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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.

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have 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.

pressure cooker frozen pork chops

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
frozen pork in instant pot

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 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.

pressure cooker pork chops

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Frozen Pork Chops Instant Pot

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



  • 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.


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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Monday 3rd of October 2022

Can I use frozen veggies ??

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 5th of October 2022

I haven't done that so unsure but I imagine you could they may just get a bit more tender than you'd like after 12 min

Sarah K

Sunday 15th of May 2022

I forgot to thaw pork chops to pan fry so I tried this recipe for the first time tonight and it was SO good. Everyone in the family agreed they were better than the usual chops we make. Thank you!

Rebecca Fawcett

Thursday 10th of March 2022

I'm not sure what I'm doing wring but I've tried two different recipes for instant pot pork chops and they both came out so tough we couldn't eat them. I cooked them for 12 minutes, natural release. The first time the pork chops weren't frozen, tonight they were but both time they were tough. What am I doing wrong? I didn't want to give a bad review as I'm sure it's something I'm doing. I love cooking with the instant pot but for some reason the instant pork chops aren't working for me.

The Typical Mom

Saturday 12th of March 2022

Well my first guess is you aren't allowing for a natural release at the end. If you don't then the moisture will be sucked out when you quick release. #2 could be that yours are too thin thus they are overcooking during this time and need less time. #3 could just be your preference since "tough" is subjective and this method may just not be for you. Try our next time in the oven, they are VERY popular.


Sunday 20th of February 2022

I'm writing this review as I'm eating this, it is that good! First off my grocery store substituted the thin chops I had ordered on my pick up order for very thick ones! My porkchops always turn out dry when frying them so gave this a try. I only used 2 of the thick chops but other than that I followed the rest of the recipe including the same cooking time in the instant pot. They are fall off the bone tender! Will be fixing my pork chops this way from now on! Thanks for a great recipe!!

The Typical Mom

Monday 21st of February 2022

Yay, glad it was a hit with y'all too


Monday 7th of February 2022

can u make this w chops that are not frozen???

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