Instant Pot Pork Chops in Creamy Mushroom Sauce




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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~

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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


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


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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

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.

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

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

 

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  • 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….

  • Reply
    Sarah James
    November 7, 2020 at 6:52 am

    5 stars
    Your pork chops with creamy mushroom sauce look delicious. I love how the Instant Pot makes such an easy job of cooking the pork. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply
    Rini
    November 7, 2020 at 6:25 am

    5 stars
    I am a huge fan of mushrooms and can eat it all day! These pork chops looks hearty and so delicious. I bet they make for a fun weeknight dinner meal.

  • Reply
    Jen
    November 7, 2020 at 6:05 am

    5 stars
    My hubby is always asking for pork chops but I’ve never been very good at making them….until now. These were so moist and had so much flavor! I served it with mashed potatoes to soak up every last bit of that sauce. Yum!

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 7, 2020 at 6:18 am

      Yay Jen!

  • Reply
    Julia
    November 7, 2020 at 5:44 am

    5 stars
    Such a flavorful dinner! Love my instant pot 🙂

  • Reply
    Mona
    July 28, 2020 at 11:32 am

    5 stars
    Hi Sue! I am so new to the IP world, but determined to master it and your recipe increased my confidence, so I thank you for that! I made this last night and the Pork Chops came out very tender and sauce was yummy – I didn’t have Marsala Wine or anything close, so I shared a bit of my glass of RED Wine (I love cooking with Wine 🙂 with the sauce, added a splash of Worcestershire & Apple Cider Vinegar (thinking Apples and Pork go well, together) and Herbs de Province spices, as I didn’t have fresh Tyme, but it worked 🙂 Thx again and I look forward to making more of your delicious IP recipes :).

  • Reply
    Terri
    January 9, 2020 at 8:14 am

    5 stars
    I made last night and it was really flavorful with super tender chops! I did add minced garlic while sautéing the shallot. The “gravy” was a hit, but next time I’ll make more. Thanks for a winner!

    • Reply
      Sue
      January 9, 2020 at 8:17 am

      Thanks Terri!

    • Reply
      Sue
      January 9, 2020 at 9:48 am

      Glad you enjoyed it Terri, I just picked up some great looking pork chops yesterday, gonna make this again 🙂

  • Reply
    Jennifer
    November 2, 2019 at 8:42 am

    5 stars
    Made these pork chops last night. They were delicious! I love all the different flavors of the sauce and the fresh ingredients. Thank you!

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 2, 2019 at 9:07 am

      Thanks Jennifer, glad you liked them 🙂

  • Reply
    Mary Kenealy
    October 22, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    I would love to know what to substitute for mushrooms. I have family members who can’t eat them. I love all your recipes!

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 1, 2020 at 5:37 am

      You might try artichokes.

  • Reply
    Brenda
    October 20, 2019 at 7:15 am

    This sounds delicious. I want to add rice to the recipe in the IP. How much rice and liquid do you recommend to add?

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 1, 2020 at 5:38 am

      I’d refer to your machines guide for that, I think you’d want to cook the rice separately.

  • Reply
    MAry
    September 24, 2019 at 8:38 am

    Is there a way to make these w/o an Instant Pot???

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 24, 2019 at 9:04 am

      You might brown the chops and then cook in your slow cooker, or in the oven, low and slow. Then proceed with the recipe.

  • Reply
    Michelle
    May 5, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    Hi, I made Julia child’s mushroom soup with egg yokes…saw some recipes that call for putting mushroom soup on top chops prior to pressure cooking, but given my home made recipe has egg yokes, and it may separate, should I wait until after cooking chops to spread over top?

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 5, 2019 at 4:18 pm

      Yes, that’s a good idea!

  • Reply
    Susie Dunaway
    March 19, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    If I’m cooking for one or two, I only cook one or two pork chops. How much lesss time is it to cook fewer?

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 19, 2019 at 6:10 pm

      I would cook it for the same time.

  • Reply
    Alice
    February 27, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Can recipe be doubled?

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 27, 2019 at 8:58 am

      Yes, but it will depend on the size of your instant pot. And you won’t need to double the liquid because nothing will evaporate in the IP.

  • Reply
    A.Pettit
    February 25, 2019 at 2:25 am

    5 stars
    This was highly enjoyable – it reminded me of chicken ala king in a good way. I didn’t mind the number of steps; cooking is as much a hobby as a neccessity for me, and the IP is good for more than ‘one pot meals’.
    Having said that, I used boneless loin chops, and between the sear and the 35 minutes under pressure, they came out a bit tough…not dry exactly, just…stiff? I own the 3 QT IP. Are we sure that amount of time is necessary for fully cooked/tender chops? I’m new to the Instant Pot, would appreciate input.
    Like others, I expected to need a little extra sauce, so I added 50% more cream and more of the reduction, worked out just fine. The sauce itself was good enough I could have made it a meal with just the mushrooms and some rice.
    Thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 10, 2019 at 2:04 pm

      You’re so welcome!

  • Reply
    Mary
    February 22, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    5 stars
    What a lot of unpleasant comments for receiving a free and very lovely, tasty recipe.

    Thankyou Sue, for this very tasty recipe. I don’t have an Instant Pot but made it in the oven. Yum!!

  • Reply
    Bev Mc
    February 22, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    5 stars
    It is great to find a recipe without canned high salt condensed mushroom soup. I love the photos and ingredients and will cook this tonight. I was puzzled by the rating of only three stars and noticed that when I tried to get the rating comments, I automatically gave this recipe a “3” star without intending to. I wonder if that can be fixed and might contribute to the low rating?

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 22, 2019 at 2:17 pm

      I was just on this recipe and was wondering the same thing, the recipe rating system is seriously flawed, for sure, and very frustrating for a hard working food blogger!

  • Reply
    Sherlyn
    February 19, 2019 at 4:43 am

    5 stars
    We loved this recipe and they were so tender! Gravy is so good! We will definitely make again!

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 22, 2019 at 2:16 pm

      Thanks Sherlyn 🙂

  • Reply
    Cindy
    February 13, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    This recipe takes MUCH longer than 50 minutes total time.
    10 minutes browning at least 2 batches of chops
    3 minutes to saute shallots and add marsala
    45 minutes cooking in Instant Pot (35 “cook time” plus heat-up time)
    10 minutes on “keep warm”
    5 minutes minimum to reduce liquid
    Which comes to a minimum total of 73 minutes — almost 25 minutes longer than the recipe states!

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 13, 2019 at 1:39 pm

      I’ll take a look and adjust that, thanks Cindy!

    • Reply
      Amy
      November 10, 2019 at 11:53 am

      So what!! We all know the cooker has to come to temp and release. We also all know, unless you have never, ever, browned anything to add that time. I can’t stand when people are ready to Attack. No need for the exclamation points!!

  • Reply
    Ginny
    February 11, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    5 stars
    Great recipe, I made it almost exactly as directed except I used dried thyme and thicker pork chops, so I let the instant pot cool down on it’s own. Pork was not falling apart but was very tender and moist. I also made an extra pan of sauce using veggie broth, coconut milk and mahi mahi since I don’t eat pork. Yum!! Will make this again for sure.

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 11, 2019 at 5:21 pm

      Thanks Ginny <3

  • Reply
    Lori
    February 4, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    5 stars
    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.

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 4, 2019 at 12:17 pm

      Thanks Lori, that’s exactly how I felt!

  • Reply
    Rhael
    February 4, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    I was wondering if you had any recommendations for replacing the pork chops with chicken or if I can take the same steps?

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 4, 2019 at 12:15 pm

      I haven’t tried that Rhael, but I think you might use chicken successfully. Be aware that it will be very tender and falling off the bone!

  • Reply
    cindy
    January 8, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    This was pretty good but I wound up having to clean up the instant pot, a skillet (for the mushrooms and sauce) and a saucepan (for the pasta), not to mention the veggies and cutting boards. I don’t think I would make it again for that reason. I think I could’ve done the pork chops/sauce in one skillet and the pasta in another. I didn’t think the Instant Pot added to the tenderness of the meat, maybe I was doing something wrong.

  • Reply
    Beverly
    December 31, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    5 stars
    Just tried this out tonight. Used a red Sangiovese which we drank as well along and substituted garlic for shallots. My husband thought they were wonderful and enjoyed.

    • Reply
      Sue
      January 1, 2019 at 7:44 am

      Thanks Beverly ~ isn’t the IP amazing?

  • Reply
    Brandon
    December 20, 2018 at 9:33 am

    5 stars
    This is a delicious dish but not enough of it to go around I need at least one more pork chop so my wife and I can both have the leftovers for lunch the next day. Also seems we don’t have enough sauce to make everyone happy because we serve it with mashed potatoes and use the sauce for gravy (its great you have to try it). So how much should I increase the ingredients if adding 1 pork chop and desiring more of the sacred sauce.

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 20, 2018 at 9:48 am

      I’m glad these were a hit Brandon, I might increase the sauce ingredients by 50% to boost it.

  • Reply
    Janice
    November 27, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    5 stars
    Hi, My family LOVED this receipe! I’m wondering if you have tried it with chicken instead of pork chops?

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 27, 2018 at 2:39 pm

      I haven’t, in fact I haven’t made chicken in my Instant Pot yet, I’ve been concentrating on meats that generally need longer cooking times to tenderize. Let us know if you try that Janice!

  • Reply
    Debe Jolliff
    November 18, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Do you serve with potatoes or noodles? I hate to waste the sauce!

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 18, 2018 at 11:20 am

      Either would be great, and I agree, don’t waste a drop!

  • Reply
    Carrie
    October 29, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    You say set on “meat/stew” and it will cook for 35 minutes. Does that mean my machine knows 35 minutes b/c of the meat/stew setting, or do you mean to set the timer for 35 minutes?

    • Reply
      Sue
      October 29, 2018 at 4:07 pm

      When you press the meat/stew button it automatically goes to 35 minutes. And it will say that on the screen so you can see.

  • Reply
    Cristen
    September 30, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    5 stars
    This was soooooo good. My whole family gobbled it up.

  • Reply
    Laurie Craig
    September 29, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    5 stars
    This is super dee-lish! It’s a keeper. Thank you!

  • Reply
    Melito
    September 20, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    5 stars
    This was easy and really, really good. I’m glad I saw this and made it. The entire family loved it.

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 23, 2018 at 6:02 pm

      Fantastic Melito ~ it really gave pork chops a whole new lease on life in our house 🙂

  • Reply
    Pam
    August 24, 2018 at 6:41 am

    5 stars
    I made these last night to rave reviews by all. Thank you.

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 24, 2018 at 6:42 am

      Yay!

  • Reply
    Mary
    August 21, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    I so tempted to get an IP! These chops might just tip the scale…. what model do you have? Thank you.

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 21, 2018 at 3:14 pm

      I have the Duo Plus 6 qt, it’s a great size, not too big and not too small.

    • Reply
      Mary
      October 13, 2019 at 3:48 pm

      5 stars
      This recipe is a favorite of ours, so delicious! Thanks Sue for the IP info too…. I have 2 IP’s now! I keep 1 in FL & 1 “up north”. Love your blog, great recipes, ideas & photography!

      • Reply
        Sue
        October 13, 2019 at 3:50 pm

        Thanks Mary!

  • Reply
    angiesrecipes
    August 20, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    I don’t eat pork often, but mymymy.. that sauce looks amazing!

  • Reply
    Alene
    August 20, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    I am so excited! I have an Instant Pot, and I love your recipes and collections. My husband is not a pork chop fan, but I may be able to make him into one with this recipe. Thank you!

  • Reply
    Dawn
    August 20, 2018 at 10:21 am

    What would you recommend to sub for marsala and shallots? And, how might I adjust this for tenderloin?

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 20, 2018 at 10:38 am

      You can use any white wine, or sherry, Dawn, for the Marsala, and onions can sub for the shallots. If you’re looking for no alcohol then just use more of the cooking broth. I don’t think you’d need to cook the tenderloin in the Instant Pot, so I would brown it on the stove and then cook it in a 400F oven for about 20 minutes, or until it reads about 145F in the middle.

      • Reply
        Sue
        August 20, 2018 at 11:37 am

        You could then slice it and arrange it in the sauce like I did with the chops.

  • Reply
    Chris Scheuer
    August 20, 2018 at 9:20 am

    I don’t think pork chops have ever looked this delicious! I’m putting chops on my grocery list for sure!

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 20, 2018 at 9:29 am

      Pork chops have been off my radar for the longest time, I’m glad they’re back!

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    August 20, 2018 at 8:24 am

    Wow! They look fabulous. I haven’t tried pork chops in the instant pot yet, but I will now 🙂

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 20, 2018 at 8:40 am

      Seriously Jennifer, I only cook them in the slow cooker or IP now, they come out so much better than any other way I’ve ever made them.

  • Reply
    Berni
    August 20, 2018 at 8:20 am

    This looks amazing going to give it a try this week!

  • Reply
    Maria Elena
    August 20, 2018 at 8:11 am

    Hi Sue, have you used arrowroot to thicken a sauce instead of the cream? (The cream sounds delicious, yes- BUT) . I’m on Weight Watchers freestyle plan and trying to think how to adjust this wonderful recipe. Id also have to sub chicken broth for the wine. Love your recipes. Thanks and your photos are always beautiful.

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 20, 2018 at 8:37 am

      I think this sauce would be great without cream, Maria, kind of like a Marsala sauce. You could use flour, cornstarch, or arrowroot to thicken, or just reduce it down in the pan.

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      April Ellis
      August 20, 2018 at 11:28 am

      You could also soak cashews overnight, drain, rinse, and blend with some of the broth to make a cream sauce.

      • Reply
        Sue
        August 20, 2018 at 11:36 am

        Thanks April, I wouldn’t have thought of that.

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    August 20, 2018 at 7:36 am

    One of these days I’m going to have to try using my instant pot – and this recipe sounds like the first one I should try! I love a mushroom pan sauce – yum!

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 20, 2018 at 7:38 am

      Tricia I’m going to come over to your house and personally give you a lesson, you’re gonna love it 😉