An instant pot can be one of the most useful tools whenever you want to make easy dishes for yourself and your family.
However, you may be struggling to find the right dish for today, so why not try out pressure-cooker pork chops?
I love how tender and juicy pork chops can be, and with this recipe, you will be able to create tender pork chops that will get your family to ask for them every day!
If you’re eager to cook pork chops with your instant pot but don’t know how to start, keep reading!
What Makes This Recipe Special?
In this case, we’ll add a special touch of honey garlic sauce, which will add a sweet touch to your instant pot pork chops.
Moreover, we’ll add some mashed potatoes on the side so that you get a great flavor variety overall.
In essence, it won’t take you longer than 30 minutes to get everything done, which is great if you don’t have that much time on your hands.
Something else that makes cooked pork chops great is that you can use fresh or frozen options; whichever feels more appropriate.
Overall, you can serve your instant pot pork chops with:
- Mashed Potatoes
- Homemade biscuits
- Roasted Broccoli
- Sweet Potatoes
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Expert Tips to Improve Your Recipe
Now, you know how to cook instant pot pork chops! If you want to improve the experience of your instant pot boneless pork chops, keep reading for some tips.
- Knowing for how long you should cook your instant pot pork chops can be tricky. Ideally, you would test different times to see which option you like best, but if you go for the method explained here, you will likely get those tender pork chops you want. Regarding the pressure cooker itself, cooking for about a minute plus the natural release time is good enough, although you can try for a few more minutes.
- When it comes to instant pot pork chops, getting 1-inch or 1-and-1/2-inch-thick pieces is good enough. Overall, if you choose a thin pork chop recipe, you risk overcooking them faster.
- You don’t need to add salt to your pork chops, and considering you’re already adding honey garlic sauce, you don’t need to marinate or rub either.
- I recommend you use low-sodium soy sauce, as the regular sauce will add too much salt.
- Make sure you don’t sear your pork chops for too long, as they can end up overcooked.
- The natural release will allow the juices in your pork chops to distribute evenly, achieving the tenderness that everyone loves.
- You don’t have to add the sweet chili sauce, but it can certainly add more flavor and spice.
- Some people add chicken broth to the pot before cooking. Although this can add an extra touch to the dish, it isn’t necessary.
- It’s possible to prepare slow-cooker pork chops, but you will need to adjust your cooking times.
How Do You Cook Frozen Pork Chops?
If you want to cook frozen pork chops, then all you have to do is skip the “browning” step of the recipe.
Instead, you will sauté the garlic in the olive oil, add the sauce ingredients, and finally, add the pork chops.
Make sure you add two minutes to your pressure cook time and five minutes to your natural release time.
If you have a digital thermometer, use it to check the chops’ temperatures. When they have an internal temperature of 145° F, you’ll know they’re done.
Can You Use Bone-in Pork Chops Instead of Boneless Pork Chops?
Yes! Just like boneless pork ribs in the oven you can certainly use bone-in pork chops for this recipe, but you’ll have to adjust the cooking times a bit.
In this case, all you’ll have to do is add two minutes to your cook time. Another thing you can do is check that your pork chops have an internal temperature of 145° F to know they’re done.
You can also use the sauté mode in your instant pot to finish cooking your bone-in pork chops.
How Can You Tenderize Pork Chops Correctly?
Although it’s not necessary to tenderize your pork chops (as the sauce will be enough), you’re free to do it if you’re feeling more creative or want to use another sauce.
Here, you can marinate your pork chops in lime juice for about 30 minutes. You can also marinate them in buttermilk for an hour.
What Can You Do with Instant Pot Boneless Pork Leftovers?
If you have some leftovers from your instant pot boneless pork chops, don’t worry. All you have to do is get them into an airtight container, and you’ll be able to refrigerate them for up to three days.
On the other hand, if you get your pork chops in the freezer, you’ll be able to store them for up to a month.
A great thing about these pork chops is that you can dice, shred, or slice them into strips if you want to make another dish type in the future like a salad, a casserole, or stir-fries.
What Are Some Variations of This Dish?
The beauty of these pork chops is that you can serve them with many different side meals, including:
- Potatoes (baked/mashed/sweet)
- Basmati Rice
- Italian Salad
- Roasted Green Beans
- and many other recipes!
You can also eat your pork chops by themselves, as the honey garlic sauce will already add a great flavor, but I recommend you try out other food companions to see which one you like best.
That’s it! I hope you enjoyed this pork chops recipe. I personally like to serve them with potatoes or rice, but you can try out any other combination you want.
These pork chops serve as an amazing companion to a salad too, so there’s a wide variety of possibilities to discover. You can even make different side companions for each family member!
Remember that, if you want better results, get thicker pieces of pork chops, as thinner ones tend to overcook and get dry much faster.
Instant Pot Pork Chop
In this recipe, we'll add a special touch of honey garlic sauce, which will add a sweet touch to your instant pot pork chops. It makes it so much better!
- 4 pork chops (boneless, bone-in, or frozen)
- 1/3 c. of honey
- 1/3 c. low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tbsp. tomato paste or ketchup
- 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp. sweet chili sauce (optional)
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 4 cloves minced garlic (or 1/2 tsp. garlic powder)
- 1 tbsp. cornstarch
- 1 tbsp. water
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- First, we'll prepare the honey garlic sauce. In a bowl, combine the honey, soy sauce, tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, and sweet chili sauce (if using). Mix well.
- Next, make sure you season both sides of your boneless pork chops with pepper. Once you're done, add olive oil to your "Instant Pot," turn on "sauté mode," and wait until the pot heats.
- Then, add the pork chops, and brown them for two minutes on each side. I recommend you sear your pork chops in batches unless you can fit them all in the pot's bottom.
- Finally, take the seared pork chops and place them on a clean plate.
- Grab the minced garlic and add to our instant pot, turn off sauté mode, and cook/stir for about 30 seconds. Then, add the sauce we mixed before and stir into the garlic. I suggest you scrape up browned bits from the instant pot's bottom (if there are any).
- Get the pork chops in the instant pot, choose the "high pressure" mode, and pressure cook for about one minute. Once you're done, let the pressure release naturally for approximately five minutes. Finally, quickly release the remaining pressure (if there's any).
- Take your pork chops out of the instant pot and let them rest.
- Grab a small bowl, and stir your cornstarch and water to create a cornstarch slurry. Grab your instant pot, turn on sauté mode, and add the cornstarch slurry to the remaining cooking juices. Stir for two minutes or until the sauce gets thick.
- Once you're done with the sauce, turn off sauté mode, remove the inner pot from the base, and you're ready to serve!
- Spoon the sauce over the pork chops, and you can eat!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 484Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 132mgSodium: 823mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 1gSugar: 26gProtein: 43g