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Instant Pot Kalua Pork Recipe (Pressure Cooker Hawaiian Pork Roast): 5 Ingredients to make this unbelievably simple yet incredibly tender, juicy pulled pork with alluring smoky-savory flavors. #instantpot #pressurecooker #recipes #pork #hawaiian

Instant Pot Kalua Pork

Recipe developed by Amy + Jacky

5 Ingredients to make this unbelievably simple yet incredibly delicious Instant Pot Kalua Pork Recipe (Pressure Cooker Hawaiian Pork Roast). Tender & juicy pulled pork bursting with alluring Hawaiian smoky-savory flavors.
Course Dinner, Entree, Lunch, Main, Meat, Party Food
Cuisine Hawaiian
Keyword hawaiian recipes, instant pot, instant pot pork, instant pot recipes, pork butt, pork shoulder, pulled pork, shredded pork
Prep Time 6 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 14 minutes
Marinate 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Calories 273kcal


  • 4 pounds (1614g) pork shoulder (pork butt meat) , cut into 2 – 2¼ inches cubes
  • 1 cup (250ml) cold water
  • 1 tablespoon (17g) coarse alaea red Hawaiian sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) liquid smoke
  • 2 pieces (90g) 12x20 inches banana leaves


  • Cut & Marinate Pork Shoulder: Cut pork into 2 – 2¼ inches cubes, then place them in a mixing bowl. Add 1 tbsp (17g) coarse alaea Hawaiian sea salt & 1 tbsp (15ml) liquid smoke. Mix very well, then marinate for 30 minutes.
  • Pressure Cook Kalua Pork: Pour 1 cup (250ml) cold water in Instant Pot. Layer a banana leaf at the bottom, then add in cubed pork. Try fitting the pork in a singer layer so they are partially submerged in the water. Then, layer another banana leaf on top of the pork. Pressure Cook at High Pressure for
    i) With Banana Leaves: 45 mins, then 15 mins Natural Release
    ii) Without Banana Leaves: 40 mins, then 15 mins Natural Release
    *Pro Tip: banana leaves are optional, but they’ll impart more flavor & aroma to the Kalua Pig.
  • Shred & Season Instant Pot Kalua Pork: Discard the top banana leaf and check if the pork is tenderized. If the pork is still tough, pressure cook for another 10 minutes. Shred Kalua pork with 2 forks. Taste and season with more alaea Hawaiian sea salt if necessary. Serve & enjoy~ Aloha! :)



Buying Pork Butt (Pork Shoulder or Boston Butt): For best results, it's important to choose pork that has nice marbling and fat!!
Buying Ingredients: Banana leaves are often available in Asian  & Latin markets. Coarse alaea red Hawaiian sea salt is available in specialty stores or on Amazon.


Calories: 273kcal | Protein: 36g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 1310mg | Potassium: 629mg | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 1.5mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2.3mg

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