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Frozen Pork Chops Instant Pot Instructions

How to cook frozen pork chops Instant Pot style. From rock hard to perfectly tender in minutes. A healthy dinner you can make even if you forgot to defrost!

Instant Pot FROZEN Pork Chops

We experimented with making frozen pork chops Instant Pot style until we got it just right! Now we can share this easy InstaPot recipe with all of you so if you are forgetful too you can have dinner ready and nobody will be the wiser. 😉 (affiliate links present)

Actually, I wrote an entire post about cooking frozen meat in Instant Pot because I did it so often! From a frozen pork shoulder Instant Pot recipe to chicken and more you’ll be surprised how well it turns out.

If you need easy Ninja Foodi recipes, you can use that pot instead.

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

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Instant Pot frozen pork chops

Here are a few questions you might have before you get started:

Can you put frozen pork in Instant Pot?

Absolutely. We’ve made Instant Pot frozen pork loin before and that came out great. Then we moved on to chops which we share with you here. Tender and juicy in no time.

Frozen pork roast Instant Pot style is amazing too.

Can I cook pork chops from frozen?

Any other method other than the slow cooker works fine. Steaming them essentially in a pressure cooker is our favorite way. Follow our steps here so you can try it too.

How long does it take to cook frozen pork chops?

It will take about 50% longer than if you had defrosted pork chops. In the oven it is close to 50 minutes, in an Instant Pot it is only 12 minutes!

Now this isn’t something I do on purpose. I still would recommend cooking from raw instead of rock hard, but stuff happens. In a pinch it’s nice to have this information handy so you can still eat.

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Can I put frozen meat in my InstaPot?

I think we’ve answered that one. Now you just have to get the hang of it. We added vegetables on the bottom too because why not.

The trick to that is if you want to enjoy those with your meat, cut them quite large.

  1. Frozen chops
  2. Carrots
  3. Celery
  4. Broth or water
  5. Trivet with handles

Pork dry rub

We typically use our steak dry rub on almost everything no matter what type of meat it is, or how we cook it.

  • Brown sugar
  • Garlic salt
  • Salt and pepper
  • Smoked paprika
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It doesn’t matter if you have bone in pork chops or boneless, these are the latter. The cooking time seems to be the same when you pressure cook these.

Of course you won’t be able to brown the pork chops beforehand, but you could do 2 minutes per side at the end if you wanted. I personally want them as tender as possible so I don’t.

If you have really small pieces I might adjust the time to 10 minutes but I tend to buy medium size and thickness and 12 is just right.

instant pot pork chops

The biggest thing to remember is that these need the steam to release naturally and slowly.

Do not do a quick release or it won’t finish cooking slowly at the end so they’re nice and soft.

To get the rub to stick you could rub a bit of olive oil on the outsides.

Time needed: 12 minutes

Frozen Instant Pot pork chops recipe

  1. Prepare

    Chop vegetables into large chunks. In a small mix dry rub ingredients together. Rub on both sides of frozen chops generously.

    Put trivet into pot. Add vegetables on top, then pour chicken broth over the top. Place meat on top of everything.best dry rub for meat

  2. Cook

    Close lid and pressure valve. Cook on high pressure for 12 minutes.
    When done allow pressure to naturally release, this will take about 15 minutes. Release any remaining pressure, should be gone.

  3. Enjoy

    Remove meat and vegetables, enjoy together with some white rice.

If you need instructions for air fryer frozen pork chops we have that too.

boneless pork chops

Looking for more Instant Pot recipes? We have over a hundred of these! They don’t always have pork either.

Mix it up and enjoy chicken, seafood and beef the other nights. A few of our favorites are:

Already defrosted? You can make pressure cooker pork chops with gravy this way. We’ve made a pork stew Instant Pot recipe that’s amazing too.

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Frozen Pork Chops Instant Pot

How to cook frozen pork chops Instant Pot style. From rock hard to perfectly tender in minutes. Healthy dinner you can make if you forgot to defrost!
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword bone in, boneless, frozen, instant pot, pork chops, pressure cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 259kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Chop vegetables into large chunks.
  • In a small mix dry rub ingredients together. Rub on both sides of frozen chops generously.
  • Put trivet into pot. Add vegetables on top, then pour broth over the top. Place meat on top of everything.
  • Close lid and pressure valve. Cook on high pressure for 12 minutes.
  • When done allow pressure to naturally release.
  • Remove meat and veggies, enjoy together.

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Nutrition Facts
Frozen Pork Chops Instant Pot
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 259 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 90mg30%
Sodium 1199mg52%
Potassium 754mg22%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 5476IU110%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Suzanah

Wednesday 12th of July 2023

10/10 would recommend this recipe!! It turned out so amazing! I prefer sweeter foods and I love honey garlic! So for my veggies I did celery, carrots, a sweet potato, a whole jumbo sweet onion, and a whole bulb of garlic (peeled of course). Then I added about 2 tablespoons of honey with the chicken broth and trust me when I say… AMAZING! The pork chops came out so juicy and tender and moist!! Very impressed! Thank you!😍

Susan

Sunday 11th of June 2023

Definitely a keeper … grab 2 thick chops out of freezer after church and meal completed by 1:40! Mad a couple changes - we don’t like celery so I put sweet peppers and celery salt. I was glad I read comments and let it de-pressure naturally!

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 14th of June 2023

Glad they were a hit, thanks for the note!

Jeannie

Friday 5th of May 2023

I have thinner pork chops so I reduced my time to 8 minutes. I didn’t have chicken broth but did have a can of Progresso chicken rice and veggies. I had celery tho and onion. Crossing my fingers!!!!

Alaina

Sunday 19th of March 2023

I can’t wait to try this tonight. Do you hit the steam button or the pressure cooker button? Then set to 12 mins.

Thank you!!

Ron

Monday 12th of December 2022

Around how long to naturally release pressure after the 12 minute pressure cooking is done?

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 13th of December 2022

Maybe 15 min?

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