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Instant Pot Thit Kho Recipe: Vietnamese Caramelized Pork

Written by: Lucas Johnson

This Instant Pot Thit Kho recipe is my go-to comfort food. Tender pork belly and eggs simmered in a sweet and savory sauce, it's a hearty meal that warms my soul.

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Let me share my favorite Vietnamese comfort dish - thit kho. This braised pork belly recipe brings back memories of my grandma's kitchen. Rich, savory, and slightly sweet, it's pure magic in your Instant Pot. Tender chunks of pork swim in a caramelized coconut sauce, while hard-boiled eggs soak up all that goodness. Trust me, once you try this, you'll be hooked. Grab your rice cooker and let's dive into this mouthwatering adventure together!

Ingredients for Instant Pot Thit Kho

  • Pork belly: Fatty cut adds richness and flavor, tenderizes during cooking, traditional choice for this Vietnamese dish.
  • Coconut water: Adds subtle sweetness and depth to the sauce, balances the savory flavors, infuses a tropical essence to the dish.
  • Fish sauce: Provides umami depth and saltiness, essential for authentic Vietnamese flavor, enhances overall savory profile of the dish.
  • Sugar: Balances the saltiness and enhances caramelization, adds a touch of sweetness to the savory sauce, creating a complex flavor.
  • Hard-boiled eggs: Soaks up the flavorful sauce, adds a creamy texture and richness, traditional addition to thit kho dishes.

Kitchen Tools Required for This Recipe

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the pork belly quickly and efficiently.
  • Hard-boiled eggs: Adds flavor and texture to the dish, complementing the savory pork belly.

Instant Pot Thit Kho Recipe: Vietnamese Caramelized Pork

This Instant Pot Thit Kho recipe features tender pork belly caramelized in a savory-sweet sauce, complemented by hard-boiled eggs. It's a classic Vietnamese dish that's perfect for a comforting meal.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Vietnamese
Servings 4 people
Calories 650 kcal


  • Instant Pot


Main Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs pork belly cut into chunks
  • 0.5 cup coconut water
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 0.5 tsp black pepper
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs peeled
  • Green onions and cilantro for garnish


  • In the Instant Pot, combine pork belly, coconut water, fish sauce, sugar, and black pepper.
  • Close the lid, set the valve to sealing, and cook on high pressure for 30 minutes.
  • Allow natural pressure release for 15 minutes, then quick release any remaining pressure.
  • Add hard-boiled eggs to the pot and simmer on sauté mode for 10-15 minutes until the sauce thickens.
  • Serve hot, garnished with green onions and cilantro. Enjoy with steamed rice.


For a richer flavor, you can marinate the pork belly with the fish sauce and sugar for 15-30 minutes before cooking. Adjust the sweetness and saltiness according to your taste preference.

Nutrition value:

Calories: 650kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 20gFat: 55gSaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 150mgSodium: 800mgPotassium: 400mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 100IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 2mg


Keyword Caramelized Pork, Instant Pot, Thit Kho
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Can You Make Thit Kho Ahead of Time or Freeze It?

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Cook the thit kho according to the recipe instructions.
  • Let it cool completely before transferring to an airtight container.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freezing Instructions

  • Portion the cooled thit kho into freezer-safe containers or bags.
  • Label with the date and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

Pork belly is the key ingredient in this dish, known for its rich flavor and tender texture when cooked in an Instant Pot.

Common Questions About Making Instant Pot Thit Kho

Can I use a different cut of meat for this recipe?
Yes, you can use pork shoulder or pork butt as alternatives to pork belly.
Can I skip the fish sauce in this recipe?
Fish sauce adds a unique flavor, but you can substitute with soy sauce if needed.
How long can I store leftovers in the fridge?
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
Can I freeze this dish?
Yes, you can freeze the cooked thit kho in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.
What can I serve with this dish?
Thit kho is traditionally served with steamed rice, but you can also enjoy it with noodles or crusty bread.

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