Instant Pot Pork Chops

These Instant Pot pork chops are quick and easy to make.  They are simply seasoned with salt and pepper and are super delicious with a sprinkling of parsley or with your favorite sauce.

These Instant Pot pork chops are quick and easy to make.  They are simply seasoned with salt and pepper and are super delicious with a sprinkling of parsley or with your favorite sauce. 

I love making pork chops for dinner. My preference is the center cut bone-in loin chops because both the bone and the marbling add so much flavor to the meat.

The problem with this cut is that it is often over-cooked. Dry, more like shoe leather than juicy, tender pork. I blame the old public service announcements about the dangers of eating undercooked pork. These days pork only needs to reach 145°F to be safe. (Note that dry overcooked pork is not just an issue with chops. Learn how to deal with this for roasting pork butt and shoulder, and for loins too).

Why Cook Pork Chops in the Instant Pot?

If you have been afflicted by the fear of undercooking pork, I have the answer, the Instant Pot. Cooking at a high temperature for a short amount of time keeps the meat juicy and using the sauté function creates a beautiful golden crust. I have the Instant Pot DUO Plus 8 Qt, and I absolutely love it.

The salt and pepper I use to season the chops may seem simple but I think you will agree that the results are anything but plain.

You can serve these with a sprinkling of parsley or try them with your favorite sauce. During the summer, I like to serve them with my Best Ever Barbecue Sauce, cornbread, and baked beans. Or, you can try one of my amazing gravy recipes. My Classic Gravy is here but I also have a recipe for gravy without drippings.

If you are ready to overcome the over-cooked-pork-chop syndrome, give this method of cooking pork chops a try!

Questions and Answers about Pork Chops in the Instant Pot

Do I have to sear the pork chops before cooking them in the instant pot?

No. You can just pressure cook them in the instant pot. They’ll end up a pale color which isn’t as appetizing if they’re served plain. But if you brush them with a sauce, then it will be fine. To brown them more easily, you can put them under the broiler. This is a good option for if you’re doing a large batch also. The only thing is, once you’ve already got them on a pan under the broiler, you might as well just finish cooking them there since they don’t take very long, 3-4 minutes per side.

My pork chops turned out tough/dry. What did I do wrong?

The more I use my Instant Pot, the more I learn that it isn’t a super-exact science. Or, maybe it is, but I haven’t figured out the perfect equation yet. Different Instant Pots are different sizes, and pork chops are different sizes and thicknesses too. A little bit of this is, therefore, going to be learning what works for your own particular situation. For my 8 qt. Instant Pot with nice thick pork chops (an inch or so), the times listed in the recipe work perfectly. If your pork chops turn out tough, you might want to reduce the time by a couple of minutes. Also, do make sure that you are doing a natural release for at least 5 minutes before turning the valve. This is because the rapid change in temperature from the high heat pressure to unpressured can make the meat seize up and be tougher.

What is the best way to cook pork chops for 4 people? What about for 2 people?

The recipe below calls for 4 thick pork chops. I like doing 4 chops like that in the instant pot because they all fit in there. To cook 4 chops on the stove, you need a really big skillet. If you don’t have a big skillet, then you’d need to cook them in batches or use two skillets. So, for 4 chops, I like the instant pot, or broiling as mentioned above. For 2 pork chops, I prefer to use the stovetop-then-oven method outlined here.  You can also cook 2 pork chops in the air fryer if you have one. For now, I can tell you what I do. I season them with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Then I mist them with an olive oil mister or cooking spray. Then they go into the air fryer at 400°F for 5-8 minutes, depending on their thickness.

What is the best way to cook pork chops for a crowd?

If you’re making pork chops for more than 4 people, you could do them in the instant pot. Don’t sear them first. Just follow the pressurizing instructions. I’d definitely do some kind of sauce for these afterward though. You can either make a gravy like this while the chops cook. Or heat up some BBQ sauce and brush it on the chops after they’re done cooking. Another thing I love to do is to take the hot cooked pork chops and arrange them on a serving platter. Top each chop with 2 tablespoons of shredded mozzarella cheese and 2 tablespoons of heated up tomato sauce. That’s great as is since the heat from the chops and the sauce melt the cheese. To make it even better, while the pork chops are cooking, mix some panko breadcrumbs with a touch of olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Toast them in a dry pan until golden. Let them cool. Sprinkle those crunchy and flavorful crumbs over top of the tomato sauce. You can make a big platter of chops like that with very little effort. A total crowd-pleaser for sure!

 

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Instant Pot Pork Loin Chops


  • Author: Allie McDonald
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Description

These Instant Pot pork chops are quick and easy to make.  They are simply seasoned with salt and pepper and are super delicious with a sprinkling of parsley or with your favorite sauce.

Ingredients

  • 4 thick pork loin chops, bone-in
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup unsalted chicken broth or water
  • Parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Season pork chops with salt and pepper.
  2. Select the Sauté button to heat the Instant Pot. When “Hot” is displayed, add the olive oil.
  3. Add the seasoned pork to the Instant Pot and sear both sides making sure the chops do not overlap, approximately 3 minutes per side. You may need to sear the pork in two separate batches.
  4. Remove the pork from the Instant Pot and set aside on a plate.
  5. Add the broth or water to the Instant Pot, scraping any bits from the bottom with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.
  6. Place the trivet in the bottom of the Instant Pot and lay pork chops on top of the trivet. They can overlap.
  7. Cover pot, lock on the lid, and set the steam release valve to Sealing.
  8. Select the Meat/Stew or Pressure Cook button and set the cook time to 5 minutes.
  9. When the cooking cycle has finished, allow the pot to sit for 5 minutes, and then do a quick release by moving the valve to Venting.
  10. Garnish with parsley or serve with your favorite sauce.
This post originally appeared in October 2019 and was revised and republished in March 2020.
Instant Pot Pork Chops

35 responses to “Instant Pot Pork Chops”

  1. Wanda says:

    How long should I cook only 2 port chops? It is just me and I am retired. Please advise. Thank you so much!

  2. These are wonderful! Made them tonight. I used my Instant pot 8 quart cooker and braised in three intervals, ending with 12 thick bone in pork chops. I then put in the trivet and all the pork chops back in the pot and added 3 cups of hot water. I used the stew button but put it for 18 minutes. They were so moist and tender. I have 5 teenagers and within minutes they were all gone!

  3. ksaj says:

    can this be made with boneless pork chops?

    • Christine Pittman says:

      Yes, but if they’re thin then it isn’t ideal. If you have thin, boneless pork chops, your best bet is to do them in a pan or under the broiler. They won’t take very long. In the amount of time the instant pot takes to get up to pressure, thin chops would already be cooked. I think they would therefore end up dry.

  4. Lisa says:

    Just finished eating.
    Best ever! This will be a new go to!
    Thank you!

  5. Debbie Yoder says:

    These look awesome! I dont have an Insta Pot yet,but I want one!

  6. Calvin says:

    Nice and simple recipe, haven’t made pork chops before.

  7. Sarah L says:

    Have to speak to Santa about getting an instant pot. These look so good.

  8. Leslie Kiley says:

    I love my insta pot and I really love trying new recipes with it. My new move is to get one for my daughter!

  9. Barb says:

    Hi There
    Instant Pot Newbie here. I just purchased the 8qt Duo, for two of us. The Pork Chop recipe above, is it for the 8qt or 6qt? I’ve been reading that the 8qt needs at least 2 cups of liquid while the 6qt needs 1 cup of liquid. 

    Sounds wonderful and juicy, can’t wait to try in my new Instant Pot.

    Thanks

  10. LB says:

    Hi, still learning with my instant pot. We have big eaters so I’ll need 4 large chops which means searing in batches which takes extra time . Is the searing necessary or can it be skipped to make this a quicker hand off meal? Thx.

    • Christine Pittman says:

      Searing the pork chops can be skipped but isn’t ideal. Here’s an idea, LB…you could turn the broiler on and broil them AFTER cooking them in the instant pot to get some color on them. However, depending on how thick they are, you could just broil them to cook them in which case you don’t need the instant pot at all.

  11. Richard says:

    I tried this but it came out much too tough. Recommend less time.

  12. Angela Hardy says:

    Can I make these with frozen chops?

    • Christine Pittman says:

      Angela, probably yes. You would just need to set the time for longer, and you can’t sear them first. I haven’t done it though so I don’t know for sure how long. If they chops are frozen separately (not clumped together), I’d set the pressure cook time to 8 minutes and see how that does. Note that you can totally sear them or broil them AFTER pressure-cooking to get that nice brownness.

  13. Our cuts of pork loin chops maybe were not the best…purchased from walmart with 20 cents off for the family pack. Feeding family of 7, must get all discounts I can. That being said, this process took much longer because of searing 7 large pieces, 3 minutes each side equals about extra :45…we have the largest instapot available, but the chops were too large to fit 2 in at time with bone. We followed directions exactly, and everyone at the table seemed to enjoy. Depending on the cut….we had some with bone around edges, and some with bone near middle…some pieces were a little more dry than others. We did not lay the chops flat in the pot, we stood them up on end with bone on bottom….not sure if that affects anything one way or another. I just felt it would allow steam to flow thru meat evenly. However, alot of the salt may have drippedof f the meat this way, because the meat was a little bland by itself. Some of the kids added franks red hot sauce to accommodate for this. The instapot is great for some things, but for a larger family, we may just stick with the oven metthod for pork chops. Otherwise, the recipe was good, and meat was mostly tender as a pork chop could be. Glad we tried it at least once. If we do again, we might skip the saute/searing step of the process, and just add a couple minutes to the pressure cook time.

  14. Tom says:

    Followed the directions, but chops came out very tough… was I supposed to pound them first? They were just under 3/4″ thick… not sure where I failed.

  15. K Ann Guinn says:

    Thanks for this simple yet tasty recipe. It was exactly what I needed for today. I thickened the drippings and we used it as a light gravy. I will definitely keep this as a go-to method for cooking moist pork chops.

  16. Wendy says:

    What is the max number of pork chops that can be cooked in the instant pot? I have the 8 quart.

    • Christine Pittman says:

      Wendy, I think you could technically fill the whole thing with pork chops. You would then need more time, I think. And they might end up unevenly cooked. I haven’t tested a maximum number but I’d think 6-8. If you do a big batch, please come back and let us know what you find out.

  17. Craig says:

    Hi, 

    Thank you for a wonderful, fast, and easy to prepare recipe. 
    The pork chops came out so moist and flavorful. 

  18. Trent says:

    Thank you for the recipe, Christine! I’m military – currently away from my wife and kids- and learning to cook for myself. I was looking for a no-fuss pork chop recipe (no breading, special sauces, etc.) and found yours. I followed your recipe (I didn’t have parsley) and my pork chops turned out great!

  19. Mary says:

    Thanks for the easy, tasty recipe! I made it with 2 pork chops.

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