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Instant Pot Pork Chops with Red Cabbage

Instant Pot pork chops with red cabbage in a cider sauce, a simple & delicious recipe that produces beautifully juicy chops in a silky sauce.

If you get pork chops with the rind on I’ve also included some instructions for creating perfect crispy crackling in the oven!

Close up Instant Pot pork chops with red cabbage, crispy crackling and broccoli.

Pressure Cooker Pork Chops with Red Cabbage

It’s not an overstatement to say that I have a thing for pork chops, I love them and there are more than a few recipes that demonstrate that love here!

I have everything from sweet and sour pork chops with flavours loosely based on the Chinese takeaway, Normandy pork chops with a distinctly French vibe to Harissa pork chops that play around with Moroccan flavours and a pork chop casserole built on some solid Italian flavours.

I also have some slow cooker pork chops with tomatoes and peppers for those that prefer to cook in a Crock Pot.

These Instant Pot pork chops are European in influence and are cooked in cinnamon and cider with some simply shredded red cabbage.

The nature of cooking in a pressure cooker helps keep these thick bone-in pork chops beautifully moist and juicy.

It is a simple recipe and if you have rind on pork chops then you will love my instructions for the crispy crackling!

Overhead Instant Pot pork chops with red cabbage served with crispy crackling and broccoli.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use thinner pork chops?

Not for this recipe no! No amount of playing with the Instant Pot timing will result in pork chops that are juicy and tender.

Can I use boneless pork chops?

Personally speaking, I would not bother! They cook really quickly on the stovetop and cooking them in the Instant Pot does not add anything.

Do I have to use cider?

No, there are a whole host of substitutes that work really quite well. You could play with a light ale, lager, white wine, sherry or even red wine at a push.

If you do not want to cook with alcohol you can just use stock or combine stock with apple or pear juice. If you are using fruit juice use just 125ml (half of a cup), and double the stock to 250ml (1cup).

Can I use white cabbage or savoy cabbage?

Yes for white cabbage, but it is not quite as good with savoy cabbage. The green leafy nature of savoy cabbage means that it cooks too quickly in the Instant pot in comparison to the pork chops.


Cider here in Europe is *always* booze, which you guys refer to as hard cider.

Instant Pot pork chops with red cabbage with crispy crackling.

Serving Suggestions

These simple Instant Pot pork chops are crying out for some equally simple vegetables!

Now I’m a sucker for pork crackling! As a result, I always have the oven on when I am cooking these so I usually roast some vegetables in the pork fat.

This is pictured with some roast tenderstem broccoli. But they would be just as good with roast potatoes or even roast parsnips.

Mash is another great side for these chops!

However do not get tunnel-visioned, sure mashed potatoes are great but this is exceptionally good with buttery celeriac mash.

Instant Pot pork chops with red cabbage, crispy crackling and roasted tenderstem brocolli.

Equipment Used

I only mention specific brands of equipment if I think they make a material difference to a recipe. If you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comments section below the recipe.

  • Instant Pot or another pressure cooker. The timing of this recipe is optimised for the Instant Pot.
  • Kitchen knife.
  • Chopping Board.
  • Weighing scales and or measuring cups and spoons.
  • Long tongs.
  • Stirring and slotted spoons.
  • Small mixing bowl.
  • Oven and oven-proof frying pan if you are making the crackling.
Instant Pot pork chops with red cabbage, crispy crackling and roasted tenderstem brocolli.
Yield: 2 Servings

Instant Pot Pork Chops Recipe with Red Cabbage and Cider

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Instant pot pork chops with red cabbage, a gloriously simple dinner that delivers beautifully moist pork with an easy cider sauce.


  • 2 Thick Cut Bone-in Pork Chops
  • 2 Tbsp Cooking Oil
  • ½ Tsp Salt
  • 300g (3 Cups) Red Cabbage
  • 125ml (½ Cup) Chicken Stock
  • 250ml (1 Cup) Dry Cider or Hard Cider in the US
  • 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • ½ Tsp Black Pepper
  • 30g (2 Tbsp) Softened Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Plain Flour

For the Crispy Crackling (Optional):

  • Rind from the Pork Chop
  • 1 Tsp Cooking Oil
  • 1 Tsp Salt


  1. If you want to make crispy crackling and you have rind on pork chops take a sharp knife and cut off the pork rind. Trim up the fat leaving around 5mm (⅕") on the pork chop and 3-5mm on the rind.
  2. Rub the pork rind with the oil and then season generously with salt, it needs a lot of salt!
  3. Heat a frying pan over a medium high heat and add the pork rinds, skin side down and cook for 5-7 minutes. You will need to stand there and press down the rind to stop it curling and ensure that it browns well.
  4. Flip the pork rind and then cook the fat side for 2 minutes, then transfer to an oven and cook skin side up for 30 minutes at 200°C or 395°F.
  5. Shred the cabbage into 5mm strips.
  6. Season the pork chops with salt.
  7. Set the Instant Pot to saute mode at the high setting and when it says hot add the pork chops one at a time and sear well on both sides. This will take 2-3 minutes per side per chop. Then sear off the fat by holding the chop vertically with some tongs, for another minute or two. Set aside the pork chops.
  8. Pour the cider and chicken stock into the pot and then stir scraping the base of the pot to ensure that you are removing any crispy bits.
  9. Turn off saute mode then stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon stick and black pepper.
  10. Add the red cabbage, then place the pork chops on top of the cabbage.
  11. Pop on the lid and seal it, cook on high pressure for 4 minutes, then allow the pot to rest for 5 minutes before releasing the pressure.
  12. Whilst the pork is cooking mash the softened butter with the flour.
  13. Remove the pork chops and set aside to rest, then remove the cabbage with a slotted spoon and place in a bowl covered with foil to keep warm.
  14. Turn the Instant Pot to saute mode on the high setting and wait for the juices to come to a rapid boil.
  15. Once the sauce is boiling whisk in the butter and flour mix and cook for 2-3 minutes until the sauce begins to thicken.


Timings and calorific value do not include the crispy crackling.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 734Total Fat: 45gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 166mgSodium: 904mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 5gSugar: 19gProtein: 45g

Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

Did you make this recipe?

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Wednesday 8th of December 2021

What is an instant pot please.

Brian Jones

Wednesday 22nd of December 2021

An instant pot is an electric pressure cooker.

Sara Tasch

Wednesday 10th of January 2018

OMG, Delicious!!! I doubled the recipe except for cider and butter which I did x1.5. My cabbage fell apart because I didn't realize I needed part of the core to hold it together. Next time and there will definitely be a next time.

Brian Jones

Thursday 11th of January 2018

So glad you enjoyed it Sara, The hearty of the cabbage in the main is there for presentation although I do like the slightly 'tougher' heart personally.

Donna Williams

Saturday 26th of August 2017

I would like to double this recipe.. could it be done in the same process?? My instant pot is a 6qt. 7-1. Thanks Donna

Brian Jones

Monday 28th of August 2017

Hi Donna... I have not tried it but see no reason why doubling the recipe would not work, the timings should remain roughly the same, when I have doubled my recipes I only increase the liquid by 50% rather than doubling. Enjoy.

Jackie Allen

Thursday 23rd of February 2017

Very good! My husband said it's a keeper!!!

Brian Jones

Monday 27th of February 2017

Always glad to be of service, glad he enjoyed it :)


Tuesday 21st of February 2017

Lovely post krumpli. Glad your wife enjoyed it! As a kid i always requested pork chops for my birthday so this brought back a lot of memories! Will have to treat myself again soon

Brian Jones

Thursday 23rd of February 2017

Thanks Emma, I can't even remember what was on my Birthday menu as a kid but my guess would have been fish and chips, a real treat when I was growing up.

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