Instant Pot Smothered Pork Chops

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Wow, oh wow.  This Instant Pot Smothered Pork Chops recipe is as good as they come.  I started playing around with this recipe a few weeks ago, and before we knew it, we had one of the most satisfying dishes we’ve had in quite a while.  Well, we eat pretty well around here.  But…this ranks up pretty high on the Loon Scale.

Instant Pot Smother Pork Chops recipe


Be sure to get a nice boneless pork loin chop, good and thick. If you go anywhere from 1 1/2 inches to 2 inches, you’ll be in really good shape. Slice the onions nice and thin, and everything else comes together super easy.

I think the Madeira wine brings such a depth of flavor, but in a pinch, you could use a dry white wine, and still get great results.

Instant Pot Smother Pork Chops recipe

The great thing about cooking these in the Instant Pot is they get perfectly cooked, and stay wonderfully tender, after only 1 minute of pressure cooking.

And just wait until you try the sauce!

It really is all about that amazing sauce to pour over those juicy, tender chops!  Whip up a batch of butter mashed potatoes and we promise you’ll have a meal fit for a king and a queen.


Instant Pot Smother Pork Chops recipe


The Loon, as he has been known to proclaim from time to time, honestly said this is one of his most favorite dishes from the past few months.

Since I am constantly trying new recipes on him practically every single day, that’s really saying something. And this is an easy recipe to pull together, even on a busy weeknight, but, also really impressive to serve to guests.

No one will be disappointed!

Instant Pot Smother Pork Chops recipe

Now, the time has come for you to make this incredible Instant Pot Smothered Pork Chops recipe!

And when you make this amazing dish, take a photograph, post it on Instagram, and tag @howtofeedaloon and hashtag #howtofeedaloon!


Instant Pot Smother Pork Chops

Instant Pot Smothered Pork Chops

This Instant Pot Smothered Pork Chops recipe just so delicious. We really, really love it. It comes together in about 30 minutes, but is impressive enough to serve to guests at a dinner party. This is one of the Loon's most favorite dishes that have come from the Instant Pot!
3 from 2 votes
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Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Instant Pot, Pork, Pork Chops
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 144kcal


  • 4 boneless pork loin chops 1 1/2 - 2 inches thick
  • tsp Kosher salt divided
  • tsp freshly ground black pepper divided
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • 8 oz. button or cremini mushrooms sliced
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • ½ cup Madeira wine could also use a dry white wine,
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tbsp chives snipped, for garnish


  • Season the chops all over with salt and pepper.
  • Select SAUTE and adjust to MORE on the Instant Pot.
  • Add the oil and heat until it shimmers.
  • Add the chops and let them cook on one side until golden brown, about 4 minutes.
  • Flip the chops and brown on the other side for another 4 minutes.
  • Transfer the chops to a plate and loosely tent with foil.
  • Add the onion to the Instant Pot, stirring frequently, until softened and lightly browned, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the mushrooms and 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, and the thyme, and cook, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms are soft and have released liquid, about 4 minutes.
  • Add the wine and deglaze by scraping the bottom of the pan to release any browned bits.
  • Let the wine simmer until reduced by half, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the chicken stock, Worcestershire sauce, and flour.
  • Add to the Instant Pot and stir to combine with the onions and mushrooms.
  • Transfer the chops to the Instant Pot and spoon some of the onion mixture over them.
  • Lock the lid into place and select MEAT/STEW or PRESSURE COOK or MANUAL, and adjust the pressure to LOW and the time to 1 minute.
  • After cooking, naturally release the pressure for 3 minutes, then QUICK RELEASE any remaining pressure. Unlock and remove the lid.
  • Transfer the chops to a serving platter.
  • Add the sour cream to the sauce and stir to combine.
  • Taste and add more salt and/or pepper, if necessary.
  • Spoon the sauce over the chops and sprinkle the chopped chives on top.


Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 995mg | Potassium: 163mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
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  • Hey Kris & Wesley! I discovered your site today when looking for bratwurst recipes and saw this when I was browsing for more. I have a mini-Instant Pot (3Qt) and can’t wait to make the smothered pork chops in it, but I was disappointed to find no video showing the details. I looked all over the web site and even went to your YouTube page to search there but couldn’t find it. Did you not make a video for this Instant Pot recipe? If so, could you provide a link? I am still learning how to use my Instant Pot correctly, and the video would have helped since I’m such a visual learner.


  • 5 stars
    “Wow, oh, wow” at the beginning of article doesn’t describe how absolutely delicious this was. My husband asked the butcher for 2 pork chops, 2″ thick, but there was only 1 when we opened the package, which really was plenty for the two of us. I decided to make this in the Instant Pot Mini (3 qt) instead and switched out the pots. Followed the recipe exactly, but cut all the ingredients in half (except for mushrooms and onions–it was closer to 3/4 added!). Pork chops were perfectly cooked, extremely moist and tender. And that sauce…. We have never had a “gravy” so good. There was a bit more gravy than we needed with splitting the 1 chop, but we managed to slick up every last bite. This is a definite go-to recipe for us now.

    • That is so amazing to hear, Mary!! We absolutely love these chops prepared in the IP, too!! Thank you for letting us know! We so very, very much appreciate it! Best, Kris & Wesley

  • 1 star
    Chops were tough despite following receipe exactly. Not surprised due to the 8 minutes browning them. Mushroom gravy was delicious though.

    • I thought the same thing! Although, I’m constantly trying new gadgets that we may want to promote on the blog. I got this Instant Pot thinking I’ll probably use 1 or 2 times, then it will go on the shelf and seldom get used. Wrong! I seriously use every week, often 2 or 3 times a week. And that pork chop recipe is one of the best things we’ve come up with. So good!! Love your site, by the way! Way cool!!

  • I thought I posted this question earlier today but it doesn’t look like it submitted. I’m new to the IP world and would love to make this recipe however my boneless pork chops are frozen. Can I follow all steps and just increase the initial pressure time? If so how long? Chops are between 1 1/2-2 inches thick. Thanks for your help.

  • This recipe looks great but my pork chops are in the freezer. Can I follow the same recipe and just increase the initial cooking time? I’m new to the IP world so thank you in advance for your recommendations.

  • I would love to buy an Instant Pot but not sure which size is best for a small family. What do you recommend?


    • Hi Maggi!

      We have the Instant Pot Duo Plus, and it’s perfect for Wesley and me. We always have leftovers (but not too much), so I would think this would be the perfect size for your family. Please let us know if you get one and what you think. I review new kitchen gadgets and tools all the time, and this is one that I continue to use every single week, often more times than once (and not just for the blog!). Take care!! Kris (& Wesley)

      Here’s the link to what we have:
      Instant Pot DUO Plus 6 Qt 9-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Egg Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, Warmer, and Sterilizer

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