Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Spicy Pineapple Pork

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Ingredients Minutes Calories
Prep Cook Servings
20 min 1 h 6
Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Spicy Pineapple Pork
Health Highlights
This recipe is the homemade version of the popular Nom Nom Paleo hot bar dish at Whole Foods Market!


1 1/3 kg Pork shoulder, whole, lean (boneless; or beef chuck roast)
2 tsp Kosher salt
1 tbsp Coconut oil
1 can (15oz) Pineapple, canned (drained) (chunks in 100% juice, reserve juice)
1/2 cup Pineapple juice (drained from canned pineapple)
2 tbsp Lime juice (fresh)
2 pepper(s) Serrano pepper (diced; if you don’t like spicy; removed ribs; pith; and seeds and/or use less)
1 tbsp, leaves Basil, dried
1 tbsp Cumin
1/2 tsp Black pepper (freshly ground)
2 green onion (stem) Green onion (thinly sliced; optional)


  1. Trim and discard the extra fat from the pork roast and cut it into 2-inch cubes.
  2. Measure out the salt and toss well to coat all the pork pieces. 
  3. Turn on the Sauté function on your Instant Pot and add the coconut oil once the insert is hot. Toss in the seasoned pork cubes and cook, stirring, until the meat gets a bit of sear on the sides. If you’re pressed for time, don’t worry about searing the meat carefully. 
  4. Drain the pineapple juice and set the pineapple chunks aside (or keep them in the fridge until you’re ready to serve and eat the pork stew). Reserve pineapple juice for the recipe.
  5. Turn off the Sauté function on the Instant Pot. Add the diced serrano peppers, basil, cumin, and black pepper to the pork. Give everything a good stir to distribute the seasoning.
  6. Pour in pineapple juice and lime juice. Give everything a good stir. (Make sure the liquid reaches the bottom of the insert. Otherwise, you might get a “BURN” or “OVHT” error message on your Instant Pot display as the stew reaches high pressure.)
  7. Lock the lid on top and make sure the top valve is pointed to the sealed position. (If you’re using the Instant Pot Ultra, you won’t need to adjust the valve.)
  8. Program the Instant Pot to cook under high pressure for 35 minutes, and then let the pressure drop naturally. 
  9. Open the lid and check that the pork is fork-tender. If the pork is still tough, cook for 5-10 more minutes under high pressure.
  10. Stir in the pineapple chunks until warmed through. Taste and adjust for seasoning with additional salt or lime juice.
  11. Ladle up the pork and pineapples and garnish with scallions. Spicy Pineapple Pork tastes great served over cauliflower rice!

Nutrition Facts

Per Portion

Calories 436
Calories from fat 169
Calories from saturated fat 68
Total Fat 18.8 g
Saturated Fat 7.5 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.9 g
Monounsaturated Fat 7.6 g
Cholesterol 152 mg
Sodium 976 mg
Potassium 1005 mg
Total Carbohydrate 22.0 g
Dietary Fiber 1.3 g
Sugars 19.9 g
Protein 45 g

Dietary servings

Per Portion

Fruit 0.9
Meat 2.5

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