Instant Pot Pork Chops

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Instant Pot Pork Chops are juicy, saucy, and oh so flavorful. Whether you’re using boneless or bone-in chops, they’re extremely easy to make with delicious results every time! So good served with Butter Rice and Roasted Cauliflower.

pork chop on white plate with rice and green beans

Instant Pot Pork Chops | A Quick and Easy Dinner!

If you’re an Instant Pot lover, I’ve got a simple weeknight recipe for you! While I love a good smothered pork chop that gets baked in the oven, I think I might love these Instant Pot Pork Chops even more! Browned first, then pressure cooked and covered in a sweet and sour sauce, you will fall in love with this new dinner staple.

Main Ingredients Needed

Eleven ingredients all combine to create the juiciest and easiest pork chops, all made in an Instant Pot! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Pork Chops – I used bone-in pork chops for this recipe, which means it cooked for more time. But you could also use boneless. Look down below for cooking times.
  • Onion + Garlic – all good things start with these two ingredients. Yum!
  • Chicken Broth – an instant pot requires liquid to pressurize and cook. So instead of using water, I’ve opted to use something with more flavor.
  • White Wine Vinegar – acidic but still light, white wine vinegar pairs perfectly with pork.
  • Worcestershire Sauce + Ketchup – two saucy ingredients to keep things moist, sweet and savory!
  • Onion Powder + Ground Mustard + Chili Powder – these three spices create a blend of flavor that will coat the pork inside and out.
  • Brown Sugar – this offsets all of the savory flavors and adds a bit of sticky sweetness.

How Long To Cook Pork Chops In A Pressure Cooker

This really depends on the thickness of each chop and whether or not there’s a bone. The thicker the chop, the longer it will take to cook. Bone-in chops will take more time, too. But since we are browning these chops for color and flavor first, they really don’t need a lot of time under pressure to finish cooking, especially boneless chops. For bone-in chops, it should be about 5 minutes. For boneless, it should be 3 minutes. This is a good starting point. Since all the pork chops aren’t all cut to the exact same thickness, there might be a little trial and error with the cooking times on your part. If they come out tough, they were cooked too long and you can reduce the pressure cooking times.

tongs holding browned pork chop

How to Make Instant Pot Pork Chops

Step 1: Brown the Pork Chops

Preheat your instant pot to high on the BROWN/SAUTE function. Spray entire pot with nonstick cooking spray. Add olive oil to the bottom of the pot. Sprinkle both sides of pork chops with onion powder and salt.

Add enough pork chops to cover the bottom of the instant pot and cook 2-3 minutes per side or until browned. Remove browned pork chops and add remaining pork chops to brown.

Step 2: Pressure Cook the Pork Chops

Replace all browned pork chops to the pot and add chicken broth. Press “OFF” and then add the lid to the instant pot and turn to lock. Cook 5 minutes on the “PRESSURE COOKER” setting. (If you are using boneless chops, reduce this to 3 minutes.)

Step 3: Make the Sauce

While the pork chops are cooking, in a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk ingredients together for the sauce: ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder and dried mustard.

Once pork chops are done cooking, quick release pressure and open. Remove pork chops and reserve 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Discard remaining cooking liquid. Return instant pot back to BROWN/SAUTE function and add other 1 tablespoon olive oil. Saute onion and garlic 2 minutes or until softened and fragrant. Pour in the sauce and the reserved cooking liquid. Simmer 2 minutes, then add pork chops back in. After another 2-3 minutes, pork chops should be well glazed and sauce should have thickened slightly. Serve with rice.

Perfect Side Dishes for Pork Chops

You can go one of two ways when making Pork Chops in the Instant Pot. Carby comforting heaven or vegetable delightfulness, or BOTH! Either way you’ll have a wonderful dinner. Here are a few ideas to consider:

tongs holding cooked pork chop with sauce

Leftovers

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days or freeze for up to one month.

Instant Pot Pork Chops make for great meal prep, whether you enjoy them plain, top your salads with it, or even shred it and put it in a casserole. The possibilities are endless!

More Pork Recipes to Try!

You’re going to want to save this Instant Pot Pork Chops recipe for those busy week days!

4.67 from 3 votes

Instant Pot Pork Chops

Instant Pot Pork Chops are juicy, tender, and oh so flavorful. Plus they're easy to make creating fabulous results every time!
servings 4 pork chops
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 2 pounds bone-in pork chops or boneless
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons dried mustard
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup reserved cooking liquid

Instructions

  • Preheat instant pot on the BROWN/SAUTE function. Spray entire pot with nonstick cooking spray. Add olive oil to the bottom of the pot. Sprinkle both sides of pork chops with onion powder and salt.
    raw bone in pork chops on plate
  • Add enough pork chops to cover the bottom of the instant pot and cook 2-3 minutes per side or until browned. Remove browned pork chops and add remaining pork chops to brown.
    browning pork chops in instant pot
  • Replace all browned pork chops to the pot and add chicken broth. Press "OFF" and then add the lid to the instant pot and turn to lock. Cook 5 minutes on the "PRESSURE COOKER" setting. (If you are using boneless chops, reduce this to 3 minutes.)
    pouring chicken broth onto pork chops in instant pot
  • While the pork chops are cooking, in a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk ingredients together for the sauce: ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder and dried mustard.
    ketchup, water, chili powder and dried mustard in liquid measuring cup
  • Once pork chops are done cooking, quick release pressure and open. Remove pork chops and reserve 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Discard remaining cooking liquid. Return instant pot back to BROWN/SAUTE function and add other 1 tablespoon olive oil. Saute onion and garlic 2 minutes or until softened and fragrant. Pour in the sauce and the reserved cooking liquid. Simmer 2 minutes, then add pork chops back in. After another 2-3 minutes, pork chops should be well glazed and sauce should have thickened slightly. Serve with rice.
    tongs holding cooked pork chop with sauce

Nutrition

Calories: 491kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 916mg | Potassium: 918mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 604IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instant pot pork chops

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5 Responses
  1. April Raguindin

    5 stars
    This was delicious, fast, and perfect for a weeknight dinner! I used thick bone in pork chops and 6 mins in the instant pot! The husband loved it!

  2. Soozie

    4 stars
    Made this tonight. I am not a big fan of pork but my husband is so I made it for him. The sauce was good however I think it depends on how thick the chop to determine how long to pressure cook. unfortunately mine turned out tough and dry not sure if I gave it enough time or too much.

  3. Amber P

    5 stars
    Excellent pork chops! The sauce is delicious, and the pork turns out perfect. Not dried out, retained most of it’s juices! My husband was disappointed there wasn’t more.

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