Make this beloved Japanese comfort food – Instant Pot Ginger Pork Shogayaki (Pot-in-Pot). You’ll love the tender pork in richly sweet & savory homemade Ginger Garlic Sauce, over perfectly cooked Japanese rice!
Japanese food stole our hearts somewhere along the way when we were still learning “My name is Amy.” or “I am 5 years old.”
Perhaps it was the tiny bite of Sushi perfection…
or the proper manners of slurping al dente Ramen from the hot comforting broth as loud as you could…
but for sure not the gooey, once-in-a-lifetime Nattō (納豆) – Japanese fermented soybeans experience…
That blew the minds of 2 food-craving children.
So, we’re more than thrilled to have worked with various Japanese restaurants.
And what we miss the most was the people.
Meeting restaurateurs and chefs who shared the same passion for food and love for business just energizes us like the Energizer bunny.
We can talk on and on about dreams, life, family, and of course food! Sometimes we’d stay at their restaurants to chat even well after midnight!
One of our first clients was a Japanese family-run Teishoku-ya 定食屋, specializes in traditional Japanese home-style set meals.
If you’re not familiar with Teishoku, they’re the whole-meal deal. I’d say somewhat like airplane meals (but taste much better) – a main dish, side dishes highlighting seasonal ingredients, miso soup and rice served on a tray.
After tastingtheir Shougayaki (pork ginger) 豚生姜焼き for the first time, we couldn’t resist recreating it at home, so we can eat it ALL the time! hehe~
As fancy as the name sounds, I must admit Shougayaki is nothing fancy. But it’s homey, satisfying, and simply delicious.
After experimenting with some twists & boosts for flavors, this Ginger Pork Shougayaki has became one of our favorite go-to weeknight meals.
So, we’re thrilled to share this Pressure Cooker Pork Ginger (Shougayaki 豚生姜焼き) Recipe with you inspired by our stovetop recipe! 😀
You’ll Enjoy Ginger Pork Shogayaki Because:
Deliciously easy to make & comforting to eat!
Pot-in-Pot means whole-meal deal done in less than an hour
Tender & juicy pork with satisfying mouthfeel
The richly sweet & savory homemade Ginger Garlic Sauce is addictive to eat
Ginger Pork Shogayaki are Great for:
Easy & quick lunch or family dinner
Can make for entertaining guests: parties, gatherings, potlucks…
Outings or summer picnics…
Ingredients for Ginger Pork Shogayaki
1 pound (454g) pork shoulder (pork butt meat)
1 medium (130g) onion, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon (15ml) peanut oil
Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste
1/2 – 1 head romaine lettuce
Optional Garnishment: green onions, finely chopped
Add the sliced pork shoulder meat with all the meat juice in the pressure cooker.
Add a tall rack and place a stainless steel bowl filled with 1 cup (230g) Calrose rice and 1 cup (250ml) cold water.
Close the lid and pressure cook at
Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 6 minutes, then 10 minutes Natural Release.
Open the lid carefully.
Fluff rice and set aside.
Step 8 Serve Ginger Pork Shogayaki
1/2 – 1 head romaine lettuce
Optional: finely chopped green onions
*Pro Tip 1: You can wash & cut the romaine lettuce & green onions while the pork is pressure cooking.
Taste and adjust the seasoning with more soy sauce if necessary.
Serve the Ginger Pork Shogayaki over Calrose rice with the chopped romaine lettuce.
Garnish with finely chopped green onions.
*Pro Tip 2: be sure to pour the remaining Ginger Garlic Sauce onto the dish as a final flavor boost!
Cooking Tips for Ginger Pork Shogayaki
1. Which Type of Japanese Rice to Use?
Medium grain Calrose rice is adequate for this Japanese Ginger Pork Shogayaki Rice Bowl. Save the premium grade short grain Japanese rice for nigiri sushi (unless that’s your favorite go-to rice)! ?
2. Can I Rinse the Rice?
We did not rinse the rice as we experimented with this Pot-in-Pot Recipe to be exact with the rice-to-water ratio. If you rinse the rice before cooking, please use a scale to ensure the rice-to-water ratio is accurate.
Prepare Pressure Cooker: Heat up your pressure cooker (Instant Pot: press Sauté button and click adjust button to go to Sauté More function). Make sure your pot is as hot as it can be (Instant Pot: wait until indicator says HOT).
Mix Ginger Garlic Sauce: While the pressure cooker is heating up, mix all the ginger garlic sauce ingredients together in a glass measuring cup.
Brown Pork Shoulder Meat: Generously season the pork shoulder 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 constantly flip the meat). Remove and set aside to rest for 5 minutes on a chopping board.
Sauté Onions: Reduce heat to medium (Instant Pot: Press cancel and click on the Sauté Button). Add in chopped onions. Season with a pinch of kosher salt and ground black pepper. Sauté for roughly 1 ½ minute until softened.
Cut Pork Shoulder Meat: While the onions are sautéing in the pressure cooker, cut the pork shoulder meat into 0.5” thick slices.
Deglaze Pot: Pour a dash of Ginger Garlic Sauce and fully deglaze the pot with a wooden spoon. Pour in the remaining Ginger Garlic Sauce.
Pressure Cook Ginger Pork: Add the sliced pork shoulder meat with all the meat juice in the pressure cooker. Add a tall rack and place a stainless steel bowl filled with 1 cup (230g) Calrose rice and 1 cup (250ml) cold water. Close the lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 6 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Release. Open the lid carefully. Fluff rice and set aside.
Serve: Taste and adjust the seasoning with more soy sauce if necessary. Serve the Ginger Pork Shogayaki over Calrose rice with the chopped romaine lettuce. Garnish with finely chopped green onions. Pour the remaining Ginger Garlic Sauce onto the dish as a final flavor boost. Enjoy~
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Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese
Keyword: instant pot miso pork, instant pot pork, instant pot pork shoulder, instant pot shoyu pork, pressure cooker pork shoulder
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