Instant Pot Apple Cider Pork Chops [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 24 reviews

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Cook time Cook time: 40 minutes

Instant Pot Apple Cider Pork Chops are tender and delicious, easily made into a full meal with mashed potatoes and carrots cooked at the same time in the pressure cooker. Watch the recipe video tutorial below and see how simple and delicious this recipe is!

We love using the pressure cooker to make easy and delicious meals. Among our most popular once are Instant Pot Orange Chicken, General Tso, and Pressure Cooker Mongolian Chicken.

Juicy Instant Pot Pork Chops

Instant Pot Apple Cider Pork Chops are so soft, juicy and tender that this might become the only way you cook pork chops going forward. I love a good and easy recipe, and this one, guys, is a keeper.

The best part of this recipe is that you can put a full meal on the table with minimum effort and a fraction of the time. All this is possible while using only the Pressure Cooker!

The pork chops, potatoes, and carrots are cooked at the same time in the IP. Once everything is done, a flavorful and super easy apple cider sauce is made. This delicious homemade recipe is another great combo of sweet and savory, the apple cider mustard sauce has just the right amount of sweetness and slight tanginess to tie this meal together. Astonishingly delicious! Watch the video below with detailed steps on how to make this recipe.


We have made this delicious recipe multiple times, and in our view, the secret starts with the meat. We recommend:


  • Using thin cut pork chops can result in dry meat. Since the chops will be cooked under pressure, the meat tends to dry out if it is thin cut. Also, it might not have the best look to it.
  • The best alternative to cooking the thin cut pork chops would be cooking them on the stovetop. 


  • If you prefer eating boneless pork chops, make sure to use thicker size cuts. Also, it will result in a tender and juicier meat.
  • It’s important to note, that the meat is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.


  • This is what we usually use, and is what makes this dish so special and juicy.
  • Try to use bone-in pork chops, this results in a flavorful and tasty meal.
  • Similarly, the bone-in helps insulate the meat and keep the chops tender, juicy and very moist.

How Long To Cook Pork Chops In Instant Pot?

This usually depends on size and thickness. Also, if you decided to cook frozen pork chops in the instant pot, the time will increase as well. As a general guideline, I use bone-in chops about 3/4″ to 1″ thick.

Because the meat is cooked under pressure, you want to go with a thicked cut. This will result in a tender, juicy, and flavorful meal. The cooking time is as follows:

  • Bone-In Center Cut Chops: about 15-18 minutes.
  • Boneless Loin Chops: the cooking time should be set to 8-10 minutes.
  • Pork Steaks about 1″ thick: the cooking time should be about 18 to 20 minutes. 
  • Frozen chops: when cooking frozen meat in the pressure cooker, the time will always increase by about 5-8 minutes. Also, if you decided to go with frozen meat, then skip the searing step. 

What is the Safe Cooking Temperature for Pork Chops?

According to USDA, it is safe and recommended to consume them when the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F with a 3 minutes rest time. Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature. 

Also, if after cooking the meat the internal temperature is lower than desired, then add the chops back to the IP, and cook for a few more minutes. 

Why are My Instant Pot Pork Chops Tough & Dry?

The main reason you ended up with dry or tough meat would be because you have overcooked them. Also, remember that pork chops are usually lean, and does not require a lot of cooking time. 

Therefore, for the best result, I would recommend using thicker cuts, and also bone-in chops that are well-marbled. 

What to serve with Apple Cider Pork Chops?

This dish is super juicy and flavorful. You can serve it with the gravy and your favorite side dishes. We love this over:

What is a 10 Minutes Natural Pressure Release?

A Natural Pressure Release means that the pressure is released gradually. For a Natural Pressure Release, you click on Keep Warm, and wait 10 minutes, after which you open the valve and let any leftover pressure to release. Another option is to Turn Off/Unplug the pressure cooker, wait 10 minutes and after that open the valve.

A natural release is usually used when cooking soups, meat in a large amount of sauce, pasta or steel-cut oats. This method prevents any foam from the dish to shoot out through the valve, which can happen during a Quick Pressure Release.


Absolutely! Just make sure, before freezing that the meat is completely cooled. Then, transfer it into freezer-safe containers or heavy-duty freezer bags. Lastly, label with the date, and freeze for up to 3 months, or longer if you use a deep freezer.

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Instant Pot Apple Cider Pork Chops Recipe Tips:

  • You always have to use at least the minimum liquid requirement for your pressure cooker.
  • Also, for maximum flavor, I highly recommend using bone on and marbled meat.
  • Similarly, you can make Instant Pot boneless pork chops using this same method, but adjust the time accordingly. 
  • For this recipe, I used a 6 quart Instant Pot and I used about 1.5 lbs of bone-in, center-cut chops.
  • To make this a full meal, I cooked everything in layers. The first one was the potatoes, topped with a trivet on which I placed the carrots and the pork chops.
  • In addition, this recipe certainly can be made without the side dishes. You can only cook the pork chops. Make sure you brown them, after that cook in the minimum liquid requirement based on your pressure cooker size.
  • Once the chops are cooked and the IP beeps, make sure you do a Natural Release. Do Not do a Quick Release, it will toughen the meat. Also, once you remove the meat, you can add the sauce ingredients and reduce them on Sauté mode.
  • Definitely, use stone-ground mustard for the sauce, it will add amazing flavor.
  • I find 15 minutes to be enough cooking on High Pressure for 1.5 lbs of center cut chops, which comes down to about 3 pork chops, that measured about 1 inch in thickness. If you want the meat to be so tender that it falls off the bone, you can increase the cooking time to 20 minutes. I like 15 minutes on HP with a 15 minute NPR makes the perfectly tender meat.

Tools/Ingredients I used to make this Recipe:

  • Instant Pot – I use it all the time, I have the 6 quarts one. It makes weeknight meals so much easier.
  • Trivet

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5 from 24 reviews

Instant Pot Apple Cider Pork Chops

Instant Pot Apple Cider Pork Chops are tender and delicious, easily made into a full meal with mashed potatoes and carrots cooked at the same time in the pot.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 40 minutes Total time: 50 mins


For the Pork Chops:

For the Apple Cider Mustard Sauce:

Cornstarch Slurry


Cornstarch Mix Optional:

Nutrition information

0 Calories: 711 Carbohydrates: 88 Protein: 45 Fat: 20 Saturated Fat: 5 Cholesterol: 115 Sodium: 769 Potassium: 2369 Fiber: 6 Sugar: 27 Vitamin A: 10715 Vitamin C: 29 Calcium: 116 Iron: 4.2
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I had no idea that you could make such gorgeous golden chops in the Instant Pot! A must try for sure.



I love easy, delicious, and flavorful meals made in the IP.



I haven't tried pork chops in the IP yet....looks like that needs to change! My husband is going to be so excited!


Katerina @ diethood .com

I can't wait to try this in the IP!! Sounds SO delicious!!


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

Such a perfect meal! My family definitely love this IP recipe!


Thank you!



I am going to have to try these out! They look so good!


Sandra | A Dash of Sanity

Looks like a fabulous meal to try in my instant pot!



Can you substitute for bone-in chops to boneless?





Can you Substitute bone in pork chops with boneless chops?


yes, make sure they are thick.



OMG amazing. Used 6 cutlets and stupidly upped the time. Still amazing but meat falling off bone also I didn’t brown them enough at the start as was in a rush so just threw them under grill whilst I made the mash for 2 minutes each side. Also added a corn flour/ water mix to thicken sauce and was absolutely amazing. Kids demolished it. Will make again for sure. (Only my second meal on instant pot after boiled eggs and meatballs) 


Happy that it turned out so good :)


Brooke Graham

Apple cider? or apple cider vinegar? I am going to try this tonight!!


apple cider


Martha Scheidecker

Made thick chops tonight with potatoes. No carrots. Turned out amazing. Tender. And delish. Just thickened the broth into gravy and served over chops and potato chunks. Did 22 min pressure and 22 min. NPR.


Kimberly Dawn Vanderhoef

Love these Pork Chops! I am a novice cook to say the least and this was the first meal that I made with my new IP. I did it, and they tasted amazing! So tender and the glaze sauce was to die for!


I added time to timer and switched pork chops for a pork butt roast! So great! Great meal the kids LOVE


Kristy Lane Naumann

What about pork steaks? Can this be done with them?


should work


Jennifer M.

Delicious recipe! I added a touch of salt to my glaze as the brown sugar and cider mixture was insanely sweet, which turned out amazing! 


Happy that you enjoyed it!



I made this it was so easy and delicious i made it twice in a week.


I am so happy that you liked it :)



Can I use powdered mustard or regular yellow mustard in a pinch?


It will not taste the same, I don't really recommend it.


Walter Schumacher

Can you use apple juice?





When it says to put it on high pressure, not sure what to put it on, should I use manual, not sure, please advise, thankyou




Pat Williamson

I made this recipe tonight my wife and I really enjoyed it. Everything was cooked well and we both enjoyed the sauce.


Thank you Pat, so happy that you enjoyed it!


Nicole R

The food was delicious (oh my goodness, the potatoes!) but my glaze refused to thicken and the mustard wouldn’t mix in, it kept separating. Any thoughts? 


Next time add a mix of cornstarch and water 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water, mix in a small bowl until fully combined and add to the pot, this should help thicken it. Did you use enough sugar? Usually that is the problem.


Megan Behary

We absolutely loved this recipe! I made the mistake of buying boneless pork chops instead of bone in. Think it'll make a difference?


it should work



Ran out of potatoes. Has anyone done this JUST cooking the pork chops alone? Not sure what to do for the liquid. I’m just trying it by add 1/2 cup of broth in. 


Use same liquid quantity and use it to drizzle it on the pork chops.



Could I substitute butternut squash for potatoes? Thanks!


Yes you could!



Amazing dish!  I used the sauce for dipping because I stupidly/accidentally used apple cider vinegar! Pork chops tender, carrots naturally flavored from being under the pork, and those mashed potatoes!  All items I got from the farmers market on Tuesday - including the pork.  Will try again with the correct sauce ingredients. 


Deborah Finn

We are traveling in an rv for 6 months and I am learning about the virtues of less is more, lol, as far as packing goes. Just made this, my second ever IP meal, and omg. Easy and delicious. I added rosemary, garlic, a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg because I can’t imagine a pork chop without those spices/herbs. So tasty! Thank you. Also, Catalina, your photo is as beautiful as your name. 


James Brown

I have a large, hungry family, and use the 8 quart IP. If I use 8 chops, how will I need to adjust the cooking time?


technically no, the time usually stays the same.


Jordan Turner

Awesome meal. Made it with sweet potatoes instead and the kids loved it. Always a win if the picky four year old eats.



I only had two large pork chops an inch thick. The center was a little dry. When you say natural release my book says to turn off and time it. Your direction seem to allow the pot to go to warm and let the timer count the minutes. (and that is what I did) I wondered if I might have cooked them too long. Will try again loved everything in one pot and the flavors were very good.



Thank you for this amazing recipe.  I have four boneless pork chops that are slightly under 1" thick. Can you tell me how you would adjust the cooking time?  Also - I'm thinking of subbing cauliflower for the potatoes to keep it Keto - do you think that would work?  I do like cauliflower mash.  Please advise.   Thank you! Carrie


Gayle Stanton

Just finished this savory dish for dinner tonight! Compliments all around. Only thing I did different was use Dijon mustard instead of stone ground...worked well. Ended up using the apple cider sauce on carrots too. Thanks for a great 'go to' recipe!



is it possible to double the recipe? 3 chops won't be enough for my family.. My IP is only a 6qt so, I'm not sure if that would be too much in there, if I went for 6 chops. What do you think?


should be enough space for 6 chops.


Toni Marshall

Looking forward to trying this, looks delicious!  My bone in chops are about 2 inches think, how long do you recommend cooking in the IP? Thanks


Hello, if it's thicker up to about 2 inches, I would increase the cooking time by 2 minutes or so. It should be enough for it to properly cook. Thanks for stopping by!



Great recipe. Cooking for two - I used two bone in pork chops - thick - over an inch and used mustard seeds whole. Followed the recipe - made a few changes - added an onion with the potatoes - just to flavor the broth and throw away after. 2 Garlic cloves - chopped and some rosemary. I did use some of the leftover broth with the cider glaze - then reduced it - that plus some parsley and chives.



Recipe looks amazing.  I don’t cook many pork chops so am a bit confused about how thick should the chops be for this recipe.  If you can please let me know it would be appreciated.   Looking forward to trying the recipe this week. Thanks!!



If I want to make the pork chops without any sides, would I still put my chops on the trivet? I'm still pretty new to instant pot cooking.


Yes, still on the trivet.


Diane Doll

I used pineapple juice instead of apple. It was really good


Sound delicious as well! I have made it before with pineapple juice as well, and it was equally delicious! Glad you loved it!


LeeAnne Williams

Even after screwing up with using apple cider vinegar.. had to add a lot of brown sugar and ground mustard . But turned out great


This recipe is always a hit!


Kellie young

Can you use Apple cider vinegar instead of Apple cider?



I made this recipe tonight. Yummy! Not a scrap left after my family got done.


Karen C.

Set timer for 26 minutes. I use 4 pound roast, cut in half.



This is a great recipe! I used boneless center cut chops that did not look quite an inch thick so I did 7 minutes with ten minutes natural release and they were perfect! My husband even approved and he is a super snob when it comes to meat being cooked just right.


Thank you Kate for your feedback! Glad you loved it!


Merri Christensen

This was the best pork chops I ever had. Tender and juicy. Never knew my instant pot made such yummy pork chops and don't get me started on that awesome glaze for the top. Great recipe!


happy that you loved the recipe, thanks for the feedback!



Full disclosure: I brined my chops in salt and coconut sugar prior to cooking. Having said that, I followed the rest of this recipe to the letter. My family loved it! Thanks for the delicious recipe!


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