Pressure Cooker Chinese Pulled Pork

For stovetop pressure cookers: Heat the oil over medium heat and sauté the garlic and ginger. Pressure cook for 50 minutes at high pressure. When it's time to reduce the cooking liquid, simmer the cooking liquid over medium heat.

For larger pressure cookers: This recipe is made for a 6-quart pressure cooker. If you are using a larger, 8-quart pressure cooker, increase the amount of water from 1/3 cup to 1 cup. When the pork has finished cooking, you will need to reduce the sauce for an additional 10 minutes or so.

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings


  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Chinese Five-Spice Powder
  • 3 to 3 1/2 pounds pork shoulder, cut into large chunks (3- to 4-inch pieces)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil (I like avocado oil)
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2-inch (1-ounce) piece ginger, minced

To serve:

  • 2 scallions, sliced thinly
  • Hamburger or slider buns

Special equipment:


1 Season the pork: Sprinkle the spice blend evenly over the pork chunks, making sure to coat them on all sides.

Pressure Cooker Chinese Pulled Pork Season the Pork

2 Make the sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together the water, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, honey, and sherry.

3 Cook the garlic and ginger in the pressure cooker: Select the “Sauté” setting and heat the oil in your electric pressure cooker. Add the garlic and ginger, and sauté until the garlic is fragrant but not yet beginning to brown, 1 to 2 minutes.

Chinese Pulled Pork In Pressure Cooker Cook the Onions and Garlic

4 Pressure cook the pork: Use a pair of tongs to add the seasoned pieces of pork into the pressure cooker, arranging them in a single layer. Pour the cooking sauce over top.

Secure the lid on the pressure cooker. Make sure that the pressure regulator is set to the “Sealing” position. Cancel the “Sauté” program on the pressure cooker, then select the “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” setting. Set the cooking time to 55 minutes at high pressure. (The pressure cooker will take about 10 minutes to come up to pressure and then the actual cooking time will begin.)

Chinese Pulled Pork in Electric Pressure Cooker Pork in Pressure Cooker Pot Pressure Cooker Chinese Pulled Pork - cooking

5 Release the pressure: You can either perform a quick pressure release by immediately moving the vent from “Sealing” to “Venting” (be careful of the steam), or you can let the pot depressurize naturally, which takes about 20 minutes.

6 Separate the pork and cooking liquid. Use tongs to transfer the pork to a large platter or sheet pan. Use heatproof mitts to lift the inner pot out of the pressure cooker, pour the cooking liquid into a fat separator, then pour the liquid back into the pot.

(If you don't have a fat separator, let the cooking liquid stand for about 10 minutes until the fat floats to the top, then use a to skim as much fat as possible from the surface.)

Pressure Cooker Chinese Pulled Pork - resting on platter


7 Reduce the cooking liquid: Return the pot to the pressure cooker, select the “Sauté” program, and let the cooking liquid come to a rapid simmer. Continue simmering for 10 minutes to reduce the cooking liquid.

Pressure Cooker Chinese Pulled Pork Reduce the Sauce

8 While the liquid is reducing, use a pair of forks to shred the pork.

Chinese Pulled Pork in Pressure Cooker Shred the Pork

9 Toss the shredded pork with the reduced liquid: Return the pork to the pot with the reduced cooking liquid and toss to coat the pork evenly. If the pork seems a little dry, add a tablespoon or two of the reserved fat.

Chinese Pulled Pork in Electric Pressure Cooker Mix the Pork and Sauce

10 Serve: Serve the pulled pork with scallions sprinkled over top.