It’s no secret that I love simple, umami-packed, fork-tender pork recipes that are ready in a jiffy when pressure cooked in an Instant Pot. Some of my favorites include my Instant Pot Kalua Pig, Instant Pot Carnitas, and Instant Pot Spicy Pineapple Pork—but one can never have enough, right? So if you’re hankering for another porktastic dish that’s perfect for weeknight suppers, I’ve got just the thing: my easy peasy Whole30-friendly Instant Pot Magic Pork!
This dish will amaze you with its high flavor to effort ratio. Why? Because it utilizes my Magic Mushroom Powder, which you can make yourself or purchase at your neighborhood Whole Foods Market store. Magic Mushroom Powder is my go-to seasoning blend when I need to turn a basic protein or vegetable into a company-worthy dish—with zero heavy lifting required. In addition to Magic Mushroom Powder, this Instant Pot Magic Pork uses stuff I already have in my fridge and pantry. Best of all, it’s dang delicious.
Bonus: This pork is fantastic for leftover makeovers! It’ll keep in the fridge for up to four days and in your freezer for several months. I like to fry it crispy before adding it to tacos, salads, stir-fries, cauliflower fried rice, egg muffins, and frittatas. You can even use the leftover cooking liquid as a soup base—simply take off the fat cap after you chill it, dilute with more broth or water, and add your favorite veggies and leftover Instant Pot Magic Pork!
Cut up the pork shoulder…
…and toss the cubed pork shoulder with Magic Mushroom Powder. No MMP? Just use the same amount of Diamond Crystal kosher salt (or half the amount of Morton’s kosher salt or a fine grain salt).
Grab your Instant Pot and turn on the sauté function. When the metal insert is hot, add ghee or your preferred cooking fat. Toss in the sliced onions.
Stir fry until the onions are no longer crunchy (about 2-3 minutes). Dump in the smashed garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Pour in the orange juice and scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan.
Add the seasoned pork to the Instant Pot and stir to mix well. (If you aren’t using MMP and want to amp up the umami, you can toss in a couple of dried mushrooms or add a few shakes of Red Boat Fish Sauce. Even if you are using MMP, these additions will make your stew AMAZING!)
Lock the lid and cancel the sauté function.
Program your Instant Pot to cook under high pressure for 35 minutes. When the pork is finished cooking, wait for the pressure to release naturally. Check that the pork is fork tender and adjust seasoning if necessary with extra Magic Mushroom Powder or salt. Ladle it up…
…and shred it up with a couple forks.
Dig in and thank yourself for tasty leftovers!
Looking for more recipe ideas? Head on over to my Recipe Index. You’ll also find exclusive recipes on my iPhone and iPad app, and in my cookbooks, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2013) and Ready or Not! (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2017)!
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hour
Total 1 hour, 15 mins
Yield 8 servings
This simple and Whole30-friendly weeknight Instant Pot Magic Pork has a high flavor to effort ratio! You can make it ahead and freeze the leftover, too!
Cuisine Pork, Instant Pot, Whole30, Paleo, Gluten-free, Magic Mushroom Powder
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