Shoyu pork in the Instant Pot is the perfect sweet, salty, umami flavor around. Chunks of pork pressure cooked to just the right tenderness. Great, easy weeknight meal.
This dish is really simple to make and perfect for the Instant Pot newbie to the seasoned vet.
If you have not got yourself an Instant Pot yet, you can get the same one I have here. You could also make this in the Crock Pot or on the stove if you wish.
If you love your Instant Pot and are looking for some new recipes to try check out my list of Instant Pot recipes.
Okinawan shoyu pork is a popular recipe here in my household. I saw a recipe by Rick Agan on one of the Instant Pot Facebook groups where he added miso paste. Gave it a shot and it turned out fabulously. Thanks for the great idea.
What do I need to make shoyu pork?
- Shoyu (soy sauce). I like to use the low sodium option.
- Granulated sugar
- Mirin. This is a sweet and tangy Japanese rice cooking wine.
- Sake, an alcoholic fermented rice drink. If you do not want to use alcohol in your cooking you can opt to leave this out.
- Miso paste, which is a Japanese fermented soybean mixture used as a seasoning
- Avocado oil (or the oil of your choice)
- Pork butt
How long does it take to make shoyu pork in the Instant Pot?
There is about 5 minutes of prep time. It will take about 5-10 minutes for the Instant Pot to come to pressure. The meat will take about 35 minutes to cook and another 20 minutes to depressurize for a total of about 1 hour and 5 minutes.
Let’s talk about what to serve with Instant Pot shoyu pork?
In Hawai’i any plate lunch dish pretty much goes well with sticky, white rice and macaroni salad. You could also serve with mashed potatoes and steamed veggies. If you are going for a low carb option you can opt for cauliflower rice.
How to store shoyu pork?
Once shoyu pork has completely cooled you can store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.
How long will shoyu pork last in the refrigerator or freezer?
According to the FDA cooked pork will last for 3-4 days in the refrigerator or 3-4 months in the freezer.
How to make Instant Pot shoyu pork?
Set Instant Pot to saute and set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl add shoyu, water, sugar, mirin, sake, and miso paste. Whisk to combine and set aside.
Add avocado oil (or the oil of your choice) to the Instant Pot. Add pork and saute until lightly browned.
Add onion, garlic, ginger to the Instant Pot along with the shoyu mixture.
Place lid on Instant Pot and set to sealing. Press the cancel button to turn off the saute mode. Set Instant Pot to manual high pressure for 35 minutes. Once cooking has completed allow pressure to naturally release for 20 minutes. Turn vent to venting. Enjoy!
Instant Pot Shoyu Pork
- 1/2 cup shoyu
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoon mirin
- 2 teaspoon sake
- 2 tablespoon miso paste
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil
- 4 pounds pork butt cubed
- 1 small onion diced
- 2 teaspoon garlic
- 1 inch knob ginger sliced
- Set Instant Pot to saute and set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl add shoyu, water, sugar, mirin, sake, and miso paste. Whisk to combine and set aside.
- Add avocado oil (or the oil of your choice) to the Instant Pot. Add pork and saute until lightly browned.
- Add onion, garlic, ginger to the Instant Pot along with the shoyu mixture.
- Place lid on Instant Pot and set to sealing. Press the cancel button to turn off the saute mode. Set Instant Pot to manual high pressure for 35 minutes. Once cooking has completed allow pressure to naturally release for 20 minutes. Turn vent to venting. Enjoy!
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11 thoughts on “Instant Pot Shoyu Pork”
Not only does it taste great but I was really surprised at how easy it was! It was a hit in my house. I will definitely be making it again.
First recipe I made in my instant pot. Soooooo good. The kids loved it which is a major plus for me. Will keep this recipe on repeat in my hale. Thank you
I made this tonight for the first time. So easy and so Ono. The family loved it. My 10!year old sin said, “this isn’t good, it’s great!” Thanks for another “great” recipe, Relle!
I am from Kona and first tried shoyu pork at Kawamoto’s in Hilo, I am hoping this will be in the same caliber as Kawamoto’s or better, putting the Hawaiian love to this wish me luck!
Aloha Keoni, I’ve never tried theirs. Hope you enjoy this one. Have a great day.
This is a hanahou for sure😃 A great new year side with the potato salad. Your recipes are liked here in Kona, Hauoli Makahiki hou
Aloha Keoni. So awesome to hear. I appreciate the kind words. Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!
If we wanted to make this on the stove how long will we need to cook the pork but for?
Do we fry the pork with garlic, ginger and onions first then add the shoyu mixture in after pork is cooked?
Aloha Tee. About 45 minutes to 1hr. You’ll have to check for the tenderness you like. Yes, saute the aromatics before adding the shoyu mixture. Hope you enjoy!
I had a tray of country style boneless pork ribs in my freezer. Rather than making BBQ ribs, I decided to try your shoyu pork recipe. OMG! It turned out ono-licious! Meaty with a little bit of fat.
Easy-peasy in the Instant Pot and oh so tender! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe. I’m sure I’ll be making this often. This is definitely a keeper!!
Ooh sounds so yummy. Happy it worked out. Thank you for sharing. Have a great day.