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  • Deliciously-fall-apart-tender, this Instant Pot Asian Pulled Pork is an easy, versatile dish that can be enjoyed in your sandwich, rice bowl, or tacos! It’s a perfect recipe to make ahead of time to savor on a busy weeknight.

    Flavorful and fall-apart tender Asian Pulled Pork in the Instant Pot.

    Instant Pot has been my favorite cooking tool for years now, and I have shared several Instant Post recipes on my blog. Today I want to share this easy, versatile, and delicious Instant Pot Asian Pulled Pork recipe. I usually make a bigger portion and stretch it for 2 meals.  It’s a perfect weeknight meal for the entire family, or for saving it for another day in the freezer!

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    Asian Pulled Pork Tacos with drizzle of Sriracha mayo.

    Why Instant Pot Asian Pulled Pork?

    If you follow my Instagram, you are probably aware how much my family adores Korean food and how much we pig out whenever we visit Los Angeles. There are some good Korean restaurants in the Bay Area, but we just love the variety and authenticity of Korean foods in LA.

    Our recent homemade Korean food is my friend Seonkyoung Longest‘s Korean Pulled Pork, which my kids raved for weeks (thanks, Seonkyoung!).

    To save time, I use my Instant Pot to cook the pulled pork instead of using her stovetop method. I like that I don’t have to be physically in the kitchen while the pork is being cooked, and yet the result is as amazing as slow cooking on the stove.

    Since my children were begging me for another pulled pork for dinner,  I created this Instant Pot Asian Pulled Pork with common ingredients in the Asian pantry. With the simple seasonings of soy sauce, sake, brown sugar, garlic, and ginger, this pulled pork is another instant win! No pun intended.

    The pork is fall-apart tender, succulent, and it’s so yummy that you want to go for seconds.  As we cook the meat in the delicious liquid, the pork stays moist all the time.  You’ll have enough juice to drizzle for extra flavor too!

    Asian Pulled Pork Rice Bowl with drizzle of Sriracha mayo.

    Easy Recipes Using Instant Pot Asian Pulled Pork

    Once the pulled pork is cooked, the rest is easy peasy.  You can use the shredded meat to make pulled pork sandwich, pulled pork tacos, pulled pork rice bowl, pulled pork fried rice, steamed pork buns and many other different meals. Each one is just as exciting and delicious. Who doesn’t like the idea of one single batch of meat to be used in countless creative ways? To be more efficient in the kitchen, you’re more than welcome to use the same toppings for each dish in a row too.

    All you need is some shredded veggies like purple cabbage, iceberg lettuce, and carrot.  For the taco, you can top with fresh cilantro and squeeze in some lime juice. For the rice bowl, you can top it off with a fried egg and finish off with some green onions.

    If you like things spicy, you can douse it with a drizzle of Spicy Mayo, which is super easy to make. For the best taste, I highly recommend using Japanese mayo.

    Here are just some magical meals you can dish up with the pulled pork:

    • Asian Pulled Pork Taco
    • Asian Pulled Pork Rice Bowl
    • Asian Pulled Pork Sandwich
    • Spicy Mayo for a kick

    In my recipe, I’ve also shown you how to get the extra char for the pulled pork by putting it under high broil in the oven. It is an extra step, but the pulled pork is guaranteed to benefit from this.

    Flavorful and fall-apart tender Asian Pulled Pork in the Instant Pot.

    Alternative Cooking Method

    Stovetop Method:

    You can cook covered on a low simmer for 2-3 hours, or until the pork can be easily shredded with a fork.

    Slow Cooker Method:

    In your slow cooker, cook on high for 5-6 hours or low for 8-10 hours.

    I hope you enjoy making this Asian Pulled Pulled with your instant pot.  It is a great tool for juicy, tender, fall-apart delicious pulled pork that you and your family are happy to come home for.

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    Flavorful and fall-apart tender Asian Pulled Pork in the Instant Pot.
    Instant Pot Asian Pulled Pork
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Cook Time
    1 hr 15 mins
    Total Time
    2 hrs
     
    Deliciously-fall-apart-tender, this Instant Pot Asian Pulled Pork is an easy, versatile dish that can be enjoyed in your sandwich, rice bowl, or tacos! It's a perfect recipe to make ahead of time to savor on a busy weeknight.
    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: asian
    Keyword: instant pot, Pulled Pork
    Servings: 6
    Ingredients
    • 1 onion
    • 1 knob ginger
    • 6 cloves garlic
    • 2 ¾ lb pork shoulder (pork butt) (You can use this recipe for 2.5 to 3 lbs pork (1.25 kg))
    • 2 tsp kosher salt
    • Freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 Tbsp oil
    Seasonings
    • 1 ½ cup chicken stock/broth (350 ml)
    • 5 Tbsp soy sauce (75 ml)
    • 2 Tbsp sake (or dry sherry/Chinese rice wine) (30 ml)
    • 4 Tbsp brown sugar (¼ cup packed, or 50 g)
    Instructions
    1. Gather all the ingredients first.
      Instant Pot Asian Pulled Pork Ingredients
    2. Cut 1 onion into big chunks.

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    3. Slice 1 knob of ginger and smash 6 garlic cloves.

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    4. Cut the butcher’s twine and season the pork shoulder (or pork butt) with 2 tsp kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper on all sides.

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    5. Press the “Sauté” button on your Instant Pot and heat 1 Tbsp oil. When the pot is hot, add the pork shoulder.

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    6. Sear all sides of pork shoulder, about 2 minutes per side, then transfer the pork to a clean plate and set aside.
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    7. Add the ginger slices and mashed garlic cloves in the pot, and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Once fragrant, add the chopped onion and coat with oil.

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    8. Add 1 ½ cup chicken stock, 5 Tbsp soy sauce, and 2 Tbsp sake.

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    9. And 4 Tbsp brown sugar and mix well, scraping the juicy brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pot. Add the pork shoulder back into the pot.

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    10. Cover and lock the lid. Make sure the steam release handle points at “sealing” and not “venting”. Press the “Keep Warm/Cancel” button on the Instant Pot to stop cooking. Press the “manual” button to switch to the pressure cooking mode. Press “+ (plus)” button to change the cooking time to 60 minutes on high pressure.
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    11. If you’re using a stove-top pressure cooker, you won’t have the buttons to press. Just cook on high heat until high pressure is reached. Then reduce the heat to low but maintain high pressure for about 60 minutes.
    12. When it is finished cooking, the Instant Pot will switch automatically to the “Keep Warm” mode. Slide the steam release handle to the "Venting" position to let out steam until the float valve drops down, OR let the pressure release naturally (takes about 15-20 mins). Unlock the lid and transfer to a rimmed baking sheet pan.
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    13. Shred the pork with two forks.
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    14. [Optional] Using a ladle, take out oil/fat (top layer of the liquid). Oil stays near the surface of the liquid, so if you gently submerge the ladle, only oil goes into the ladle, leaving the flavorful liquid behind.  Here I discarded 3/4 cup of oil.

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    15. Put the pork back into the pot, and give everything a good toss so that it can soak up the flavors from the sauce.
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    16. Press the “Saute” button again to heat up and serve immediately. Or if you want to give some nice char, transfer to an oven safe skillet.
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    17. Put the skillet under high broil for 3-5 minutes until the shredded pork has nice char. You can make Pull Pork Sandwich, Pulled Pork Bowl, Pulled Pork Tacos, and more!
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    18. To save for later, you can keep the pulled pork in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the refrigerator and up to 2-3 months in the freezer.

    Recipe Notes

    Cook Time: includes time for pressurizing (15 minutes) and depressurize (15 minutes).

     

    Alternative Cooking Method: 

    Stovetop Method: You can cook on a low simmer for 2-3 hours on the stove.

    Slow Cooker Method: In your slow cooker, cook on high for 5-6 hours or low for 8-10 hours.

     

    Equipment you will need: Pressure Cooker (I use 6 QT Instant Pot)

     

    Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.

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