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Instant Pot Kalua Pork

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.
Servings 4 -6
Prep Time 6 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 14 mins
Marinate 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins


  • 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.
Author: Amy + Jacky
Calories: 273kcal


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