Instant Pot Pork Chops & Rice

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Instant Pot Pork Chops & Rice is a flavorful dish made with pork chops, seasonings, and fluffy white rice cooked in your Instant Pot for an easy weeknight meal.

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A pork chop on a bed of rice
Instant Pot Pork chops & Rice

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Making pork chops and rice in the Instant Pot is a fantastic recipe to try if you’re looking for a quick, easy, and delicious one-pot meal. The pork chops are seared to perfection, which locks in their flavor and gives them a beautiful golden crust. The rice is cooked in chicken broth, which infuses it with flavor.

If you like pork chops, this is a great way to make a quick dinner with a flavorful and juicy chop that cooks at the same time, in the same pot, as your rice. It takes just about 6 minutes of total cook time, with just a 5 minute pressurizing time.

Ingredients Needed

Ingredients for pork chops and rice
  • Pork chops – Aim for chops that are about 1″ thick, so they cook properly at the time given in this recipe. Thicker chops will require more time and thinner will take less. You can use bone-in or boneless.
  • Butter – I use salted butter in savory dishes to add an extra boost of flavor.
  • Spanish paprika – Spanish or sweet paprika is a good neutral flavoring, you can also use smoked paprika for a more robust aroma.
  • Salt & black Pepper
  • Garlic powder – Adds a subtle garlic flavor to the dish.
  • Mild chili powder – I always use mild to keep the spiciness of the dish low, but you can use hot chili powder or cayenne pepper for a spicier dish.
  • Chicken or vegetable broth – I use low-sodium to keep the salt level down.
  • White rice – Jasmine or Basmati rice or any type of long grain rice you like. You can’t substitute with brown rice here because it takes more time to cook.

Equipment Needed

  • Instant Pot – I use a 6-quart Instant Pot Plus to make all of my recipes. If you’re using an 8-quart pot, you will need to adjust the amount of liquid accordingly, as it requires more than the 6 quart to build steam.
  • Meat Thermometer – You’ll want to use a meat thermometer to make sure the pork chops have reached the proper internal temperature of 145 degrees F.
  • Trivet – You’ll want to use the trivet to keep the pork chops out of the rice and water. If you submerge the pork in the water, it might create a burn notice or undercook the rice.
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How to Make Instant Pot Pork Chops & Rice

Mix together the seasonings in a bowl and sprinkle on both sides of the pork chops. The seasoning gives great flavor but also helps with the browning in the first step, so season well. 

seasoned, uncooked pork chops

Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode. When it’s hot, add the butter. Once the butter is melted, add the pork chops to the pot and sear them for 1 minute on each side. This will give the pork more flavor and lock in the juices.

browning the seasoned pork chops in the Instant Pot

Remove the pork chops from the pot for a second so you can deglaze the bottom of the pot. Pour in the broth and use a whisk to remove any browned bits from the bottom of the pot.

Pour the rice into the pot and stir. Now place the trivet on top of the rice in the pot and place the pork chops on the trivet. This will help to keep the chops out of the water, so they keep their flavor from the rub.

Cooked pork chops in the Instant Pot

Close the lid and set the vent to sealing, if that is necessary for your model. Press the pressure cook or manual button and set the time for 4 minutes on high pressure. It will take about 5 minutes to come up to pressure, then the cook time will start.

Pork chops and rice in the Instant Pot

When the cook time is over, manually release the pressure. You don’t to leave it to naturally release, even for a few minutes, because you’ll risk overcooking the rice or the pork. The pork should measure at least 145° F on a meat thermometer. You may have heard that you should never do a quick release when cooking meat, but that’s not true.

With pork chops, if you don’t release the pressure right after the cook time, you will overcook it and it will become dry and tough. The rice will also be overcooked. So it’s important to release the pressure right away.

Remove the pork from the pot. Fluff the rice and season it with salt and pepper, if you want. Serve the rice with the pork.

A pork chop on a bed of rice

Why Use An Instant Pot?

The Instant Pot is one of the most useful kitchen appliances you can buy, because it drastically cuts down on the cooking time for developing flavors in soups and stews, getting tough cuts of meat tender, and even baking a cheesecake. And there are many accessories that will help you get more out of your Instant Pot.

If you don’t have one yet, check out our guide on which one to buy. Also see our guide to How to Use an Instant Pot for more information.

Storing Options

If you have any leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days. To reheat the leftovers, you can simply microwave them or reheat them on the stove in a pan with a bit of additional liquid, such as chicken broth or water, to keep the rice from drying out.

If you want to freeze the leftovers, you can store them in a freezer-safe container for up to 2-3 months. When reheating frozen leftovers, it’s best to thaw them in the refrigerator overnight and then reheat them in the microwave or on the stove.

Additional Helpful Tips

  • Searing the pork chops on both sides will create a golden crust and enhance the flavor. You can skip this step, but you’re also skipping a lot of flavor building. Be sure not to exceed one minute per side, or they chops might become overcooked during the pressure cooking.
  • Use the natural release method when cooking in the Instant Pot to ensure that the pork chops and rice remain tender and moist. If you don’t release right away, they will become tough and dry.
  • Use a meat thermometer to check that the pork chops are cooked to an internal temperature of 145°F.

If you want to make this dish even more nutritious and delicious, add some extra veggies. Some great options include green beans, carrots, broccoli, or peas. Simply add them to the Instant Pot with the pork chops and rice, and let them cook together. This will not only add extra flavor to the dish but also make it more colorful and nutritious.

A pork chop on a bed of rice

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use brown rice instead of white rice?

It’s best not to use brown rice for this recipe. This is because it requires a longer cooking time and more liquid. Since you are cooking the pork and the rice at the same time, you will end up undercooking the brown rice. In order to get the brown rice cooked fully, you’d end up overcooking the pork.

Can I double the recipe?

You can double the recipe. Just make sure to adjust the liquid accordingly. If you cook 2 cups of rice, you will need 2 1/4 cups of liquid. The cooking time will not change.

Can I add other veggies to the dish?

You can add other veggies such as diced carrots, peas, or chopped broccoli. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time as needed to ensure that they cook through properly.

Can I cook the pork chops from frozen?

While you can cook frozen pork chops in the Instant Pot, you can’t do it well in this recipe. Because you are cooking the rice and the pork chops at the same time, you can only cook the pork chops from thawed in order not to overcook the rice or undercook the pork. Click here to see how to cook frozen pork chops in the Instant Pot.

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A pork chop on a bed of rice

Instant Pot Pork Chops & Rice

Instant Pot Pork Chops & Rice is a flavorful dish made with pork chops, seasonings, and fluffy white rice cooked in your Instant Pot for an easy weeknight meal.

Note: Made in a 6-qt Instant Pot

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Pressurize Time 5 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 610 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 boneless pork chops 1″ thick
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon Spanish paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon mild chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth + 2 tablespoons
  • 1 cup white rice Jasmine or Basmati

Instructions
 

  • Mix together the seasonings and sprinkle on both sides of the pork chops.
  • Set the Instant Pot to saute mode. When hot, add the butter. Once melted, add the pork chops to the pot and sear for 1 minute on each side.
  • Remove the pork chops from the pot.
  • Pour in the broth and deglaze the bottom of the pot to remove any browned bits. I have found that since the pot is already hot, some of the broth will evaporate and there won’t be quite enough water for the rice. So be sure to add 2 extra tablespoons of broth or water to make up for it.
  • Pour the rice into the pot and stir.
  • Place the trivet on top of the rice in the pot. Place the pork chops on the trivet.
  • Close the lid and set the vent to sealing, if necessary for your model. Set to cook for 4 minutes on high pressure. It should take about 5 minutes to come up to pressure.
  • When the time is up, manually release the pressure. Do not allow it to naturally release or the pork will be overcooked. The pork should measure at least 145° F on a meat thermometer.
  • Remove the pork from the pot. Fluff the rice. Serve the rice with the pork.

Notes

  • Use pork chops that are about 1 to 1 1/2″ thick for the best result.
  • You can increase the number of pork chops you cook in desired. There will be no time adjustment.
  • To cook 1 1/2 cups of rice, add 1 2/3 cup water. To cook 2 cups of rice, add 2 1/4 cups water.
  • Do not leave the pot unattended. As soon as the 4 minutes are up, release the pressure and turn off the pot, to avoid overcooking the rice or the pork.

Nutrition

Calories: 610kcalCarbohydrates: 76gProtein: 37gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 1141mgPotassium: 674mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 825IUVitamin C: 0.03mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 2mg
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