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Pressure Cooker Pork Chops with Applesauce
Make this quick & easy 1-minute pressure cooker pork chops and simple homemade applesauce. Moist & tender pork chops drizzled with warm cinnamon applesauce.

Cuisine: American
Serving: 2 - 4
  • 2 – 4 pork loin chops (we used center cut, bone-in)
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil or olive oil
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, roughly minced
  • 2 gala apples, thinly sliced
  • 2 pieces whole cloves (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ cup unsalted chicken stock or water
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce (not low sodium soy sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 ½ tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water (optional)
  1. Prepare the Pork Chops: Make a few small cut around the sides of the pork chops so they will stay flat and brown evenly. Season the pork chops with generous amount of kosher salt and ground black pepper.
  2. Prepare the Pressure Cooker: Heat up your pressure cooker (Instant Pot: press Sauté button and click the adjust button to go to Sauté More function). Make sure your pot is as hot as it can be when you place the pork chops into the pot (Instant Pot: wait until the indicator says HOT). This will prevent the pork chops from sticking to the pot.
  3. Brown the Pork Chops: Add grapeseed oil into the pot. Ensure to coat the oil over the whole bottom of the pot. Add the seasoned pork chops into the pot, then let it brown for roughly 2 – 3 minutes on each side (don’t need to keep flipping). Remove and set aside.
  4. Sauté the Onion and Garlic: Reduce the heat to medium (Instant pot: press cancel button, then press sauté button). Add in the sliced onions and stir. Add a pinch of kosher salt and ground black pepper to season if you like. Cook the onions for roughly 1 minute until soften. Then, add garlic and stir for 30 seconds until fragrance.
  5. Create the Applesauce: Add in the thinly sliced gala apples, whole cloves (optional) and cinnamon powder, then give it a quick stir. Add the honey and partially deglaze the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon.
  6. Deglaze and Taste: Add chicken stock and light soy sauce, then fully deglaze the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Taste the seasoning and add more salt and pepper if desired.
  7. Pressure Cook the Pork Chops: Place the pork chops back with all the meat juice into the pot. Close lid and pressure cook at high pressure for 1 minute for both electric and stovetop pressure cookers. Turn off the heat and Let it fully natural release (roughly 10 minutes). Open the lid carefully.
  8. Taste and Thicken the Applesauce: Remove the pork chops and set aside. Turn heat to medium (Instant Pot: Press sauté button). Remove the cloves and taste the seasoning one more time. Add more salt and pepper if desired. Add butter and stir until it has fully dissolved into the sauce.
  9. Optional Step: Mix the cornstarch with water and mix it into the applesauce one third at a time until desired thickness.
  10. Serve: Drizzle the applesauce over the pork chops and serve immediately with side dishes!
Try to choose pork loin chops with some marbling of fat.

Slice the apples thinly because you want to extract as much of their juice into the sauce as possible within a relatively short cooking time.

Make sure to check the pork chops' internal temperature with a Food Thermometer. Temperature needs to be at least 145°F.
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