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Pork Shank Instant Pot Recipe: Tender & Juicy

Written by: Emily Smith

This Instant Pot pork shank recipe is my go-to for a hearty, comforting meal. The meat gets incredibly tender, and the broth turns into a delicious sauce. It's a real crowd-pleaser!

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I stumbled upon this instant pot pork shank recipe during a chilly autumn evening, craving comfort food. Let me tell you, it's become my go-to for impressing dinner guests without breaking a sweat. Tender, fall-off-the-bone meat infused with aromatic herbs and savory broth - all achieved in record time. Forget hours of slow-cooking; this dish delivers restaurant-quality results in just an hour. Trust me, once you've tried these succulent shanks, you'll wonder how you ever lived without them. Ready to revolutionize your weeknight dinners?

Ingredients for Instant Pot Pork Shank

  • Pork shanks: Tender and flavorful meat that becomes fall-off-the-bone delicious when cooked under pressure in the Instant Pot.
  • Olive oil: Adds richness and helps brown the pork shanks, enhancing the overall flavor of the dish.
  • Onion: Provides a savory base flavor and sweetness that complements the pork shanks beautifully in the cooking process.
  • Garlic: Infuses a deep, aromatic flavor into the dish, enhancing the overall taste of the pork shanks and sauce.
  • Chicken broth: Adds depth of flavor and moisture to the dish, creating a delicious sauce to serve with the pork shanks.
  • Dried thyme: Aromatic herb that adds earthy and slightly floral notes, enhancing the overall flavor profile of the dish.

Essential Tools for Making This Recipe

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the pork shanks quickly, resulting in tender and flavorful meat.
  • Tongs: Needed for flipping and handling the pork shanks safely during the browning process in the Instant Pot.

Pork Shank Instant Pot Recipe: Tender & Juicy

This Pork Shank Instant Pot Recipe yields tender and juicy pork shanks, perfect for a hearty meal. The dish is seasoned with thyme, garlic, and onions, and cooked in chicken broth to enhance the flavors.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 450 kcal


  • Instant Pot
  • Sauté Function


Main Ingredients

  • 4 pork shanks
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • to taste Salt and pepper


  • Season the pork shanks with salt and pepper.
  • Select the "Saute" function on the Instant Pot and heat the olive oil.
  • Brown the pork shanks on all sides, then remove and set aside.
  • Add the onion and garlic to the Instant Pot, sauté until softened.
  • Pour in the chicken broth and deglaze the pot, scraping up any browned bits.
  • Return the pork shanks to the pot, add thyme, and close the lid.
  • Cook on high pressure for 1 hour.
  • Let the pressure release naturally for 15 minutes, then manually release any remaining pressure.
  • Serve the pork shanks with the cooking liquid as a sauce.


This recipe is perfect for a cozy family dinner. Serve with mashed potatoes or a side of vegetables for a complete meal.

Nutrition value:

Calories: 450kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 35gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 600mgPotassium: 700mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 100IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 3mg


Keyword Instant Pot, Juicy, Pork Shank, Tender
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Can You Make Instant Pot Pork Shank Ahead of Time?

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Cook the pork shanks as directed in the recipe.
  • Let the pork shanks cool completely.
  • Store the cooked pork shanks in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freezing Instructions

  • Allow the cooked pork shanks to cool completely.
  • Place the pork shanks in a freezer-safe container or bag.
  • Seal tightly, label with the date, and freeze for up to 3 months.

Pork shanks are a flavorful cut of meat that comes from the lower part of the pig's leg, known for their rich taste and tender texture when cooked properly.

Common Questions About Cooking Pork Shank in an Instant Pot

Can I use a different type of meat for this recipe?
Yes, you can substitute pork shanks with beef shanks or lamb shanks for a different flavor.
How can I make this recipe gluten-free?
To make this recipe gluten-free, ensure that the chicken broth you use is gluten-free and double-check all other ingredients for hidden sources of gluten.
Can I add vegetables to this dish?
Absolutely! You can add carrots, potatoes, or any other vegetables of your choice to the instant pot along with the pork shanks for added flavor.
How do I store leftovers?
Store any leftover pork shanks in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop.
Can I freeze this dish?
Yes, you can freeze the cooked pork shanks in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

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