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Easy Instant Pot Pork and Peas Recipe

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This easy Instant Pot pork and peas is a great family meal. Tender, juicy pork in a garlic tomato sauce with vibrant green peas and red pimentos. One pot meal and easy clean up make this the perfect weeknight dish.

instant pot pork and peas on a black place with rice

I mean life can get busy right? Finding time to make delicious dinners isn’t always an easy thing. But you’re in luck. This Instant Pot pork and peas dish uses one pot. One pot means less mess and a quicker clean up. Giving you more time to spend with family and friends.

Now let’s talk about the star of the show PORK AND PEAS or pork guisantes. If pork and peas doesn’t scream Filipino comfort food, I don’t know what does. Simple ingredients with bold flavors.

top down view of instant pot pork and peas

Pork and peas is a classic Filipino dish that is popular here in Hawai’i as well. It can be made with ingredients you likely have in your pantry. It can feed a large crowd and is perfect for leftovers.

Instant Pot Pork and Peas Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil of choice
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 pounds pork butt/shoulder, cubed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, finely diced
  • 1 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup patis
  • 2 tablespoons shoyu
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 16 ounces peas, frozen
  • 4 ounces pimentos, diced
instant pot pork and peas ingredients

Classic pork and peas are stewed on the stove top. This can take some time if you have cheaper cuts of meat. In comes my secret weapon. . . the INSTANT POT.

If you’ve never heard of an Instant Pot you’re missing out. The Instant Pot is one of my favorite countertop appliances. It is an all in one electric pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, and so much more.

This is the one that I have.

If you love the Instant Pot check out some of my favorite recipes

pork and peas with rice on a black plate in front of the instant pot

What can I use instead of pimentos?

Pimentos are a type of red pepper. It is sweeter and more aromatic than that of the bell pepper. 

If you don’t have pimentos or can’t find any you can replace it with bell peppers.

What cut of pork should I use? 

Pork butt or shoulder is a cheaper cut of meat and can be tougher, however the Instant Pot will help to make this tender and juicy.

How long does it take to cook?

I used pork butt or shoulder and cut into smaller pieces. This takes about 25-35 minutes and can cut down on cook time. If you cut larger chunks of meat your cook time may increase. If you use a cut like the tenderloin, cook time will decrease, however the cost may be higher.

two black plates with instant pot pork and peas

How to store Instant Pot pork and peas?

Once cooled, store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days or freeze for 3-4 months.

How to warm up Instant Pot pork and peas?

You can opt to defrost at room temperature then heat over the stove or defrost in the microwave.

Check out some of my other popular Filipino dishes

How to make Instant Pot pork and peas?

Set Instant Pot to saute. Add cooking oil of choice and onions. Cook until translucent.

Then add pork and garlic. Continue to cook until pork is browned.

Next add chicken broth, tomato paste, patis, shoyu, and bay leaf. Mix to combine.

Place lid on Instant Pot and set to sealing. Cancel saute mode. Cook on manual high pressure for 10 minutes. Allow 10 minutes natural pressure release. Quick release remaining pressure.

Add in peas and pimentos and stir until combined. Allow to heat through and ENJOY!

instant pot pork and peas on a black place with rice

Instant Pot Pork and Peas

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 21 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 41 minutes

This easy Instant Pot pork and peas is a great family meal. Tender, juicy pork in a garlic tomato sauce with vibrant green peas and red pimentos. One pot meal and easy clean up make this the perfect weeknight dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil of choice
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 pounds pork butt/shoulder, cubed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, finely diced
  • 1 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup patis
  • 2 tablespoons shoyu
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 16 ounces peas, frozen
  • 4 ounces pimentos, diced

Instructions

  1. Set Instant Pot to saute. Add cooking oil of choice and onions. Cook until translucent.
  2. Then add pork and garlic. Continue to cook until pork is browned.
  3. Next add chicken broth, tomato paste, patis, shoyu, and bay leaf. Mix to combine.
  4. Place lid on Instant Pot and set to sealing. Cancel saute mode. Cook on manual high pressure for 10 minutes. Allow 10 minutes natural pressure release. Quick release remaining pressure.
  5. Add in peas and pimentos and stir until combined. Allow to heat through and ENJOY!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 378Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 261mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 30g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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By on June 24th, 2020

About Relle

Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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2 thoughts on “Easy Instant Pot Pork and Peas Recipe”

  1. My ‘Ohana LOVED this. This is another recipe that’s become a keeper in our rotation of IP recipes. Mahalo a nui.

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