How To Cook Pork in The Instant Pot [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Knowing how to cook pork in the Instant Pot will save you time and effort! With this recipe, you will get a tender and tasty pork roast in minutes!

You know we adore the Instant Pot! Buying it is one of the best decisions that you will ever make as a home cook. You can make this recipe along with tons of other delicious ones like the recipes for Keto Cheesecake, Coconut Curry Chicken, and Guinness Beef Stew!

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How To Cook Pork in the Pressure Cooker

This Instant Pot Pork recipe is one of the best ever. If you know how to cook pork in the pressure cooker, then, most probably, you can cook anything in it. Perfecting a pork roast using the IP is made easy with this recipe.

It is quite tricky, especially that we often use tough cuts for this kind of recipe, but it is worth it when cooked using the pressure cooker. In this recipe, the meat is rubbed with seasonings and spices, then, pressure-cooked to perfection!

If you have meat-loving friends or family members, then, this dish is perfect to serve at any day! There is no need to wait for the next biggest event to taste this dish. Instead, make one today and celebrate even when there is no occasion!

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Why should I cook pork shoulder roast in the Instant Pot?

Aside from the IP being able to prepare your meat faster, it will not require you to watch and hover it the whole time like you would if you are using the stovetop.

If you forget to thaw your meat, or even if you intend to cook it frozen, the IP will do its job of tenderizing the meat just the same if you would prepare it thawed or fresh — you will just have to wait for a little longer.

And if you are wondering why pork should roast the popular choice of cut, it is because it is inexpensive and yet it is highly versatile and flavorful.

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How to Cook Pork in the Instant Pot:

  • Season: In a bowl, combine all the dry rub ingredients. You may use a fork to ensure that no lump remains and that the mixture is almost homogeneous. Then, rub this mixture all over the roast and set it aside.
  • Brown: Using the sauté function of the IP, heat some oil and brown the seasoned meat. Sear each side for a couple of minutes. Set it aside.
  • Deglaze: Use a wooden spoon to deglaze the bottom of the pan by pouring in wine first.
  • Cook: Stir in the aromatics, then, add in the broth, the herbs, and the meat placed on top of the trivet. Seal the lid and set it to High for about 70 minutes.
  • QPR: Perform a quick pressure release (QPR) and add in the vegetables. Cook some more for another 3 minutes.
  • Set: Do another quick pressure release and remove everything except for the liquid.
  • Thicken: If you like, you can add slurry into the liquid at this point. When the desired consistency is achieved, you can then serve the meat with this sauce.
  • Serve: Garnish and then, serve.

image of shredded pork and veggies cooked in the pressure cooker

How long to cook a pork roast in the Instant Pot?

You will need only about 90 hours for the whole thing, with 70 minutes dedicated to the actual cooking.

What to Serve with Instant Pot pork roast:

Try these equally simple recipes:

image of shredded pork and veggies

How to Store:

  • Refrigerate: For 3 to 5 days, store leftovers wrapped in plastic.
  • Freeze: The storage period can be extended up to 3 months when frozen and wrapped thoroughly.

Recipe Tips:

  • Should you wish to thaw the roast, remember that a big one will need 4 to 7 hours per pound and the smaller one will need only 3 to 5 hours.
  • Make sure to pat the meat dry on the surface when putting the dry rub.
  • You can skip browning the meat although sautéing makes the dish even more delicious.

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How To Cook Pork In The Instant Pot
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 servings
Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 1 hour 20 minutes Total time: 1 hr 50 mins



  • 2 tablespoons  brown sugar 
  • 1 tablespoon  garlic powder 
  • 1 teaspoon  onion powder 
  • 1 tablespoon  smoked paprika 
  • 1.5 teaspoons  coarse salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  cinnamon 
  • 1/8 teaspoon  nutmeg 
  • 1 teaspoon  dried thyme 
  • 1 teaspoon  dried rosemary 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  black pepper 


  • 2 lb  pork shoulder roast 
  • 1/4 cup  olive oil  (divided)
  • 4 cloves  garlic  (minced)
  • 1  yellow onion  (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup  white wine 
  • 1 ½ cup  chicken broth 
  • 2  sprigs fresh rosemary 
  • 2  large carrots  (chopped into 1.5-inch chunks)
  • 2  celery springs  (cut into 1.5-inch chunks)
  • 3  large potatoes  (chopped into chunks)
  • 2  bay leaves 


  • 2 tablespoons  corn starch 
  • 1/2 cup  chicken broth 


  1. Mix together in a bowl all the SPICE RUB ingredients.
  2. Next, rub the mixture all over the pork roast using your hands. Set aside.
  3. Turn on the Saute feature of the Instant Pot, to the High setting and once it displays Hot add two tablespoons of olive oil to the pot.
  4. Add pork roast and sear for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown. Remove and set aside.
  5. Add the white wine to deglaze and using a wooden spoon scrape the bits that stuck to the bottom.
  6. Next, add onions and garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Then, add the broth, fresh rosemary, bay leaves and place the metal Instant Pot trivet on top.

Pressure Cook:

  1. Place pork roast on top of the trivet and close the lid. Seal the valve and pressure cook for 70 minutes followed by a 15 minutes Natural Pressure Release. Release manually any remaining pressure.
  2. Uncover and add carrots, celery, and potatoes to the pot. Cover again and set Instant Pot to pressure cook for 3 minutes, followed by a Quick Release.
  3. Remove the pork roast and veggies from the Instant Pot and place them on a large serving plate. Discard the rosemary sprigs and bay leaves.
  4. Remove the trivet and set aside.
  5. Turn on the Saute feature, in a small bowl whisk together cornstarch and broth until the cornstarch has dissolved. Add the mixture to the pot and cook for 3-4 minutes or until sauce thickens, stir from time to time.
  6. Shred the pork and serve with veggies and gravy on the top.
  7. Garnish with fresh rosemary and parsley.
Calories: 267 Carbohydrates: 20 Protein: 16 Fat: 13 Saturated Fat: 3 Cholesterol: 46 Sodium: 726 Potassium: 724 Fiber: 3 Sugar: 5 Vitamin A: 2979 Vitamin C: 16 Calcium: 53 Iron: 4
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Kristine Nicole Alessandra

Thank you for this guide. I will bookmark this post for reference because I am still saving up to buy my own Instant Pot. I can so excited to buy it because there are so many dishes I can make in it in half the time!


sara lafountain

This dish came out perfectly last night! I am always amazed at how easy it is for me to have dinner ready when I use the Instant Pot. Thanks for sharing this recipe.


Amber Myers

I will keep this in mind. I have an Instant Pot but I haven't tried to cook pork in it yet.



I need to break out my InstaPot and try this recipe asap. I've been slacking on using it this winter, but this is the perfect recipe to get me using mine again.



That looks delish! Thank you for the tips and tricks about cooking the pork in the InstaPot. Will keep them all in mind.


Ruth I

Wow yum! I'll save this blog. Looks really mouthwatering now I want one. Will practice to cook this. My family would love this.


Chef Dennis

This is such a great and useful tip for us. Will definitely keep this in mind when I get the chance to cook Pork again. Thanks for sharing!


Lizzie Lau

I'm collecting instant pot recipes on pinterest because I'm getting one this year. This recipe looks terrific, especially the dry rub.


Amy H

I have only used my Pressure Cooker once - and it came out so good. I don't know why I don't use it more often! This recipe looks great - I wonder how it will turn out with Venison



I’m like the last person on the planet to get an instant pot! This recipe alone is making me need to correct that immediately. Looks delicious.



Instant pot is real helper, Love this juicy pork recipe. It is not only easy perfect meal any time.



I love the ease of using an Instant Pot. I don't have one, but I do enjoy slow cooked dishes from my mother in law. This is a tasty recipe and one I'll make soon.


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