Instant Pot Pork Chops

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Instant Pot Pork Chops are done in just 30 minutes and make an easy weeknight meal that can be paired with any side dish. This easy meal will quickly become one of your go-to dinners.

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You might not have considered making pork chops in the Instant Pot before, but it’s actually one of the easiest and best ways to cook them. Instead of frying them on the stovetop and making a mess with the splattered grease, put them in the Instant Pot for a no-mess meal.

There are two ways you can make pork chops in the Instant Pot. You can use the saute mode to give them a bit of a sear before pressure cooking them, or if you’re in a hurry, you can skip the saute step and just pressure cook. You can even cook them from frozen.

Either way, they turn out tender and ready to eat in just 30 minutes. I prefer to sear them first because it adds to the flavor and looks more appealing, but if you’re going to be serving them with a sauce, it won’t make as much of a difference.

instant pot boneless pork chops

Ingredients Needed

  • 4 boneless pork chops (approximately 6 oz each, 1 – 1 1/2″ thick). You can use bone-in chops as well. If your chops are thicker, they may take a minute longer to cook. Look here if you need a pork roast recipe.
  • Garlic salt, Italian seasoning, salt & ground black pepper
  • Water
  • Cooking oil

This method of cooking is very simple. You don’t even need to defrost frozen pork chops to cook them in the Instant Pot. If you cook them from frozen, you just need to add 2 minutes to the cook time.

How to Cook Pork Chops in the Instant Pot

For the best results, buy boneless pork chops that are at least 1 inch thick with a little bit of marbling, but not a large fat layer around the edges. A small amount of fat will get rendered well in the Instant Pot, but a thick layer really need to be seared to turn out well.

Season the pork chops with garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.

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Heat the Instant Pot on saute mode until hot. Add 1 tbsp cooking oil. Place the pork chops into the pot and sear them for 2-3 minutes per side. Turn off saute mode and remove the chops from the inner pot.

Pour in a cup of water. Scrape up any brown bits from the bottom. If you skip this step, you might find your Instant Pot screaming at you with the Burn message.

Place the pork chops into the inner pot. You can stack them on top of each other, if there are too many for one layer.

Lock the lid and set the vent to sealing. Press the pressure cook button and set the timer to 8 minutes. When the time is up, allow a natural pressure release for 5 minutes, then release the remaining pressure.

instant pot boneless pork chops

How to Cook Frozen Pork Chops

You can cook the pork chops in the Instant Pot from frozen. You just won’t be able to get a sear on them first. Just cook the pork chops as you normally would, but add 2 minutes of extra time to the cooking. That’s really all it takes. Nothing else special you need to do.

If you’re cooking extra thick pork chops – like 2″ bone-in chops, you might need to add 3 minutes to cook thoroughly, but I find that 10 minutes is perfect almost every time.

instant pot pork chops

How to Serve Instant Pot Pork Chops

These pork chops turn out very tender and ready to eat. You can set them directly on the plate and eat them as is. They’re lightly seasoned, so they go with everything.

If you happen to have any left overs, you can freeze them to be reheated later. Cooked pork chops will freeze well for at least a month and can be taken out and reheated in the Instant Pot for 5 minutes, or reheated in the microwave.

What to Serve With Instant Pot Pork Chops

You can serve this dish with any side dish you like. That’s the best part – they go with everything.

Try serving them with these sides that you can also make in the Instant Pot:

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.

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instant pot pork chops

Instant Pot Boneless Pork Chops

Instant Pot Pork Chops are done in just 15 minutes and can be paired with any side dish. This meal will become one of your go-to dinners.

Note: Made in a 6-qt Instant Pot

4.44 from 190 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Pressurizing Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 242 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 boneless pork chops (approximately 6 oz each)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Salt & ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Cooking oil
  • 1 cup water

Instructions
 

  • Sprinkle pork chops on both sides with garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
  • Heat the Instant Pot on saute mode until hot. Add 1 tbsp cooking oil. Place the pork chops into the pot and sear them for 2-3 minutes per side. Turn off saute mode and remove the chops from the inner pot.
  • Pour in 1 cup water. Whisk up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot, then return the pork chops to the pot.
  • Lock the lid and set the vent to sealing. Press the pressure cook button and set the timer to 8 minutes.
  • When the time is up, allow a natural pressure release for 5 minutes, then release the remaining pressure.
  • Remove the lid and transfer the chops to a serving plate.

Notes

You can cook up to 12 pieces of pork in the Instant Pot at the same time with this recipe, no additional time is necessary. Just add more seasoning.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 242kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 29gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 68mgPotassium: 515mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 14IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
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24 thoughts on “Instant Pot Pork Chops

  1. Chris McNally says:

    are the pork chops sitting in the water when they cook ordo you raise them on a trivet? I’d like to try this ASAP. thanks

    • Laura says:

      I just set them directly in the water, but you can raise them up on the trivet too, if you want. Both ways work great.

  2. Suzy says:

    5 stars
    This recipe fits my requirements; simple, quick and TASTY. I made this as is – no substitutions. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  3. Cheryl says:

    5 stars
    My pork chops were thinner (about 5 ounces each) and I had eight of them. I saute’d them for two minutes on each side in 3 batches. I added 1/2 cup more water, adjusted the seasonings like you suggested, and I pressure cooked them for 9 minutes instead of 10 because they were thinner. They turned out very tender and my whole family loved them. Definitely an easy and delicious meal. Thanks!

  4. Tina says:

    5 stars
    This is definitely what’s for dinner tonight. I’m using pretty thick chops though (everything’s bigger at Costco), I think these are at least 1.5″ if not a shade more. Should I increase the cook time?

    • Laura says:

      Tina, I use the same cook time for all my pork chops, regardless of how thick they are. I don’t think you’ll need to adjust it.

  5. Christina says:

    2 stars
    I followed exactly with fresh (not frozen) chops about 1” thick. They came out like bricks…not tender at all. I am not sure why they were so tough.. 🙁

    • Laura says:

      It’s usually the type of chops that can make them turn out tough, because they can be very lean. You need to use thicker, marbled chops for them to not get tough. You can also lower the cooking time, as I suspect your were overcooked due to size or fat ratio.

  6. Shawna Kelly says:

    3 stars
    I loved the simplicity of this recipe, but my pork chops turned out to be dry and chewy. I followed the recipe exactly so I’m wondering what it is that I did wrong, if anything?

    • Laura says:

      I’m sorry to hear that Shawna. I’ve made this dozens of times and never had them turn out that way. It could be the thickness of the pork or the fat ratio, if they were very lean they might turn out dry.

  7. Jill says:

    5 stars
    Easy. Thanks for the recipe. Added a packet of mushroom gravy. Should have taken out some of the liquid, but worked fine.

  8. gail vaughan says:

    5 stars
    Some of the best pork chops i’ve ever made. Used dry ranch dressing instead of the Italian seasoning and cut up some veggies to go into the pot (also coated them in the ranch dressing) and it was WONDERFUL! Thank You!

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