Instant Pot Braised Pork Belly

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This Instant Pot Braised Pork Belly absolutely melts in your mouth! The instant pot is perfect for making tender pork belly.

plate of Instant Pot Braised Pork Belly in sauce

Braised Pork Belly In Instant Pot

People around the world adore braised pork belly because it’s so versatile! Whether it’s served with rice, noodles, or veggies, braised pork belly brings this amazing tenderness and taste that makes every bite so satisfying. It’s a dish that’s all about taking simple ingredients and turning them into something truly delicious.

close-up of braised pork belly

The sealed environment of the Instant Pot allows for pressure to build, effectively breaking down the pork belly, resulting in a melt-in-your-mouth texture while infusing it with the flavors from the braising liquid. Plus the Instant Pot’s pressure cooking function significantly reduces the cooking time required for braising pork belly. What would usually take hours to achieve can be accomplished in a fraction of the time, making it a practical choice for those seeking a quicker yet equally tender result.

Looking for more easy Instant Pot recipes? Check out some of our favorites: Instant Pot Kalua Pulled Pork, Instant Pot Soft Boiled Eggs, Instant Pot Sausage And Peppers.

pieces of braised pork belly in instant pot

How To Make Instant Pot Braised Pork Belly

Cut the pork belly into pieces and add to the instant pot.

Pour in soy sauce and water. Then add brown sugar and garlic cloves.

Close up instant pot and seal up the valve.

Press “Pressure Cook” button and choose “High Pressure”. Set the timer for 30 minutes.

Once cooking time is up, quick release the steam. Be sure pin has dropped before attempting to open the instant pot.

Remove pork belly from instant pot and enjoy!

seasoned pieces of Instant Pot Braised Pork Belly on a plate

Cooking Tips

  • Garlic cloves need to be peeled, but not sliced. They are simply in the pot to infuse the pork with flavor.
  • You can scoop the pork out of the instant pot liquid or use the sauce as a gravy
  • If you would like, try different sauces with this dish. Braised pork belly is delicious with hot sauce, bbq sauce, or even honey

fork holding piece of Instant Pot Braised Pork Belly

Why Is My Braised Pork Belly Tough?

If braised pork belly turns out tough, it was either not cooked long enough or cooked at too high a temperature. For tender pork belly, cook at a medium simmer on the stovetop or high pressure in an instant pot.

scooping out cooked pork belly from instant pot

Is A Pressure Cooker Good For Braising?

Yes, a pressure cooker is great for braising. It fully tenderizes meat in a fraction of the time of other cooking methods.

What To Serve With Instant Pot Braised Pork Belly

This hearty meal would be perfect on a cold, winter’s night with other filling dishes like Cornbread Casserole, Microwave Eggplant, and Ranch Roasted Potatoes.

Or slice up the pork belly and serve alongside roasted veggies for a healthy, flavorful dinner. We suggest Air Fryer Broccolini, Roasted Parsnips, or Curried Roasted Cauliflower.

cooked pork belly pieces in soy sauce and brown sugar marinade

More Pork Recipes For The Instant Pot

Instant Pot Pork Chops And Potatoes

Instant Pot Pork And Sauerkraut

Pork Tenderloin Cooked In The Instant Pot

Kalua Pulled Pork Cooked In The Instant Pot

Instant Pot Boneless Pork Chops

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Instant Pot Braised Pork Belly

This Instant Pot Braised Pork Belly absolutely melts in your mouth! The instant pot is perfect for making tender pork belly.
Prep Time3 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time33 minutes
Course: Dinner, Instant Pot, Pork
Keyword: Instant Pot Braised Pork Belly
Cooking Method: Instant Pot
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 653kcal

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Cut the pork belly into pieces and add to the instant pot.
  • Pour in soy sauce and water. Then add brown sugar and garlic cloves.
  • Close up instant pot and seal up the valve.
  • Press "Pressure Cook" button and choose "High Pressure". Set the timer for 30 minutes.
  • Once cooking time is up, quick release the steam. Be sure pin has dropped before attempting to open the instant pot.
  • Remove pork belly from instant pot and enjoy!

Notes

  • Garlic cloves need to be peeled, but not sliced. They are simply in the pot to infuse the pork with flavor.
  • You can scoop the pork out of the instant pot liquid or use the sauce as a gravy
  • If you would like, try different sauces with this dish. Braised pork belly is delicious with hot sauce, bbq sauce, or even honey
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Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 653kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 60g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 28g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 854mg | Potassium: 271mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 12IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg
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