Go Back
+ servings
Print Recipe
5 from 1 vote

Balsamic Pork Chops with Figs {Instant Pot or Stove Top}

The quick brine method in this recipe is optional though recommended to ensure tender chops. Feel free to also double the vinegar, white wine and chicken broth in the cooking recipe if you want even more balsamic broth.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner
Servings: 4
Author: Good Dinner Mom

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cold water divided
  • 3 tablespoons coarse kosher salt or 2 1/2 tablespoons table salt
  • Optional flavorings of 1 bay leaf or 2 smashed garlic cloves, or 1 teaspoon black peppercorns)
  • 4 1-inch thick bone-in pork loin chops
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butter divided
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil divided
  • 2 medium sweet onions peeled and sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled, smashed and rough chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 7- ounce package of dried figs approximately 1 cup

Instructions

  • Brining directions: If you have time, brining the pork for even a brief period adds flavor and ensures juiciness in the finished chop. Bring 1 cup of the water to a boil, add the salt and optional flavorings, and stir to dissolve the salt. Add 2 more cups of cold water to bring the temperature of the brine down to room temperature. Place the pork chops in a shallow dish and pour the brine over top. The brine should cover the chops — if not, add additional water and salt (1 cup water to 1 tablespoon salt) until the chops are submerged. Cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, up to 8 hours.
  • After brining time is complete and before you cook the pork, pat them dry to remove extra moisture. (This brine is not extra salty, so you will be fine to add more salt and pepper to the chops before cooking, in the steps below.)
  • Instant Pot directions: After patting the chops dry, lightly season them on both sides by sprinkling them with salt and pepper. Add 1/2 tablespoon of the butter and 1/2 tablespoon of the oil to the Instant Pot and using Saute' function, adjust heat to Normal setting. Add 2 pork chops; brown for 3 minutes on each side. Move chops to a plate and add another 1/2 tablespoon butter and oil. Add the other 2 chops and repeat browning process. Remove those chops to the plate.
  • Add the onions and saute' for 4 minutes or until the onions are transparent. Stir in the garlic; saute' for 30 seconds. Stir in the thyme and balsamic vinegar. Cook uncovered until the vinegar is reduced by half. Stir in the wine and broth. Add the pork chops, spooning some of the onions over the chops. Place the figs on top.
  • Lock the lid in place, turning the steam release valve to Sealing. Touch Manual setting and adjust time to 9 minutes. After cooking time, release steam with Quick Release method. Serve immediately.
  • Stove Top method: After patting the chops dry, lightly season them on both sides by sprinkling them with salt and pepper. Add 1/2 tablespoon of the butter and 1/2 tablespoon of the oil to a 6-quart dutch oven or large saute' pan with a heavy bottom and heat to medium-high. Add 2 pork chops; brown for 3 minutes on each side. Move chops to a plate and add another 1/2 tablespoon butter and oil to the pan. Add the other 2 chops and repeat browning process. Remove those chops to the plate.
  • Add the onions and saute' for 4 minutes or until the onions are transparent. Stir in the garlic; saute' for 30 seconds. Stir in the thyme and balsamic vinegar. Cook uncovered until the vinegar is reduced by half (this doesn't take long). Stir in the wine and broth. Add the pork chops, spooning some of the onions over the chops. Place the figs on top.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and cover the pan and cook for 15-20 minutes, until the pork chops reach an internal temperature of 165F degrees. Plate the pork chops and serve with the onions, figs and balsamic au jus over the top. If desired, continue to cook the onion mixture over medium-high heat for an additional 4-5 minutes to caramelize the onions and infuse the fig flavor into the mixture. This method will reduce the amount of au jus, however.