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Instant Pot Sour Cream Pork Chops

Published August 28, 2019
Kate Sullivan

Written By: Kate Sullivan, MS

Kate holds a MS in Business Psychology and is currently a PHD researcher in Well-Being and Performance Psychology.

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<article itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Recipe"> <section itemprop="description"> <p>When you’re looking to make a tasty dinner but don’t have a lot of time, technology can come to the rescue. There’s a reason everyone is raving about the Instant Pot—it makes it a cinch to get a healthy, delicious meal on the table in under 30 minutes. This quick sour cream pork chop recipe is so luscious you could serve it at a dinner party, but it’s so easy you’ll find yourself making it again and again for busy weeknights.</p> </section> <section> <header>Instant Pot vs. Slow Cooker</header> <p>Pressure cookers have been around since at least the 1800s, but in recent years, they’ve gone high tech. The Instant Pot and its digital pressure cooker siblings add a range of extra features that make them faster, safer, and more versatile than standard stovetop cookers. Most have easy one-touch functions to cook poultry, fish, pork, or other food perfectly. Some even offer rice settings or a slow cooker function.</p> <div class="sub-head">How Fast Is an Instant Pot?</div> <p>So why not just use a slow cooker? It’s all about speed! By increasing the air pressure within the cooking chamber, a pressure cooker dramatically cuts the time required to cook your meal. </p> <p>In an Instant Pot, you can cook a whole 4-pound chicken in just 24 minutes. In the oven, it would take 1.5 hours. In a slow cooker, that same chicken will take 6-8 hours to cook!</p> <div class="sub-head">Can I Use an Instant Pot Instead of a Slow Cooker?</div> <p>An Instant Pot with the slow cooking function can be used to make all your favorite slow cooker recipes. However, you can’t use a slow cooker to replace an Instant Pot! Because slow cookers are designed specifically to cook food at a low temperature over a long period of time, they don’t have the special sealing top or release functions that allow an Instant Pot to cook so fast.</p> <p>Both gadgets can save you a lot of time in the kitchen. With the slow cooker, you can prep your meal the night before or in the morning, then plug it in, set the temperature, and go about your day. Dinner will be waiting when you get home! So even though it can take a long time to cook, you’re not <i>involved</i> with that time—what a relief!</p> <p>With an Instant Pot, you can come home from work, pop all the ingredients into the cooker, push a button, and wait just minutes for the program to finish. Follow the directions for either a natural release of steam or a rapid release and dinner is on the table in well under an hour.</p> <div class="sub-head"><span style="font-size:.8em;">Is Pork Good for Me?</span></div> <p>Pork is a fantastic protein option if you’re doing keto! You’re probably already enjoying <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/bring-on-the-bacon" rel="noreferrer">bacon</a> as part of your healthy diet, but pork chops, pork belly, and other cuts are also good for you. A 3-ounce pork chop (that’s the recommended serving) is just 164 calories, but it boasts 7 or more grams of healthy fat. It also has 24 grams of protein and no carbs. </p> <p>Make sure to get pork chops that have some fat, not super-lean trimmed pork chops. Pork is high in healthy monounsaturated fat, which can improve your heart health and help you lose weight.</p> </section> <hr class="divider-15 divider-thick mx-auto"> <section class="recipe"> <header itemprop="name">Instant Pot Sour Cream Pork Chops</header> <div class="prep"> <span> <meta itemprop="prepTime" content="PT15M">Prep Time: 10 minutes</span> <span> <meta itemprop="cookTime" content="PT35M">Cooking Time: 20 minutes</span> <span> <meta itemprop="recipeYield">Serves: 4</span> </div> <div class="sub-head">Ingredients:</div> <ul class="ingredients no-bullet"> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">1 tablespoon butter</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">2 medium onions, sliced</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">4 boneless pork chops, untrimmed</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">&frac14; teaspoon salt</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">&frac12; teaspoon black pepper</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">1 cup <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/homemade-bone-broth" rel="noreferrer">bone broth</a></li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">&frac34; teaspoon Italian herb mix</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">1 teaspoon golden flax meal or ground psyllium </li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">&frac13; cup sour cream</li> </ul> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium"> <div class="sub-head">Instructions:</div> <ol itemprop="recipeInstructions"> <li>Set your Instant Pot to the “brown” or “sauté” function. Add the butter and onions and cook, stirring, for 3-5 minutes or until onions are soft and fragrant.</li> <li>Push the onions to the side and add the pork chops in a single layer. Sprinkle with half the salt and pepper and allow to brown for 3 minutes. Flip the chops, sprinkle with the remaining salt and pepper, and brown for 3 minutes.</li> <li>Turn off the Instant Pot, then add the bone broth, Worcestershire sauce, and herb mix. Scrape the bottom of the pot to release any browned bits.</li> <li>Close the lid and seal the valve. Select “pressure cook” and set the timer to 8 minutes. </li> <li>When the cooking time ends, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes, then do a quick release of the remaining steam. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions.</li> <li>Open the lid, remove the chops to a plate, and cover with foil to keep them warm. Set the Instant Pot to “sauté.” Once the sauce is simmering, stir in the golden flax meal or psyllium to thicken. Simmer for 3-5 minutes.</li> <li>Turn off the Instant Pot, wait 2-3 minutes to cool, and then stir in the sour cream. Serve the sauce over the pork chops.</li> </ol> </section> </article>
Nutrition Facts

Serves 1


Calories

281


Amount Per Serving

Total Fat

17.6 g

Sodium

227 mg

Carbohydrate

6.6 g

Sugar

2.6 g

Dietary Fiber

1.4 g

Protein

23.6 g


Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Serves 1


Calories

281


Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Amount Per Serving

Total Fat

17.6 g

Sodium

227 mg

Carbohydrate

6.6 g

Sugar

2.6 g

Dietary Fiber

1.4 g

Protein

23.6 g

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