When I made this Instant Pot Pork Chop One-Pot Meal the first time, we had just gone from a few lovely, warm fall days perfect for walks down tree lined paths in the crunchy leaves to fall with a vengeance here in the Twin Cities. Windy, cold & blustery.
And while this One (Instant) Pot Wonder is good any time of the year, that’s when you’re going to want a meal that warms you up from the inside out. I’m talking comfort, here. Midwestern comfort from the Instant Pot with this easy Instant Pot Pork Chop One Pot Meal.
About Instant Pot Pork Chop One Pot Meal:
This classic comfort meal of tender thick-cut pork chops with all the fixin’s, mashed potatoes & the most luscious gravy along with gorgeous, tender carrots is all done with little fuss or bother in the Instant Pot. And best of all, there’s little cleanup, too.
Everybody that knows me, knows I love my Instant Pot for all kinds of things, but a meal like this is just one of the primary reasons why! It takes away some of that dread as dinner hour approaches and you wonder how you’re going to pull it off when time or energy is short after a long day whatever it is you’ve been doing (in my case, taking care of my folks.)
And speaking of my folks, my favorite octogenarians as I call them, they love love loved this meal! That’s saying a lot because although my Dad will eat almost anything, you can def tell if he’s not happy, and my Stepmom, who was a fantastic cook is a picky eater, and at their age they both have some issues with eating. Well, the compliments rolled in, all through dinner. There was hardly a scrap left and I felt momentarily transformed. Yep, I felt like the goddess of the dinner table. So I’m thinking maybe the same will happen for you!
Here’s my pup, Chance, discovering leaves for the first time!! Now if that isn’t a happy, cheesy grin, I don’t know what is. He’s about five months now and still growing like a weed.
Making Instant Pot Pork Chop One Pot Meal:
I grew up in Iowa, a state with one of the largest number of pork producers, and I’ve noticed sometimes prepackaged pork is labeled “thick cut” even when it really isn’t. For us, thick-cut is about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches thick, and when the bone is on, it’s kind of like the pork version of a tomahawk steak. Another fun fact, my home county ranks #21 in the nation of pork producers. Now there’s something to brag on for my next dinner party when I serve pork! For the most tender pork, if time allows, brine; even a 20 or 30-minute brine will make a difference, but longer is always better. I love the brine I used on Pork Chops with Plum Compote.
While I’ve always my Instant Pot Pork Chop One Pot Meal for 15 minutes in the Instant Pot, I’ve had some feedback on Pinterest, and lowered the time to 12 minutes with great success. Be sure to use good thick-cut, bone-in chop for the Instant Pot Pork Chop, 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inch thick, or you’ll want to lower the pressure-time by a minute or two.
Update: Tammy was kind enough to tell me in the comments below that she went 10 minutes with her boneless chops and thought the timing was great for them. BTW, I try to keep tabs on recipes I put out there & listen. I want every recipe to work for everyone and love your feedback! I always update the recipe to reflect that feedback so you won’t have to go through every comment like you might on larger sites.
Just a note: the carrots and potatoes will always be very soft in this recipe – that’s no problem for the potatoes coz they’re mashed, but choose the largest carrots you can find and know they’ll be very tender; even in the pics you can see some of the smaller carrots actually just about fall apart. A solution would be to put your carrots in a little packet of aluminum foil but then you’d miss out on all that incredible flavor they soak up. As is, I think the carrots almost steal the show! To me, that’s just kind of a trade-off with one-pot meals.
Saving Money on Instant Pot Pork Chop One Pot Meal:
Usually, since this is a frugal site, and I’m a frugal person, I don’t go for the big, thick bone-in chops. In the fall, though, in the Midwest, we can often pick them up on sale, to watch for them. It’s really a seasonal thing. Another great option for a thick-cut pork chop is to buy a boneless pork loin and slice it yourself in sizes to suit your family, label, and freeze in packets of however many chops you’ll use for a dinner. I just about always brine boneless loin chops before cooking. The meat has very little fat and can be much drier with no protection from the bone.
You’ll usually find the best prices for carrots, potatoes, and onions in the larger sized bags, and all store well. Of the three, you’ll most likely see potatoes on sale, so stock up when they’re cheap and eat more of them! I like to make Twice Baked Potatoes For the Freezer when I see a great price in the fall. Aldi has great prices on potatoes & onions, but check the bag carefully and make sure they’re all sound. It’s true, one bad apple (or onion or potato) can spoil the whole bunch, baby.
- When storing carrots, make sure they don’t sit in condensation at the bottom of the produce drawer; if yours is like mine and has ridges running across the bottom of the drawer, place the carrots so they are at right angles to the ridges and make sure to turn the package over, now and then.
- Store potatoes and onions apart from each other. Protect potatoes from daylight in a cool area. Transferring them to a brown paper grocery bag will help prevent condensation and keep out any light.
Instant Pot Pork Chop One Pot Meal
A down-home comfort one pot meal of pork chops, mashed potatoes & gravy & carrots.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 30
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
Seasoning Rub for pork chops (see note):
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (if you’re not a fan of heat, cut back on the cayenne.)
The rest of the team:
- 4 bone-in thick cut pork chops, about 1 1/4″ to 1 1/2″ thick (see note for boneless chop)
- 2 to 3 tablespoons oil
- 1 cup stock, either beef or chicken
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 4 to 5 medium-sized russet potatoes, peeled if desired
- 4 to 5 large carrots, peeled and cut into 3 or 4-inch chunks
- 4 tablespoons butter, for the mashed potatoes
- 3–4 tablespoons cream or milk, or as much as needed for desired consistency, for the mashed potatoes
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1/2 cup cream; whipping cream works well but heavy is fine, too
- Salt and pepper to taste
Set the Instant Pot to Saute, High, and add two tablespoons oil. Mix together the rub ingredients and season the pork chops liberally on both sides; reserve remaining rub to add to pot, later.
When the Instant Pot is hot, add pork chops to the bottom (depending on the size of the Instant Pot and shape of the pork chops, this might have to be done in two batches) and brown on both sides. Use additional oil if needed.
Remove the pork chops and set on a plate and add the stock to the Instant Pot, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot. Add onion and potatoes to the Instant Pot. Add rack (that comes with the Instant Pot) on top of the potatoes and lay the carrots across the rack. Set pork chops directly on top of carrots. Add any juices that might have accumulated on the plate the pork chops were sitting on as well as any of the remaining seasoning rub.
Add ring to Instant Pot lid, seal and set Instant Pot to Pressure, High for 12 minutes. When time is up, allow the pot go to the Keep Warm function, let it sit for 10 minutes, then release any remaining pressure.
Remove the pork chops and carrots to a platter, tent to keep warm and let them rest as you prepare the potatoes & gravy.
Make the Mashed Potatoes:
- Remove potatoes from the Instant Pot (a slotted spoon works well as they’re very soft) and put them in a bowl, leaving the liquid behind in the Instant Pot.
- Roughly mash potatoes with 4 tablespoons of butter and the 3 to 4 tablespoons of milk, to desired consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Make a slurry by placing the two tablespoons flour in a small bowl or cup. Add the 1/2 cup cream, slowly, stirring constantly with a fork until mixture is smooth.
- Set the Instant Pot back to Saute, High. When the liquid in the Instant Pot boils (will happen almost immediately) add the slurry, stirring with a whisk until the mixture thickens. (Again, will happen almost immediately)
- Remove the whole instant pot liner from the Instant Pot right away so the gravy doesn’t continue to cook, and pour gravy into a bowl for serving. Taste and adjust seasonings, adding more salt or pepper if needed.
Serve as desired, on a platter or plated.
Seasoning: If you’d rather not make your own seasoning rub, try one of your favorite spice blends – about 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons should do it.
Total time reflects the time needed for Instant Pot to come up to pressure and to release.
There were several questions about the “juices” from the pork chops and the “slurry” in this recipe. The recipe has been updated to reflect those answers.
If using a boneless chop, lower the time to 10 minutes high pressure; allow the 10 minute release.
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