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3 Ingredient Pork Chops


3 Ingredient Pork Chops

Easy pork chop dinner. Instant pot, crock pot, or pan seared version. Lemon pepper and apple juice team up for this sweet, tangy pork chop recipe.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2


  • 2 tbsp lemon pepper
  • 2 pork chops bone in or boneless
  • 1/4 cup apple juice


Instant Pot

  1. Coat pork chops generously in lemon pepper. Brown on saute function. Remove, deglaze with apple juice. Replace pork chops and set on manual for 10 minutes (sealing mode.) Remove pork chops, Use saute mode and reduce apple sauce mixture. Serve with pork chops.

Crock Pot

  1. Coat pork chops in lemon pepper and brown (browning optional.) Combine pork chops with apple juice in crock pot. Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 4-6 hours. Remove pork chops, reduce apple juice in a pot on medium high heat. Serve with chops.

Stove Top

  1. Coat pork chops in lemon pepper. Brown pork chops, add apple juice. Cover, cook on medium high heat for 30 minutes or until chops are completely cooked through. Remove pork chops, reduce apple juice mixture, serve with pork chops.

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Three ingredient pork chops?

That’s right, my friends. I’ve taken a family favorite- lemon pepper pork chops- and made it crock pot and instant pot friendly. We always had these at my house growing up, it was one of my favorite meals with boxed ‘Roni’ on the side. Have you ever noticed the simplest things in life can bring you the most joy?

Every time I had the chance to request dinner, lemon pepper pork chops came to mind. When I was a kid I even picked up the bones and gnawed on them. Cooking1handed has always been all class. Now that I’m the mama, Crawling2handed gets to share our family recipes. The only addition to the family recipe is apple juice. It picks up the seasoning as it cooks with the pork. Reducing it by half leaves you a sweet, tangy sauce to spoon over your three ingredient pork chops.

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This might be the perfect weeknight dinner.

Serve it with a salad and my base a roni¬†for a meal that is free from gluten, dairy,MSG, and an abundance of processed sodium. This is a great alternative to buying fast food. By the time you would have driven up to the drive through, dinner is read. I won’t even tell if you gnaw on the bones. If you are eyeing those pretty potato pancakes, the recipe just might make an appearance soon on this blog!

Pork chops and apples just go together, don’t you think?

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14 thoughts on “3 Ingredient Pork Chops”

  1. This recipe sounds fantastic! We are always looking for a new way to “dress up” our pork chops without drying them out, and the fact we can make it in the slow cooker makes it a winner in my book! Thanks for the tip!

  2. I can relate cooking one handed! This sounds delicious. I have some lactose free members that I’m cooking for. I’m planning on trying this!

    1. Excellent question! Make sure your chops fit in the pot under the max line. You don’t need to adjust the cooking time, but it will take longer to come to pressure so factor that time in. Increase the apple juice by half to be on the safe side. Let me know how you like them!

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