These Instant Pot pork carnitas are one of my favorite things to meal prep for the week. It is such and easy protein to make, but it is packed with flavor! We love to have it on hand for tacos, burrito bowls or with fried eggs for breakfast.
The Instant Pot makes this recipe so easy! You just add the pork and the rest of the ingredients into the pot and it does all the work. The orange and lime juice adds such a beautiful citrus flavor and helps the pork caramelize later. I add jalapeño with onions and garlic for just a hint of spice, but is really not spicy. You can omit the jalapeño if you prefer. Once the pork is done in the Instant Pot, it is so tender, you can shred it with a fork!
The extra step after the Instant Pot is to crisp up the pork. You can do this one of two ways. You can spread out the shredded pork on a sheet pan and broil it or crisp it up in a skillet (my preferred method). Both methods work well, but I always get better caramelization in a skillet. I add the pork to a hot skillet and add 1-2 ladles of the juice from the IP. You don’t touch it for a few minutes (3-5), then you use a spatula to flip it over and crisp the other side. It adds so much flavor and texture to the pork!
Ways to enjoy instant pot pork carnitas:
- In a taco with all the toppings. I love using Siete almond flour tortillas
- If you want to keep it Whole30, make a burrito bowl with cauliflower rice and your favorite toppings
- It is delicious for breakfast with a fried egg on top
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Instant Pot Pork Carnitas
- 4 lb Pork Shoulder (pork butt)
- 1 White Onion diced
- 4-6 cloves Garlic minced
- 1 Jalapeno sliced
- 3/4 cup Orange Juice about 2 oranges
- 1/4 cup Lime Juice about 3-4 limes
- 3 tsp Salt
- 1.5 Tbls Mexican Oregano
- 2 tsp Cumin
- 1 tsp Dried Coriander
- 1 Bay Leaf
- Rub the pork with the seasonings and place in the bottom of the Instant PotAdd the remaining ingredients into the Instant Pot, close the lid and move steam valve to 'seal'Set to high pressure for 90 minutesWhen timer goes off, turn pot off and let it naturually release steam (takes about 30 minutes)Remove pork from the pot and shred it with two forks
- To caramelize and crisp up the shredded pork, heat a cast iron skillet over medium/high heat with some avocado oil Add a layer of pork and some of the juices from the pot. Leave it alone for 3-5 minutes (be carefeul not to burn) and then flip and crisp up the other side Do this in batches to ensure even browning of the meat
*This post and recipe inspired by Nagi from Recipe Tin Eats