Instant Pot Smothered Pork Chops

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Let me just tell you, if you struggle with getting dinner on the table Instant Pot recipes are something you need to look in to!

By using an electric pressure cooker, you can cook dinner quickly- just dump and go. Set it and forget it.

These Instant Pot Smothered Pork Chops are perfect for a busy night when you want a home cooked meal and do not want to spend hours over the stove.

First gather up your ingredients.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Smothered Pork Chops: 

  • 6 medium boneless pork chops
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil (or ghee)
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic (I use the jarred stuff)
  • 1 oz package of ranch seasoning
  • 1 oz package of brown gravy
  • 10.5 oz can cream of chicken soup
  • 2 C beef broth, I use this broth base
  • salt and pepper, to taste

If you are using an 8 qt Instant Pot, you can double this recipe. That is what I do for my family.

If you are creating the recipe as is, a 6 qt Instant Pot will be perfect.


How to Make Smothered Pork Chops in the Pressure Cooker 

First you want to salt and pepper the pork chops. Also, lightly dust them with the garlic powder.

We are going to start off using the Instant Pot in the saute function.

Place the metal insert into the pressure cooker and push the saute button.

Add the olive oil (or ghee if you’re using it) and minced garlic into the bottom of the insert and let it heat up.

Add the pork chops evenly to the insert and brown each side for 2 minutes each until lightly brown.

In a small bowl add the broth, cream of chicken soup, gravy packer and ranch dressing to the bowl.

(Side note, you can use chicken broth instead if you want.)

Use a whisk to combine well.

Now that the pork chops are browned on each side, pour this mixture over them.

Pop the lid on the Instant Pot and lock it in place.

Ensure the vent is set to sealed (closed).

Choose high pressure and manual and set the timer to 10 minutes.

If you’ve never cooked in your electric pressure cooker, the timer will set and beep. Once it does this the pressure cooker will begin to pressurize. As it is doing this you will hear a gurgling sound inside the machine. This means it is working!

Once it reached the needed pressure then the cook time will start and the timer will come on counting backwards until done.

Once the timer goes off you have two choices.

You can allow the pressure cooker to do a natural release of the pressure and steam inside. If you choose to do this there is not anything you need to do when the cook time is up and it beeps. You need to just wait for all of the pressure to release naturally. This could take 10 minutes to 20 plus minutes. Once all of the pressure if out, the lid will unlock and you can remove it. Be careful, there is still steam inside. I would open away from you, careful not to burn yourself.

If you want to do quick release you will turn the valve on top of your machine to vent. When you do this steam and pressure will come out of the valve area. All of the remaining pressure inside the machine will come out. This will take 2-5 minutes, but as soon as it is done the lid will unlock and you can serve your dinner.

Serve the pork chops with noodles, rice or potatoes and a veggie.

What Color are Cooked Pork Chops

When pork chops are done they should be a grey-white color. Jut cut into them and ensure all of the pink is gone and you see a grey color. They are known as the other white meat.

How Long are Cooked Pork Chops Good For

I have kept cooked pork chops in the fridge for 5-7 days.

As long as they are cooked thoroughly and kept in the cold fridge, they are fine to reheat and eat.

Many people discard leftovers too quickly, in my opinion.

Can you Cook Pork Chops in a Slow Cooker

You can! I love this slow cooker smothered pork chop recipe. Cooking them low and slow gives you a super tender pork chop.

This particular recipe creates more of a smothered mushroom gravy, which mushroom lovers will really enjoy!

The pork chops may become so tender they are more like a chipped pork, which is perfect over mashed potatoes!

So yummy!



Cooking Pork Chop Thin Cut

If you choose to cook a thinner cut of pork chops in your Instant Pot following this recipe, you can double the amount of pork chops and cook it for the same cook time as stated in the recipe.

Or, you can cook the same amount of pork chops as indicted in the recipe but for 2 minutes less.

Can You Freeze Cooked Pork Chops

You can! I have been doing something for a while where I take all of my cooked, leftover meats, any broth, any non-dairy sauces and I store them in a large container in the freezer. Just dump them in. Yes, it all mixes up and yes it is good. It can be ground beef, leftover pork chops, spaghetti sauce, shredded or diced chicken, etc.

Once my container is full I thaw it and add some broth or water and some veggies and make a leftover soup. It is so good and a great way to use up leftovers. I got this idea from a friend and love it!

Ideas for Cooking Pork Chops

There are a variety of ways you can cook smothered pork chops. If you’re not wanting to use your Instant Pot like we did for this recipe, here are some other ideas:

  • on the stove top in a traditional skillet
  • in the slow cooker (link to my favorite way to do that above)
  • on the stove top in a cast iron skillet
  • an electric skillet
  • in the oven using a 9×13 casserole dish

Obviously you would be adjusting the recipe for different cook times depending on which method above you choose.

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Instant Pot Smothered Pork Chops

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

T´╗┐hese smothered pork chops are made up so easy in the instant pot and super flavorful!

Ingredients

  • 6 medium boneless pork chops
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil (or ghee)
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 oz package of ranch seasoning
  • 1 oz package of brown gravy
  • 10.5 oz can cream of chicken soup
  • 2 C beef broth
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Season the pork chops with salt, pepper, and garlic powder on both sides.
  2. Set the pressure cooker to saute and add the olive oil and minced garlic. Heat for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Brown the pork chops on both sides for at least 2 minutes. they should be lightly browned.
  4. In a bowl combine the broth, soup, gravy packet, and ranch seasoning. Stir to combine completely.
  5. In a small bowl add the broth, cream of chicken soup, gravy packer and ranch dressing to the bowl.
  6. Top the chops with the mixture.
  7. Seal the instant pot and place the setting on high for 10 minutes. Be sure the vent on the top is closed.
  8. Once the timer completes you can release the steam or allow to naturally release.
  9. The pork chops are best served with either noodles, rice, potatoes, or your favorite veggie

5 Comments

  1. My gosh you are making me hungry! I love your hints and tips, too! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday!

    Mollie

  2. These Pork Chops look delicious! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

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