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Instant Pot Pork Chops and Gravy

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These delicious Instant Pot Pork Chops are cooked in the Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker and covered in a tangy delicious gravy that is full of flavor. These pork chops are the perfect one pot weeknight meal. 

instant pot pork chop on the plate with rice and salad

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This pork chop recipe has been a family favorite for years. But initially, I made it in the oven and it called for my pork chops to be marinated overnight and a 1 hour bake in the oven. That’s great for me on Sundays but for weeknights, that just wasn’t going to happen.

So I modified this family favorite recipe to my Instant Pot and I love it even more. Same great flavor, but less time and effort. 

instant pot pork chop on fork

Can you cook pork chops in a pressure cooker?

This was my first question I had when trying to convert this recipe. I had done my research initially, googling the above question but found mixed results among recipes. I realized a few things:

  1. Thick cut pork chops cooked better in the Instant Pot. Thin chops tended to overcook and become dry or rubbery. I always use thick cut boneless pork chops for this recipe. For thinner chops, reduce the cook time.
  2. Speaking of cook time, I found that an 8 minute pressure cooktime, 10 minute natural release for the perfect thick boneless pork chops. I initially tried a 10 minute cook time, and my pork chops were dry and overcooked. If you cook the meat too long, you risk having overcooked pork chops. I found 8 minutes was long enough for the pork chops to fully cook and stay moist.
  3. A 10 minute natural release worked best. A quick release is a no-no when cooking most meats in the instant pot. I let the pressure cooker naturally release for 10 minutes, then I release the remaining pressure. 

How to make this pork chop recipe in your Instant Pot?

First, wash and dry your thick cut pork chops. Season both sides with salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Press Sauté and select the “More” setting on your Instant Pot and wait for the display to say “Hot.” Then add your oil, then your chops. Sear over high heat for about 3 minutes each side, until browned.

seared pork chops in the instant pot

Once pork chops are seared, remove them and set aside. Then add butter to the Instant Pot and allow it to melt. Add onions, bell peppers, garlic and stir with a wooden spoon until the onions and peppers have softened, about 2-3 minutes. 

peppers, onions, and garlic in instant pot

Add chicken broth and use a wooden spoon to deglaze the Instant Pot, ensuring that all the brown bits have been removed from the bottom. Then stir in thyme, hot sauce, steak sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and ketchup. Place pork chops back in Instant Pot on top of the liquid.

pork chops in instant pot insert before pressure cooking

Press “Cancel” on Instant Pot and cover with Instant Pot Pressure Cooker cover. Make sure the valve on the top of the Instant Pot is set to “Sealing.” Then cook on High Pressure for 8 minutes. After the cooktime, allow the pressure cooker to naturally release for 10 minutes, then quick release the remaining pressure.

Once all the pressure is released, open lid and remove cooked pork chops.

instant pot pork chops in the instant pot with gravy

Press”Cancel” on the Instant Pot and then select sauté. In a seperate bowl, whisk 2 Tbsp corn starch and 2 Tbsp water to create a corn starch slurry. Once the liquid in the instant Pot begins to bubble, add in your corn starch slurry to thicken the sauce. Allow it to boil for about one minute more. Press “Cancel” on your Instant Pot.

Serve pork chops covered with gravy. These are perfect with rice and vegetables. Enjoy 🙂

Looking for more Instant Pot dinner recipes? Try these:

Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Instant Pot Chicken and Yellow Rice

Pressure Cooker Shrimp Paella

Instant Pot Copycat Rice a Roni

Pressure Cooker Salmon with Creamy Parmesan Herb Sauce

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Instant Pot Pork Chops with Gravy

Thick cut pork chops seared, pressure cooked, and smothered in a delicious gravy.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot pork chops
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Time to reach pressure and natural Release 20 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 374kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 4 thick cut pork chops
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • ½ red bell pepper chopped
  • ½ green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 Tbsp garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Steak Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp hot sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Ketchup
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp water

Instructions

  • Season the pork chops on both sides with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Press the “Sauté” button, ensuring that it is set to “More.” Once the display says “Hot,” add the olive oil.
  • Add seasoned pork chops and cook for about 3 minutes each side or until the sides are slightly browned. Remove from Instant Pot and set aside.
  • Add butter to Instant Pot and allow to melt. Add onion and bell peppers and stir. Add garlic and continue to stir until onions have softened, about two minutes.
  • Deglaze by pouring chicken broth into the pot and stirring with a wooden spoon, making sure to get all bits and pieces from the bottom of the pot.
  • Add Worcestershire sauce, steak sauce, hot sauce, ketchup, and thyme and stir.
  • Add pork chops back into the pot, laying them on top of the liquid.
  • Place the lid on the pot and set the valve to sealing. Press "Cancel" and then press "Pressure Cook" (or Manual) and set cooking time for 8 minutes on High Pressure.
  • Once timer is done, allow the Instant Pot to natural release for 10 minutes, then release any remaining pressure from the pot and remove the lid.
  • Press Cancel on the Instant Pot and remove the pork chops. Press “Sauté” on the Instant Pot and bring liquid to slight boil. In a separate bowl, create a thickener by whisking together 2 Tbsp cornstarch and 2 Tbsp water. Pour it into the liquid in the Instant Pot while stirring. Stir until thickened, about one minute.
  • Pour the gravy over the pork chops and Enjoy 🙂

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Notes

This recipe was created in a 6 Qt Instant pot DUO.
I will sometimes add an additional 1/2 tsp salt to the gravy after it's done pressure cooking. The amount of salt in the recipe will depend on the saltiness of the chicken broth you use.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 902mg | Potassium: 693mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 720IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1.5mg
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Kimberly

Tuesday 16th of June 2020

This was delicious! I reduced the time to 6 mins of pressure cook time and 10 min natural release because my pork chops weren’t as thick! I also substituted BBQ sauce for the ketchup and some soy sauce for the steak sauce since I didn’t have those on hand. I also added a package of portobello mushrooms and some carrots chopped up to the garlic, onion, and bell pepper. It was outstanding! Will definitely make again!

Tanya

Tuesday 16th of June 2020

Thank you Kimberly, so glad you liked the recipe :)

Shoushana

Monday 15th of June 2020

Excellent recipe. I didn’t have the steak sauce so I just used a little extra Worcestershire sauce and ketchup. And since all I had were the smaller bone in pork chops I cut the pressure cook time down to 4 mins versus the 8. So much flavor! My family loved it. First recipe I tried from your site. I’ll be back for more.

Tanya

Tuesday 16th of June 2020

Thank you Shoushana, so glad you enjoyed the recipe :)

JoAnne

Monday 16th of March 2020

Not your recipe problem, but an old problem. Tough loin chops. Any advice? I pressure cooked this recipe 10 min. because mine were a bit thicker than average.

Tanya

Tuesday 17th of March 2020

It's probably the 10 minute cook time. The chops I use in this recipe are pretty thick. 10 minutes was always too long, 8 minutes was perfect.

Beverly Lamkin

Tuesday 14th of January 2020

I am new at using an instant pot. I am trying your Instant Pot Pork Chops with Gravy. But, I don't understand the timer. set it on high and pressure for 8 minutes. The timer confuses me. It seemed to be cooking for about 8 minutes timer switched to{L) and started going up. Is Natural Release just leaving it sit in pot for 10 minutes than open up the valve to release remaining steam.? HELP???????

ed scott

Wednesday 1st of January 2020

OK, this recipe is a dandy. Lots of flavor, easy to follow, easy to prepare and no left overs. Perfect.

Thank you Tanya. A perfect meal to start the New Year!

Tanya

Wednesday 1st of January 2020

Awesome! So glad you liked the recipe. Thank you for the feedback and Happy New Year 😊