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instant pot pork carnitas

Serves: 6-8




  • 3 pounds pork shoulder meat, cut into 2 inch cubes

  • 1 cup chicken or beef stock




  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed

  • 1 medium onion, roughly chopped

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 TBSP coconut aminos

  • 1 orange, juiced

  • Kosher salt

  • Ground black pepper




  1. Cut pork shoulder into cubes, keeping excess fat.

  2. Marinate pork cubes and fat in the Instant Pot. Season generously with kosher salt and pepper. Add 4 crushed garlic cloves, chopped onion, 1 tsp cumin, 2 bay leaves, 1 TBSP coconut aminos and juice from 1 orange. Mix well and marinate for 20 minutes.

  3. Pour the stock into the inner pot. Close the lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 30 minutes + 15 minute Natural Release. Carefully release the remaining pressure after the 15 minutes.

  4. Transfer the pork cubes onto a baking sheet and drizzle some of the cooking juice on to each piece of pork. Place pork into the broiler for 5 minutes then flip add more cooking juice and place in the broiler for another 5 minutes or until the surface is crisped.

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