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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!
Servings 4
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 32 mins
Total Time 52 mins




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


  • 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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Author: Amy + Jacky
Calories: 493kcal


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