Instant Pot HK Onion Pork Chops

Make this kids-friendly Pressure Cooker Pork Chops in HK Onion Sauce Recipe 港式洋葱豬扒. Tender & moist pork loin chops soaked with thick & rich onion sauce. Your family will love this sweet, savory & sour umami dish that's super easy to eat!

Make this Tender & Juicy Instant Pot HK Onion Pork Chops. Flavorful pork chops soaked in rich sweet-savory umami onion sauce. An easy meal your family (including kids) will love. 🙂

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Mommy! This is so yummy! Can you teach me?

Jacky’s mom taught him how to make this Hong Kong Style Pork Chops with Onion Sauce when he was 9!

After receiving lots of fan love for our Pork Chops with HK Tomato Sauce, we decided to recreate a second classic dish for our Cha Chaan Teng 港式茶餐廳 (Hong Kong style cafes) series.

This recipe is inspired by another classic favorite – Hong Kong Style Pork Chops with Onion Sauce 港式洋葱豬扒, hence the name “HK Onion Sauce“. 🙂

We wanted to kick it up a notch by adding more complexity and boosting the depth of flavors. So, we made some modifications to the ones you’d normally get from Cha Chaan Tengs.

These flavor-boosting ingredients complement well with the original sauce and help intensify the umami flavors.

Try these tender & juicy Instant Pot Pork Chops – you’ll love the umami onion sauce!! Enjoy~ 😀

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Instant Pot HK Onion Pork Chops

Make this Tender & Juicy Instant Pot HK Onion Pork Chops. Delicious pressure cooker pork chops with a rich sweet-savory umami sauce. Easy meal your family will love!
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Marinate: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 294kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky




  • Tenderize Pork Chops: Use the backend of a heavy knife and pound both sides of the pork chops to tenderize the meat.
  • Marinate Pork Chops: Marinate the tenderized pork chops for 20 minutes with ½ tsp sugar, ¼ tsp salt, ¼ tsp sesame oil, ¼ tsp ground white pepper, 1 tbsp regular soy sauce, and 1 tbsp Shaoxing wine.
  • Prepare Instant Pot: Heat up your pressure cooker (Instant Pot: press Sauté). Ensure your pot is as hot as it can be when you add the pork chops (Instant Pot: wait until indicator says HOT). This prevents pork chops from sticking to the pot.
  • Sauté Pork Chops: Add 1 tbsp olive oil in the pot. Ensure to coat the oil over the whole bottom of the pot. Add in marinated pork chops, then let it brown for roughly 1 – 1.5 minutes on each side (don’t need to constantly flip). Don't let it burn. Remove and set aside.
  • Sauté Onions: Add in sliced onions. Add a pinch of kosher salt + ground black pepper to season if you like. Cook the onions for roughly 1 minute until softened.
  • Deglaze: Add in 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar and partially deglaze the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon.
  • Make HK Onion Sauce: Add in ¾ cup (188 ml) unsalted chicken stock, 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 1 tbsp regular soy sauce, 1 tsp sugar. Mix well and fully deglaze. Taste the seasoning and adjust with kosher salt if necessary.
  • Pressure Cook Pork Chops: Place pork chops with all the meat juice in the pot. Pressure cook at High Pressure for 1 minute, then Full Natural Release (roughly 10 minutes).
  • Taste & Thicken HK Onion Sauce: Remove pork chops and set aside. Turn heat to medium (Instant Pot: Press sauté button). Taste the seasoning and add more salt if desired. Mix the cornstarch with water, then mix it into the onion sauce one third at a time until desired thickness.
  • Serve Pork Chops: Drizzle the yummy HK Onion Sauce over the pork chops and serve immediately! Enjoy~ 🙂
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Recipe Notes:

Tenderize Pork Chops: Ensure to tenderize the pork chops before marinating them. Don't skip this step!
Total Cooking Time: total cooking time stated in the recipe does not include inactive time (i.e. time for marinating).
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Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 769mg | Potassium: 634mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin C: 2.8mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1.3mg
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Hong Kong
Keyword: instant pot pork, instant pot pork chops, instant pot recipes, pork chops, pressure cooker pork, pressure cooker pork chops, pressure cooker recipes
Tried this recipe?Mention @pressurecookrecipes or tag #AmyJacky!

Tips for Instant Pot Pork Chops

1. Purchasing Pork Chops: 

Try to choose pork chops with some fat marbling.

The pork chops we used for testing this Instant Pot Recipe were roughly 1.25 inches thick.

Pressure Cooker Pork Chops in HK Onion Sauce Recipe 港式洋葱豬扒 Ingredients

2. Best Cooking Time for Pork Chops in Instant Pot?

Many people have a love-hate relationship with pork chops because when they’re perfectly cooked, they’re deliciously tender & juicy; but when they’re overcooked, they become tough & dry. 🙁

So, we did a Pork Chops Experiment to find the best cooking time to make perfectly cooked pressure cooker pork chops.

After testing with 5 batches of tenderized pork chops, we found cooking at High Pressure for 1 minute, then Natural Release gave the most satisfying results.

3. How to Tenderize Pork Chops?

Tenderizing the pork chops is a very important step!

Pressure Cooker Pork Chops in HK Onion Sauce Recipe 港式洋葱豬扒 tenderize pork chops Chinese technique

To tenderize, use the back-end of a heavy knife or meat tenderizer (see above recipe video) and pound on the pork chops with all your might.

Make the cross patterns as shown in the above photo and do the same for both sides.

Don’t worry about using too much power as pork chops are very resilient to force. The pounding will break up the meat fibers just enough.

We inherited this traditional Chinese method from our grandparents. 🙂

Now it’s YOUR turn to take out your pressure cooker and make some Instant Pot HK Onion Pork Chops

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if i want to double the amount of boneless pork loin chops, does the cooking time change?

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If I have low sodium soy sauce and regular chicken stock would that combo work?

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This was out of this world amazing. Followed the directions exactly and it pork chops and the sauce came out just like in your pictures. I did added a handful of mushrooms because I had them and they worked nicely with the sauce. Hubby ate 2 pork chops. I will definitely make this again. Thank you for sharing this fantastic recipe.5 stars

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Joyce Khor

I like the sauce very much !- however I have problem browning the pork for the required time of 1 min each side, the bottom of the pan (not the pork) becomes burnt black… So I don’t deglaze the charcoal and have to wash the pot before proceeding. Also I noticed that your 1 minute High Pressure cook was derived from your pork experiment with different timings – in your pork applesauce recipe – you clearly indicate to brown the pork chop until internal temp is more than 140 Fahrenheit – but there is no way I can reach 140… Read more »

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Great tasty pork chop made in a breeze! Hubby approved and said the gravy is nice.5 stars

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This recipe is delicious! I served it with spicy fried sweet potato chunks and it went together well. This recipe is tasty and is relatively easy to do once the marinating is done. Although the marinating gives you time to assemble the other ingredients. After that, it comes together easily. Again, it tastes great!5 stars

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We really liked this! Very good with rice, but AMAZING with potatoes! Will definitely make again. Thank you! Used Cuisinart 6 quart.5 stars

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Carolyn Dabney

Delicious and easy. Thank you for another winner. I’ll be making this again it is delicious.5 stars

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Stacia Mcdowell

Delicious and fast recipe. I used Mirin instead of the Shaoxing wine because that’s what I had on hand, also had thin cut chops in the fridge which were about 1/4” think. Happy to report it wasn’t overcooked, and the sauce was delicious. I added a few baby Bella mushrooms I had on hand after the onion step.5 stars

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Hi, if I don’t have Shaoxing wine (and don’t want to buy one with limited use), what can I replace it with? thanks!

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