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Easy Instant Pot Italian Pork Chops

These Easy Instant Pot Italian Pork Chops are tender, flavorful, and healthy! Takes only 30 mins, from start to finish, and is full of ingredients you feel great about.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword chops, dinner, easy, instant pot, pork
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 315kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 boneless pork chops
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 medium zucchinis, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups mushroom, sliced
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon cold water (optional)

Instructions

  • Season pork chops with salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste
  • Turn the Instant Pot ON and select "sauté" mode, adjust heat to “more”. When hot, add oil. Sear chops on both sides until lightly golden. Transfer to a plate; set aside.
  • Add the broth, deglaze the pot using a wooden utensil with a flat head to scrape all of the stuck bits of chops off of the bottom of the pot. Return seared chops to the pot.
  • Add onion, garlic, zucchinis, mushrooms, diced tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, Italian seasoning, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Do NOT mix.
  • Secure the lid to the instant pot. Close pressure release valve. Select "pressure cook" and adjust cooking time to 2 minutes.
  • When the time is over, let the pressure release on its own for 8 minutes. Then, carefully turn the vent to "Venting," to release any extra pressure that might still be in there. Press “cancel”. Then remove the lid. Discard bay leaf.
  • OPTIONAL STEP: use a slotted spoon to transfer the chops to a plate. Cover loosely with foil to keep it warm. Mix 1 tablespoon o cornstarch with 1 tablespoon cold water. Select "sauté" adjust to normal. Add the cornstarch mixture to the sauce in the pot; mix to combine. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, or until the sauce is slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Return chops to the pot.
  • Garnish with fresh chopped parsley, if desired. Serve hot with rice, mashed potatoes, orzo, pasta or steamed veggies.

Notes

 
To make your chops extra tender use a meat tenderizer, or the back end of a heavy knife, to pound both sides of pork chops to tenderize the meat before searing.
 
For this recipe I prefer to use boneless pork chops, mine were 1 inch thick.
 
Make sure to deglaze the pot to avoid getting the “burn” alert. To sear the pork chops in the Instant Pot, wait until it says “HOT” on the screen. It will take 6-8 minutes.
 
Browning meat in the Instant Pot can be tricky. The trick to brown meat in the Instant Pot is to do it in small batches and not turning until they have formed a crust on the bottom, or they will stick.
 
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Please note that nutritional information is a rough estimate and it can vary depending on the products used.

Nutrition

Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 15g | Sugar: 8g