Instant Pot HK Pork Shoulder

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Make Dai Pai Dong-Inspired Instant Pot HK Pork Shoulder with a few pantry staples. Comforting Onion Garlic Pork Shoulder in Instant Pot makes a deliciously quick & easy busy-nights family meal.

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Pork Shoulder is one of our favorite cuts of pork!

We love this cut of pork because it’s marbled with enough fat to keep the meat moist while cooking. So, be sure to pick a piece of pork shoulder that has some nice marble and fat.

Plus, pork shoulder is a relatively low budget cut. 🙂

As for this recipe, we used Pork Butt (aka Boston Butt), the upper part of the pork shoulder.

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What’s Dai Pai Dong (Chinese: 大排檔)?

Dai Pai Dong are classic open-air food stalls that you’d find on the side of the streets in Hong Kong. Came about after World War 2, and sadly, their existence is starting to disappear. 🙁

They offer endless delicious specialties including comforting stir-fry, amazingly fresh seafood (mantis shrimp!!), congee, rice plates, siu mei, noodles…

Inspired by Dai Pai Dong-Style Stir Fry Pork, we’ve recreated one of our favorite weeknight recipes using Pork Shoulder in Instant Pot!

Comforting to eat, yet quick & super easy to throw together last minute with a few healthy ingredients you have in your pantry.

Bursting with comforting flavors that remind us of our home – Hong Kong, hence the name “HK Pork Shoulder”.

Have a taste of our Foodie Paradise home with this Easy Instant Pot HK Pork Shoulder! Enjoy~ 😀


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Instant Pot HK Pork Shoulder

Make Tender & Juicy Instant Pot HK Pork Shoulder with a few pantry staples. Comforting Onion Garlic Pork Shoulder in Instant Pot makes a deliciously quick & easy busy-nights family meal.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 -6
Calories: 322kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

Thickener

  • 2.5 tablespoons (22.5g) cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) cold water

Optional: Pot in Pot Rice

  • 1 cup (230g) Jasmine Rice
  • 1 cup (250ml) cold water

Instructions

  • Brown Pork Shoulder: Heat up Instant Pot using Sauté More function. Wait until it says HOT (takes roughly 8 mins) - this prevents the pork shoulder from sticking to the pot.Pat dry and season pork shoulder generously with salt and black pepper on one side. Add 1 tbsp (15ml) peanut or olive oil in Instant Pot. Brown pork shoulder with the seasoned side down, then season the other side with more salt and black pepper. Brown each side for 5 minutes, then set aside on a chopping board.
  • Saute Onion and Garlic: Add sliced onion and ginger in Instant Pot, then saute until onion soften (roughly 2 mins). Add in chopped garlic, then saute for another minute.
  • Deglaze: Pour ½ cup (125ml) chicken stock in Instant Pot and deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Give it a quick mix and turn off the heat.
  • Cut Pork Shoulder: Cut browned pork shoulder against the grain into 0.5 inch thick slices.
  • Pressure Cook Pork Shoulder: Add 2 tbsp (30ml) soy sauce and browned pork shoulder in Instant Pot. Don't forget the meat juice (if there are any)!Optional Pot-in-Pot Rice: Place 1 cup (230g) Jasmine rice and 1 cup (250ml) cold water in a stainless steel bowl. Layer it on top of the pork shoulder meat on a steamer rack.
    Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 6 minutes, then 10 minutes Natural Release
  • Add Green Onions & Thicken Sauce: Set aside the rice bowl, trivet and place the pork shoulder slices in a serving bowl. Bring the liquid to a simmer, then add in the green onions. Mix 2.5 tbsp (22.5g) cornstarch and 3 tbsp (45ml) cold water together in a small mixing bowl. Add the cornstarch mixture one third at a time to thicken the sauce until desired thickness. Taste and season with more salt if necessary. Turn off the heat and place pork shoulder back in the sauce.
  • Serve: Serve HK Pork Shoulder with Jasmine rice or your favorite side dishes. Enjoy~
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Nutrition:

Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 427mg | Potassium: 476mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 0.8% | Vitamin C: 5.1% | Calcium: 3.7% | Iron: 10.4%
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine: Chinese, Hong Kong
Keyword: instant pot pork, instant pot pork shoulder, instant pot recipes, instapot pork shoulder, pork recipes, pork shoulder instant pot, pork shoulder recipes, pressure cooker pork, pressure cooker pork shoulder, pressure cooker recipes
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Instant Pot HK Pork Shoulder Step-by-Step Cooking Guide

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Prepare Ingredients for Instant Pot HK Pork Shoulder. There are only a few ingredients 🙂

Instant Pot Pork Shoulder Recipe Ingredients

1

Brown Pork Shoulder


Heat up Instant Pot using Sauté More function (as shown in below photo).

*Tip: For older versions, press “Saute” button, then “Adjust” button. For newer version, press “Saute” button twice.

Instant Pot Saute More Function

Wait until it says HOT (takes roughly 8 minutes). This prevents the pork shoulder from sticking to the pot.

Pat dry pork shoulder with a paper towel, then season pork shoulder generously with salt and black pepper on one side.

Add 1 tbsp (15ml) peanut or olive oil in Instant Pot.

Brown pork shoulder with the seasoned side down, then season the other side with more salt and black pepper. Brown each side for 5 minutes, then set aside on a chopping board.

Instant Pot Pork Shoulder: season pork shoulder and brown pork shoulder in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

2

Saute Onion and Garlic


Add sliced onion and ginger in Instant Pot, then saute until onion slices soften (roughly 2 minutes).

Instant Pot Pork Shoulder: saute onions in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Add in chopped garlic, then saute for another minute.

3

Deglaze


Pour ½ cup (125ml) chicken stock in Instant Pot and deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Give it a quick mix and turn off the heat.

Instant Pot Pork Shoulder: deglaze Instant Pot Pressure Cooker inner pot with wooden spoon

4

Cut Pork Shoulder


Cut browned pork shoulder against the grain into 0.5 inch thick slices.

Instant Pot Pork Shoulder: cut browned pork shoulder against the grain into 0.5 inch thick slices

5

Pressure Cook Pork Shoulder


Add 2 tbsp (30ml) light or regular soy sauce (not low sodium) and browned pork shoulder in Instant Pot. Don’t forget the meat juice (if there are any)!

how to cook pot in pot rice with pork shoulder in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Optional Pot-in-Pot Rice: If you want to cook Jasmine rice at the same time with the pork shoulder, you can use the pot in pot method (as shown in above photo).

Place 1 cup (230g) Jasmine rice and 1 cup (250ml) cold water in a stainless steel bowl. Layer it on top of the pork shoulder meat on a trivet/steamer rack.

Close lid and pressure cook:

  • Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 6 minutes, then 10 minutes Natural Release

Instant Pot High Pressure Pressure Cooking Program

6

Add Green Onions & Thicken Sauce


Instant Pot Pork and Rice

Set aside the rice bowl, trivet and place the pork shoulder slices in a serving bowl.

Bring the liquid to a simmer, then add in the green onions.

Mix 2.5 tbsp (22.5g) cornstarch and 3 tbsp (45ml) cold water together in a small mixing bowl.

Add the cornstarch mixture one third at a time to thicken the sauce until desired thickness.

Taste and season with more salt if necessary.

Instant Pot Pork Shoulder: thicken HK Pork Shoulder Sauce with slurry

Turn off the heat and place the pork shoulder slices back in the sauce.

7

Serve Instant Pot Pork Shoulder


Serve Instant Pot HK Pork Shoulder with Jasmine rice or your favorite side dishes 🙂

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Enjoy your Instant Pot Pork Shoulder!~ 🙂

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  1. Just my 2nd recipe with my new IP. I halved the recipe and was very pleased with the results. Thank you for making recipes available online and the hints for new users.

  2. Delish! This will be a regular at our house. The only thing I different was to cut the meat and seer the chunks. Otherwise, perfect!

  3. The sauce for this dish was incredibly flavorful. I doubled the recipe, kept the same cooking time, and the meat came out so tender. I served this with Chinese broccoli (gai lan) and rice. Thanks so much for taking the time and sharing your knowledge – my confidence in Asian cooking has grown because of your site. I recommend it to everyone looking for fool proof IP recipes!

  4. Love this dish! So easy to make and the flavor is delicious! Definitely will be making again. I was wondering, do you think it could be made with beef as well? Perhaps a chuck roast? Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!

    1. Hi SJD,

      It will not work as well with beef as the flavor of the other ingredients are a little too subtle for a well-rounded beef dish.

      Please take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  5. Love trying your recipes since first success dish,but ive always have a problem that my inner pot doesnt seem to be flat whenever i need to brown the meat,when i put oil in it,it just spread down to the side and leave the center pop out,is this normal?and i have to use lots of oils to make it cover the center…….thank you if you can kindly reply me.

    1. Hi Co,

      Thank you so much for your kind words on the recipe 🙂

      The inner pot is curved so the oil will tend to spread to the side. I recommend picking up the inner pot and moving it in circular motion so the oil will spread more evenly.

      Have fun cooking & please take care
      Jacky

  6. A big hit with my family but the sauce needed a little added something for taste during the thickening process. A few splashes of rice vinegar, some chopped hot peppers, and little bit of sweeting (I used maple syrup since I’m In Canada) and it was perfect. Kids thought it was beef!

    1. Hi G. P. Mackay,

      Hope you had a wonderful New Year & Christmas 🙂
      Thank you so much for your kind words on the recipe!

      Happy New Year & please take care
      Jacky

  7. Turned out great! Would definitely make again. I think next time will add a little honey or brown sugar, just to balance out the saltiness a little.

    1. Hi Amber,

      Hope you had a wonderful Christmas Holiday 🙂
      Thank you so much for your kind words and feedback on the recipe!

      Please take care & have a wonderful weekend
      Jacky

  8. This was huge hit with my family. I followed all directions exactly as written except I didn’t have green onions. Because I have a large family, I used two pork shoulders (about 1.5-2 lbs each) and doubled the onions, garlic, and ginger, and chicken stock. Thankfully I didn’t double the soy sauce as my one complaint was that the gravy was a bit too salty for our taste (didn’t prevent us from gobbling it all up though!). I’m not sure if it was too salty because I rubbed too much salt on the outside before sautéing it. Just something to remember next time.

    I loved the rice in the instant pot trick! I will do it again but next time I’ll double the rice and water as there wasn’t enough rice to go around. But the rice, pork, and a big pot of wokked green beans was a terrific easy meal. Thank you!!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Christina 🙂

      Happy to hear your family enjoyed it.

      The saltiness could be from the soy sauce as well. Different batch of soy sauce has different saltiness level so it is best to taste and adjust.

      Please take care & have a wonderful weekend
      Jacky

    1. Hi Dan,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      As long as the pork shoulder is sliced, the cooking time will stay the same.

      Please take care & have a wonderful week
      Jacky

  9. I just made this dish and it is totally amazing. So quick and easy yet flavourful and tender. I think that next time I will add some salt to the Jasmine rice because I’m used to that.Love it!!!

  10. I just finished making this dish. It was sucessful but I’m not enthusiastic about the taste. I like lots of flavor and I think it’s rather bland. Maybe I’ve eaten too much Indian food, ha! I added a touch of sweetener and some garlic granules AFTER it was finished to amp up the flavor and it certainly helped. I think these enhanced the ginger in the dish. Likely, many people will enjoy this dish because it works well and is satisfying. Don’t let my preference deter you from trying it. We all look for different things. (BTW It was vague as to whether the ginger and onion stay in the pot as you deglaze and then later with the pork. The pictures confirmed what I expected-yes they cook with the pork).

    1. Hi Susana,

      thank you for your feedback on the dish 🙂
      It sounds like the dish was under-seasoned if it was rather bland. Did you replace the soy sauce with another ingredient?

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

    2. I followed the recipe as instructed. I didn’t change any of the ingredients. It would not be fair for me to rate the recipe if I changed something. I used plenty of Ginger & onion and soy sauce. I think my tastes run to something more exotic. As mentioned, the recipe works but it was not highly flavorful. Thank you for all of your wonderful recipes that you post for us

  11. I enjoy your recipes. The pork shoulder recipe looks very appetizing. I want to buy the pork shoulder meat at my local Chinese meat market. How should I ask for pork butt in Chinese? I can’t wait to cook this dish. Thank you.

  12. Hi, made this for our family dinner last night and it was so easy and tasted fantastic. I made twice as much sauce and we had a great meal, my 6 year old daughter asked if we can have this again next week.

  13. Just made this tonight and it turned out so good and was easy to make! I used coconut aminos instead of soy sauce and it tasted great still. Can’t wait to feed this to my husband!

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