Southern Breakfast – Pork Loin and Eggs

Southern Breakfast – Pork Loin and Eggs
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A Southern Breakfast favorite with Umami seasoning and sautéed onions

You don’t have to go to a restaurant or a brunch cafe to get an excellent southern breakfast, make yourself some pork loin and eggs and thank me later. Don’t forget to season the pork with umami seasoning.

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To Brunch or not to brunch

There are two types of people in the world when it comes to brunch, those who love it and those who don’t. The first type of people are my kinda people.

For me, brunch is reserved for Friday and Saturday. Friday, because I usually meet with a mentor on Friday mornings. Saturday, well, because … round two.

Brunch can include a wide variety of foods. Some weeks its souffle pancakes, sometimes it includes an egg roll, while other weeks a dutch baby is on the menu. There are a lot more Yellow Glass Dish breakfast recipes here!

What is Umami seasoning?

What is umami seasoning? It is a seasoning inspired by what the Japanese call the fifth taste – savory umami.

Trader Joe’s makes a wonderful umami seasoning. If you don’t have Trader Joe’s nearby you can order it online. Umami seasoning has a base of mushroom flavor mixed with a little kick of spice. The ingredient list on Trader Joe’s Umami seasoning includes kosher salt, dried onions, ground mustard seed, porcini mushroom powder, white button mushroom powder, crushed red pepper, black pepper, dried thyme. All good things make up this seasoning.

If you don’t have this seasoning, you can absolutely make this recipe and use your favorite seasoning instead. A Cajun seasoning would work well.

Pork Loin – A Southern Breakfast Favorite

Pork loin in a cast iron skillet

Pork loin is generally a very affordable cut of meat. I often find rebates for Smithfield brand pork on Ibotta, a grocery rebate app. Sometimes I get plain pork tenderloins and sometimes I try pre-seasoned varieties. I generally gauge 1/4-1/3lb raw meat per person.

For this southern breakfast recipe, I would suggest a plain pork loin or one with maybe a mushroom marinade. Either would work well with umami seasoning.

Slice the pork loin into 3/4″ slices. If you slice at an angle, it makes for larger pieces. Generously season each side of the tenderloin slice with umami seasoning.

Use your favorite frying pan to cook the pork tenderloin slices. Heat 2 tsp avocado oil on medium and add the seasoned pork loin. cook on both sides until cooked. I like when my meat has a little char on it, but you can remove the meat from heat whenever the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.

How To Sauté Onions

Onions are alright. Onions, if not cooked are definitely not my favorite. However, when cooking onions I find that going the extra mile and taking the time to slow cook onions to a caramelized state is always worth it.

Pork Loin and eggs stacked on top of each other for a scrumptious low carb breakfast. #keto #lowcarb

To make true caramelized onions, it requires a lot of onions and time. Since we’re not trying to take up your whole day with making brunch, sautéing the onions until they are golden brown is going to be sufficient.

Onions have natural sugars and thus are to be used in moderation in a lower-carb diet. One cup of onion is about 14g Net carbs. That adds up quickly! I usually use 1/2 of a smaller onion to make fried onions. It probably ends up being about 3/4 cup of thinly sliced onions.

In a small frying pan, mix 1t avocado oil with 1t of butter and heat to medium. Add the onions and allow to cook for several minutes without stirring. Stir occasionally, but allow the onions to brown. I suggest cooking your onions while your pork cooks in a separate pan.

What should you pair with this Southern Low Carb Breakfast Recipe?

While most Southern breakfasts would be served with some sort of potato or biscuit, to keep this low carb and keto-friendly, go ahead and serve it with some vegetables. I personally enjoy this with sautéed greens. Another side you may enjoy is with sauted yellow squash and onions.

More Keto Breakfast Recipes to Try

Keto Vegetable Frittata

Low carb vegetable frittata with avocado, mushrooms, and bell peppers

Simple Keto Chaffles

Low carb chaffles with cheese and eggs

Low Carb Puff Pancake | Dutch Baby

Low Carb Puff Pancake or Dutch Baby with berries on top #Castiron #lowcarb #keto #ygdeats

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Pork Loin and Eggs

An easy brunch combo of pork tenderloin seasoned with umami seasoning, fried eggs, and sautéed onions. Simply a low carb and keto breakfast.

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Breakfast, Brunch, Eggs, Low Carb, Pork, THM-S


  • 1-1½ Lb Pork Loin
  • 3/4 cup Onion thinly sliced
  • 6-8 Eggs
  • Oil or butter for frying eggs
  • 1/2 tsp Umami seasoning or favorite seasoning
  • 3 tsp avocado oil separated
  • 1 tsp butter
  • Salt To taste
  • Herbs for garnish (optional)



  • Slice the pork loin in to 3/4" slices If you slice at an angle it makes for larger pieces. Season each piece (all sides) of pork with umami seasoning
  • Thinly slice onions as strands, don't cross cut.


  • In one skillet, heat 2 tsp avocado oil on medium. Add pork loin slices in one layer (no overlap).
  • In a second skillet, heat 1 tsp avocado oil with 1 tsp butter on medium. Spread onion slices across the pan and allow to cook for 3-5 minutes before stirring.
  • Cook pork until the internal temperature reaches 160°.
  • Sauté onions until they are golden brown.
  • Once the pork is fully cooked, remove from pan and heat additional oil.
  • Fry eggs to your liking
  • Create a stack of pork and eggs.
  • (Optional) Garnish with herbs


The amount of oil/butter you use for frying eggs is up to you. I did not define the amount because some pans are non-stick and some need to be liberally oiled. 

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