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Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Make tender and delicious Instant Pot Pulled Pork with this quick and easy recipe.
Course Main Course
Cuisine asian, Western
Keyword Easy, instant pot pulled pork, pressure cooker pulled pork, pulled pork
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 367kcal


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  • 750 ml 3 cups chicken stock
  • 6 tbsp Gluten-free tamari soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1.5 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 tsp garlic purée
  • 0.5 tsp ginger purée
  • 0.25 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1.35 kg 3 lbs boneless pork shoulder, excess fat trimmed and cut into 8 parts


  • Combine the chicken stock, tamari soy sauce, brown sugar, Chinese five-spice powder, garlic purée, ginger purée and chilli flakes in a bowl and set aside.
  • Turn the Instant Pot to sauté setting, add the oil to the insert and when hot, brown the pork on all sides in 2 batches (approx. 6-8 mins).
  • When done remove the pork and set aside.
  • Add the stock mixture to the Instant Pot insert and deglaze the insert in case anything is stuck on, then add the pork back in.
  • Cover your Instant Pot, set the vent to seal, select the manual (or pressure cook) setting and set the timer to 45 mins, and let the pork cook under high pressure until done. When done let the pressure release naturally.
  • Transfer the pork to a plate and shred (If the pork does not shred easily, add back into the Instant Pot and cook for an additional 10 mins on high pressure).
  • Optional step: Press the sauté button once more, and let the sauce simmer for 10-15 mins or until it has thickened and reduced by more than half.
  • Return the shredded pork to the Instant Pot, stir and serve.


The total cook time does not include the time it takes for the Instant Pot to get to pressure and the time for the natural pressure release.
Tips for Making Instant Pot Pulled Pork
  • If you crave a little more heat, add in extra chilli flakes.
  • Swap the tamari sauce and Five-spice powder for tomato sauce, cider vinegar and brown sugar to make barbeque-style pulled pork.
Meal Prep Ideas
Weight Watchers Points in Instant Pot Pulled Pork
There are 7 Freestyle points in one serving of Instant Pot Pulled Pork.


Calories: 367kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 56g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 1307mg | Potassium: 1034mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 3.1mg