Instant Pot Pork Chops

Instant Pot pork chops on a mound of mashed potatoes.
Diana Rattray
  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings

These Instant Pot pork chops feature fresh ingredients and a rich gravy, making it a dish you can feel good about in more ways than one. "Smother" the finished chops with the creamy sauce and vegetables, the perfect accompaniment to a mound of mashed potatoes or hot cooked noodles or rice.

Boneless pork chops are an excellent choice for this entrée, but bone-in chops may be substituted.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless pork chops
  • Kosher salt (to taste)
  • Ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 large onion (sliced)
  • 8 ounces mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary (fresh; or thyme leaves)
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock (unsalted or low sodium)
  • Optional: a few sprigs of rosemary or thyme
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (or to taste)
  • Garnish: chopped parsley

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for Instant Pot pork chops
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  2. Choose the Instant Pot sauté (normal) setting, and add the butter and oil. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper, and add them to the hot fat. Cook for about to 4 minutes on each side, or until browned. Transfer the chops to a plate and set aside.

    Brown the pork chops in the Instant Pot.
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  3. Add the sliced onion and mushrooms to the pot and continue to cook for about 2 minutes, or until the onions are just beginning to soften. Cancel the sauté function.

    Sauté the onions and mushrooms in the Instant Pot.
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  4. Return the pork chops to the pot and sprinkle with the chopped rosemary or thyme. Add the chicken stock along with a few sprigs of rosemary or thyme.

    Add the browned pork chops and broth to the Instant Pot.
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  5. Place the lid on the Instant pot and turn the steam release vent to the sealing position. Choose the manual or "pressure cook" button, and set the timer to 9 minutes. When the time is up, let the pressure release naturally for 15 minutes, then carefully turn the steam release vent to venting to release the remaining pressure.

    Instant pot steam release.
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  6. Remove the pork chops and vegetables to a bowl or plate with a slotted spoon, and set aside. If desired, skim off excess fat or pour the liquid through a gravy separator, then return it to the Instant Pot. Choose the normal sauté button and continue to simmer the liquids while preparing the cornstarch and cream slurry.

    Set the pork chops and vegetables aside.
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  7. In a small bowl, whisk the heavy cream with the cornstarch until a smooth paste has formed. Whisk the cream mixture into the simmering liquids and continue to cook until thickened. Taste the sauce and season with salt and pepper, as needed. Add Worcestershire sauce to taste, if desired.

    Make the sauce or gravy for the Instant Pot pork chops.
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  8. Arrange the pork chops on a platter; top them with the onions and mushrooms and spoon the sauce over all.

    Platter of pork chops cooked in the Instant Pot pressure cooker.
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  9. Serve the chops on mounds of hot mashed potatoes or with noodles, and garnish with chopped fresh parsley.

    Instant Pot pork chops with gravy on mashed potatoes.
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  10. Enjoy!

Recipe variations

  • Make it a meal: After step #4, place a steamer basket on the chops. Peel about 1 1/2 pounds of potatoes, and cut them into chunks. Add them to the basket and cook as directed.