Whether you are looking for a great main dish recipe for a pressure cooker or a skillet, these pork chops are fantastic -- always moist and incredibly easy!

Pork Chops in Cider

These pork chops are SO good!  Very tender and moist — easy to make, yet fancy enough for guests.

The recipe was originally written for a pressure cooker,  but you can also make it in a skillet.  It’s another one that was brought to my attention by Diane Dashevsky, aboard S/V Always $umthing.  She originally got it from ifood.tv, a recipe-sharing site.

I’ve added a bit to it, with substitutions for some of the ingredients if needed, and directions for making it not only in a pressure cooker, but also in a skillet.

Using a pressure cooker cuts the cooking time considerably — to about one-third of what it would be otherwise.  Not only is it faster to the table, it will also use less fuel and put less heat in the galley.  If you’re thinking about getting a pressure cooker, check out my pressure cooker buying guide.

And if you need to substitute another cut of pork — or need to know how to ask for a pork chop in Spanish — check out the free PDF pork information that other readers and I have found.

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 tablespoon shortening OR canola oil OR vegetable oil
  • 4 to 6 pork chops 1/2″ thick
  • 2 medium onions, diced or cut into larger chunks
  • 2 apples — cored, peeled and either sliced or diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • dash of pepper
  • 1/2 cup apple cider OR apple juice (try to find some with little or no added sugar)
  1. Heat shortening in the pressure cooker. Brown chops on both sides. (NOTE: For lower fat cooking, omit the oil and sprinkle the salt in the pan and heat it to medium-high. Place pork chops in pan until browned on one side, then flip over and brown on second side.)
  2. Add the onions, apples, salt (if not used to brown the pork chops) and pepper. Pour the apple cider over it all.
  3. Following the specific instructions for your pressure cooker, lock the lid into place and bring the pan up to 15 pounds pressure, then lower heat and cook for 15 minutes. If your cooker does not get up to 15 pounds pressure, convert the cooking time using the conversion chart that came with your cooker — I know that if it only gets to 12 pounds, cooking time is 18 minutes (an extra 20%).
  4. Again following the instructions for your particular pressure cooker, cool immediately under running water, then unlock the lid and serve.
  5. If you do not have a pressure cooker, simply cook this in a skillet following the same basic plan — brown the meat, add the other ingredients, cover the pan, bring it to a boil, then turn down to simmer. It will take about 3 times as long, or 45 minutes.
  6. IMPORTANT: since more steam escapes with a skillet lid and it will cook longer, you need to monitor the amount of liquid in the pan and add some water if needed.

If you’re not using a pressure cooker, cooking time will be about 45 minutes for a total of just under an hour.

Green beans and mashed potatoes (see instructions for making mashed potatoes by hand) are great with this!

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  • Andrea Dollins on Facebook
    Posted at 14 February 2012 Reply

    Yummmy!!…I’m gonna’ try this tomorrow!! 🙂

  • Tony Gariepy
    Posted at 10 December 2016 Reply

    mmmm, Pork Chops… Love them in a cooker like this, or with sauerkraut… Especially on a chilly day.

  • Pam Dean
    Posted at 10 December 2016 Reply

    Love to make chile in the thermal cooker. Tastes great. I usually make rice in the top half or hard boiled eggs to go in a salad.

    • The Boat Galley
      Posted at 11 December 2016 Reply

      Dried beans are also good in the top half, then use them in something else the next day.

  • Melanie
    Posted at 18 May 2017 Reply

    These look fabulous. How long should I cook them in an instant pot/electric pressure cooker? Also-should I use high, medium, or low pressure? Thanks!

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 18 May 2017 Reply

      High pressure, it will take about 20 minutes.

      • Melanie
        Posted at 18 May 2017 Reply

        Thank you!

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