Instant Pot Pork Roast Recipe

Instant Pot Pork Roast Recipe

by Bity

With the cold weather and upcoming holidays, it’s time to get cooking. This Instant Pot Pork Roast is a delicious dish that takes little prep and tastes great when served with veggies like rice, squash, or mashed potatoes.

Instant Pot Pork Roast

Instant Pot pork roast is a dish that’s composed of tough cuts of meat cooked slowly. In this recipe, we will first use a sear-and-braise method for browning the pork, then cook it in the Instant Pot using the “Pot Roast/Beef” setting.

What is Pork Roast?

One of the most popular dishes in America is pork roast. A pork roast is a cut of pork that is typically roasted in an oven. This cut of pork can come from the shoulder, loin, or leg of the pig. Pork roast is a popular dish to serve during the holidays or for Sunday dinner. This dish can be made with various seasonings and herbs to give it flavor.

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What’s unique?

Instant Pot Pork Roast

Pork roasts are a great family dinner. They are easy to make and can be done in a slow cooker or Instant Pot. In this recipe, the pork is rubbed with salt and pepper, roasted on a rack in the oven, and then finished in the slow cooker.

The Instant Pot Pork Roast has a lot going for it – a short cooking time, deep flavor, and no hassle. On top of that, it’s low in fat and calories.

Variations of Instant Pot Pork Roast:

Instant Pot Pork Roast

One way to change up the flavor of your Instant Pot pork roast is to add some different spices. For example, you could try adding garlic, rosemary, or thyme to the pot. Another way to change up the flavor of your pork roast is to add a different type of liquid. Instead of water, you could try cooking your pork roast in chicken broth or apple cider.

If you want to change the texture of your Instant Pot pork roast, you can try cooking it in the “stew” setting. This will result in a tender and juicy pork roast that is perfect for shredding and using in pulled pork sandwiches. You could also try cooking your pork roast on the “sauté” setting. This will give your pork roast a crispy exterior that is perfect for slicing and serving with roasted potatoes.

How do I make pork more tender?

Instant Pot Pork Roast

There are a few different ways that you can make pork more tender. One way is to cook it for a longer period of time at a lower temperature. This will allow the connective tissues to break down and the meat to become more tender. Another way to make pork more tender is to use a marinade or rub it with spices before cooking. This will help to flavor the meat and also tenderize it. Finally, you can cut the pork into smaller pieces before cooking. This will help the heat to penetrate the meat more evenly and make it more tender.

How long should pork be cooked in an Instant Pot?

Instant Pot Pork Roast

Pork roast should be cooked in an Instant Pot for at least 45 minutes. If you are cooking a larger pork roast, you may need to increase the cooking time to 60 minutes. Pork roast is done once it reaches 145°F.

What to serve with this instant pot pork roast recipe?

Instant Pot Pork Roast

Pork roast is delicious on its own, but it’s even better when served with some sides. I like to pair it with roasted potatoes and a simple green salad. If you’re feeling fancy, you could also add a dollop of apple sauce or cranberry sauce on top.

No matter what side you choose, they should compliment the flavor of the pork roast. So don’t be afraid to experiment and find what you like best!

How to store this pork roast?

Instant Pot Pork Roast

Pork roast can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days or in the freezer for up to six months. To store pork roast in the refrigerator, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or place it in a resealable bag. To store pork roast in the freezer, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or place it in a resealable bag and label it with the date.

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Instant Pot Pork Roast

Instant Pot Pork Roast

Instant Pot Pork Roast: Learn how to make a juicy Instant Pot Pork Roast with our simple step-by-step recipe. Easy and delicious!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Pressurizing Time: 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 257 kcal


  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 3 lbs pork roast
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 c. water
  • Gravy:
  • 1 tbsp cold water
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch


  • After trimming the roast, remove the skin and the top fat if needed. Then, pat dries the roast.
  • In a small bowl, combine the salt and pepper. On the entire pork, rub the seasoning.
  • Set the Instant Pot to saute, then add the cooking oil. Place the pork into the pot once the oil is hot and sear until both sides are browned. Once done, turn the Instant Pot off and set the roast aside.
  • To the pot, pour in the water along with the whisky. Scrape the bottom of the pot to release the browned bits, then return the pork roast to the pot.
  • Put the lid on and lock the lid, then the valve to seal. Push on the pressure cooker, setting the timer to 45 minutes.
  • Allow natural release of pressure for 45 minutes once done, then manually release the rest of the pressure.
  • For the gravy, begin by skimming the excess oil from the top of the broth in the Instant Pot. Create a slurry by whisking the cornstarch in cold water. Set the Instant Pot to saute. Stir in the cornstarch once the liquid is boiling until the gravy has thickened.
  • To serve, slice the roast and drizzle the gravy on top. Enjoy the pot roast with your favorite side dishes.


1. If using a smaller roast, decrease the cooking time accordingly (15
2. To prevent the gravy from getting too hot and burning, do not leave the
saute mode on for too long.


Calories: 257kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 38gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 520mgPotassium: 674mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 170IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Instant Pot Pork Roast
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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my Instant Pot roast tough?

There are a few reasons why an Instant Pot roast might come out tough. One possibility is that the meat was not properly browned before it was pressure cooked. Browning the meat helps to seal in the juices, which keeps the roast moist and tender.
Another possibility is that the roast was overcooked. Instant Pot roasts should be cooked for a shorter time than traditional oven-roasted meats. If the roast is overcooked, it will be tough and dry.
Finally, it is important to let the roast rest for at least 10 minutes after cooking before slicing it. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, making it a more flavorful and tender pork roast.

What happens if you overcook a pork roast?

If you overcook a pork roast in an Instant Pot, the meat will become very tough and dry. The fat will also render out, making the pork roast greasy.

How do you keep a pork roast from drying out?

To prevent a pork roast from drying out, it is important to cook it at the correct temperature. Pork should be cooked at 145 degrees Fahrenheit, which is considered medium-rare. Anything above this temperature will begin to dry out the meat. Another way to keep a pork roast moist is to cook it with some liquid, such as chicken broth. This will help to keep the pork roast from drying out during cooking. Finally, once the pork roast is cooked, allow it to rest for a few minutes before slicing into it. This will help to redistribute the juices and keep the pork roast moist and flavorful.


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