This Instant Pot Pork Roast Recipe is a simple and quick way to cook a pork roast that is flavorful and tender in a fraction of the time.
The Instant Pot is an incredible tool in the kitchen for making dishes that once took a long time to make. You can drastically cut down the cooking time for dishes like this tender Pork Roast, which only takes 30 minutes to make in the pressure cooker vs five hours in the crock pot.
The best thing about this pork roast is that it goes with just about any side dish you want to serve, so you don’t have to put a lot of thought into what to make for dinner.
I am a huge fan of mashed potatoes, so I usually serve pork roast with mashed potatoes and gravy, but it also goes really well with roasted cauliflower or green beans. You can also make this pork with sauerkraut, which is a German tradition on New Years Day.
Which Cut of Pork to Use
There are a few different cuts of pork that make a good pork roast. I cook a LOT of pork shoulder in the instant pot for things like carnitas that benefit from slow cooking to make shredded or really tender meat. But when I’m making a pork that I want to be able to slice and serve with a side, I use pork leg or loin instead.
You want to look for a piece of meat that has a layer of fat. I know the tendency is to buy meat with no fat or to remove it before cooking, but a pork roast really benefits from the layer of fat, which keeps the meat moist while cooking. A pork loin with no fat will often end up very dry once cooked.
Free range and organic pork almost always have a thick layer of fat on top of the roast – often also with the skin on. When cooking in the Instant Pot, you can’t get crispy skin, but it’s a lot easier to remove after cooking than before, so just leave it on, then remove the excess fat and skin after cooking.
How to Make a Pork Roast in the Instant Pot
1. Prepare and Saute the Pork
To prepare the pork roast, sprinkle salt and pepper all over the roast. You can use other spices like garlic powder and thyme, but I don’t think it’s necessary.
I also don’t think it’s necessary to sear the roast before putting it into the Instant Pot. One side of your roast is likely made up of a layer of fat, which can’t be seared anyways. So just put it right into the Instant Pot. Add the both and other ingredients. Then close the Instant Pot and set it to Pressure Cook (or manual, depending on which version you have) for 30 minutes.
Note: If your roast is smaller than 1 pound or is thin and long, you will need to cook it for less time. Start with 15 minutes for 1/2 to 1 pound. Check the temperature of the meat to make sure it’s done. 145 degrees F is what you’re aiming for. If it’s under, turn it back on for 5-10 minutes.
After the time is up, allow the pressure to release naturally for 15 minutes, then manually release the rest of the pressure.
2. Slice It Up and Serve It
Take the pork out of the Instant Pot and slice it into pieces. If you want to make a gravy, you can use the broth from the Instant Pot. It’s incredibly flavorful and makes a really great gravy.
Looking for a side dish to serve with this Instant Pot Pork Roast? Here are a few options:
- Roasted Garlic Cauliflower with Parmesan
- Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup
- Classic Wedge Salad with Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing
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Instant Pot Pork Roast
- 1 to 1.5 lbs pork leg or loin
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 small onion chopped
- 2 ribs of celery chopped
- 1 tbsp fresh rosemary
- Sprinkle salt and pepper over the entire roast.
- Add the broth, onion and celery to the Instant Pot, then add the pork roast on top of the vegetables.
- Cover the pot, lock on the lid, and make sure the valve is set to sealing.
- Select the Pressure Cook button and set the cook time to 30 minutes.
- When the cooking cycle is finished, allow the pot to depressurize naturally for 15 minutes, then move the valve to venting to release the remaining pressure.
- Slice the roast and serve with your favorite side dish.
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