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Instant Pot Vietnamese Pork

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Looking for an Asian cuisine for dinner tonight? Maybe you want something a bit more different to spice up your dull, boring menu? 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 it!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

I love a good Asian recipe, but this Vietnamese pork is one of my favorites! Here’s why you’ll love this recipe too:

  1. 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.
  2. Super simple to make. This pork is a super simple dinner meal that you can whip up in no time.
  3. 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

You probably have most of the ingredients in your cupboards already to make this Instant Pot Vietnamese Pork, but just in case, get out your shopping list and jot these down!

  • 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’ll 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 carmalized 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?

This Vietnamese Pork recipe is super easy to make in your Instant Pot. Follow these simple steps below to make a delicious dinner in no time.

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


  • Spice it Up: Adjust jalapeno quantities or add red pepper flakes for extra heat, tailoring the spice level to your preference.
  • Protein Swap: Experiment with different ground meats like turkey or chicken for a lighter alternative while maintaining the essence of the dish.
  • Vegetarian Twist: Substitute ground pork with crumbled firm tofu or textured vegetable protein for a vegetarian-friendly version.
  • Citrus Burst: Try lemon or orange instead of lime for a citrusy twist, offering a different flavor dimension.
  • Sauce Play: Customize the sauce by experimenting with different soy sauce varieties or adding a splash of fish sauce for a more authentic Vietnamese taste.
  • Herb Infusion: Incorporate fresh herbs like cilantro, mint, or basil during serving for an aromatic and refreshing touch.
  • Grain Options: Explore diverse grains like jasmine rice, brown rice, or even quinoa to serve alongside or beneath the Vietnamese pork.
  • Creative Pairings: Serve the seasoned pork in lettuce wraps, banh mi-style sandwiches, or as a topping for rice noodles, adding variety to your dining experience.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

  • Refrigeration: Place leftover Vietnamese pork in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  • Freezing: Freeze in airtight, freezer-safe containers for longer storage, up to 2-3 months.
  • Portioning: Divide into smaller portions before storing for easier reheating.
  • Labeling: Label containers with the date and any specific variations for easy tracking.
  • 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

Asian cuisine pairs well with other Asian dishes. Here are some suggestions:

Best Rice For Serving?

Jasmine Rice: This fragrant rice is a popular choice for serving Vietnamese dishes. Its subtly sweet aroma complements the flavors of the pork.
Basmati Rice: Another aromatic option, basmati rice, pairs well with the savory and spicy elements of the Vietnamese Pork.
Brown Rice: For a healthier choice, you can opt for brown rice. It adds a nutty flavor and additional fiber to the meal.
White Rice: The classic and versatile white rice is a neutral base that allows the flavors of the pork to shine.
Sticky Rice: In some Vietnamese recipes, sticky rice is used for its unique texture. It’s a great choice if you enjoy a stickier consistency.

Instant Pot Vietnamese Pork


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.

Enjoy this Instant Pot Vietnamese Pork recipe in your home and watch your family swarm the table! It’s a bit spicy with a bit of sweetness, so it’s certain to satisfy all the taste buds!

Did you try this recipe out yet? Let us know how it went in the comments below!

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Instant Pot Vietnamese Pork

Yield: 2-3
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

It's always fun to try something a little different. This Instant Pot Vietnamese Pork is just the cuisine you need to spice up your menu.


  • 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


  1. Set instant pot to sauté and add the oil. Once the oil is hot, add the pork. Brown the pork 85% done. Should have some pink in the center. 
  2. Add the green onions, garlic ginger, and jalapeño. 
  3. On a trivet, add one cup of rice and 1 1/4 cup of water in an instant pot-safe container. Seal the lid and cook on high pressure for 8 minutes. 
  4. Remove the rice and add the brown sugar l, soy sauce, salt, and pepper. Stir and cook for 3 minutes. 
  5. Serve. 
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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