Instant Pot Pork Shoulder

with garlic butter onion sauce
With garlic butter onion sauce
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3-3 ¼ lbs Pork shoulder 4-inch thick
Coarse salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
2 tbsp Olive oil or unsalted butter
2 Onion sliced
12 Garlic clove crushed
2 tsp Dried rosemary
2 Bay leaf
1 cup Chicken stock unsalted
1 tbsp Soy sauce regular
½ tsp Salt table
For thickener:
2 tbsp Cornstarch
3 tbsp Water cold

Nutritional information

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Instant Pot Pork Shoulder


This Instant Pot Pork Shoulder recipe is my personal favorite. It is deeply satisfying, uses simple ingredients, and is perfect for cooking in the Instant Pot. My shopping tip: make sure to ask your butcher for a pork shoulder with some beautiful marbling and fat for tender and delicious results. 

To make this recipe, first, brown the pork shoulder. Then cook the onions and garlic. Once the onions and garlic are caramelized and sticking to the pot, deglaze them to lift all the extra flavor from the bottom of the Instant Pot. With just a little bit of initial effort, you can now delegate cooking the pork shoulder to your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. The result is a fork-tender pork roast on the table in less than two hours. Served with a homemade garlic butter onion sauce, this recipe is a hit every time I make it. Perfect for a family dinner or entertaining a crowd.

To make the Instant Pot Pork Shoulder, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Instant Pot Pork Shoulder

Steps to make Instant Pot Pork Shoulder


Heat Instant Pot


Using the “Sauté More” function, heat up the Instant Pot until it says “Hot”.


Season pork shoulder


Pat dry the pork shoulder and season one side with coarse salt and black pepper.


Brown pork shoulder


Melt 2 tablespoons unsalted butter or olive oil in the inner pot and make sure to coat the whole bottom of the pot. Place the seasoned side of the pork shoulder in the Instant Pot. Season the other side of the pork shoulder. Brown for 5 minutes then flip over and brown on the other side for another 5 minutes.



Remove the browned pork shoulder from the Instant Pot and set aside.


Sauté onion and garlic


Sauté 2 sliced onions for 3 ½ minutes, then add 12 crushed garlic cloves and sauté for 1 minute more.


Add rosemary and bay leaves


Add in 2 teaspoons of dried rosemary and 2 bay leaves and sauté for 30 seconds.




Pour in 1 cup unsalted chicken stock. Using a wooden spoon, deglaze by scrubbing all the brown bits off the bottom of the pot and give it a quick mix.


Cook pork shoulder

1h 15m

Add in 1 tablespoon regular soy sauce and ½ a teaspoon table salt and mix to dissolve. Return back the pork shoulder into the Instant Pot along with its juices. Close the lid with the venting knob in the “Venting” position and then slide the venting knob to the ”Sealing” position. Set the pot to cook at “High Pressure” for 60 minutes and then 15 minutes for “Natural Pressure Release”. After 15 minutes, turn the knob to the “Venting” position, releasing any remaining steam. Then carefully remove the lid.


Remove pork shoulder


Transfer the pork shoulder to a plate or cutting board.


Season and thicken sauce


Using the “Sauté More” function, bring the onion sauce to a simmer. To thicken the sauce, mix together 2 tablespoons cornstarch and 3 tablespoons cold water and stir into the sauce one third at a time until desired thickness. Taste and adjust salt or pepper if needed.



To serve, slice the pork shoulder into thin slices and drizzle with garlic butter onion sauce. Enjoy!

This Instant Pot Pork Shoulder recipe yields a tender melt-in-your-mouth and flavorful dish. So give this recipe a try or pin it for later - it’s a keeper!

Jeff is a 38-year-old bachelor who prefers not to waste his time on salads and light meals. He’s a true carnivore who knows how to enjoy food to the max! Jeff will tell you how to cook rich and filling meals from scratch, bringing some real meaty decadence to your kitchen. His recipes are sure to satisfy every meat lover!

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