Instant Pot Sweet ‘n Sour Pork Chops

Instant Pot Sweet 'n Sour Pork Chops Recipe. Make this Top Selling Chinese Takeout: tender, juicy Pressure Cooker Pork Chops in a deliciously sweet and sour yummy sauce. Add this to your easy weeknight meal plan! #instantpot #instapot #instantpotrecipes #pressurecooker #recipes #chineserecipes #porkrecipes

Make this Top Selling Instant Pot Sweet ‘n Sour Pork Chops Recipe. Tender, Juicy Pork Chops drenched in a deliciously appetizing sweet and sour yummy sauce. Add this pressure cooker pork chops to your easy weeknight meal plan!

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We’re thrilled that readers have been loving our Refreshing Instant Pot Lemon Chicken inspired by my Dad’s Chinese Restaurant.

So how can we miss out recreating yet another Classic Favorite – Sweet and Sour Pork 咕嚕肉!! 😀

Love those satisfying mouthfuls of tender pork bites bursting with beautifully balanced deeply sweet and addictively sour sauce.

Every time we eat Sweet & Sour Pork, I’d stealthily pick out & eat up as many of those juicy pineapple chunks as I could without being scold for no table manners. hehe~ shh… 😛 I absolutely adore that burst of intense yummy sauce!

In this Instant Pot Recipe, we’re keeping it simple by skipping the dicing & frying. So we can easily satisfy our comfort cravings on weeknights with just simple pork chops. 🙂

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Instant Pot Sweet 'n Sour Pork Chops Recipe. Make this Top Selling Chinese Takeout: tender, juicy Pressure Cooker Pork Chops in a deliciously sweet and sour yummy sauce. Add this to your easy weeknight meal plan! #instantpot #instapot #instantpotrecipes #pressurecooker #recipes #chineserecipes #porkrecipes

Instant Pot Sweet ‘n Sour Pork Chops

Make this Top Selling Instant Pot Sweet 'n Sour Pork Chops Recipe. Tender, Juicy Pork Chops drenched in a deliciously appetizing sweet and sour yummy sauce. Add this pressure cooker pork chops to your easy weeknight meal plan!
5 from 13 votes
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 32 minutes
Total: 52 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 493kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

Marinade:

Thickener:

  • 2.5 tablespoons (22.5g) cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) cold water

Instructions

  • Tenderize Pork Chops: Use the backend of a heavy knife or meat tenderizer to pound both sides of pork chops with all your might (see below photos as reference).
  • Marinate Pork Chops: Marinate with ½ tsp white sugar, ¼ tsp salt, ¼ tsp sesame oil, and 1 tbsp soy sauce for at least 30 minutes. If you are marinating for 1 1/2 - 8 hours, place them in the fridge.
  • Prepare Instant Pot Pressure Cooker: Heat up pressure cooker over medium heat (Instant Pot: use Sauté Normal Function). Ensure your pot is as hot as it can be (Instant Pot: wait until indicator says HOT). This prevents pork chops from sticking to the pot.
  • Brown Pork Chops: Add 1 tbsp (15ml) peanut oil. Ensure to coat oil over whole bottom of the pot. Brown 2 marinated pork chops for roughly 75 - 90 seconds per side (don’t constantly flip them). Remove and set aside. Repeat for remaining pork chops.
  • Sauté Onions & Garlic: Add chopped onions, a pinch of kosher salt and ground black pepper if desired. Cook onions for roughly 1 minute until softened. Add minced garlic cloves and sauté for another 30 seconds until fragrant.
  • Deglaze: Add ⅔ cup (188ml) cold water and deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom.
  • Pressure Cook Pork Chops: Add ¼ cup (60ml) ketchup, ¼ cup (60ml) white vinegar, 1.5 tbsp (21g) white sugar, 1 tbsp (15ml) soy sauce, 1 tbsp (15g) tomato paste, and 1 tsp (5ml) Worcestershire sauce. Stir and mix well. Place pork chops + all meat juice in the pot. Pressure cook at High Pressure for 1 minute, then 10 minutes Natural Release.
  • Make Sweet & Sour Sauce: Remove pork chops. Press Cancel button, then Sauté button to heat up the sauce. Add ⅔ cup (100g) pineapple chunks and chopped green/red pepper. Stir and cook for a minute.
  • Thicken Sauce: Mix 2.5 tbsp (22.5g) cornstarch with 3 tbsp (45ml) cold water. Mix it in one third at a time until desired thickness. Taste the sweet ‘n sour sauce and season with more salt, sugar, or vinegar. For reference, we added 2 pinches of kosher salt. Turn off the heat. Add pork chops back in and coat them with the delicious sauce.
  • Serve: Drizzle sweet ‘n sour sauce over pork chops, then enjoy!
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Nutrition:

Calories: 493kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 135mg | Sodium: 931mg | Potassium: 1100mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 315IU | Vitamin C: 41.3mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Meat, Super Easy
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
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Step-by-Step Cooking Guide

Prepare Ingredients for Instant Pot Sweet ‘n Sour Pork Chops. 

*Pro Tip: For best results, use well-marbled pork chops!

Instant Pot Sweet 'n Sour Pork Chops Recipe Ingredients

1

The Making of Tendered Instant Pot Pork Chops


I inherited this traditional Chinese method from my grandma.

To tenderize, use the back-end of a heavy knife or meat tenderizer and pound on the pork chops with all your might. Don’t worry about using too much power as pork chops are very resilient to force.

How to Make Instant Pot Sweet 'n Sour Pork Chops Recipe: tenderize pork chops with heavy knife or meat mallet

Make the cross patterns as shown in above photo and do the same for both sides. Plus, you will get a nice workout for your arm. 🙂

 

2

Marinate the Pork Chops


How to Make Instant Pot Sweet 'n Sour Pork Chops Recipe: marinate pork chops for 40 mins to 8 hours in fridge

Before cooking the pork chops in the Instant Pot, marinate the chops with 1/2 tsp (2.3g) white sugar, 1/4 tsp (1.25g) kosher salt, 1/4 tsp (1.25ml) sesame oil, and 1 tbsp (15ml) regular or Chinese light soy sauce.

This will give the chops more flavor.

How to Make Instant Pot Sweet 'n Sour Pork Chops Recipe: marinate pork chops for 40 mins to 8 hours in fridge

Give it a quick mix and let the pork chops marinate for at least 30 minutes. If you are marinating the pork chops for 1 1/2 – 8 hours, place them in the fridge.

3

Prepping the Onions and Bell Peppers


How to Make Instant Pot Sweet 'n Sour Pork Chops Recipe: uniformly cut bell pepper and onions

If you had Sweet and Sour Pork in a Chinese restaurant, you’ll notice the bell peppers and onions are usually cut into uniform shapes. This is not only for presentation.

*Pro Tip: Uniform cuts are important in a quick & high-temperature cooking environment such as the wok. If one of the ingredients are cut much larger than the rest, the larger ingredient can be undercooked while the rest is done.

4

Browning the Pork Chops


Press Saute button to heat up your Instant Pot using Sauté Normal function. It will switch to ON on the screen.

How to use Instant Pot Saute Function

Wait until it says HOT on the screen. It will take roughly 8 minutes.

How to Make Instant Pot Sweet 'n Sour Pork Chops Recipe: coat peanut oil all over whole bottom of the pot

Add 1 tbsp peanut oil (or olive oil) into the Instant Pot’s inner pot. Ensure the whole bottom is coated with the oil.

How to Make Instant Pot Sweet 'n Sour Pork Chops Recipe: add marinated pork chops

Place 2 marinated pork chops in Instant Pot and brown for roughly 75 – 90 seconds per side.

*Pro Tip: You don’t want to brown them for too long as the marinade has sugar and soy sauce. Don’t let them burn!

How to Make Instant Pot Sweet 'n Sour Pork Chops Recipe: brown marinated pork chops

This is the color you are looking for. Set aside the pork chops and repeat this step for remaining pork chops.

5

Saute Onions & Garlic


How to Make Instant Pot Sweet 'n Sour Pork Chops Recipe: saute chopped onions and minced garlic cloves

Add chopped onions, and season with a pinch of Kosher salt and ground black pepper. Saute the onions for roughly a minute until softened. Add minced garlic cloves and saute for another 30 seconds until fragrant.

6

Deglaze


How to Make Instant Pot Sweet 'n Sour Pork Chops Recipe: deglaze bottom of Instant Pot inner pot with cold water and scrub with wooden spoon

Pour in 2/3 cup (188ml) cold water and deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Give it a quick mix.

7

Add in Sauce Mixture Ingredients


How to Make Instant Pot Sweet 'n Sour Pork Chops Recipe: add sweet and sour sauce ingredients and mix well with wooden spoon.

Add in 1/4 cup (60ml) ketchup, 1/4 cup (60ml) white vinegar, 1.5 tbsp (21g) white sugar, 1 tbsp (15ml) soy sauce, 1 tbsp (15ml) tomato paste, and 1 tsp (5ml) Worcestershire sauce.

Give it a quick mix with a wooden spoon to make sure all the ingredients have broken down.

8

Pressure Cook Pork Chops


How to Make Tender, Flavorful, & Juicy Instant Pot Pork Chops?

No one likes overcooked, rubbery dry and tough pork chops…yet Instant Pot Pork Chops cook in a flash. So we’ve done multiple pork chops experiments to find the optimal pressure cooking method.

We were most satisfied with the pounded/tenderized pork chops pressure cooked at High Pressure 1 minute, then 10 minutes Natural Release in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. These Instant Pot Pork Chops were flavorful, tender, moist, and juicy..oh yes!

How to Make Instant Pot Sweet 'n Sour Pork Chops Recipe: pressure cook pork chops in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Add the 4 browned pork chops and all the meat juice back into the Instant Pot.

How to seal Instant Pot Pressure Cooker for Pressure Cooking: turn venting knob to sealing position

With the venting knob on the venting position, close the lid and turn the venting knob to the sealing position.

  • Pressure Cooking Method: Pressure cook at High Pressure for 1 minute and natural release for 10 minutes.

If the floating valve doesn’t drop after 10 minutes, turn Venting Knob to Venting position to release remaining pressure.

Open the lid carefully.

How to Make Instant Pot Sweet 'n Sour Pork Chops Recipe: pressure cooked sweet and sour pork chops in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

9

Make Sweet ‘n Sour Sauce


Set aside the pork chops in a serving plate. Press Cancel button, then Sauté button to heat up the sauce.

How to Make Instant Pot Sweet 'n Sour Pork Chops Recipe: add pineapple chunks and chopped bell pepper and heat up the sweet and sour sauce

Add in 2/3 cup (100g) pineapple chunks and chopped green/red pepper. Stir and let them cook for a minute.

10

Thicken Sauce & Season


How to Make Instant Pot Sweet 'n Sour Pork Chops Recipe: thicken sweet and sour sauce with cornstarch

Mix 2.5 tbsp (22.5g) cornstarch and 3 tbsp (45ml) cold water together in a small mixing bowl. Add the cornstarch mixture one third at a time to thicken the sweet and sour sauce until desired thickness.

Give the sweet ‘n sour sauce a taste and season with more salt, sugar, or vinegar if necessary.

*Pro Tip: The idea is to achieve the ultimate harmony between the flavors. For reference, we added 2 pinches of kosher salt.

11

Add Pork Chops & Serve


How to Make Instant Pot Sweet 'n Sour Pork Chops Recipe: adjust seasoning and coat pork chops with sweet and sour sauce

Turn off the heat and add pork chops back to the Instant Pot.

Try to coat each of the Instant Pot Pork Chops with the delicious sauce.

Your Instant Pot Sweet ‘n Sour Pork Chops are ready to be served! Serve it with your favorite side dishes or eat them on their own 🙂

Instant Pot Sweet 'n Sour Pork Chops Recipe. Make this Top Selling Chinese Takeout: tender, juicy Pressure Cooker Pork Chops in a deliciously sweet and sour yummy sauce. Add this to your easy weeknight meal plan! #instantpot #instapot #instantpotrecipes #pressurecooker #recipes #chineserecipes #porkrecipes

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  1. How can I use a 3lb pork shoulder to this recipe instead of Pork Chops? Also, I have both coconut milk and coconut cream in the pantry that I’d like to incorporate. Either one of these ingredients suitable for using?

    Thank you very much.

  2. My family and I love this recipe, it’s become one of our favourite meals for the Instant Pot. Thank you for such a great recipe!

  3. I was soooo tired I wanted it even more simple so I omitted marinating, browning, and deglazing. I threw all the ingredients for marinating and cooking into the insta-pot including the onion, garlic and peppers. My meat was frozen so I added 8 minutes to the combined browning/cooking time and pressed “GO”. IT WAS AMAZING!!
    Tasted as if I’d slaved for hours. Definitely a use again recipe!

    1. Hi Tiffany,

      Thank you so much for your kind words on the recipe 🙂
      Hopefully you are well rested by now!

      Please take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  4. Hi Amy and Jacky, If I wanted to do cubes of pork would this work and what adjustments would you recommend? Thank you.

    1. Hi Linda 🙂

      So happy to hear from you again. Hope you had a wonderful New Year & Christmas 🙂
      Whole chicken breasts will take 5 minutes and 10 minutes natural release.

      Happy New Year & please take care
      Jacky

  5. I would like to double this recipe, what would I have to do? Do I keep the same cooking time? I have a 8qt instant pot. Thanks!

    1. Hi Laura,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      You will want to reduce the cooking time to 0 minutes (Just set the IP to 0 minute) and 10 minutes natural release as the get up to pressure time will be longer.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  6. Ok,I have been cooking since a very young age and I am now 70.This by far is the best recipe from the web that I have ever made.This is restaurant quality food.It blew my husband and my self away.The only change I made was 6 chops instead of 4.My hubby hates when I make something from the internet because it is always a little disappointing.Well,he ate 2 chops with a huge mound of rice and asked if I would put it in his lunch for next day.I did and now have 6 thick chops out for tomorrow.I printed it for me and posted on facebook for friends and sister.Thank you so much for the recipe.Anyone on the fence about making it,make it as you will love it!

  7. I’ve tried several recipes in the 2 months since I purchased my instant pot. This is absolutely my favorite. I’ve shared this recipe to family and friends. DELICIOUS. Thank you. Love your website.

  8. was looking for a pork chop recipe that would delivered a tender juicy pork chop and this one delivered tasty and easy to make, served with rice, it was a very nice dinner,
    Merçi

  9. How awesome to have a healthier alternative to the usual deep fried sweet and sour pork. All of the flavors we love without all the breading. We loved it!???

  10. I made this tonight for dinner… served on pineapple rice…. this recipe is so delicious!!! I can’t wait to make it again and again!!!

  11. This recipe was just delicious, just loved it and I am not even that big of a fan of sweet and sour. Great flavor while also being fast and easy. Keep up the amazing work!

  12. I accidently bought pork butt steaks thinking they were bone in pork chops. Will this recipe still work or should I change to a different recipe for this cut of meat? Thanks!

    1. Hi Brooke,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      You can use the pork butt steak, but you will want to brown them first then slice them into 0.5″ thick slices.

      The cooking time will be 6 minutes + 10 minutes natural release.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  13. If I use cubed chicken pieces, would I still brown them and pressure cook them at High Pressure for 1 min + 10 min natural release? Thank you. Excited to try this recipe!

    1. Hi Laura,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      Cubed chicken pieces as in chicken breast cubes? Cubed chicken breasts don’t work well in the pressure cooker, but 1 minute and 10 minutes natural release will be the time.

      You could brown them first as well!

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  14. I made this for dinner tonight and it was excellent. I was a little skeptical about the short cooking time, but it was spot on. The pork chops were very tender. This will go in my regular rotation.

  15. Hi Jacky and Amy, the sauce was spot on – thank you! However my pork chops came out too dry. Do you have any ideas for when I try this again? Thank you!

    1. Hi Vanessa! So good to hear from you again.

      Thank you for your kind words and question.

      Pork chops being too dried usually means it has been overcooked. I would try reducing the cooking time to 0 minute next time.

      I would also recommend finding the most marbling/fatty pork chops as they work the best in a pressure cooker.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  16. Another outstanding and easy recipe! I made this last night and it was delicious! Hard to believe the pressure cook time was 1 minute and they were so tender and juicy! Love you guys!

    1. Hi Jeannine!

      So happy to hear the result was tender and juicy!!

      You have been very kind to us. Thank you once again for your kind words and support 🙂

      Have a great week!
      Jacky

  17. I made this recipe tonight and it turned out really delicious. The pork chops were cooked perfectly — after cooking, I chopped them into small chunks. I added a bit more sugar at the end and served it over rice. Thank you for a great recipe!

    1. Thanks for your lovely feedback Carla! Glad you enjoyed the Instant Pot Pork Chops.
      Have fun cooking & enjoy lots more delicious meals! 🙂
      Take care,
      Amy

    1. I did 6 by using 1.5 on all ingredients and used same time and it turned out great

    1. Hi Lynnette,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      For this flavor profile, chicken and pork will work better.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  18. Amy, would this recipe be good with goat chops? We have a new goat farm and have just had 4 goats processed by a USDA facility. Goat meat is leaner than chicken and has hardly any cholesterol :). We know all the benefits but need recipes 🙂

  19. You asked what our favorite Chinese food is. Mine is egg drop soup. I love it and usually get a quart to go. I can have it for lunch for a few days or use it as a base for soups.

    The Sweet & Sour Pork Chops sounds very good. I have some chops in the freezer and some chunky pineapple. Since I’m not a bell pepper fan, I do have the anaheims in the fridge too.

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