Garlic Pork Steaks With Lemon Pepper Beans & Leeks

Crispy and juicy, these garlic pork steaks will show you just how easy and delicious cooking with pork can be. Served with crunchy lemon pepper green beans and sauteed leeks, they are fabulously delicious and nourishing. This dinner recipe is paleo, gluten-free, keto and Whole30-friendly.

Pork Steaks Recipe With Lemon Pepper Green Beans

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I like to share my complete paleo meals more than any other type of recipe. I think these meal posts are very useful to anyone trying to follow a paleo or a similar way of eating, and I get to show off how I eat at home. I like to think that my meals are simple, satiating and full of flavour, and I hope you like this one as much as we did.

I love to compose my meals of at least two-thirds vegetables, and this meal is no exception. The pork steaks are served with two beautiful side dishes. Fine green beans are cooked until a just tender but not too soft (eek, I hate overcooked vegetables!) and tossed in lemony, peppery oil. In contrast to zesty beans, the leeks are gently fried until soft and golden. Their buttery, sweet flavour complements the savoury meat so well – pork and onions is a classic combo, after all.

Lemon Pepper Green Beans



The key to making this dish is good quality pork! You can use pork steaks, pork chop steaks or cutlets, but please make sure to get free-range/pasture-raised pork meat. The flavour is SO MUCH better, and the nutritional profile of the meat is more superior to regular pork.

I used three medium pork steaks for 2 people ( one of those was smaller) but you can make less or more if you like. I like to aim for 150-200 grams of meat per serving.

Green beans can be replaced with broccoli, Brussels sprouts or any other green vegetable of choice. Leeks can be replaced with regular brown or red onions.

For those avoiding all butter, olive oil or ghee can be used instead.

Here are a few step-by-step photos to help you make this recipe. Full list of ingredients, instructions and nutritional breakdown is in the recipe card below. You can also make the green beans in the Instant like this.

Easy recipe for pork steaks or pork chops

By the way, this meal is great for anyone following my paleo programs, keto, AIP or Whole30 diets. It really is PERFECT! As usual, I aim for 2/3 of my plate to be filled with vegetables.
Pork Chop Steaks Easy Recipe



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Garlic Pork Steaks With Green Beans & Fried Leeks

Pork Chop Steaks With Lemon Pepper Beans & Leeks

  • Author: Irena Macri
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 2-3 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Pan-Fried
  • Cuisine: European


Crispy, garlicky pork steaks grilled to perfection and served with simple lemon pepper green beans and sauteed leeks. This recipe makes for an easy midweek dinner and is keto, paleo, gluten-free and Whole3o-friendly.



For the leeks

  • 1 large leek, washed well
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

For garlic pork steaks

  • 34 medium pork steaks or pork chops
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Generous pinch of pepper
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 34 cloves of garlic, roughly sliced
  • 1 heaped tablespoon of butter or 1 + 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

For lemon pepper green beans

  • 150 g / 5.2 oz fine green beans, ends chopped off
  • 1 + 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Generous pinch of sea salt


  1. Place a medium pot of water over high heat and bring to a boil (this is for the green beans).
  2. Season the pork steaks with sea salt and pepper on both sides and set aside.
  3. Slice the white and pale green parts of the leek into thin, circular slices. I like to add some of the green parts as well, for more colour. In a large frying pan or a skillet, heat a tablespoon of coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add the leeks and sea salt and cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring a few times, until softened and lightly browned. Remove the leeks to a bowl.
  4. Place the frying pan back over high heat and add another teaspoon of coconut oil. Add the pork steaks and cook for 3.5 minutes each side over medium-high heat.
  5. While the steaks are cooking, check the water in the pot. Once at boil, add the green beans and cook for 3 minutes, then strain through a sieve. Add olive oil, lemon zest and pepper to the empty pot and place over medium heat for 30 seconds to heat up. Return the beans to the pot with the lemon zest and olive oil, then drizzle with juice of half a lemon and season with a generous pinch of sea salt. Stir through well and set aside.
  6. Remove the pork steaks to a platter. Add the garlic and butter to the frying pan and place over medium heat. Melt and stir for about a minute, until garlic starts to turn golden. Don’t overcook it as the garlic can burn quickly. Top the pork steaks with the cooked garlic and pour any butter jus over the meat. Serve the cooked leeks and green beans on the side.


  • Serving Size: 1 to 1.5 pork steaks with beans and leeks
  • Calories: 536
  • Sugar: 3.1 g
  • Sodium: 886.2 mg
  • Fat: 35.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 11.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11.4 g
  • Fiber: 2.4 g
  • Protein: 44.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 134.5 mg


Crispy Pork Chop Steaks With Fried Leeks & Lemon Pepper Beans

Irena Macri
By Irena Macri

About the author: Hi, I’m Irena Macri. Here at Cooked & Loved you will find simple, delicious recipes worth sharing. From new dishes to old-time favourites with a twist, this is the food I cook and love. More about me here.

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  1. This was a delightful meal Irene! I cooked all 3 parts of the meal and it went down a real threat with the husband…. very tasty, the beans and leek accompaniments were the perfect sides. I have many of your recipes but felt this one was particularly worthy of comment…. thank you for sharing.

  2. I am such a huge fan of leeks – I have never had them prepared this way and can’t wait to try this! And the beans! YUM! Our garden will be full of them in about a month!

  3. I love how you share complete meals – it definitely helps with how we actually eat. Not just recipe by recipe but with sides and all. I look forward to trying this one out.

    1. Thanks Michele. Yes, I do think it’s useful as you can just go to one recipe for the whole dinner prep.

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