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Instant Pot Vietnamese Pork

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Craving Vietnamese food for tonight’s dinner? This Instant Pot Vietnamese Pork has a little spice and a little sweetness to make the perfect dinner everyone will love! Read on to see exactly how to make this absolutely delicious meal!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s sweet and spicy. This Vietnamese pork is sweet with a little kick. The combination of brown sugar and jalapeno combine for a perfect flavor.
  • Super simple to make. This pork is a super simple dinner meal that you can whip up in no time.
  • Simple ingredients. All the ingredients in this recipe are simple and easy to find at your local grocery store.
Instant Pot Vietnamese Pork

Recipe Ingredients

  • Ground pork: Ground pork is not sausage since it’s not seasoned. So, make sure it’s not seasoned pork.
  • Green onion: Fresh green onion is the best.
  • Jalapeno: You will have to dice up 1/4 a cup of jalapeno.
  • Lime: Grab a fresh lime from the produce section.
  • Soy Sauce: Soy sauce adds a caramelized flavor to your Vietnamese pot.
  • Brown sugar: When measuring brown sugar, make sure you pack the measuring cup.
  • Seasonings: Check your cupboards for minced garlic, ginger paste, salt, and pepper.
  • Rice: If you want to make a whole meal instead of just the meat, you will need to grab some white rice.
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How To Make Instant Pot Vietnamese Pork?

Step 1: Saute The Pork

Press your saute button on your Instant Pot. Add your oil. When the oil is hot, add the pork and brown it until it’s about 85% done. It should be a little pink.

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Step 2: Add Seasonings

Next, add the green onions, garlic ginger, and jalapeño. 

Step 3: Add The Rice

Put your rice in an Instant Pot safe dish with 1 1/4 cup of water. Then, place the trivet in your Instant Pot and put the rice on top of it.

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Step 4: Pressure Cook

Seal the lid on the Instant Pot. Press the manual or pressure cook button and set the time for 8 minutes.

Step 5: Quick Release And Add Ingredients

When the Instant Pot beeps, do a quick release. Then, add brown sugar, soy sauce, salt, and pepper to your rice. Stir it and saute it for 3 minutes.

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Step 6: Combine Rice And Pork

Finally, combine your rice and pork together. Stir well.

Step 7: Serve

Serve and Enjoy!

Instant Pot Vietnamese Pork

Cooking Tips

  • Marinated Pork: If you are not using pork cuts, not ground meat, then enhance the pork’s flavor by marinating it in a mixture of nuoc cham fish sauce (optional), soy sauce, sugar, and garlic for at least an hour before cooking.
  • Ground Meat from Pork Shoulder: For Vietnamese pork dishes, opt for pork shoulder over pork loin; its higher fat content ensures juicier ground meat. Coarsely grind or finely chop for authentic texture and flavor.
  • Soy Sauce: For Vietnamese Pork, use light soy sauce for a subtle flavor, not overpowering like thick soy sauce or dark soy sauce, which is thicker and more intense.

Variations

  • Spice it Up: Adjust jalapeno quantities or add red pepper flakes for extra heat, tailoring the spice level to your preference.
  • Vietnamese Grilled Pork Sausages: Shape your Instant Pot Vietnamese Pork into grilled pork sausages, infusing a smoky char and enhancing its rich flavors.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

  • Refrigeration: Place leftover Vietnamese pork in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  • Freeze: Freeze in airtight, freezer-safe containers for longer storage, up to 2-3 months.
  • Thawing: Thaw frozen Vietnamese pork in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Reheating: Gently reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave, adding liquid if needed to maintain moisture.

What To Serve With This Recipe?

  • Vietnamese Egg Rolls: Pair these crispy delights with Instant Pot Vietnamese Pork for a fusion of textures and flavors, embracing the rich heritage of Vietnamese cuisine.
  • Instant Pot Frozen Meatballs: Serve savory meatballs alongside aromatic Vietnamese Pork for a hearty, comforting meal that’s both easy and quick to prepare.
  • Instant Pot Brown Rice: The perfect base to soak up the delicious sauce of Vietnamese Pork, brown rice adds a wholesome, fibrous component to your meal, making it satisfying and complete. You can also use Jasmine rice or basmati rice.
  • Rice Noodles: Vietnamese pork and rice noodles together make a tasty and easy meal, mixing soft noodles with flavorful meat.
Instant Pot Vietnamese Pork

FAQ’S

Can I Use Another Type Of Meat?

Absolutely! The recipe is versatile, and you can use other types of meat. Ground chicken, turkey, beef, or even plant-based alternatives like crumbled tofu or textured vegetable protein can be excellent substitutes.

Adjust the cooking time as needed based on the type of ground meat you choose.

How Can I Make Vietnamese Pork Low-Sodium?

Opt for reduced-sodium soy sauce to lower the overall sodium content of the dish. This allows you to control the saltiness while still maintaining the umami flavor.

What If I Don’t Have An Instant Pot?

If you don’t have an Instant Pot for the Vietnamese pork recipe, you can easily adapt it by pan frying the pork over medium heat until fully cooked and tender. This pan fried method preserves the dish’s flavorful essence.

Can I Make Ground Meat From Pork Chops?

Yes, you can grind pork chops to make ground meat for your Instant Pot Vietnamese Pork recipe. Just ensure they’re trimmed of excess fat and use a meat grinder or food processor.

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Instant Pot Vietnamese Pork

Yield: 2-3
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Make tasty Vietnamese pork in your Instant Pot, mixing sweet and savory tastes. Perfect for quick, delicious meals!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. of ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of ginger paste
  • 1/4 cup of green onion
  • 1/4 cup of diced jalapeño
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 1/4 cup of Rice
  • 1 1/4 cup of water

Instructions

    Press your saute button on your Instant Pot. Add your oil. When the oil is hot, add the pork and brown it until it's about 85% done. It should be a little pink.

  1. Next, add the green onions, garlic ginger, and jalapeño. 
  2. Put your rice in an Instant Pot safe dish with 1 1/4 cup of water. Then, place the trivet in your Instant Pot and put the rice on top of it.
  3. Seal the lid on the Instant Pot. Press the manual or pressure cook button and set the time for 8 minutes.
  4. When the Instant Pot beeps, do a quick release. Then, add brown sugar, soy sauce, salt, and pepper to your rice. Stir it and saute it for 3 minutes.
  5. Finally, combine your rice and pork together. Stir well.
  6. Serve and Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 623Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 142mgSodium: 764mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 42g

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