Ginger Pork & Rice, Instant Pot

I decided it was time to use my Instant Pot for more than beans.

Although I use it a lot for beans, it does do other things rather well.

Like pork chops.

I’m torn as to which makes pork chops more tender: Instant Pot or slow cooker.

I’ll continue to test this winter….

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Ginger Pork & Rice, Instant Pot

I used boneless pork chops for this and they were very moist and tender.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Pork
  • Method: Instant Pot


  • 2 boneless pork chops, 12oz (360gr) total weight, cut in half
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbs minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup (3.3oz, 95gr) Basmati rice
  • 2/3 cup (5oz, 150ml) chicken broth
  • 3 tbs sherry
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds


  • Set the Instant Pot to Sauté for 4 minutes.
  • Add 1 tbs olive oil, onion, and celery. Sauté for 3 minutes.
  • Add garlic, ginger, and sauté for remaining minute.
  • When done, add broth, and stir well, scraping up any browned bits.
  • Add sherry, sesame oil, soy sauce, and stir well.
  • Add rice and stir.
  • Arrange pork on rice.
  • Secure cover, set Instant Pot to High Pressure for 8 minutes.
  • Natural release for 10 minutes then quick release.
  • Spoon pork and rice into a serving bowl.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds, and serve


  • The cooking time includes coming up to pressure.
  • Substitute equal amount of white wine or dry vermouth for the sherry – or 1 tbs apple cider vinegar.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 554
  • Sugar: 4.6 g
  • Sodium: 820.2 mg
  • Fat: 18.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 49 g
  • Fiber: 2.6 g
  • Protein: 44.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 108.8 mg
Ginger Pork & Rice

If you don’t want the rice: Instant Pot Pork Chops & Onions

I’m ambivalent about doing the grocery shopping. I neither like it nor loath it. It’s simply something that needs to be done and the more mindlessly I can complete the task the happier I am.

I was required to do way too much thinking and make far too many decisions this week.

Nothing life altering… just irritating.

Both the brands of toilet paper and paper towels I normally buy were not to be found. Did I really need to buy something else or could I wait?

Someone requested salami for his sandwiches…. I spent 5 minutes looking. Nope.

The treats that Guapa loves and always has 2 of while I’m cooking were not on the shelf. Actually, there was nothing from Pedigree on the dog shelves at all.

There is a local brand of tomato sauce that we love. Either they are no longer in business or the store quit carrying it in favor of the big brands. Another 5 minute search with no results.

No orzo in the pasta section.

No Listerine or dental floss. (Wha?)

There were a few more but you get the idea.

It was all things that, in the Before Times (pandemic, war in Ukraine) I could just mindlessly walk buy and toss in my cart, without thinking or searching.

‘They’ say change is good and stimulation is good for the brain.

‘They’ can go….

6 thoughts on “Ginger Pork & Rice, Instant Pot”

  1. Oh my goodness your supermarket shelves are empty of the things you prefer !! Very frustrating !! I have had that in Melbourne but not in Morocco as you can never shop here with expectations haha !!!

  2. I’m having that same problem here, things I mindlessly buy that I’ve always bought are suddenly no more and I have to find a substitution. I don’t like that. They’re never close to the same. I’m trying to just buy the stuff when I see it. Sometimes, I end up with a lot that I don’t need right now, but I have it and sometimes, I still can’t find it and substitution it is.

    I’ve used my Instant Pot for hard boiled eggs. Pretty expensive hard boiled egg pot, but I can’t fault it. Best thing ever! Thing 1 uses hers often as a slow cooker more than anything but also as a pressure cooker. I’m still old school there. I have a rocker pressure cooker. I’m trying to get away from it. Really I am. But it’s hard. Did you find the non-stick insert yet? It’s a game changer!

    • A non-stick insert? I don’t do the dishes so I never thought about it lol
      And I haven’t tried it for eggs. Or as a slow cooker. I’m already in a rut… Although I’m using it for chicken stock at the moment – maybe there’s hope for me yet.

      • Yup, an honest to goodness non-stick insert. And it works great and cleans up really nicely. InstantPot makes it so you’re not buying an off brand and you can get it on Amazon. I bought the glass lid too so I can use it as a slow cooker, but I still can’t give up my Crock Pot. Doing a dozen eggs in the InstantPot though for deviled eggs is the bomb! They peel so easy, it’s worth every penny buying the darned thing just for that.

        • I bought the glass lid – but haven’t tried using it as a slow cooker yet. I have 2 slow cookers and they are just old friends. I know how they work for what I want. I’ll check out the insert.

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