Asian-Style Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Tender Asian-style pulled pork is a deliciously savory and slight smoky treat. It’s a versatile dish you can enjoy over rice, on noodle bowls, in salads, sandwiches and just about anything you can dream of. This Instant Pot pulled pork recipe is a winner anytime you want it for dinner. {Gluten-Free adaptable}

Asian Instant Pot pulled pork served on steamed brown rice and coleslaw

Want to know the secret to meal prep that will have you winning at dinner and just about any other meal you serve? Making my Instant Pot pulled pork is the answer to just about every meal question you can ask. I love this simple recipe because it really requires minimum effort to make a mouth-watering pork that completely melts in your mouth.

All it takes is an hour to cook in the Instant Pot. You simply follow my prep instructions below and then dump it in the pot. Turn on your rice cooker to have that ready at the same time, or use it to make sandwiches, throw it along with noodles, even top it on salads. There are so many creative things you can do with it. I’d love to know if you think of something amazing too!

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In my photos, you’ll see I’ve used my instant pot pulled pork to make a rice bowl. It’s topped with a Chinese Coleslaw, and I love the crispy textures and the melt-in-your-mouth meat together. Plus the rice soaks up the sensational sauce. You’re going to love it whether you follow my rice bowl method or you just make up a big batch of it to portion out and freeze for later use, which I absolutely recommend. It makes crazy nights so much easier to get a tasty meal together.

Asian Instant Pot pulled pork served on steamed brown rice with sauce on the side

Just a few things to note before you get started. You’ll want to use the sauté function on the Instant Pot to brown the pork on all sides. It is very simple to do and it gives it so much more flavor than simply adding everything together at once. I recommend pork shoulder for this because it’s a typically tough meat, but using it with this cooking method turns it into fork-tender meat. In fact, when it’s finished, you’ll need only 2 forks to shred the meat.

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Another thing you should know is that the cooking liquid will look like it’s not enough, but I assure you that it’s plenty to cover the pork once it’s finished cooking. You can thicken up that rich herb-infused sauce to serve on top of the meat. In sandwiches or in a bowl, it just adds that extra something to the softened meat texture to give it those satisfying and comforting Asian flavors. You’ve got to try this in your kitchen for a fast way to meal prep for a chaotic night.

Asian Instant Pot pulled pork served on steamed brown rice and coleslaw closeup

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Asian-Style Instant Pot Pulled Pork - Tender, juicy pork with a melt-in-your-mouth texture made in a rich Asian sauce. It’s just about everything you need for a weekday dinner because it takes no time to put together. #easy #glutenfree #recipe #shoulder
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Asian-Style Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Tender Asian-style pulled pork is a deliciously savory and slight smoky treat. It’s a versatile dish you can enjoy over rice, on noodle bowls, in salads, sandwiches and just about anything you can dream of. This Instant Pot pulled pork recipe is a winner anytime you want it for dinner. {Gluten-Free adaptable}
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: instant pot
Servings: 8
Calories: 422kcal
Author: Maggie Zhu

Ingredients

  • 1 (3.5 to 4 lbs, 1.6 kg to 1.8 kg) pork shoulder , cut into 3 to 4 pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Instant Pot

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light soy sauce (or soy sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce (or soy sauce0
  • 1/4 cup Shaoxing wine (or dry sherry)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 thumb ginger , sliced
  • 6 garlic cloves , smashed
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon five spice powder
  • 1 onion , chopped

Slurry

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  • Thoroughly pat dry the pork with paper towels. Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides.
  • Add oil into the Instant Pot. Swirl to coat the bottom. Turn on the Saute function of the Instant Pot and wait until it shows as hot. Add the pork. Cook until all sides are golden brown, about 10 minutes. You might need to cook the pork in two batches. Add more oil, if needed. Transfer the browned pork to a big plate. Immediately add the water. Use a spatula to scrape off any brown bits stuck to the bottom of the Instant Pot. Turn off Saute function.
  • Add the remaining Instant Pot ingredients. Stir to mix well.
  • Transfer the cooked pork back into the Instant Pot. Cover the pot and seal the pressure valve. Use Manual mode on high pressure for 1 hour. Use natural or fast pressure release when done.
  • Remove the pork from the pot and transfer to a big plate.
  • Turn on the Saute function again to bring the sauce to a boil. Whisk the cornstarch and water together in a small bowl. Slowly add half of the mixture into the pot. Stir to mix well to thicken the sauce. If the sauce is still thin, slowly add the cornstarch slurry while stirring, until the sauce reaches the desired thickness. Turn off the Saute function immediately and transfer the sauce to a big bowl.
  • To serve, shred the pork using two forks. Serve hot with the sauce, on top of steamed rice, or stuff into dinner rolls to make a sandwich with homemade Chinese coleslaw.

Notes

  1. To make this dish gluten-free, use tamari or coconut aminos to replace the light soy sauce and dark soy sauce and use dry sherry instead of Shaoxing wine.

Nutrition

Serving: 12g | Calories: 422kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.3g | Protein: 31.3g | Fat: 30.8g | Saturated Fat: 10.9g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 363mg | Potassium: 475mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 1.9g | Calcium: 3% | Iron: 12%
Asian-Style Instant Pot Pulled Pork - Tender, juicy pork with a melt-in-your-mouth texture made in a rich Asian sauce. It’s just about everything you need for a weekday dinner because it takes no time to put together. #easy #glutenfree #recipe #shoulder

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4 thoughts on “Asian-Style Instant Pot Pulled Pork

  1. Eva

    For those of us who don’t have an instant pot or other pressure cooker, could you add some instruction for alternate methods? I assume just cooking in a pot but for how long?

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  2. Stuart

    Asia Meets Mexico:
    Made this last night just as the recipe is written – fantastic flavors. My pork roast had the layer of fat on one side. I browned this side good then the others and cooked as written. With the layer of scored fat up out of the liquid from my electric pressure cooker I actually got the crispy fat I love. Shredded my pork, added shredded crookneck squash, shredded pepper jack cheese all tossed with some sauce and wrapped into flour tortillas. Topped with more cheese and sauce. Fantastic pork enchiladas with a unique Asian sauce. This is definitely a winner.
    Keep those pressure cooker recipes comin.
    For those without a pressure cooker … I’m sure you could get very good results with this recipe by SLOW roasting in an oven.
    Thank you Ms. Zhu, you’ve done it again!
    PS If I ever figure out posting pictures to Instagram I’ll share photos.

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