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I go to Costco about once a week. In the past month, they have had boneless pork chops with an instant rebate on them — which made them a great deal — and I am always a sucker for a good deal :). In the past I have only had one pork chop recipe that I used regularly and that was Pork Chops with Apples. I cooked them in a cast iron skillet on the stove top and then cooked the apples in the same pan. Mr. K is a picky eater and it is a favorite recipe of his. But the pork chops need to be pretty thin in order to cook them on the stove top.
What is an Instant Pot?
In the past year, as I have changed my diet to more Paleo and then to Auto-immune Paleo (AIP), I repeatedly read about the Instant Pot and people were raving about how they loved it. To be honest, I don’t need anymore kitchen appliances and so I really didn’t pay a lot of attention. However on Black Friday, I got an email saying that Instant Pots were on a great deal on Amazon. As I mentioned before, a good sale can really pull me in. So I looked on Amazon and decided to buy one. It sat in the box for a few weeks and then I got it out. I have been using it for the past 8 weeks or so and … I am so glad I bought it!
An Instant Pot is a multi-purpose kitchen appliance that can be used as a slow cooker, rice cooker, pressure cooker and many other things. I use mine to brown or saute things and then use the pressure cooker mode. It cooks very fast (not quite instant, though) in pressure cooker mode.
My kids are also grateful that I bought it because it usually means there is only one cooking item that needs to be washed rather than several. 🙂
Pork Chop Time
The pork chops on sale at Costco were a full inch thick so I knew that my stove top recipe was not going to work. I had tried enough things in the Instant Pot that I felt pretty confident that I would have good success. And we did! Both of these recipes I have used 2-3 times in the past month. Today I will share the first recipe.
This one I found at Once a Month Meals. Because their site is for cooking ahead, they have instructions for freezing and cooking later. I tweaked their recipe a little — it turned out so moist and delicious.
Instant Pot Honey Pork Chops
- 3-6 Pork Chops boneless (I used 4-5 pork chops each time – they would not all fit flat on the bottom of the pot, so they were on top of each other and it worked fine)
- Salt and pepper
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 T Dijon mustard
- 1/2 T Maple syrup the real stuff
- 1/2 t peeled & minced fresh ginger or 1-2 t ground ginger
- 1/4 t cloves ground (I personally did not use)
- 1/2 t cinnamon
Set instant pot to Saute, add a little coconut oil or some other kind of healthy oil so the pork chops will not stick too much
Once pot is hot, sprinkle pork chops with salt and pepper and put in instant pot to brown — put them in salt and pepper side down and then salt and pepper the side that is up.
Brown pork chops on each side – it is not important to get them cooked all the way through, you just need to brown them right now.
While pork chops are browning, combine the following in a bowl: honey, Dijon mustard, maple syrup, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.
After all pork chops are browned, turn Instant Pot off. Put all pork chops in the bottom of the pot (it is OK to have them on top of each other). Pour liquid mixture over the pork chops.
Lock lid into place, make sure steam nozzle is in proper place (not on instant release).
Press Manual setting to turn Instant Pot back on. Set it for 20 minutes (I used this for 4 – 1″ thick pork chops — if yours are thinner, then 15 minutes is probably all that is needed.)
When finish timer goes off, press Off button and let the Instant Pot naturally release pressure for 5 minutes. Then you can quick release any remaining pressure. (Make sure your arm is not above where the pressure will come out or you will get a severe burn.)
After all pressure is released, open lid and it is ready to eat.
We served these with rice (for those grain eaters in the family). I ate it with cauli-rice.
I’m sure you could brown your pork chops in a skillet and then cook them in a slow cooker or in the oven with lid/foil on top and have a similar result.
Wishing you peace, hope, & joy!