Instant Pot Caramelized Pork

A fantastic way to transform the pork meat into a spectacular dish… Fork tender pork is cooked in a balanced sweet and savory caramel sauce with an extra delish touch.

Instant Pot Caramelized Pork
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Keyword: brown sugar, Caramelized Pork, pork butt
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 lb pork butt cut in 1-inch pieces
  • Salt and ground black pepper as required
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 1 scallion (green part) chopped
  • Add the oil in the Instant Pot and select “Sauté”. Now, add the pork, salt and black pepper and cook for about 4-5 minutes or until browned completely.
  • Add the brown sugar and cook for about 2 minutes or until goldenbrown, stirring continuously.
  • Stir in the garlic and cook for about 1 minutes.
  • Select “Cancel” and stir in the fish sauce, broth and water.
  • Secure the lid and turn to “Seal” position.
  • Cook on “Manual” with “High Pressure” for about20 minutes. 
  • Press “Cancel” and allow a natural release for about 10 minutes and then, do a quick release.
  • Carefully, remove the lid and select “Sauté”.
  • Stir in the onions and cook for about 5-10 minutes or until desired thickness of sauce.
  • Select “Cancel” and serve with the garnishing of scallion.
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