Instant Pot Pork Chops & Gravy

Three pork chops arranged on grey plate with mashed potatoes and gravy.

Instant Pot Pork Chops cook up deliciously tender and juicy in your electric pressure cooker, and they’re finished off with an irresistible gravy. Serve them with a side of mashed potatoes or rice and dig in! 

Easy to prepare, comfort food dishes are basically on repeat at our house right now. And being at home more, means I have more time for testing out new recipes to share with you. I’m happy to say that I’ve finally perfected my recipe for these pork chops made in the Instant Pot. 

My game plan for making them extra yummy & flavorful? Season well from the get go. I like to rub them with brown sugar, paprika, onion powder and salt and pepper. Then I brown them on both sides using the SAUTE setting. The brown sugar caramelizes a bit as they cook and the paprika gives the pork chops that amazing color. 

This recipe is super flexible too. It can be made with boneless pork chops or bone in pork chops. You can even cook them from frozen, without thawing. Just be sure to use pork chops that are about 3/4 – 1″ thick. If using thinner pork chops, you should reduce the cook time.

How Long to Cook Pork Chops in the Instant Pot

  • Boneless Pork Chops – 8 Minutes
  • Bone-In Pork Chops – 10 Minutes
  • Frozen Pork Chops – 13 Minutes (skip saute step)

Note:  The cook time does not include the time it will take for the pressure to build and release in the Instant Pot. It will take about 10 minutes for the pressure to build, and then you will want the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes before releasing any remaining pressure. That will add 20 minutes to the total time. 

Instant pot with lid on and cook time set to 8 minutes.

Can I Cook Frozen Pork Chops in the Instant Pot?

  • You can definitely cook frozen pork chops in the Instant Pot!  You will want to skip the saute step, and add about 5 minutes to the cook time. Also note, that it will take longer for the pressure to build in the Instant Pot, about 15 minutes vs. 10 minutes.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Pork Chops: 

  • Pork Chops (boneless or bone in)
  • Brown Sugar
  • Paprika
  • Onion Powder
  • Butter
  • Chicken Broth
  • Cornstarch
  • Salt & Pepper

How to Make Pork Chops in the Instant Pot

Step 1:

  • Season the chops. Rub with a mixture of brown sugar, paprika, onion powder and salt & pepper.

Step 2:

Brown the chops. 

  • Turn Instant Pot to SAUTE and add butter.
  • Once melted, sear the pork chops, about 2-3 minutes on each side. If working with a smaller Instant Pot, you may need to work in batches so you don’t overcrowd the pot. 
  • Remove pork chops and set aside on a plate.

Step 3:

  • Deglaze the pot. Add chicken stock and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. This is important so that you don’t get a burn notice when cooking in the Instant Pot.

Step 4:

  • Cook. Return pork chops to pot. Place lid on pot and set vent to seal. Cook on MANUAL high pressure for 8 minutes. When done, allow pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes, then quick release any remaining pressure and remove the lid. Remove pork chops to a plate. 

Step 5:

  • Make the Gravy. Whisk together cornstarch and water. Add to juices in pot and using the SAUTE function, cook, whisking constantly, until the gravy thickens.

Gravy bubbling in instant pot.

What to Serve with Pork Chops:

Pork Chop Recipes

Three pork chops arranged on grey plate with mashed potatoes and gravy.

 

Wine Pairings for Pork Chops: 

  • Pork pairs awesomely with Pinot Noir. It’s a light bodied red that doesn’t overpower the flavors and the bright acidity is a nice match for the slight fattiness in the pork.
  • Rose is another great match for these pork chops. It’s bright acidity pairs so well with the brown sugar rub on these pork chops. 

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Three pork chops arranged on grey plate with mashed potatoes and gravy.

Instant Pot Recipes

Instant Pot Pork Chops Recipe

Three pork chops arranged on grey plate with mashed potatoes and gravy.

Instant Pot Pork Chops & Gravy

Instant Pot Pork Chops cook up deliciously tender and juicy in your electric pressure cooker, and they’re finished off with an irresistible gravy.
4.06 from 51 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Time for pressure to build & release: 20 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 4 pork chops (boneless 1-inch thick)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons Water
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

Instructions

  • Mix spices and brown sugar and rub into both sides of pork chops.
    Spice blend to rub on pork chops.
  • Set Instant Pot to SAUTE and add butter. Once hot, add pork and brown on both sides, 2-3 minutes per side. Remove pork chops and set aside. Press CANCEL.
    Browned pork chops in instant pot.
  • Add chicken broth and scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Return pork chops to the pot.
    Broth in instant pot.
  • Place lid on pot and set vent to seal. Cook on MANUAL high pressure for 8 minutes. When done, allow pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes, then quick release any remaining pressure and remove the lid. Hit CANCEL.
    Instant pot with lid on and cook time set to 8 minutes.
  • Remove the pork chops to a plate.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the cornstarch and water.  Turn the instant pot on to SAUTE and add the cornstarch mixture.  Whisk constantly until gravy has thickened. Season gravy with salt and pepper, to taste.
    Gravy bubbling in instant pot.
  • Serve pork chops with gravy on the side. Enjoy!
    Three pork chops arranged on grey plate with mashed potatoes and gravy.

Notes

If cooking bone in pork chops, increase the cook time to 10 minutes. 
If cooking pork chops from frozen, skip the saute step, and increase the cook time to 13 minutes. 
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Equipment

Instant Pot

Nutrition

Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 1021mg | Potassium: 582mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 421IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

27 comments

  1. Jana Seitzer

    These look amazing. I know what’s on deck for dinner this week!

    Reply

  2. Christine

    Hi,

    This recipe looks absolutely delicious!
    I would like to try it, but I’m wondering if the cook time is different between a 6 qt or 8 qt instant pot. I wasn’t sure what size you used?

    Thank you,
    Christine

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Hi Christine – The cook time remains the same regardless of what size pot you use! Hope that helps 🙂

      Reply

  3. Catherine @ To & Fro Fam

    5 stars
    I’m just as likely to look for quick and easy weeknight dinners during the quarantine as I was pre-lockdown. Thanks, as always, for your easy to follow instructions and simple recipes!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      You’re welcome Catherine!

      Reply

    2. Rachel A Tilton

      5 stars
      We have this meal at least once a week, my entire family loves it. Even my picky eaters

      Reply

      1. Erin

        I’m so happy to hear that Rachel. Thanks!

        Reply

  4. Marlynn

    5 stars
    These pork chops look amazing but so does that gravy!! I could eat the gravy by the spoonful! Love that you can cook frozen meat in the Instant Pot — saves my bacon more times than I can count! 🙂

    Reply

  5. Giovanna Gardner

    Can u cook pork chops on the stovetop or oven?

    Reply

  6. Karina

    5 stars
    Can’t believe this isn’t one of the first Google results for instantpot pork chops! The brown sugar leads to great caramelization.
    Made it with bone in pork chops and it was delicious. I did 10 but probably should’ve done 9 as they were cut a little thin, they weren’t overdone but the TINIEST bit dry. Regardless the gravy was delicious. I served with vegetables and quinoa but the gravy would be great with mashed potatoes, too!

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  7. Steffie

    4 stars
    There were the most flavorful pork chops that I have ever made. Now why 4 stars? They were dry! I had already reduced the cooking time from 8 to 7 minutes but I think I will reduce to 5 next time.

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  8. Monica Gonzales

    5 stars
    I tried this on a Monday night when I was pinched for time on getting dinner on the table at a decent hour. I was NOT disappointed! I have tried many pork chop recipes and they usually come out ok, but I sometimes wonder if it’s just that I’m not a big fan of pork chops in general. These were awesome though! I used some garlic powder in place of onion powder since I didn’t have any. I paired it with steamed broccoli and boxed stuffing. Though it was delicious together, next time I plan on making it with mashed potatoes because the gravy was ON POINT. 👌🏽 I am saving this recipe for the books.

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    1. Erin

      Yay! I’m so happy you liked it Monica! I’m obsessed with these pork chops!

      Reply

  9. Angela H.

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious!!! Made this tonight with mashed potatoes and corn. Had to use boxed potatoes because of time constraints (and everyone could tell) but everyone was a HUGE fan and went back for seconds. I made 6 bone-in pork chops with this recipe and kept all other measurements the same. When the gravy was ready, I stuck the chops back in the Instapot to keep warm while I prepped plates with the sides. They were so flavorful and fell apart with a fork…didn’t even need knives for this one, which is a major win for me, having to wash and dry dishes by hand in the camper. Thanks so much for sharing…this one will definitely be added into my rotation!

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    1. Erin

      I’m so happy you liked it Angela!!!

      Reply

  10. Dawn Bishop

    The best recipe for pork chops. Love the gravy and so easy. Had with sweet potatoe and apple sauce.

    Reply

  11. Jodi

    1 star
    I used my Instant Pot for this and followed exactly to the recipe. The chops were horrible! The gravy was excellent. I could hardly cut the chops with a steak knife. I have never had pork chops as tough. I have a small pressure cooker that I have had for years and always had good success. I don’t know what happened.

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  12. Amanda

    Can I add garlic and onion powder?

    Reply

  13. Frances

    5 stars
    This was excellent! Always had success using a stove top pressure cooker. But this was the only recipe for pork chops using the Instant Pot with success! Thank you!

    Reply

  14. Pamela Thomas

    5 stars
    I am new to the Instant Pot. This was my 1st time cooking meat in it. The pork chops were delicious. Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Mine were a good 1″ thick and boneless. I did 8 mins after browning. Served w mashed potaoes, roasted carrots and crispy kale. (So much for the one pot w me😉)

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    1. Erin

      Thanks so much for the feedback Pamela!

      Reply

  15. Peter

    We eat Kero style – would leaving out the sugar and flour spoil the dish or is there. a substitute
    Regards peter

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Hi Peter – You should be able to leave out the sugar, no problem. The cornstarch will help to thicken the gravy, but you can try leaving that out as well. Hope that helps!

      Reply

  16. Ginny

    4 stars
    In my Ninja Foodi, I cooked thick, boneless chops (Costco) for 6 minutes. Still a little dry. Maybe, 4-5 minutes or less release time. Great flavor, tho. Will make again. Thank you!!

    Reply

  17. Maria

    My husband is on a restricted salt reduced diet. In the pork chop recipe you list as being over 1000 ml. We are not adding any salt, so where is the salt coming from.,

    Reply

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