Instant Pot Asian-Style Pulled Pork


The Asian flavors in this pulled pork are a great change from standard BBQ pulled pork. Easy to do in the Instant Pot or adaptable for a slow cooker. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds. Great over rice, noodles, wrapped in leaf lettuce, or in rice paper wraps.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
12 servings


  • 3 ½ pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes

  • 1 cup beef broth

  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms

  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar

  • cup soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger

  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes

  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder

  • 2 ½ tablespoons cornstarch

  • cup cold water

  • ¼ cup chopped green onions


  1. Combine pork, beef broth, mushrooms, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, honey, garlic, sesame oil, ginger, red pepper, and Chinese five-spice powder in a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot). Close and lock the lid.

  2. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 35 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  3. Let sit for 15 minutes before releasing pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 10 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Remove the pork using a slotted spoon and place in a separate bowl. Set aside.

  4. Combine cornstarch and water in a small bowl and add to the pressure cooker. Select Saute function. Bring to a boil and cook until sauce has thickened, about 3 minutes. Select Warm function.

  5. Shred the pork using 2 forks to pull apart; mix with sauce. Top with green onions and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

214 Calories
14g Fat
8g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 214
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Sodium 510mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 269mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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