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Instant Pot Pork Belly Recipe: Succulent & Simple Instant Pot Pork Belly Recipe: Succulent & Simple


Instant Pot Pork Belly Recipe: Succulent & Simple

Written by: Emily Smith

This Instant Pot pork belly recipe is my go-to for a quick, flavorful meal. The soy-ginger sauce is divine, and the meat turns out tender every time. It's a real crowd-pleaser!

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Hooked on comfort food, I lassoed a crowd-pleaser, a mouthwatering instant pot pork belly. Succulent slices of pork belly, jazzed up with a sweet and salty fusion of soy sauce, brown sugar, and a hint of tang from rice vinegar. Throw in the magic of garlic and ginger, and you've got a flavorsome feast! Ready in a jiffy, this recipe is my secret weapon against long cooking hours. Voila, home-cooked bliss! Give it a whirl; I reckon you'd find it irresistible, just like I did.

Ingredients for Delicious Instant Pot Pork Belly

  • Pork belly: Tender, fatty cut that becomes melt-in-your-mouth delicious when cooked low and slow, perfect for this dish.
  • Soy sauce: Adds umami depth and savory flavor to the dish, enhancing the overall taste of the pork belly.
  • Brown sugar: Balances the saltiness of the soy sauce, creating a sweet and savory glaze for the pork belly.
  • Rice vinegar: Provides a tangy kick that cuts through the richness of the pork belly, adding brightness to the dish.
  • Water: Helps create steam in the instant pot, aiding in the cooking process and keeping the pork belly moist.
  • Garlic: Infuses the dish with aromatic flavor, complementing the richness of the pork belly and enhancing the overall taste.
  • Ginger: Adds a subtle heat and earthy flavor to the dish, marrying well with the other ingredients in the sauce.
  • Green onions: Fresh, crisp garnish that adds a pop of color and a mild onion flavor to the finished dish.
  • Sesame seeds: Toasted seeds that provide a nutty crunch and a hint of sesame flavor, elevating the presentation and texture.

Essential Tools for Cooking Pork Belly in the Instant Pot

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the pork belly to achieve tender and flavorful results.
  • Bowl: Used for mixing the marinade ingredients before pouring over the pork belly slices.

Serves: 4 people

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 45 minutes

Total time: 55 minutes


  • 1 lb pork belly, sliced
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • Green onions, chopped (for garnish)
  • Sesame seeds (for garnish)


  1. In a bowl, mix soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, water, garlic, and ginger.
  2. Add pork belly slices to the Instant Pot and pour the sauce over the meat.
  3. Close the lid, set the valve to sealing, and cook on high pressure for 45 minutes.
  4. Once done, allow for a natural pressure release for 10 minutes before quick releasing the remaining pressure.
  5. Remove the pork belly from the Instant Pot and slice or shred as desired.
  6. Serve the pork belly with the sauce from the Instant Pot, garnished with green onions and sesame seeds.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 450 kcal | Carbohydrates: 20 g | Protein: 20 g | Total Fat: 30 g | Saturated Fat: 10 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8 g | Cholesterol: 60 mg | Sodium: 1200 mg | Dietary Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 15 g | Calcium: 50 mg | Potassium: 400 mg | Iron: 2 mg | Vitamin A: 100 µg | Vitamin C: 5 mg

Prep and Storage Tips for Instant Pot Pork Belly

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the pork belly according to the recipe.
  • Allow the pork belly to cool completely.
  • Store the cooked pork belly in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freezing Instructions

  • Cool the pork belly completely before freezing.
  • Place the pork belly in a freezer-safe container or bag.
  • Label the container with the date and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Pork belly is a versatile cut that can be cooked in various ways, such as braising, roasting, or grilling.

Common Questions About Cooking Pork Belly in the Instant Pot

Can I use a different cut of pork for this recipe?
While pork belly is traditional for this recipe, you can try using pork shoulder or pork loin as alternatives.
How can I adjust the flavor of the dish to my preference?
Feel free to adjust the amount of soy sauce, brown sugar, or vinegar to suit your taste.
Can I make this recipe in a slow cooker instead of an instant pot?
Yes, you can cook this recipe in a slow cooker on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
Is there a way to make this dish spicier?
You can add red pepper flakes or a splash of hot sauce to the sauce mixture for some heat.
Can I prepare this dish ahead of time?
Yes, you can marinate the pork belly in the sauce mixture overnight for even more flavor.

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