Instant Pot Pork Shoulder in HK Tomato Sauce

Make juicy Instant Pot Pork Shoulder Recipe in comforting HK Tomato Sauce. Tender pressure cooker pork shoulder over perfect pot-in-pot rice!

Make this juicy Instant Pot Pork Shoulder Recipe soaked in comforting HK Tomato Sauce. Kid-friendly tender pressure cooker pork shoulder over perfectly cooked Pot-in-Pot rice (made at the same time in the same pot!) 😀

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We’ve been having so much fun with the Cha Chaan Teng 港式茶餐廳 (Hong Kong style cafes) series, as we recreate some of our favorite comfort food from home in our Instant Pot Pressure Cookers!

Tasting the delicious flavors of home, recollecting & laughing about our memories and childhood…

But what gives us the most joy are messages we receive from our dear readers:

“The authentic Hong Kong style tomato sauce pork chop on rice! Super delicious, just like those from the cafes in HK Thank you! My daughter and husband love it!”Annie C.

“I made this for dinner last week, and it was a hit with the family! Thank you so much for this blog and recreating all the comfort food from my youth, but now so much easier to cook in the Instant pot!”Junie

Make juicy Instant Pot Pork Shoulder Recipe in comforting HK Tomato Sauce. Tender pressure cooker pork shoulder over perfect pot-in-pot rice!

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This addictive & flavorful Hong Kong Style Tomato Sauce has always been one of my favorite sauces from childhood.

The balance of sweet, savory, sourumami flavors are so comforting & satisfying to eat.

So, we’ve decided to add a little twist to our beloved Instant Pot Pork Chops in HK Tomato Sauce Recipe and turn it into a whole meal deal done in an hour!!

YES! That means Pork + Rice done in the same pot at the same time! 😀Make juicy Instant Pot Pork Shoulder Recipe in comforting HK Tomato Sauce. Tender pressure cooker pork shoulder over perfect pot-in-pot rice!

Ingredients for Instant Pot Pork Shoulder in HK Tomato Sauce


  • 1 pound (454g) pork shoulder meat
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 small shallot, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 8 white button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) peanut oil
  • Frozen mixed vegetables
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper

HK Tomato Sauce

Thickener

  • 2 tablespoons (18g) cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) cold water

Pot in Pot Rice

  • 230 grams (~1 cup) Jasmine rice
  • 250 ml (1 cup) cold water

Tools for Instant Pot Pork Shoulder in HK Tomato Sauce


Instructions for Instant Pot Pork Shoulder in HK Tomato Sauce


Preparation

Ingredients

1 medium onion, sliced
1 small shallot, diced
4 garlic cloves, chopped
8 white button mushrooms, sliced

First prepare the onion, shallot, garlic, and mushrooms.

Step 1
Preheat Instant Pot

Tool

Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

Heat up your Instant Pot by pressing the Sauté button and click the Adjust button to go to Sauté More function.

how to use instant pot - saute more function

Wait until the indicator says HOT.

Step 2
Brown Pork Shoulder Meat

Ingredients

1 pound (454g) pork shoulder meat
1 tablespoon (15ml) peanut oil
Kosher salt and ground black pepper

Generously season the pork shoulder meat with kosher salt & ground black pepper.

seasoning pork shoulder with kosher salt and ground black pepper

Add 1 tbsp (15 ml) of peanut oil in the pot. Ensure to coat the oil over the whole bottom of the pot.

Add in the seasoned pork shoulder meat, then let it brown for exactly 5 minutes on each side (don’t need to keep flipping the meat).

Instant Pot Pork Shoulder in HK Tomato Sauce Recipe (Pot-in-Pot): browning pork shoulder (pork butt meat)

Remove and set aside to rest for 5 minutes on a chopping board.

Step 3
Create the HK Tomato Sauce

Ingredients

HK Tomato Sauce
3 tablespoons (50g) tomato paste
2 tablespoons (30ml) ketchup
1 tablespoon (15ml) light soy sauce (not low sodium soy sauce)
1 tablespoon (14g) white sugar
1 teaspoon (5ml) Worcestershire sauce
1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock

While the pork shoulder is browning in the Instant Pot, mix all HK Tomato Sauce’s ingredients together.

Step 4
Sauté Onion, Shallot, Garlic, and Mushrooms

Ingredients

1 tablespoon (15ml) peanut oil
1 medium onion, sliced
1 small shallot, diced
4 garlic cloves, chopped
8 white button mushrooms, sliced
Kosher salt and ground black pepper

Add 1 tbsp of peanut oil if necessary.

Add in the sliced onions, diced shallot and stir.

Add a pinch of kosher salt and ground black pepper to season if you like. Cook the onions and shallot for roughly 1 minute until soften.

Then, add garlic and stir for 30 seconds until fragrant.

Add in the mushrooms and cook for another minute.

Taste seasoning and adjust with more kosher salt and ground black pepper if necessary.

Step 5
Cut Pork Shoulder Meat

Ingredient

Browned pork shoulder meat

While the mushrooms are sautéing in the pressure cooker, cut the pork shoulder meat into 0.5” thick slices.

cut pork shoulder into 0.5 inch slices

Why Cut The Pork Shoulder in Slices?

This allows the pork shoulder meat to cook perfectly and reduce the cooking time by about 30 – 50 minutes, depending on the original thickness.

Step 6
Deglaze

Ingredient

1/2 cup (125ml) HK Tomato Sauce mixture

Pour 1/2 cup (125ml) HK Tomato Sauce mixture in the Instant Pot.

Deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pan and mix them into the sauce.

Step 7
Pressure Cook Pork Shoulder & Rice

Ingredients & Tools

Sliced pork shoulder meat + meat juice
Remaining HK Tomato Sauce mixture

Pot-in-Pot Rice
230g Jasmine rice + 250ml cold water

Stainless Steel Steaming Rack Stand
Stainless Steel Bowl

Add the sliced pork shoulder meat with all the meat juice in the pressure cooker.

Pour in the remaining sauce mixture.

Instant Pot Pork Shoulder in HK Tomato Sauce Recipe (Pressure Cooker Pork Shoulder)

Add a tall rack in the Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker.

Instant Pot Pork Shoulder in HK Tomato Sauce Recipe (Pressure Cooker Pork Shoulder): Instant Pot Pot-in-Pot method - place steamer rack in the Instant Pot

Then, place a stainless steel bowl filled with 230g Jasmine rice and 250ml cold water.

*Pro Tip: If you rinse the rice before cooking, be sure to drain well and ensure the water-to-rice ratio is accurate. (Roughly reduce 3 tablespoons from the 1 cup of water)

Instant Pot Pork Shoulder in HK Tomato Sauce Recipe (Pressure Cooker Pork Shoulder): Instant Pot Pot-in-Pot method - place stainless steel bowl of rice and water on top of the steamer rack

Close lid and pressure cook at

  • Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 6 minutes
  • Pressure Release Method: 10 minutes Natural Release. Then, release the remaining pressure.

Open the lid carefully.

Set aside cooked rice and rack.

Step 8
Taste & Thicken the Tomato Sauce

Ingredients

Frozen mixed vegetables
Kosher salt and ground black pepper

Thickener
2 tablespoons (18g) cornstarch
2 tablespoons (30ml) cold water

Add frozen mixed vegetables into the Instant Pot. They will warm up in 30 seconds.

Press Cancel button, then Sauté button to heat up the sauce.

Instant Pot Saute

Taste the seasoning one more time. Add more salt and pepper if desired.

In a small mixing bowl, mix cornstarch with water and mix it into the HK Tomato Sauce one third at a time until desired thickness.

Step 9
Serve Instant Pot Pork Shoulder in HK Tomato Sauce


Drizzle HK Tomato Sauce over the pork shoulder & Jasmine rice, then serve immediately.

Enjoy this simple Instant Pot Pot-in-Pot Meal! 🙂

Make juicy Instant Pot Pork Shoulder Recipe in comforting HK Tomato Sauce. Tender pressure cooker pork shoulder over perfect pot-in-pot rice!

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Make juicy Instant Pot Pork Shoulder Recipe in comforting HK Tomato Sauce. Tender pressure cooker pork shoulder over perfect pot-in-pot rice!
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Recipe type: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Meat, Rice, Easy
Cuisine: Hong Kong
Serving: 2 - 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound (454g) pork shoulder meat
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 small shallot, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 8 white button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) peanut oil
  • Frozen mixed vegetables
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
HK Tomato Sauce
Thickener
  • 2 tablespoons (18g) cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) cold water
Pot in Pot Rice
  • 230 grams (~1 cup) Jasmine rice
  • 250 ml (1 cup) cold water
Instructions
  1. Preheat Instant Pot: Heat up your Instant Pot by pressing the Sauté button and click the Adjust button to go to Sauté More function. Wait until the indicator says HOT.
  2. Brown Pork Shoulder Meat: Generously season the pork shoulder meat with kosher salt & ground black pepper. Add 1 tbsp (15 ml) of peanut oil in the pot. Ensure to coat the oil over the whole bottom of the pot. Add in the seasoned pork shoulder meat, then let it brown for exactly 5 minutes on each side (don’t need to keep flipping the meat). Remove and set aside to rest for 5 minutes on a chopping board.
  3. Create the HK Tomato Sauce: While the pork shoulder is browning in the Instant Pot, mix all HK Tomato Sauce’s ingredients together.
  4. Sauté Onion, Shallot, Garlic, and Mushrooms: Add 1 tbsp of peanut oil if necessary. Add in the sliced onions, diced shallot and stir. Add a pinch of kosher salt and ground black pepper to season if you like. Cook the onions and shallot for roughly 1 minute until soften. Then, add garlic and stir for 30 seconds until fragrant. Add in the mushrooms and cook for another minute. Taste seasoning and adjust with more kosher salt and ground black pepper if necessary.
  5. Cut Pork Shoulder Meat: While the mushrooms are sautéing in the pressure cooker, cut the pork shoulder meat into 0.5” thick slices.
  6. Deglaze: Pour ½ cup (125ml) HK Tomato Sauce mixture in the Instant Pot. Deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pan and mix them into the sauce.
  7. Pressure Cook Pork Shoulder & Rice: Add the sliced pork shoulder meat with all the meat juice in the pressure cooker. Pour in the remaining sauce mixture. Add a tall rack and place a stainless steel bowl filled with 230g Jasmine rice and 250ml cold water. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 6 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Release. Release the remaining pressure. Open the lid carefully. Set aside cooked rice and rack.
  8. Taste & Thicken the Tomato Sauce: Add frozen mixed vegetables into the Instant Pot. They will warm up in 30 seconds. Press Cancel button, then Sauté button to heat up the sauce. Taste the seasoning one more time. Add more salt and pepper if desired. In a small mixing bowl, mix cornstarch with water and mix it into the HK Tomato Sauce one third at a time until desired thickness.
  9. Serve: Drizzle HK Tomato Sauce over the pork shoulder & Jasmine rice, then serve immediately.

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  1. Is there a way to do with without the tall rack? This sounds so good, but all I have is the short trivet that came with my Instant Pot.

  2. Hi Amy & Jacky,

    So, I made this last night and it was DELISH! So much so, Mark said he’d quite happily have that again tonight! Kept to the recipe exactly too. Thanks for another HK variation. We just love your recipes.
    Your recipe has probably saved me many ££ in aluminium foil too. I’ve been routinely covering the rice pot with foil when using PIP method because many recipes state to do so. I ran out of aluminium foil and thought I wouldn’t be able to make the PIP rice, but then I took a good look at your pictures and your instructions… and, no cover for the rice. So, I crossed my fingers hoping that was correct, and was overjoyed when the rice came out perfectly.
    No more foil for my PIP rice. Thank you! And, guess what I’m cooking again tonight? 😉

    1. Yep! Made it again last night and used Pork Shoulder Steaks and reduced the browning to 3 minutes each side. Delicious again. Your HK recipes are on our fortnightly rota now… we just flip a coin to work out which sauce to go with because they’re all equally yummy. Hope spring time is treating you both well. 🙂

  3. Hi again, going to try this recipe. I noticed that the directions say to add in the frozen vegetables to the pot – is that with the sauce? In your photos, the frozen veggies look like they have never touched the red sauce, so I just want to make sure I’m interpreting correctly 🙂

    Thank you!

    -Collin-

    1. Hi Lauren!

      So happy to hear from you again. You can just omit the frozen veggies.

      Adding extra tomatoes can alter the flavor profile so please adjust the seasoning accordingly.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

    1. Hi Linda,

      So happy to hear from you again 🙂

      Boneless chicken breast will work. It will take 5 minutes and 10 minutes natural release.

      Chicken Thighs will work better. It will take 6 minutes and 10 minutes Natural release.

      Take care & have a great week
      Jacky

  4. Hi, the pork shoulder sold in my Asian supermarkets is a thick, rectangular slab of meat. Is that the right kind? Do you slice it length-wise into 2 or 3 pieces before browning? Can I use pork shoulder blade chops from Western supermarkets? Thanks.

    1. Hi Kerry,

      So happy to hear from you. Happy New Year to you and your family 🙂

      That will be the right kind. The pork shoulder blade chops will be a little too thin.

      Browning as a whole will keep the meat more moist and juicy 🙂

      Have an awesome week!
      Jacky

    2. Hi again, I got a pack of pork shoulder blade chops because they were on sale! They are 1 cm thick. How long should I cook them for? Thanks for your patience and advice!

    3. I’m happy to report that I followed the cooking times in the recipe and the meat was tender 🙂 I sliced the steaks like in the recipe after browning.

  5. I used pork shoulder steaks. This was very good, my kids couldn’t get enough, the sauce was so good, I’d almost double it next time just to enjoy with rice the next day! Thank you for these recipes!!

    1. Hehe so happy to hear your kids like it 🙂

      Thank you so much for your kind review Kelly!

      Pork shoulder is excellent for pressure cooking!

      Happy New Year to you and your family
      Jacky

  6. Hi, I was wondering if it’s possible to do pot in pot meal with brown rice? how might the cooking time be affected? Thank you for your wonderful blog and recipes!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and question Yiching 🙂

      For this recipe, it will take 20 minutes + natural release for brown rice.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  7. Hi Amy + Jacky,
    I’ve made this a few times and it’s so delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe. I’ve always made the rice separately and wondered if i can use my existing rice cooker inner pot (I have a small 3 cup one) inside my IP? It’s got some nonstick coating on it

    Many thanks,
    Mimi

    1. Hi Mimi,

      thank you for your kind words and question 🙂

      The rice cooker inner pot may be too think for pot in pot cooking.

      It is perfectly safe. Maybe you can give it a try to see if the rice get cooked or not with the pot in pot method using that pot.

      Take care & have a great week!
      Jacky

  8. My pork shoulder turned out hard. I was expecting it to be very soft as most pressure cooked meat is. I sliced into .5″ thick and seared the meat 5 min, cooked on high pressure for 6 min and did 10 min natural release. I don’t know what went wrong.

    1. Hi Kat,

      thank you for your question.

      It could be the pork shoulder did not have enough marbling.

      Slicing against the grain will make the meat more tender as well.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

    1. Hi Rodney,

      Thank you for your kind words and question 🙂

      You can also make this dish on stove top. I would pan-sear the pork chops and make the sauce separately.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  9. Love all your recipes I have tried! Thank you for all the work you put into them! Very grateful for your clear instructions.
    For this recipe, I wish to cook 3 lbs of meat and cook rice separately in a rice cooker. Will I need to triple the sauce? Thank you!

    1. Hi Sophia,

      thank you for your kind words 🙂

      You don’t have to triple the sauce. I would recommend increasing the sauce by 1.5x and make sure to adjust the seasoning accordingly.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

    1. Hi James,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      We bought ours (7.5″ x 3″ stand) at Daiso and you can probably find them in local Asian supermarkets as the pot-in-pot method is quite popular in Asia.
      Any food grade (304 or 316 or 18/8 18/10) stainless steel bowl that fits into the IP (less than 7.5” in diameter) will work.

      They are also called Tiffin in Indian markets.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  10. In the photo, the vegetables are separate and on top of the rice. In the recipe, they get added into the sauce. Which is the correct plan?

    1. Hi Stephen,

      thank you for your question 🙂
      Both will work just fine. I prefer adding the vegetables directly into the sauce better.
      We did it separately just so our readers can tell what vegetables we add in.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  11. Does the cooking time change in step 7 if I don’t want to add the rice? I’m hoping to swap rice with quinoa and I can cook quinoa in my rice cooker. Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Debbie,

      It’s great to hear from you again 🙂 Hope you have been doing well.

      The cooking time will remain unchanged in step 7 without the rice.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  12. I made this for the first time and it turned out great! I will definitely be making this again and again. So easy and delicious. Looking forward to trying more of your recipes!

  13. This is a great variation of the pork chop in HK tomato sauce recipe, I actually enjoyed it more than the pork chop version! Plus pork shoulder is such an economical cut, it’s worth the extra prep/cooking time.

    Thumbs up from me!

    1. Hi Stephen,

      So happy to hear from you! I also enjoy this version more as pork shoulder is just perfect for pressure cooking!

      Thank you for your kind words. See you around!

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

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