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Instant Pot Kalua Pork Recipe

This Instant Pot kalua pork recipe will take an hour, but most of it is easy and hands-free.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Hawaiian
Keyword: how to make kalua pork in the instant pot, instant pot kalua pork, instant pot kalua pork recipe, kalua pork in instant pot
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 503kcal
Author: Luna Regina


  • 24 oz lean pork shoulder cut into 5 or 6 pieces
  • 5 cloves garlic quartered
  • 1/2 cup unsalted chicken broth
  • 3/4 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 12 oz green cabbage cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 2 tbsp scallion chopped
  • 3 1/2 cups cooked medium-grain rice


  • Poke each piece of pork shoulder to create small pockets (3 or 4 pockets per piece) and stick a piece of garlic into each pocket. Repeat until all of the pieces have garlic in them.
    step 1: Place garlic into each piece of pork
  • Add the pork into the Instant Pot with 1/2 cup broth, 3/4 tsp Himalayan salt, 1 tsp paprika, and 1 tsp liquid smoke. Close the lid, turn the steam handle to 'sealed', select 'meat stew’ mode, adjust the timer to 45 minutes, and let the machine cook.
    step 2: Pressure-cook the pork with the seasonings
  • Place a kitchen rug onto the steam handle and use a spoon to switch it to ‘venting’. Carefully open the lid, put the meat into a bowl, and add 12 oz cabbage to the pot. Select ‘sauté’ mode and allow it to cook for 10 minutes.
    step 3: Cook the cabbage in the meat juice
  • Meanwhile, use two forks to shred the cooked pork.
    step 4: Shred the pork
  • As the cabbage finishes cooking, add the meat back and stir everything together.
    step 5: stir everything together.
  • Sprinkle chopped scallion on top to garnish.
    step 6: sprinkle chopped scallion on top to garnish.
  • Serve the meat with rice.
    step 7-serve


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 503kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 499mg | Potassium: 815mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 370IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 5mg