Pork Chops on sale? Pears on sale? Let’s make this fusion pork chop in the Instant Pot and make the pear dill sauce in a high powered blender like the Vitamix. Fusion because it has Southeast Asian flavours mixed with herbs (dill) and ketchup. This Instant Pot Pork Chop uses a sirloin pork chop cut, which means you do not have to pound it with a tenderizer. If your pork chop is of a thicker cut, definitely use some arm muscles and pound that pork, baby! 4 pieces of sirloin pork chops for $4.68. Now, that’s a steal. The nice thing about using the Instant Pot is that it turns cheap cuts of meat into a wonderful meal.
Instant Pot Pork Chops Boneless with Pear Dill Sauce for a weeknight meal
Since this was actually created on a weeknight, it had to be fast. I left the pear peels on. I didn’t want chunky pears. I had figure the best way to make the pear sauce was to puree it into a barbecue sauce that does not have vinegar in it. Since pears have natural acid, I did not think that it required any vinegar for the sauce. No pears? Use apples! There was also no fancy camera used — just the cell phone. I am an internal auditor by day; food blogger in my spare time. Two hungry children. Can this meal be done around half an hour or under 40 minutes?
How long does the Instant Pork Chops Recipe take?
The sauce took two minutes from prep to finish. I marinated the pork chops for two to 5 minutes while cleaning up the kitchen. The pork chops probably could have benefited from a longer marinating time; so with advanced planning, you can marinate the pork chops the night before. Make sure you reserve the pear sauce to put on afterwards. Do not add the rest of the sauce to pressure cook in the Instant Pot without thinning it down with a liquid. (I have tried that with pasta sauce from scratch by adding tomato paste and let’s just say that it was a mess to clean up when it started ‘exploding’.) The 6 quart Instant Pot fits two sirloin pork chops when sauteing. It takes about 3 minutes to brown each side. So, that is 12 minutes of browning time. The amount of time to cook pork chop is 8 minutes with a 10 minute wait before instant pressure release. So, it takes about 40 minutes in total, which isn’t bad. It is enough time for you to prepare salads, rice or any other canned vegetables as sides. I always call it a success when you don’t resort to ordering out when pressed for time on a weeknight. For another weeknight recipe, check out: Instant Pot Braised Chicken.
What herbs do I add to pork chops?
Dill is a great flavour enhancer to pork chops. If you don’t have fresh or dried dill, use parsley, rosemary, savory, thyme or fennel. Possibilities are endless!
If you are looking for a pureed food for babies with dill, this is a great recipe: ground beef puree with apple sauce.