion soup, the smothered pork chops are a delicious family skillet meal. #porkchops #keto #ketoporkrecipes
French Onion Pork Chops with the sauce in a large serving dish

These French Onion Pork Chops will be a hit for your whole family! Serve them up with vegetables, rice, or potatoes.

A spoon scooping a keto pork chop out of the dish

Why You Will Love This Recipe

These keto pork chops are easy to make and use just one pot.

Keep them keto by serving them up with your favorite vegetables (I like broccoli).

The French onion sauce is perfect to drizzle over not only your pork chops, but also the sides!

There are so many ways you can cook pork chops for a quick and easy meal. And one pot recipes make them even better!

Top view of a pork chop with potatoes and broccoli on a plate


These are the ingredients you need for this pork chop recipe:

  • Pork Chops
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Yellow Onions
  • Dried Thyme
  • Beef Stock
  • Bay Leaves
  • Swiss Cheese
  • Flour or Cornstarch
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
French Onion Pork Chops with the sauce in a large serving dish

Kim’s Tips

Your cooking time will vary slightly based on how large and thick your pork chops are, as well as whether they have a bone in them or not. Once they reach 145 degrees F, they are ready.

Make sure to use cornstarch instead of flour if you are going for keto low carb or gluten free.

French Onion Soup Inspiration

These skillet pork chops were inspired by the amazing flavors of a French onion soup.

Packed with onions and beef broth, the pork chops are seasoned with thyme and topped with melted cheese.

Traditionally, French onion soup uses Gruyere cheese which is very similar to Swiss.

Swiss is much easier to find and have on hand, and also a lower price point making it a great stand in.

You could also use any white melty cheese like Monterey Jack or mozzarella if preferred.

Serving up French Onion Pork Chops on a plate with sides

Cooking the Onions

To get a true, French onion soup impression in these keto pork chops, you want to really make sure that you cook down the onions.

When the onions start to caramelize, they become sweeter which adds to the flavor of the sauce.

I choose not to take the onions too far and leave them at a lighter brown, but the onions are still very soft.

If desired, you can cook the onions longer to a darker brown which also means they will be sweeter.

A close up of the chop in the onion sauce

Caramelized onions are also notorious for taking a long time to cook.

If your onions are cooking slowly, a trick I use is to add some moisture to the skillet like water or some stock.

This seems to help soften the onions faster.

Turning up the heat is just going to give them more of a char, which is not what we are going for.

Modifications and Substitutions

Any white melty cheese will work great such as provolone or mozzarella.

A French Onion Pork Chop on a plate with potatoes and broccoli
French Onion Pork Chops with the sauce in a large serving dish

French Onion Pork Chops

These Keto French Onion Pork Chops are an easy one pot meal! Using the same great flavors of French onion soup, the smothered pork chops are a delicious family skillet meal. #porkchops #keto #ketoporkrecipes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 Min or Less, Gluten Free, Keto/Low Carb, Pork
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 406kcal




  • In a large, deep skillet, heat the 1 Tablespoon of oil over medium high heat.
    2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Sprinkle both sides of the pork chops with salt and black pepper.
    4 pork chops, salt, black pepper
  • When the oil is hot, add the pork chops. Sear until browned, approximately 3 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium. Flip the pork chops and continue cooking until cooked all the way through, reaching the temperature of at least 145F in the middle.
  • Remove the pork chops. Set aside and cover.
  • In the same skillet, add the remaining 1 Tablespoon of oil.
    2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • When the oil is hot, add the onion and cook until softened and starting to caramelize, approximately 15 minutes. (You can cook longer to a true caramelization if desired).
    2 yellow onions
  • Add the cornstarch/flour, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Stir to coat the onions and cook 1 minute.
    1 teaspoon dried thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt, ½ Tablespoon cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Add stock and bay leaves. Simmer sauce over medium low until it starts to thicken, approximately 7 minutes.
    4 cups beef stock, 2 bay leaves
  • Season as desired with additional salt and black pepper. If too thick, add additional water or stock.
  • Add the pork chops and any juices back to the skillet (or serve sauce separately). Top each pork chop with a slice of cheese.
    4 slices Swiss cheese
  • Cover the skillet for the cheese to melt, approximately 1 minute. Remove bay leaves from the sauce. Serve immediately.


You can use bone in or boneless pork chops.  I prefer bone in as it lends extra flavor.
I like to serve these with mashed potatoes and vegetables, using the sauce as a gravy. These are also great with rice!
This sauce is not as thick as gravy, it is a thinner sauce. If you want the sauce thicker, add more cornstarch.


Serving: 1chop | Calories: 406kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 153mg | Potassium: 771mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 586IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg

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23 thoughts on “French Onion Pork Chops”

  1. 5 stars
    So yummy! Kids absolutely loved it also. I swapped for Monterrey Jack cheese and next time I’ll cut the broth amount needed. overall a family favorite now!

  2. Flavor was delicious but just wondering if anyone else had trouble getting 4 cups of broth to thicken with just 1 TBLS of flour? My gravy was very runny. I had to add a little more than 2 additional TBLS of flour. Still wasn’t as thick as I would have liked but it was thick enough to eat.

    • Hi Vicki,

      It is not a super thick sauce. The goal is really just to make it not broth and more of a demiglace type consistency. Definitely feel free to add more flour if you want it thick. Glad you liked the flavors!

  3. 5 stars
    This was really good! My pork that I bought was not good… so I ended up using chicken thighs and Wow! I did end up trying it again with porkchops and it was just as good. Thank you!

  4. This was absolutely delicious!! I added. Splash of wine and cooked mine on the crock pot transferred to cast iron skillet to broil cheese. So much flavor!

  5. 5 stars
    Wow! This Keto recipe looks amazingly delicious and very enticing! I love everything about this dish. The sauce and texture are really great, it’s very appealing! Many will definitely love this dish, as I’m craving this now already!

  6. I tried this recipe. Excellent flavor however I had same problem too runny I’m going to make the gravy after the onions are caramelized and sauce is where I want it, then return the onions and pork to finish. Excellent recipe other than that. Flavors were good and it was easy and keto.

    • Hi Fay, So glad you liked it! The sauce is not meant to be a thick gravy but you can thicken it up with flour or cornstarch added before the stock! And add more as needed with a slurry. There is a note in the recipe card for this 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    I made this recipe with bone in pork chops. Topped with a generous amount of provolone cheese. It turned out delicious!


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