Make tender, juicy, absolutely perfect boneless or bone-in Instant Pot Pork Chops. It takes a fraction of the time it takes to cook them any other way with this easy method! You can even cook them directly from frozen!
Instant Pot Pork Chops Recipe
Cooking pork chops in the Instant Pot is a game changer! They are seasoned beautifully and come out tender, juicy, and moist every single time.
The Instant Pot has proven itself completely capable of delivering delicious meal time and time again. It’s why I this is one of my favorite ways to cook pork chops, and why other recipes like BBQ Boston butt and classic Osso Buco are always a success using this method.
Oven baked pork chops and grilled pork chops are always so tasty, but using an electric pressure cooker like the Instant Pot is an absolute game changer. The tender meat is always so flavorful and juicy!
So, if you’ve got a busy week or simply need an easy dinner, make this Instant Pot pork chop recipe. The whole family will enjoy and it’s an easy meal prep item too! You could even make extra and store them so that you’ve got a meal or two extra for the week.
After you see how simple this recipe is, it’ll become one of your go-to dinners!
Why You’ll Love this Recipe
There is so much to love about this simple recipe. Juicy pork chops made in the Instant Pot are great because:
- It only takes 10 minutes of cooking time and hardly any hands-on prep time. They can made so quickly and are the best way to get dinner on the table quickly when you are busy.
- This fool-proof recipe is super forgiving and great for novice and expert Instant Pot chefs alike.
- Pork chops are an easy-to-find and affordable cut of meat. If you are in need of solid budget-friendly recipes, this one is perfect!
The perfect recipe doesn’t have to have a crazy amount of ingredients. With these minimal real food ingredients and simple seasoning, you can create maximum flavor. Here’s what you need to have on hand:
- pork chops
- soy sauce
- olive oil
- brown sugar
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- black pepper
- flour or cornstarch (optional, for gravy)
Substitutions and Variations
You can use boneless or bone-in chops. I recommend boneless pork chops because they tend to fit inside the Instant Pot more easily. Keep in mind, if you get thick cut chops than may need more cooking time than thin pork chops.
Use chicken broth or vegetable broth for the best flavor. However, you can also use bone broth or chicken stock if you prefer.
If you do not have olive oil or are avoiding it for dietary reasons, you can use another neutral oil like avocado oil instead.
Easily change the flavor profile of pressure cooker pork chops by using a different seasoning blend, like BBQ, Greek or ranch. You could also marinate the pork chops before cooking them for extra flavorful, juicy chops!
You can swap the soy sauce out for coconut aminos if you prefer. Or, if you just need a lower sodium option, buy reduced sodium soy sauce.
How to Make Instant Pot Pork Chops
Follow this simple step by step guide to making one the best pork chop recipes ever! It’s so simple, here’s how to do it:
Mix the brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper together in a small bowl and set it aside.
To get a good sear, you’ll need to start with dry chops. Use paper towels to fully dry the pork chops on all sides. Then, sprinkle the chops generously with the seasonings, turning and patting to fully coat the chops on all sides.
Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode and heat the olive oil in the pot, then add the pork chops.
Brown the chops for 3-4 minutes on each side and then remove them and set them aside on a plate.
Pour the chicken broth and soy sauce into the bottom of the Instant Pot. Then use a wooden spoon to scrape the brown bits off of the bottom.
Once the mixture is simmering, add the seasoned pork chops back into the bot. You do not need to fully submerge them in the liquid.
Place the lid onto the pressure cooker and turn it on to high pressure. Allow to cook for the time needed, and then let it natural release for 10-15 minutes after cooking.
Then carefully open the lid and remove the cooked chops and serve!
As an optional last step, you can make gravy with the cooking liquid. Just turn the Instant Pot to saute mode and bring the liquid to a simmer. Then slowly whisk in the flour or cornstarch. Simmer for a few minutes, whisking often, until thickened. Once thick and creamy, serve over a pork chop!
Instant Pot Cooking Times
- boneless pork chops (approximately 1 inch thick): 10 minutes at high pressure
- bone-in pork chops (approximately 1 inch thick): 14 minutes at high pressure
- thin cut boneless pork chops: 5 minutes at high pressure
- frozen pork chops: Skip the browning step (it doesn’t work well with frozen chops) and add 3 minutes to the cooking time.
How to Store Leftover Instant Pot Pork Chops
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
It’s important to warm the chops correctly so they don’t get dried out. To reheat pork chops in the microwave, heat in individual servings with some of the cooking liquid spooned on top for 2-3 minutes, adding 30 seconds more at a time if necessary.
What to Serve with Instant Pot Pork Chops
If you aren’t making gravy to serve with the pork chops, then spoon some of the liquid from the pot on top of the pork chops for extra flavor and to help keep them moist. These tasty chops can go with some many amazing dishes.
Bacon wrapped asparagus and roasted air fryer baby potatoes are typically two of my go to side dishes when I make this meal. You could also make something like honey roasted parsnips and carrots or some quick broccoli.
Looking for a fun and different side dish? Make a creamy butternut squash pasta as your side!
Tips for Success
These delicious pork chops are so easy to make, but here’s a few tips to make the recipe just that much better:
- Fully dry the chops on all sides with a few paper towels before seasoning them.
- Allow for a natural pressure release (NPR) for at least 10-15 minutes after cooking, before pressing or turning the steam release valve. This is important to keep the meat from seizing up and being tough.
- Spoon some of the cooking liquid on top of the chops after cooking if you don’t make gravy. And always store them with a little liquid or gravy so that they reheat well.
Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes for boneless chops or 13 minutes for bone-in chops, then allow for a natural pressure release.
Tough pork chops are usually overcooked. Next time, shorten the cooking time and stop the cooking process once as the chops reach a safe internal temperature of 145°F. Use an instant read meat thermometer for the quickest and most accurate read!
Pork chops do not need to be submerged or covered in liquid when cooking in the Instant Pot.
Perfect Instant Pot Pork Chops
- 1.5 – 1.75 lbs. pork chops about 1 inch thick, 3-4 chops
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1.25 cups chicken broth
- 2 Tablespoons soy sauce or coconut aminos
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar optional
- 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 Tablespoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 Tablespoons flour or 1 Tablespoon cornstarch (optional, for gravy)
- Mix the brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper together in a small dish.
- Pat the pork chops on all sides with a few paper towels to dry them. Sprinkle the chops generously with the seasonings, turning and patting to fully coat the chops on all sides.
- Set the Instant Pot to Sauté mode. Heat the oil in the pot, then add the pork chops. Brown the chops for 3-4 minutes per side. Remove the pork chops and set them aside on a plate.
- Pour in the chicken broth and soy sauce. Use a wooden spoon to scrape the brown bits off the bottom of the pan. Once the liquid is simmering, add the pork chops back into the pot.
- Close the lid and set the Instant Pot to High Pressure for 10 minutes if using boneless pork chops. If using bone-in pork chops, set it for 13 minutes. Once the cooking time is done, allow for a natural pressure release for at least 10-15 minutes (simply wait for the pressure to release).Carefully open the lid, then remove the pork chops and serve. If you aren't making gravy, spoon some of the liquid from the pot on top of the pork chops for extra flavor and to help keep them moist.
- Make the Gravy (optional step): Turn the Instant Pot to Saute mode. Bring the liquid to a simmer, then slowly whisk in the flour or cornstarch. Simmer for a few minutes, whisking often, until thickened.
- You can use boneless or bone-in chops. I recommend boneless pork chops because they tend to fit inside the Instant Pot more easily.
- Fully dry the chops on all sides with a few paper towels before seasoning them.
- For the most flavor, use Saute mode to brown the pork chops before cooking using the Instant Pot.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days, per USDA.