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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.

shoyu pork on a bed of rice

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.

two plates of shoyu pork with sticky white rice near an Instant Pot

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.
  • Water
  • 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
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Ginger

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.

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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.

top down view of shoyu pork on a plate of rice

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!

shoyu pork on a bed of rice

Instant Pot Shoyu Pork

Yield: 4 pounds
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Additional Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Set Instant Pot to saute and set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl add shoyu, water, sugar, mirin, sake, and miso paste. Whisk to combine and set aside.
  3. Add avocado oil (or the oil of your choice) to the Instant Pot. Add pork and saute until lightly browned.
  4. Add onion, garlic, ginger to the Instant Pot along with the shoyu mixture.
  5. 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!

Notes

*If you do not wish to cook with alcohol you can opt to leave out the sake.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1/3 pound
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 553Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 156mgSodium: 250mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 42g

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By on January 3rd, 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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6 thoughts on “Instant Pot Shoyu Pork”

  1. 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!

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  2. 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

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  3. Hi Relle,
    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?

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    • 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!

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