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Instant Pot Pork Chops with Apple Balsamic Topping (Paleo + Whole30)

Since Erica doesn’t eat pork chops (Justin here writing this post), I sometimes get a craving for pork chops and have to make up some for myself. Usually I just do a simple seasoning and cook them on the grill or cast iron pan, but this time I decided to try them in the instant pot. Boy was I happy with how these instant pot pork chops with apple balsamic topping turned out!

Easy, 6 ingredient instant pot pork chops with apple balsamic topping. This is a simple Paleo and Whole30 recipe that the whole family will love! #paleo #whole30 #instantpot #recipe |

Sauté In The Instant Pot

Have you used your instant pot to sauté anything yet? When we first got ours, we only used it for soups and roasts and things you’d typically make in the crockpot. But the instant pot has so much more to offer, why not use it for other recipes? The sauté function on the instant pot is easy, and it’s basically like cooking something in a skillet over medium heat. So, for this instant pot pork chop recipe you can use the instant pot for both browning the pork chops and cooking them with a delicious apple balsamic topping. Win win.

Easy, 6 ingredient instant pot pork chops with apple balsamic topping. This is a simple Paleo and Whole30 recipe that the whole family will love! #paleo #whole30 #instantpot #recipe |

The Apple Balsamic Topping

Pork and apples pair perfectly together. There’s something about the sweetness of the apple that creates a perfect combination of flavors. For this recipe, I added some light seasonings, onion and tart balsamic to bring even more flavor to the topping.

Easy, 6 ingredient instant pot pork chops with apple balsamic topping. This is a simple Paleo and Whole30 recipe that the whole family will love! #paleo #whole30 #instantpot #recipe |

6 Ingredients – Simple And Easy

If you are looking for a simple recipe, this is about as easy as it gets. The hardest part in making these instant pot pork chops is cutting up an apple and an onion, that’s really all there is to it. Then, just sauté the pork chops for a couple of minutes to brown the outside, add the remaining ingredients and just sit back and let the instant pot work its magic!

Easy, 6 ingredient instant pot pork chops with apple balsamic topping. This is a simple Paleo and Whole30 recipe that the whole family will love! #paleo #whole30 #instantpot #recipe |

Looking For More Whole30 Instant Pot Recipes?

In case you haven’t seen it, we put together a round up post of 21 Whole30 Instant Pot Recipes. Be sure to check this post out and pin it for later so you always have plenty of instant pot recipes on hand.

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Your Turn To Try These Instant Pot Pork Chops with Apple Balsamic Topping

Get your instant pot out and go make these pork chops! You will love the flavor combo of apple, balsamic and pork and it’s such a simple and easy recipe. Let us know how it goes by leaving a comment below. Also, take a photo and tag us on Instagram @realsimplegood, so we can check it out!


Easy, 6 ingredient instant pot pork chops with apple balsamic topping. This is a simple Paleo and Whole30 recipe that the whole family will love! #paleo #whole30 #instantpot #recipe |

Instant Pot Pork Chops with Apple Balsamic Topping (Paleo + Whole30)

3.74 from 213 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Servings: 3
Easy, 6 ingredient instant pot pork chops with apple balsamic topping. This is a simple Paleo and Whole30 recipe that the whole family will love! 
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  • 3 thick cut pork chops (about 1 inch thick)
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 apple, cored and diced into chunks
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1.5 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
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  • Chop onion and apples as noted and have the other ingredients on hand for quick access.
  • Turn your Instant Pot on and set it to “Saute”.
  • Add in ghee to melt and stir it around to cover the bottom of the pot.
  • Place pork chops in the instant pot to brown each side (about 1-2 minutes per side). Don't saute too long, it's just to get a quick brown sear on each side.
  • Once the chops are browned press the “Keep Warm/Cancel” button.
  • Sprinkle the onion and apples over the pork chops. Drizzle on the balsamic vinegar over the top.
  • Sprinkle the garlic powder, salt and pepper over everything.
  • Lock the Instant pot lid into place and close the pressure valve.
  • Cook on the manual setting for 10 minutes. Quick release the pressure once the cooking is complete.
  • Remove the pork chops and spread the apple/onion topping evenly over each pork chop for serving.
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104 thoughts on “Instant Pot Pork Chops with Apple Balsamic Topping (Paleo + Whole30)

  • Wow, just wow. Tried this tonight, and gotta say it’s one of my top 3 favorite IP recipes yet! So delicious and easy.

    -Used more of the diced apple/onion (2 small Granny Smiths + full small red onion, same amount of balsamic), and having more of the pork topping to spoon on top was great)
    -the pork chops I had were boneless center cut, sliced thin. Based on other comments, I only did 7 min IP pressure cook with quick release. Was still a tad dry so I think I’d try 5 min next time
    -served with white rice and a garlic—Parmesan asparagus recipe I found.


  • Hi- excited to try this recipe but have a question. I got thin boneless center cut chops, and want to be sure they’re juicy and not dried out. Intrigued by incorporating natural release to ensure juiciness. Any advice on cooking time? Maybe 3 min high pressure, 5 min natural release? Thanks!

  • Just tried this recipe. I was so easy and delicious! Erica, you need to try it… I know pork is not your thing, but WOW! Thanks, Justin.

    • Whatever sounds good! Winter squash, root vegetables, sweet potato, wilted greens, asparagus, brussels sprouts, cauliflower or cauli rice, etc. So many options! Let us know what you end up trying and how it goes!

  • I love this recipe and use it regularly in rotation. Very easy and quick, and leftovers are great for a quick reheat!

  • My chops were a little frozen so added 5 minutes, then let th pressure go down naturally. Since I had 4 chops I increased to apples and onions, and added a couple sprigs of fresh Rosemary. DELICIOUS!!!! Thanks for this great recipe!!!

  • This was so good. I did with frozen center cut boneless chops. I added 5 minutes and it was not dry at all. I loved it. Definitely will save.

  • I made this last night and it was delish! After cooking, I used the remaining liquid and made it into a reduction sauce. Soooo good!

  • Hands down one of the best pork chop recipes we have had! My husband is typically not a fan of pork with fruit but he asked to keep this on the menu. So simple and delicious.

  • Just made this for the first time. I had 6 chops (thick and bone-in) so I doubled the onions and apples. I used one full cup of balsamic and 1/4 cup of apple brandy. The sauce was to die for! The pork chops were a little overdone, but I’m still trying to figure out what it means to “close the pressure valve”. I’m guessing I should not have relied on the alarm sounding at the end of the pressure time. I got too busy with the online working and learning going on in my house today. Highly recommend!

  • These came out great! So quick and easy!! Used 4 boneless pork chops about inch or so thick. I used 1 1/2 times the ingredients (adapting for the 4th chop?). Followed directions, cooking for 10 minutes and then quick release. Meat was moist and tender and big hit with the family!! Passed it on to my sons and daughters in law.

  • This dish is simply delicious and has become a go-to in our home and a frequent request by my kiddos! First it’s quick and easy (a must for busy weeknights) and secondly it’s just so delicious. The meat comes out moist and tender, and the combo of flavours are amazing. I like to serve over mashed potatoes with all the juice/sauce. I usually double the recipe and find 14 mins cook time is perfect.

    • This is so wonderful to hear! Thanks for trying our recipe and taking the time to share here and on IG, too. We appreciate it so much! And we’re so glad it’s a hit with the whole family! 🙂

  • Absolutely delicious, made it exactly as written and it was perfect. And super easy! Making it again this weekend for friends.

  • Found this recipe last week & have already tried it twice! My husband is in love with it & says its a keeper! High praise from a good cook. Thank you so much for making me look like a decent weeknight cook!

  • Can I bundle up some baby potatoes to cook at the same time as the chops? Ive done this recipe before and love it, but thought maybe I could do potatoes on top, in foil?

  • Yummy this came out perfect. Added 2 tsp cornstarch at the end and cooked on saute for a few minutes to thicken the sauce.

  • I added some freshly picked figs to this today, chopped up. I used frozen pork! Even with no added salt, I can’t believe the flavor!!!!
    I also tossed in a few 10 minute sized potatoes.

  • Outstanding! Simple, quick, delicious. What more can you ask for? Family loved it.Will absolutely make again.

    • We’ve never tried that and I’d be worried about the potatoes getting cooked with such a short cooking time. You’d definitely want to cut the potatoes up into small chunks if you tried that. Let us know how it goes if you do!

      • Pork loin chops great as usual, no surprise, but the potatoes didn’t cook right at all. Epic fail. Lol. Oh well, I’ll have to try something different next time.

  • OMG this recipe is so delicious. I have made it a few times and I have had company rave how good it is. Thank you so very much for sharing. Please. Don’t think about trying this, just go for it. I promise you won’t be disappointed…

  • We tried this tonight, it turned out amazing, perfect tender pork chops, and the sauce was delicious! I tripled the sauce, and wonder if that’s why my chops turned out so moist, and tender?

  • That was very tasty, thanks. And I don’t even use salt! I had thick pork chops and did 8 min HP with 10 min NR – could have pulled em out sooner! The apples were Anastasia.

  • Really, really great flavor, but chops were WAY over cooked and I only cooked them for 7 minutes. Next time I will try cooking them for only 4-5 minutes with 10 NPR.

  • I really enjoyed the flavor of this recipe. I used two apples as mine were pretty small. I did get the “burn” message on my insta pot. I had to add some beef broth and a little more vinegar to get more liquid. I also went down to 9 minutes. Will definitely make this again.

  • Making it for the 3rd time since finding this recipe this summer. For us we love the sauce, but tweaked it a little or maybe a lot. 😉 LOL. . We doubled the amount of apples and cut back the vinegar and garlic powder by half and for u, love it that way! The sauce is great over rice as well as the pork chops. 🙂 Thank you for sharing this recipe. Now to move on and try some over your other ones.

    Having an instant pot has been a real energy saver at our house over this hot summer. Saves us from using the oven but at the same time allows us to have those meals that we love having but not wanting to use the oven.

    • We haven’t done this recipe specifically in the crockpot but we have done other recipes. For this, I’d recommend giving the pork chops a quick sear for 1-2 minutes on both sides in a pan. Then, transfer to the crockpot and follow steps 6-7 in the recipe. Cook on high for 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on the thickness of the chops. Hopefully this helps and let us know how it goes!

      • OMG, it’s DELICIOUS! I was worried it would be dry because the recipe didn’t call for any liquid other than the balsamic to be added and I was SO wrong- the pork is incredibly juicy and the onion and apple created a heavenly flavor and are the PERFECT consistency! Thank you. Oh, and I followed your crockpot suggestion and you were right on.

  • Just wanted to say that this recipe is wonderful! It is by far mine and my husband’s favorite pork chop recipe. We use thin pork chops and the meat just falls right off the bone. And it’s so simple to make. I know this review sounds cliche, but I’m really pleased with how this meal turned out.

    • We haven’t tried this, but if you’re able to sear all of the pork chops first you should be able to use the same cooking time. Just check the pork chops when you finish to be sure they are cooked to your liking.

  • I was looking for a fast and easy meal, and this definitely delivered. I used some thick sliced bone-in, and some thick slice boneless. They were both good, but the bone in was AMAZING. I could break it apart with my fingers for the baby, but it still maintained the crispy exterior. I have had a problem over cooking meats, so I did 5 mins with NPR on mine. Also, I tried doubling it with great results, except I should probably not have doubled the balsamic. There was entirely too much liquid, but I don’t know how different the flavor would have wound up without the extra balsamic.

    • Yay! We’re so happy to hear this worked out great for you! Thanks so much for giving it a try and taking the time to come back and share! We hope this one makes it into your regular rotation of recipes! Next time you double it, you might play with using less than double of the topping to see how it compares flavor wise. The apples definitely release a lot of water while cooking. We haven’t tried doubling it ourselves yet, so you’ll have to let us know. 🙂

  • Followed directions above excepted did a 10 min NPR at the end. Turned out moist and had lots of yummy juices with the apple onion mixture. Will definitely make these again.

  • Having cooked with a pressure cooker for many years, I recommend a shorter cooking time, about half, with a slow release.

  • Hi! I made this last night and my 1 1/2 inch boneless pork chops came out dry. I put my instant pot on “pressure cook” for 10 minutes and then let it slow release. My pot gives me the option for “low” or “high” pressure when I use that function. I selected “high”. My IP is new to me, and I would appreciate any advice you could give me. The sauce was delicious and I would certainly make this again, if I could figure out how to not dry out the chops!

    • Hi there – Our instructions say to quick release the pressure, so your pork chops actually cooked for an additional 15 minutes or so by letting the IP naturally release. Next time try the quick release and also only do a very short sear on both sides using the saute function. Let us know how it goes!

    • I bought 2 2.5″ thick chops and I knew from last time 10 mins is too long a time. I did 7.5 min with slow release, but I still thought it could be less time. 6 minutes next time.
      If they still need more time, I’ll just put them in the oven for a bit, then they’re still hot and ready to serve. Don’t want them over cooked! Practice makes perfect!

  • I want to make this but I have 5 thin boneless chops already. Thoughts on cooking times for that? Thanks!

    • I would just give them a very quick sear on each side and then pressure cook for 7-8 minutes instead of 10. Just be sure to check them and make sure they are cooked before eating (you can always saute them a little more if needed). Let us know how they turn out!

  • Taste was good but pork was so dry. I’d reduce the time
    If we tried them again. It’s a bummer too because the topping was yummy!

  • I just got pork chops from the store today just so I could make this! Can’t wait to see how it turns out! I’m praying it turns out at least half as good as yours did… 🙂

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