Pork Chops in the Pressure Cooker

Today’s post is a guest post from a Pressure Cooker Today reader. Lisa loves her Fagor stove top pressure cooker. “We had it on our wedding registry, and almost 14 years later, it works perfectly.”

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A little about myself…hmm. I am originally from Massachusetts, and have lived in Salt Lake for 17 years. As far as cooking, baking is actually my first love. I do not do as much cooking or baking as I used to now that I have kids – 5 year old boy/girl twins. I am a working mom which keeps me pretty busy. When I do have down time, besides baking, I love to read.

Well, the name of this recipe is really how I have always referred to it. My Mom has been making this since I can remember. I grew up thinking a pressure cooker is a pretty cool way to cook food, and I made sure to register for one when I got married.

I have not been using my pressure cooker as much over the last couple of years. Not sure why. That said, my goal is to start using it more often. I made this recipe a few weeks ago, when my parents were visiting, and was reminded of just how good it was.

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I usually serve it with rolls or bread of some kind. Pick your favorite!! This recipe is quite versatile, and I have some notes at the end you may want to refer to.

Note from Barbara: This recipe is written for thick bone-in pork chops. If you’re using boneless or thin pork chops, reduce your cook time to 6 to 8 minutes. Also, the longer cook time will result in very soft potatoes. If you prefer your potatoes more solid, wrap the potatoes in foil and cook them on top of the pork chops, or use small whole potatoes

Pork Chops in the Pressure Cooker

Yield: 4 servings

Pork Chops in the Pressure Cooker

Ingredients

  • 4 thick-cut, bone-in pork chops
  • 1 green pepper, chopped*
  • 1 onion, chopped*
  • 6-8 carrots, peeled & coarsely chopped*
  • 6-8 Russet potatoes, peeled & coarsely chopped*
  • 1 small can of mushrooms, with liquid, or 1-2 cups of button mushrooms coarsely chopped (your preference)
  • 1 small can of tomato sauce, or homemade tomato sauce or tomato soup (your preference)

Directions

  1. Brown pork chops in a bit of olive oil in the pressure cooker, remove excess oil,and put pork chops back in.
  2. Add green pepper and onion, carrots, potatoes, and mushrooms.
  3. Mix tomato sauce/soup with water to equal 12 oz. Add to pressure cooking pot.
  4. Secure lid of pressure cooker and bring up to pressure. Cook for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and let the cooker come down from pressure on its own.

Notes

Notes: For the green pepper and onion, I usually chop these roughly. However I do not leave them in big pieces. This way, they dissolve a bit, and my kids cannot find them.

For the carrots, I leave them in 1 1/2 - 2 inch pieces, so they do not dissolve. For the potatoes, Russet potatoes hold their shape best. In this version, I did use sweet potatoes. Even with keeping the pieces big, the potatoes still broke down once cooked.

Regarding the amount of carrots and potatoes to use: it really depends upon the size of the carrots and potatoes, and the size of your pressure cooker. I only used four potatoes, because they were so big.

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That’s it. Pretty simple, right? This recipe is a hearty, warm dish for fall and winter. You could probably make it in the slow cooker, too.

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Thanks Lisa for sharing a little bit about yourself, and your family’s pork chip recipeI had some boneless pork chops in the freezer, so I cooked the recipe this week. We were out of potatoes so I served the pork chops over noodles instead. Delicious!




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  1. DaGrinch says

    Good basic recipe…. I used thin, boneless pork chops which brought my pressure cooking time down to 8 minutes. If I use this recipe again, I will drop it further – down to probably 6 minutes.
    While I liked the overall taste, it seemed to lack something which would make it “pop”. Maybe some Cajun seasoning next time. I did salt and pepper as well as add some Italian seasoning (since I was using a tomato sauce) and still didn’t have what I was expecting.
    Still, the recipe is a “Keeper”.

  2. Niki says

    Made this last night and it was fantastic! Love the way you can taste the green pepper in the chops. I used a thinner chop and adjusted the cooking time to 10 minutes And they were moist. Thanks for the terrific recipe.

  3. says

    Without sounding ignorant, I see you have the tomato sauce poured over the pork chops, BUT don’t say when to put the sauce in the pressure cooker, or even if you wait till the end.

    • Barbara Schieving says

      Hi Howard – you’re right that should be included as a step. I’ve updated the recipe. Enjoy.

  4. Mark says

    This had no flavor. Watered down tomato sauce and a few veges does not make a good sauce. Where are the spices? Not even any salt or pepper.

    • Barbara Schieving says

      Thanks for the feedback Mark. Pressure cooking is no different than cooking in a pot on the stove. As you’re cooking you should taste and adjust the recipe to your liking, especially salt and pepper. Did you brown your pork chops well? You can get a lot of flavor from browning. Also, if your pork chops were very lean and boneless, they tend to dry out and won’t add much flavor to the sauce. You could also stir in a favorite fresh herb at the end of the cooking time. There’s no need to eat a dish you don’t like, just change it up until you do.

  5. Carol says

    Does your Fagor pressure cooker have two pressure settings? Mine does and you don’t mention which setting you use…

  6. Chris Juricich says

    Mm. I cooked boneless pork chops in my Fagor today but my wife was disappointed in that, while cooked thoroughly, the middle of these chops were pretty dry. Not sure how to get around this, at least while cooking with the pressure cooker. Could be that pork chops aren’t the best match for a PCooker?

    • Barbara Schieving says

      Hi Chris – sorry your pork chops were dry. They were probably cooked too long. Boneless chops that are very lean and thin will require less time under pressure.

  7. Diana P. says

    This looks good. Going to try it tonight, Would you happen to know approximately how many calories per serving in this dish?

  8. JILL says

    hi, i cook at a restaurant in a small town in indiana. Im new to cooking in a restaurant where prep has to be quick. we have a Pork Shank on our menu that is to die for BUT it takes so long to cook in the oven (approx 1/2 hour) which makes it difficult. its also unpredictable b/c the size varies from one to the next. Could I do them in the pressure cooker? and if so how long and do I add water?

    thanks, Jill

  9. sandi says

    Hi I am new to cooking with a pressure cooker and Id like to know if I use a canned soup do I use an equal amount of water? Will I use the 1 to 1 ratio for all the soup or sauces I use?

    • Barbara Schieving says

      Hi Sandi – if you’re using soup as a sauce, you’ll want it thicker than if you’re eating it as a soup. There’s very little evaporation in the pressure cooker, so don’t thin out your sauce as much as you would when using the oven or the stove. If after cooking, your sauce is still to thin, just use the saute/simmer setting and cook the sauce until it’s the consistency you want.

  10. Johanna says

    It would be helpful to have reviews of people who actually tried the recipe, not just people who thought the recipe looked good.

    • Barbara Schieving says

      Hi Johanna – that would be great. I’d love for you to make them and leave some feedback. Thanks.

  11. Lisa says

    I’m confused. Is the picture at the top of the page the same recipe? Where are the potatoes, carrots, etc? It looks like an entirely different recipe…

    • Barbara Schieving says

      Hi Lisa – I mentioned at the bottom of the post that I also made the recipe, but I made it without the veggies and served the pork chops over noodles. The first picture I took and the others are Lisa’s pictures. I really need to be better at including more veggies in my meals. Thanks for stopping by.

  12. Carol says

    Boy does this look delicious. I usually shy away from pork chops and stick with roasts because chops tend to dry out so quickly. Not any more-the next time the grocery store has a sale on bone-in chops, I’m buying some to give this a try. I can’t wait!

    I’m waving hello to you, Lisa, from MA! Thanks so much to you and Barbara for sharing your recipe,

    Carol

    • Barbara Schieving says

      Thanks Carol – you do have to to careful to not cook pork chops too long. You could even try shortening the cooking time if you’re concerning about it. It’s easy to pressure it back up for a minute or two if it’s needed.