For the days you're tired and hurried, here's a 30-minute Instant Pot Pork Chops and Rice and Vegetables recipe that requires almost no effort. Tender pork chops, comforting soft rice, and veggies your kids will actually eat.
What Makes This Instant Pot Pork Chops and Rice Recipe So Good?
- Easy. Set your Instant Pot for 5 minutes and walk away.
- Fast. Start to finish done in under 30 minutes.
- Family-friendly. A great way to sneak in some veggies.
- Meal prep. Freezes and reheats with ease.
- Delicious. So great you'll add it to your dinner rotation.
- Little Cleanup. One pot, pour and cook meal.
Is It Family Friendly?
I'm a sneaky mom and when they were little, I'd add vegetables to it because that's what Moms do. Although my older one, Mark, was great with veggies, the younger one, Alex, needs them sneaked in.
Sure he picked around the veggies, but I hoped he'd miss one every once in a while, and hey, presto! Veggies snuck into an unsuspecting kid!
The good news is that you can use whatever veggies will go over well in your household.
What Kind of Veggies Can I Use In This Recipe?
- Frozen Mixed Veggies
- Julienned Carrots
- Frozen Green Beans
- Frozen Corn
Really, the possibilities are endless. As long as you don't use starchy vegetables like potatoes.
The reason NOT to use potatoes or other super starchy things is that those vegetables ABSORB water to help the starch cook. You will likely not have enough water if you did that.
How To Make Instant Pot Pork Chops and Rice
- For this easy pork chops recipe, add oil, onions, rice, salt and pepper into the Instant Pot. You do not need to sauté anything. Yup, you read that right. The pressure cooker will take care of all the cooking for you.
- Place pork chops on top of the rice. Pour in water and push down the rice to ensure it's covered by the water.
3. Add whatever vegetables you intended to use. DO NOT STIR. You want these vegetables on top so that they won't overcook.
4. Set the Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker to 5 minutes. At the end of the cook time, let it rest undisturbed for 10 minutes. This is important cook time for the Pressure Cooker Pork Chops, so do not rush it.
5. Ready to serve! Cooking pork chops has never been so easy. They will be completely cooked. The rice will be soft and therefore well loved by kids and grown ups alike.
Can You Use Bone In Pork Chops?
Yes, you can. I would recommend you use a thin pork chop for this Instant Pot pork chops recipe, whether it has a bone or not so that the pork chop and rice cook at the same time.
How Can You Tell If Pork Chops Are Done?
- Time. Cook under high pressure for 5 minutes with a 10 minute natural release.
- Temperature. Use a meat thermometer to check for an internal temperature of at least 145F.
- Texture. Pork chops should not be tough or chewy.
Why Are My Instant Pot Pork Chops Tough?
If your pork chops are tough after cooking, it's likely because you have overcooked them.
Wondering how long to cook pork chops?
Follow my cooking times exactly for this recipe and you will have perfect Instant Pot Pork Chops every time.
Tips & Tricks for this Instant Pot Pork Chops & Rice with Vegetables Recipe.
- This is a thin pork chop recipe so they cook with the rice. You can use boneless pork chops as well.
- Do not exceed the quantity of vegetables called for, as you will have way too much water and mushy rice if you do that.
- This bone in or boneless pork chop recipe makes very soft rice so use the longest grain rice you can find and don't add extra water.
- The pork chops and vegetables will release plenty of water.
- Be sure the rice is well covered with water; push it down if you need to.
- If you double the recipe. use only 1 3/4 cups of water.
- If you're wondering how to cook boneless pork chops with this recipe, don't fret. Just follow the directions for bone in pork chop recipes listed below.
So the next time you're looking for a quick, yet family friendly dinner to cook up, make this Instant Pot Pork Chops and Rice! Your family is sure to love how it tastes and you're sure to love how little effort is involved in making it!
Want More Instant Pot Recipes?
- Instant Pot Butter Chicken is an easy 30-minute dinner and you can make rice on top of it, as the video shows.
- Pressure Cooker Rice and Dal is a great vegetarian rice dinner.
- This Lebanese Lentil and Rice dish is another great Vegetarian Instant Pot recipe.
- Instant Pot Indian Khichadi is comfort food in a bowl!
- Instant Pot Risotto with Shrimp is another one-pot comfort meal.
- Buffalo chicken casserole for the days you want low carb recipes
- You might also like low carb Chicken Biryani that uses riced cauliflower.
- Chicken and Mushrooms are a great combo.
- My kids love Instant Pot Pork Chops with Rice and Vegetables
- Zucchini Lasagna- You won't even miss the pasta.
- Haluski Recipe - A wonderful cabbage and noodles recipe.
- Place all ingredients into the inner liner of your pressure cooker in the order listed. Oil and onions at the bottom, rice with salt and pepper on top of that, pork chops on the rice, pour water and strew about the vegetables on top.
- Be absolutely sure that the rice is sitting under the water otherwise it will not cook. If you use potatoes or other starchy vegetables, you may need to add water. If you don't rinse your rice, you may need to add a little extra water.
- Cook at High Pressure for 5 minutes, and allow it to release pressure naturally for 10 minutes. Release any remaining pressure, and serve.
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- Use thin pork chops so they cook with the rice.
- Do not exceed the quantities of vegetables called for, as you will have way too much water and mushy rice if you do that.
- This recipe makes a very soft rice so use the longest grain rice you can find and don't add extra water.
- The pork chops and vegetables will release plenty of water.
- Be sure the rice is well covered with water; push it down if you need to. If you don't your rice will not cook.
- If you have an 8 quart, DOUBLE THE RECIPE. Otherwise you may get a burn message
- Be sure to rinse the rice, else you may not have enough water in the recipe, and your rice may be very starchy and stick.
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Originally Published July 17, 2017