Instant Pot Ranch Pork Chops and Potatoes – Made From Frozen

When I first posted the one skillet pork chop and potatoes recipe, I received several requests for a similar recipe that could be made in the Instant Pot.

Although I still make the oven baked version, this pork chops and potatoes and pork tenderloin that is made in the Instant Pot, have become one of my favorite weeknight meals.

Let’s face it, as much as I want to be prepared and organized, there are times that I just don’t have a plan for dinner.

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Pork chops and potatoes with a delicious mushroom gravy on top!

That is when I run to my freezer, open it up, and stare at it endlessly. I do this until something jumps out at me, knowing that I am desperate for an idea for dinner.

This is exactly how this pork chops and potatoes recipe was born!

I was staring into the cold case filled with white papered wrapped meat from the butcher, not knowing what I was going to prepare for dinner.

That is when I saw the lonely stack of frozen pork chops begging for attention. I grabbed the frozen pack and as I turned to close the heavy freezer door, I looked down and saw a stack of russet potatoes staring at me.

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The pork chops are placed in the liquid with the mushrooms placed on top. A tall trivet is used to hold the steamer basket.

I picked up a few and knew that a dinner could be born with these two main ingredients.

I knew I needed a little flavor to add to this meal and when I opened the spice cabinet a packet of dry ranch seasoning packet literally fell off the shelf.

It was meant to be!

Ranch dressing goes great with just about anything, but a little sprinkle of dry seasoning on both the pork chops and potatoes seemed like just the answer.

I pulled my Instant Pot out and placed it on the counter. I immediately turned to the refrigerator to decide what type of liquid that I was going to add to bring the pot up to pressure.

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Russet potatoes in the steamer basket ready to be cooked with the pork chops.

When I pulled on the handle and opened the door, I saw the remaining mushrooms from the week’s menu hanging out on the top shelf.

Why not? By all means, this was a throw together meal that I was just hoping was going to be edible.

I added a few more ingredients and added the frozen pork chops into the liquid. The potatoes were added to the steamer basket and placed on a tall trivet.

As I closed and locked the lid, I prayed for the best.

Once the meal was done cooking, I allowed for 10 minutes of natural pressure release.

I hesitantly opened the lid and to my surprise everything looked and smelled delicious!

I thickened up the sauce to make a quick gravy, and our new favorite Instant Pot weeknight meal was born!

This recipe can easily be reduced to feed 2 people, or increased to feed a family of 6. No need to increase or decrease the cooking time, just adjust the ingredients as needed.

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Instant Pot Ranch Pork Chops and Potatoes

Moist and delicious pork chops with a ranch flavored gravy made with ranch potatoes for a one pot meal.
Course: Main Dish, Side Dish
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 packet of dry ranch dressing seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 4 frozen pork chops thin, bone in
  • 1/2 cup sliced baby bella mushrooms
  • 4 inch small russet potatoes cut in 4-6 sections
  • 1/4 packet of dry ranch dressing seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp flour

Instructions

  • Place Instant Pot on sauté mode. Add extra virgin olive oil.
  • Once heated add diced onion and heat for 3 minutes.
  • Add minced garlic and stir frequently for 1 minute. Turn Instant Pot off
  • Add chicken broth and deglaze the bottom of the pan.
  • Add in milk, dry ranch seasoning and ground pepper, stir.
  • Add frozen pork chops in the liquid and place the mushrooms on top of the chops.
  • In a small bowl sprinkle ¼ packet of dry ranch seasoning mix on the cut potatoes and coat.
  • Add trivet and steamer basket over the pork chops. Add potatoes in the basket.
  • Close lid and turn to sealed. Pressure cook/manual on high for 15 minutes.
  • Natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then quick pressure release the remaining pressure.
  • Remove potatoes and pork chops and cover.
  • Place Instant Pot on sauté mode and slowly whisk flour to the liquid mixture. Stirring frequently thicken sauce to desired consistency. Pour over pork chops.

Notes

If using thawed thin-medium thick bone in pork chops reduced cooking time to 8 minutes.
Recipe provided by Make Your Meals

Instant Pot Ranch Pork Chops and Potatoes – Made From Frozen
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10 thoughts on “Instant Pot Ranch Pork Chops and Potatoes – Made From Frozen

  • at 9:20 am
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    Can’t wait to try this. I make something similar to this and it turns out great. I know this one will too.

    • at 12:39 pm
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      Thank you Pauline… we love this recipe!

  • at 9:09 pm
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    We made this tonight and it was so delicious! My husband and 16 year old daughter loved it.

    • at 3:13 pm
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      We are so glad that you like it!

  • at 9:48 pm
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    This turned out great. I almost made a big error though, I didn’t understand how important it is to PROPERLY scrape and clean out the browned onions and garlic from the pot before starting the pressure cycle. (Deglazing) The machine gave me the code “burn” on the pot when it was early in the cycle. After some quick googling I opened the pot, took everything out, cleaned the pot better, added a bit more chicken broth, and started again. The family loved it! I will be doing more cooking from frozen with the instant pot, thank you!

    • at 8:07 am
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      Yes, the deglazing is crucial in this (and many recipes). I am glad it all worked out and you enjoyed it!

  • at 10:45 pm
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    I made this tonight exactly as the recipe said but I had frozen boneless pork chops and canned mushrooms. It was great. Thank you! I forgot to take something out for dinner this morning so being able to prepare frozen really saved the day. I’ve only made 4 or 5 meals in my instant pot so far but I plan to use it much more . It is a life saver for me since I tend to get distracted easily and forget to start dinner on time. This is definitely the best meal I’ve made with it so far.

    • at 4:13 pm
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      Making dinner from frozen is one of the best benefits of the Instant Pot! I am so glad you enjoyed the pork chops!

  • at 4:25 pm
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    Could I cook the potatoes in the liquid with the pork chops and mushrooms?

    • at 1:03 pm
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      Absolutely!

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