Instant Pot Crispy Carnitas

This Instant Pot Carnitas recipe is quick and easy to make in the pressure-cooker, and it’s SO flavorful and juicy and delicious!

These Instant Pot Crispy Carnitas are quick and easy to make, and cooked with the most delicious Cuban mojo sauce marinade! | gimmesomeoven.com

Are you all as in love with the Instant Pot as I am?

I’ll be the first to admit that I was a little reluctant last year to dive into the craze when everyone started cooking with them.  Pressure cookers used to scare the crap out of me growing up, and I didn’t have room in my apartment for any more kitchen appliances, and frankly, I was already perfectly content with my slow cooker, rice cooker, sauté pans, and steamer, thankyouverymuch.  But after hearing enough friends rave about their Instant Pots and the 5 million brilliant things that they are able to do, I finally bit the bullet and broke my I-don’t-buy-things-on-Black-Friday resolution and ordered one for half price that day on Amazon.  (Ok, and then let’s be honest, promptly stared at it sitting there in my kitchen for about a month.  Resistant to change much? ?)

But, once I finally swallowed my pride and geared up my courage to set that knob to “sealing” and give it a try, I could not believe how quickly and how perfectly it cooked so many of my favorite recipes!  My favorite slow cooker barbacoa beefteriyaki chicken, and beef stew all ready to go in less than an hour!  My favorite butternut squash soup, lentil soup, and potato soup all ready to go in less than 40 minutes!  No-soak beans ready in 45 minutes! Perfectly-cooked rice in 15!  Pasta in 8!

All the things!  Less time!  And so far — perfectly cooked, every time!

As someone who nerds out over efficiency in life, I admit that I’m now 100% sold on this thing.  (And recommending it to everyone who asks.)  And my favorite recipe thus far that I’ve been recommending to my friends?  These incredibly juicy, crispy flavorful, and super-speedy Instant Pot Carnitas.

 

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These tasty Instant Pot Carnitas are tossed with a pineapple salsa, and marinade with a delicious citrus mojo sauce! | gimmesomeoven.com

Well, really, you can make just about any kind of carnitas with this method (including the ingredients in my traditional Slow Cooker Crispy Carnitas recipe, which I totally love).  But lately, I’ve been hooked on cooking with Cuban mojo sauce, which is a yummy (and ultra-easy) marinade made with lots of fresh citrus juice and lots and lots of garlic.  Two of my faves.

Crispy Pork Carnitas are so easy to make in the Instant Pot! Check out this delicious recipe, marinade with a citrus garlic Cuban mojo sauce. | gimmesomeoven.com

Simply sear some big chunks of pork in the Instant Pot.  (Love its speedy “Saute” setting!)  Then pour in your marinade, and set it to pressure cook for 30 minutes on high, and then naturally vent for 15-20 minutes afterwards.

Then once the pork is ready to go, give it a good shred with two forks.

This Instant Pot Pork Carnitas recipe is quick and easy to make, and SO delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

Then — my favorite tip for any sort of slow-cooked (or pressure-cooked) meat — transfer it to a large baking sheet and pop it under the broiler for 5 minutes to crisp up those edges.  Remove, toss the pork with some of the remaining juices, then broil and toss again.

The most amazing Instant Pot Carnitas recipe!! Quick and easy to make, and marinated in a Cuban mojo sauce with lots of citrus and garlic. Perfect for tacos, burritos, salads and more! | gimmesomeoven.com

And then in less than an hour, this amazing batch of crispy, juicy, ultra-tasty pork carnitas will be yours to enjoy.

These delicious Instant Pot Carnitas Tacos are easy to make, and sprinkled with a yummy pineapple salsa. | gimmesomeoven.com

Feel free to serve it up in tacos like I did…

This simple Pineapple Salsa recipe is easy to make, and so sweet and delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

…with this simple pineapple salsa that I made (or you can stick with traditional chopped onions and cilantro, to make them “street taco” style).

These Instant Pot Pork Carnitas Tacos are marinated in an easy mojo sauce, and SO delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

Or, of course, feel free to use the carnitas however else you’d like — burritos, rice bowls, salads, quesadillas, youuuuu name it.  Can’t to go wrong with these guys.

Cheers to fancy new technology making life a little easier…and even more delicious.

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Instant Pot Crispy Carnitas

These Instant Pot Crispy Carnitas are super quick and easy to make with a pressure cooker, and marinated in the most delicious Cuban mojo sauce!

Ingredients:

Instant Pot Crispy Carnitas Ingredients:

  • 1 (4-5 pound) lean boneless pork roast, excess fat trimmed, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1 batch mojo sauce (see below)
  • for serving: chopped fresh cilantro leaves and fresh salsa (I used the pineapple salsa below)

Mojo Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 cup beer (or chicken stock)
  • 1 head of garlic, cloves separated, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper

Optional: Fresh Pineapple Salsa

  • 2 cups finely-diced fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 cup finely-chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup finely-diced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and finely-diced
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

To Make The Instant Pot Crispy Carnitas:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, prepare the mojo sauce (see below).
  2. Season pork chunks on all sides with salt and pepper.
  3. Click the “Saute” setting on the Instant Pot.  Add oil and half of the pork, and sear — turning every 45-60 seconds or so — until the pork is browned on all sides.  Transfer pork to a separate clean plate, and repeat with the other half of the pork, searing until browned on all sides.  Press “Cancel” to turn off the heat.
  4. Pour in the mojo sauce, and toss briefly to combine. Close lid securely and set vent to “Sealing”.
  5. Press “Meat”, then press “Pressure” until the light on “High Pressure” lights up, then adjust the up/down arrows until time reads 30 minutes.  Cook.  Then let the pressure release naturally, about 15 minutes.  Carefully turn the vent to “Venting”, just to release any extra pressure that might still be in there.  Then remove the lid.
  6. Turn on the oven broiler to High.
  7. Shred the pork with two forks.  Then transfer it with a slotted spoon to a large baking sheet.  Spoon about a third of the leftover juices evenly on top of the pork.  Then broil for 4-5 minutes, or until the edges of the pork begin browning and crisping up. Remove the sheet from the oven, then ladle a remaining third of the juices from the Instant Pot evenly over the pork, and then give it a good toss with some tongs.  Broil for an additional 5 minutes to get the meat even more crispy. Then remove and ladle the final third of the juices over the pork, and toss to combine.
  8. Sprinkle with chopped fresh cilantro, then serve immediately in tacos, burritos, salads, or whatever sounds good to you! Or, refrigerat pork in a sealed container for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

To Make The Mojo Sauce:

  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl until combined.

To Make The Pineapple Salsa:

  1. Toss all ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl until combined.  Season with salt and pepper to taste, also adding in extra lime juice if desired.
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164 comments on “Instant Pot Crispy Carnitas”

  1. This was delicious!!!

    Rating: 5
  2. Made these for dinner tonight and they were DELICIOUS! The crispness from broiling + flavor combo with the pineapple salsa = just amazing! This recipe will definitely be going into our regular rotation!

    Rating: 5
  3. These are so amazing…my husband told me he could eat these every day..I agree. They also make for a DELICIOUS quesadilla filling and topping for chilaquiles. The pineapple salsa is also wonderful. All this to say..if you’re looking for a new recipe..look no further!!

    Rating: 5
  4. This recipe takes at least an hour to prep – no way is it quick unless you can find everything pre chopped (pork, garlic, pineapple, cilantro, etc.) I’d put prep time at 1 hour. That said it was delicious, if a little salty. To make it whole 30 I used chix stock and served over a baked sweet potato. If I make again I’ll probably cut the salt and start at least an hour early.

    Rating: 4
  5. What kind of beer did you use? TIA

  6. I used the instant pot to make this and it came out great! I cut the pork into chunks and used the sauté function to sear all sides until golden. Then I dumped the chipotle salsa, salt, lime juice and orange juice and cooked on high pressure for 25 min. Let natural release and shred. I also threw it onto a sheet pan and put under the broiler for 10 min because I prefer crispy edges. So good and much less work than other carnitas recipes!! Thank you!

    Rating: 5
  7. Super easy and fast. Oh ya and the kids ate it all. Must have been good. I’ll make it again

    Rating: 5
  8. This was excellent. Used cucumber slices, radish slices. chopped avocado, diced tomatoes, lime wedges, scallions, cilantro. sour cream, pickled jalapenos and homemade salsa for the toppers. Served with a pot of pinto beans.

    Rating: 5
  9. ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!! Pineapple salsa was a perfect compliment. Fast and simple. I would most definitely highly recommend.

    Rating: 5
  10. So delicious! I used a 4 pound pork loin, also threw in the squeezed lime halves and juice 2 tangerines and threw those in also. It was amazing before I broiled it, that took it to another dimension of flavor. Rather than the pineapple salsa I used mangos. I definitely bookmarked this recipe!

    Rating: 5
  11. would you change the recipe at all if you have an instapot mini? It’s only 3 QTs, I see you call for 6QT or bigger…

  12. Our family enjoyed this a lot! This was our first recipe for the Instant Pot and it was so easy! I did add a jalapeno pepper as our family likes highly seasoned/spicy food. Could have used more heat actually. I would definitely make again. I also would broil a bit longer next time! This made a big difference.

    Rating: 4
  13. Great. I used some fat pork chops I had in the fridge. Worked just fine. Not dried out at all. I too would add more spice next time (and there will be a next time).

    Rating: 5
  14. 🙌🏼Made this last night and it was a hit! My hubby says I should make this once a week!!😂 I followed the technical instructions (spot on!) but changed up the flavors a bit…I used chicken broth, fresh lime juice, 7 cloves of crushed garlic, cumin, oregano, salt & pepper and about a half teaspoon of Tajin chili-lime seasoning. I think I will leave the oregano out next time and maybe add some jalapeños, otherwise the flavor was fantastic. When broiling to get the crispy bits I added a small amount of bbq sauce to half of the shredded meat on the pan and left the other half as is with the yummy sauce. My husband ate his on corn tortillas and my kids made sliders with Kings Hawaiian rolls. This will be my new go-to Instant Pot pork recipe!! 👍🏼Try it!!

    Rating: 4
  15. My wife was born and raised in Mexico, she loves this recipe and can’t get enough of the salsa. I think that says a lot about this recipe! Fantastic!

    Rating: 5
  16. If I double this recipe, how long should cook it for in the instant pot? Thanks! Can’t wait to try this!

  17. Good food! Thank you for showing us newbies how to use the Instant Pot. I followed the recipe only used lager instead of beer and lemon instead of lime juice. Turned out great!

    Rating: 4
  18. Omg best thing I’ve ever eaten! Subbed beef bone broth for the Chicken broth and dang it is amazing!

    Rating: 5
  19. This was delicious. I only had two pounds of pork, so I halved the recipe.

    Rating: 5
  20. What about substituting beef broth for the beer? Would that impact the overall flavor in a good or bad way? Curious…

  21. Hands down my favorite instant pot recipe! These carnitas are amazing, even better then our local Mexican food restaurants! Highly recommend!

    Rating: 5
  22. Delicious! I’m never making carnitas any other way from now on. Those crispy bits! We added avocado along with the pineapple salsa so we had creamy, porky, sweet, and a little heat from the jalapeño. I know what I’m having for lunch tomorrow!

    Rating: 5
  23. I have made this recipe probably a dozen times and it always turns out insanely good!

    Rating: 5
  24. Made this tonight. The hardest part was cleaning the pork butt (we don’t care for any fat to make it through to the final product). It was amazing! So delicious and healthy! Has anyone tried it with pork loin?

    Rating: 5
  25. This was so good! I was skeptical because I used pork tenderloin, so I thought it might be dry. Nope! It was awesome! Served over rice. Didn’t have ingredients for salsa, so this is just for carnitas. But the salsa sounds amazing, so next time!

    Rating: 5