pressure cooker pork chops
The recipe on this platter has almost no prep work and is all cooked together in the pressure cooker. It will only take 20 minutes minutes start to finish – this includes 6 minutes of cooking under pressure.

Originally, I wanted to bring you Braciole alla Toscana, a Tuscan pork chop recipe. It calls for black Tuscan kale boiled in tomato puree. When black kale could not be found it was swapped it with red cabbage – which did not play well with the tomato puree. So the next test was with regular cabbage and no tomato puree. Jackpot!So now,  I present you with a Tuscan-inspired pork chops with fewer ingredients but equal amounts of wow!

Why pressure cook a pork chop when you could just saute it? The advantages lie in using just one pot to simultaneously cook a side dish using the juices released from the chops. In short: convenience and flavor.


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6 L or larger  none    6-8 min.    High(2)  Normal

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Pressure Cooker Pork Chops and Cabbage - one pot meal
Recipe type: pressure cooker
Cuisine: American
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  • 4 thick-cut Pork Chops (about ¾" or 2 cm)
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 small head of cabbage (about a pound or 500g)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup meat stock
  • 2 teaspoons, flour
  1. Unwrap the pork chops and sprinkle with fennel, salt and pepper.
  2. Prepare the cabbage by slicing the cabbage in half almost through the core, and then in thick ¾ inch slices and set aside.
  3. In the pre-heated pressure cooker,on medium-high heat without the lid, add oil, and brown all of the chops on one side only - only two at a time may fit depending on the size of the pressure cooker base, or the chops.
  4. When all of the chops have been browned and set aside, add the cabbage slices into the empty pressure cooker.
  5. On top of the cabbage arrange the pork chops brown-side up, overlapping as needed. Pour any juice from the chops and meat stock around the edges.
  6. Close and lock the lid of the pressure cooker.
  7. Electric pressure cookers: Cook for8 minutes at high pressure.
    Stove top pressure cookers: Cook for 6 minutes at high pressure.
  8. When time is up, open the pressure cooker with the Normal release - release pressure through the valve.
  9. Using tongs, move the cabbage and pork chops to a serving platter and tent lightly with foil while preparing the gravy.
  10. Bring the left-over juices in the pressure cooker to a boil and whisk-in the flour.
  11. Pour thickened sauce on top of cabbage and pork chop platter and serve.

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  1. This was delicious, used vegetable mode on XL pressure cooker for 8 mins, added onion and carrots. YUM!

  2. Can you use sour kraut instead of cabbage, does the seasoning change?

    1. Saurkraut is pickled/fermented cabbage. As such it will behave and taste quite differently. Form memory it is salted as part of the pickling process, so maybe go light on the salt.

      Try it and report back how it goes.

  3. I made this for my first meal in my IP Duo 80 and I way overcooked it. I used thick boneless pork chops and added potatoes. It came out mushy and the pork was a little pink. I’m hoping I didn’t just give my family food poisoning.

    1. Tiffany, the potatoes increased the time the pressure cooker needed to come to pressure – making everything cook longer. I strongly recommend you take the meat’s temperature before serving if you’re concerned about poisoning your family. However, my recipes as-written are already tested to ensure that the meat is fully cooked (I check, too).

      I’m sorry you had a bad experience. Please come join us at Pressure Cooking School so you can learn more about how your pressure cooker works plus start out some super-simple recipes.



      1. Tiffany, just saw your reply. They used bone-in pork chops, and not boneless. Hopefully by now, you have learned, from the mistakes you make. Use the same cut of meat, for best results.

    2. Pink doesn’t mean much. As Laura correctly notes, internal temperature is the key. Pork is safe when cooked to a much lower internal temp than used to be recommended. (I cook to 140 and it is, as expected, still pink). Also, cooking at high pressure kills bacteria as well so…

  4. I thought it was better than expected. I have an instant pot and used 3/4 cup of stock and it worked fine. After reading some of the comments and with my pork chops being thinner I used 6 min high pressure and then released. When I was sauteing the pork chops I added 1 minced garlic clove. When making the gravy I added 1 tap f Red wine vinegar. Loved the fennel. So good.

  5. Loved it!

  6. This recipe appealed to me in numerous ways. To add a bit of interest and depth I crushed the fennel seeds a bit in a mortar then mixed in salt and freshly ground white pepper. This I sprinkled on both sides of the chops (I used six, somewhat thick, boneless chops).

    I sautéed the chops, one side only, in three batches, in the oil. Adding a little more oil I sautéed one onion, halved and thinly sliced, along with one head of fennel, also halved and thinly sliced, adding one teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves during the sweating. I cooked, using the moisture exuded from the megs to partially deglaze the pot, scraping up the browed bits from the pork as I stirred, just till the megs were well wilted. I then added one clove of minced garlic and finished deglazing with 2 tablespoons of German Riesling, allowing the wine to evaporate most of the way. Next, I shut off the IP, sliced the cabbage and stirred that in along with a little more salt and a generous several turns of the white peppermill. I tucked a small fresh bay leaf into the cabbage, sprinkled on a couple teaspoons of fresh juice from two clementines and fanned the pork over the surface, adding three-quarters of a cup of chicken stock before closing the lid and setting for an 8-minute cook. Removed the pork and begs when done, switched to sauté high, then thickened with a few tablespoons of Wondra.


  7. After browning the pork chops in oil, do you remove the oil before you add the cabbage? I was just given the Instant Pot as a gift, and I have not made anything in it yet.

    1. Diane, I leave the oil in. If you have time, before making dinner, check out my Pressure Cooking School:

      Congrats on your new pressure cooker!



  8. This sounds great! what would be a good way to modify with a pork loin roast? Brown it on all sides and increase cooking time?

    1. Emily, if you have a pork loin roast, consider making this recipe, instead:



  9. Hello, I really had high hopes for this recipe. It was an epic fail unfortunately. I followed your recipe exactly, my chops were beautiful just like the ones in the photo. I’m using Instant Pot Duo Plus 60. My chops were very dry and the cabbage a little too mushy. Can you help solve why this happened?

    1. Dry=overcooked. Did you cook for 8 minutes? How thick were your chops?

      1. My chops were 1 inch thick

  10. Hi, just wanted to let you know this is a really great recipe. My family liked it including my son who is not necessarily a cabbage fan. Super easy to prepare!

  11. I just cooked this and loved it. 2 minor alterations:
    – I have fennel and salt in my salt grinder as I love fennel seed. This was really nice.
    – substituted half the cabbage for sliced fresh fennel bulb.
    Great recipe,

  12. Thanks for the receipt. This will be my first attempt with my new Instant Pot.


  13. In step 8: When time is up, open the pressure cooker with the Normal release – release pressure through the valve.

    The Instant Pot quick start, as well as your video on same, refer to “natural” and “quick” pressure release. Both of these release pressure through the valve. Which one of these are you referring to as “normal”, please? It makes a difference how much the food is cooked so I want to get this right. Thank you.

    1. CJ, Instant Pot calls “normal release” as “quick release” – unfortunately, each manufacturer makes up their own names for the opening methods which is why in addition to the name of the method I spell out exactly how the release is executed.



  14. Made this for dinner tonight served it with mashed potatoes and homemade mustard pickles. It was a real hit. I have the 8 quart instant pot. Next time I will reduce the time to 6 minutes cabbage was well cooked at 8 minutes

  15. Dried out thick pork chop! tasteless unless smothered in sauce, the meat was not at all pink in the center. Why not put carrots and an onion in too? the cabbage was the only good part, but a person can only eat so much. My guests did not eat their meat.

  16. Omgosh….so good! I added an onion when the chops were almost browned (that I tossed with the cabbage after), and potatoes (that I chopped and slightly microwaved while chops browned) between the chops and cabbage, and wow! First time cooking cabbage ever! I found it on sale and thankfully found this recipe! I will definately be making this again!

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