Instant Pot Pork Chops in Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Instant Pot Pork Chops in a Creamy Mustard Sauce

Instant Pot Pork Chops in Creamy Mushroom Sauce are fork tender pork chops cooked up in no time in the Instant Pot pressure cooker ~  let’s just call it instant comfort food gratification!

Instant Pot Pork Chops in Creamy Mustard Sauce

Instant Pot pork chops with creamy mushroom sauce is quick comfort food with a gourmet twist

This Instant Pot pork chop recipe combines pressure cooking with a quick creamy pan sauce, which you can make while the chops are cooking. You get the ease and speed of pressure cooking, but the creamy pan sauce gives it a gourmet flourish.

What you’ll need:

  • center cut pork loin chops, bone in ~ thicker bone-in chops work best in the Instant Pot
  • olive oil
  • butter
  • shallot
  • chicken broth
  • Marsala wine
  • fresh thyme
  • mushrooms
  • grainy Dijon mustard
  • cream
  • salt, pepper

Instant Pot Pork Chops with creamy Mustard Sauce in a skillet

Slow cooked versus pressure cooked pork chops ~ how they stack up

If you’re used to wooden pork chops (I grew up on them) then you’re going to be pleasantly surprised by what the Instant Pot can do for this cut of meat. Up until now my favorite cooking method for chops has been the slow cooker ~ my Slow Cooked Barbecue Peach Smothered Pork Chops always turn out incredibly tender. The slow cooker really does do an amazing job, but the only problem is, it takes all day doing it!

How does pressure cooking work?

I was interested so I did a little digging and this is what I learned…normal water boils at 212F, but because a pressure cooker is sealed, it’s able to get the boiling liquid to a much higher temperature, and that higher temperature means the food can cook much more quickly. For every five degrees higher the liquid temperature gets, the cooking time is cut in half. On high the pressure cooker cooks food 16 times faster than normal. Wow. And all that pressurized steam also gets forced into the food too, which is why it comes out so moist and tender.

pork chops on a plate, for Instant Pot Pork Chops with creamy mustard sauce

This first step is critical for fabulous pork chops

The first step is almost always the same when you’re dealing with meat, whether you’re pan frying, stewing, or pressure cooking ~ you want to brown the meat over high heat to develop that flavor enhancing caramelization. Luckily the Instant Pot does a great job browning meat: press the sautés button and set to the highest setting. Wait for it to get hot (it will read HOT on the screen) and then brown your chops on both sides.

The golden color = delicious.

Por chops in the Instant Pot for Instant Pot pork chops with creamy mushroom sauce

Why make the sauce separately?

Once you load the browned chops into the Instant Pot and close the ‘cockpit door’ you’re set. I start the cream sauce on the stove while the IP does its thing.

Why do I do this? It’s simple ~ the intense heat of the Instant Pot is too powerful for a delicate cream sauce. It takes just minutes on the stove, and comes together while the chops are cooking. The sauce is restaurant quality and makes this dish truly special.

sautéing mushrooms for Instant Pot pork chops with creamy mushroom sauce

My Instant Pot repertoire is growing! Here are just a few more comforting IP dinner recipes from my collection~

Instant Pot Beef Bourguignon in white bowls

 

Irish stew made in the instant pot

 

Instant Pot Cheddar Risotto with Fresh Sage in a white bowl with fork

Kitchen Appliance spotlight: 6 Quart Instant Pot on Amazon Prime

an Instant Pot6 qt Instant Pot pressure cooker
I can’t say enough great things about my Instant Pot. It has totally revolutionized dinnertime at our house. I’m giving fair warning to my readers: I’ll be doing quite a few IP recipes this fall and winter, and if you don’t have one you won’t be able to keep up! If you know anybody with a busy life who loves to cook, this makes a fantastic gift, too.


Reader Rave ~

“I just tried this recipe last night. BEST. CHOPS. EVER! They were so tender that they almost flaked apart like fish does. Definitely did not need a knife to cut them. They were so full of flavor and very moist. This is the only way I want to eat pork chops from now on.” ~ Lori


Instant Pot Pork Chops in a Creamy Mustard Sauce
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Instant Pot Pork Chops in Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Instant Pot Pork Chops in Creamy Mustard Sauce ~ fork tender pork chops cook up in no time in the Instant Pot pressure cooker ~ this is instant comfort food gratification!
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Yield 4 servings
Calories 534kcal
Author Sue Moran

Equipment

  • Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs center cut pork loin chops, bone in or out (about 4 large)
  • salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • olive oil
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 1/2 cup Marsala wine
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • a bundle of fresh thyme

gravy

  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 lb button mushrooms, trimmed and sliced (or use a pint package of pre-sliced mushrooms)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3-4 Tbsp grainy Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup of the reduced broth from the pressure cooker, instructions below.

Instructions

  • Season the pork chops on both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Put a tablespoon of oil into the Instant Pot and press Sauté. When it gets nice and hot, brown the chops for several minutes on each side to get a nice caramelization going. Work in batches so you don't crowd the pan. Remove and set aside.
  • Add another tablespoon of oil to the pot and add the shallots, stir for a minute or two to soften. Add the Marsala and let it bubble while you scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
  • Press Off. Stir in the chicken broth, then layer the chops back into the pot. Add the bundle of fresh thyme. Close the lid, set the vent to Seal. Press pressure cook and set the timer for 10 minutes.
  • In the meantime cook the mushrooms in the butter and olive oil in a large skillet until they release their moisture and start to brown. Add the heavy cream, mustard, and the thyme leaves.
  • When the machine beeps, press Keep Warm. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then press Off.
  • Release the vent and wait for the pressure to come down. Then open the lid and remove the chops to a plate. Strain the liquid into a saucepan and bring to a rapid boil. Boil the liquid until is is reduced by 2/3. Add about 1/2 cup of the reduced sauce to the skillet and bring the sauce up to a gentle simmer. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Nestle the pork chops down into the sauce in the skillet. Spoon some of the sauce and mushrooms over the meat, and heat everything through.
  • Serve sprinkled with a little fresh thyme.

Cook's notes

  • If your pork chops are boneless, you can cook them for 8 minutes.
  • Feel free to double the sauce if you'd like more.
  • Make them lower calorie and lower fat by omitting the cream and using the reduced cooking liquid as the base for your sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 534kcal
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

*This post was originally publishes in 2018, I’ve updated the recipe and notes.

 

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  • Reply
    Leah
    August 20, 2021 at 7:40 am

    5 stars
    Delicious recipe! First time that I’ve cooked pork chops and they were tender.

  • Reply
    Kerry Kirkendall
    January 20, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    4 stars
    Mine came out tough two times. What am I doing wrong? I’ve literally followed the recipe to a T. Please help because the flavor is amazing!!

  • Reply
    low and slow
    November 7, 2020 at 7:51 am

    Hi Sue what would the procedure be for a stove top P/C? Thanks.

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 7, 2020 at 4:12 pm

      Pretty much the same, but after browning the chops you might make the sauce and finish cooking them in the sauce.

  • Reply
    Kate
    November 7, 2020 at 7:29 am

    5 stars
    Pork Chops in an Instant Pot…. who would have thought it but these look luscious! I think I need to get myself an instant pot….

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