Instant Pot Asian-Inspired Pork Shoulder

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9Ingredients
80Minutes
300Calories

Description

This Instant Pot recipe for tender pork butt comes from Daniel Shumski, author of the cookbook "How to Instant Pot: Mastering All the Functions of the One Pot That Will Change the Way You Cook." In this easy pork…

recipe, you'll take advantage of store-bought sauce and, of course, the electric pressure cooker to get your main course prepared in 10 minutes flat (hello, weeknight meal!). Using an electric pressure cooker helps bring the cook time for the pork shoulder down to 45 minutes — a far cry from the usual 3-4 hour cooking time of your average pulled pork recipe.

This simple pressure cooker recipe is a great starter recipe for first-time Instant Pot users, as it requires minimal prep and leaves you plenty of room to make the recipe your own: choose a gluten-free sauce (check that it contains tamari instead of soy sauce), swap out the chives for green onions, serve mixed with Chinese vegetables sauteed in sesame oil for a low-carb meal, stir pork chunks into soup, or spoon over brown rice for a hearty rice bowl ... use your imagination to customize it to your own tastes and dietary needs.

Cooking Tip: After the pork is done cooking, place any extra cooking liquid left in the pot in the refrigerator overnight. Remove and discard the fat that solidifies atop the cooking liquid and use the remaining liquid as a broth for serving udon noodles or to season a stove top stir-fry. (It's particularly good for adding a punch of umami to vegetable and tofu stir-fries.) The liquid can be placed in a zip-top bag and frozen for up to three months.

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Ingredients

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  • 1 pound white onions (or yellow onions, roughly chopped, about 4 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 pounds pork shoulder (cut into roughly 2-inch cubes)
  • 1/4 cup stir fry sauce (store-bought, of your choice, teriyaki, soy-ginger, sesame, etc.)
  • rice
  • sesame seeds
  • chives (Chopped)
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    Directions

    1. Place the onions in the inner pot, sprinkle the salt and pepper over them, and add the water.
    2. Place the pork on top of the onions and drizzle it with the sauce.
    3. Close and lock the lid. Set the valve to Sealing. Press Cancel, then press Manual or Pressure Cook and use the Pressure or Pressure Level button to select High Pressure. Set the time to 45 minutes.
    4. When the cooking cycle ends, press Cancel. Allow the appliance to cool and pressure release naturally, about 20 minutes. (The pressure is released when the small metal float valve next to the pressure-release valve sinks back into the lid and the lid is no longer locked.)
    5. Remove the lid. Use tongs to remove the pork from the inner pot and serve it with the sauce drizzled over it, accompanied by rice and garnished with sesame seeds and chopped chives.
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    NutritionView More

    300Calories
    Sodium29% DV690mg
    Fat18% DV12g
    Protein63% DV32g
    Carbs5% DV15g
    Fiber8% DV2g
    Calories300Calories from Fat110
    % DAILY VALUE
    Total Fat12g18%
    Saturated Fat3g15%
    Trans Fat
    Cholesterol100mg33%
    Sodium690mg29%
    Potassium660mg19%
    Protein32g63%
    Calories from Fat110
    % DAILY VALUE
    Total Carbohydrate15g5%
    Dietary Fiber2g8%
    Sugars6g12%
    Vitamin A4%
    Vitamin C15%
    Calcium6%
    Iron10%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

    Reviews(17)

    mindy thurston 12 days ago
    It does not look like the picture and it is very watery. I used a sesame sauce. the meat doesn't take 45 minutes. it was done at 35 minutes. i took the meat out when done and added flour and more of the sesame sauce to the pot and whisked it till it got thicker. i also used noodles instead of rice. it was a lot better after i made the sauce thicker. i would make it again but next time i would put the pork in a brine for a few hours before cooking just to add more flavor to the meat.
    Diana Wilson 23 days ago
    It was easy and because I didn’t have an Asian type sauce I used Bull’s Eye Original I was great!! I will defiantly make this again. I can’t wait to see all the different sauces I can use with this.
    Yoshimi V. a month ago
    that was delicious! i used Bragg soy cooking sauce and it came out that the taste was really "athentic" Asian meal! And it was super easy as well. Definitely we'll make that again!!
    Danielle 2 months ago
    Very moist and flavorful. Will definitely make again.
    Jesse Smith 2 months ago
    Excellent. I modified it by adding extra onions and pork, and used a Teriyaki glaze for the sauce and at the same time I bought teriyaki rice to go with it. Everyone thought it was amazing!
    Smith 5 months ago
    it was good would definitely slow cook it instead
    Brett Scheiding 5 months ago
    Looked nothing like picture, added more sauce for flavor but it was decent
    Bradley Smith 5 months ago
    Perfect!!! Really easy to make, and sooo good.
    Stacey M 5 months ago
    So good and easy, my family loved it
    Sean 9 months ago
    Very tasty. I should have cut the pork shoulder into a few pieces (it was close to 3lbs) to cook all the way through in 45 minutes, but other than that the recipe is spot on. To make sure it looks “as pictured”, don’t keep the large amount of liquid from the pot, pull the pork out, then add the remaining sauce directly onto the pork. I think some of the below reviews missed that step which would make the pork seem very watery
    Marty A. 9 months ago
    So easy with just a few ingredients. Very tasty!
    Karen 9 months ago
    It was a big hit in my house, even my youngest son loved it and he is very picky. I made it using P.F. Chang’s Sesame sauce
    Gina 9 months ago
    I agree with one other post .... Doesn’t look like the picture at all. Extremely watery Simply awful that I was forced to dump all of it in the garage Don’t waste your time and money
    Jordan 9 months ago
    super flavorful. easy will do it again.
    Townsend 9 months ago
    Doesn’t look even close to the picture even with an entire bottle of sauce added after.
    Zach Lehman 9 months ago
    Very good. The broth it made wasn’t as thick as pictured, but was delicious. Will make again!
    It turned out great and it was pretty easy to make

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