Instant Pot Pork Shoulder

A tender, juicy, and flavorful Garlic Butter Pork Shoulder Recipe that makes a tasty family-friendly meal.


  • 4-inch thick pork shoulder  ·  3 pounds 
  • chicken stock  ·  1 cup 
  • salt  ·  1/2 teaspoon 
  • soy sauce  ·  1 tablespoon 
  • olive oil  ·  2 tablespoons 
  • brown onion, sliced  ·  1 pound 
  • garlic cloves, crushed  ·  12 
  • Herbie's Rosemary Leaves, ground  ·  2 teaspoons 
  • Herbie's Bay Leaves - Turkish, whole  ·  2 
  • Cornstarch for thickening  ·  2 tablespoons 
  • Cold water for thickening  ·  3 tablespoons 


Pork Shoulder, sometimes called Pork Butt, is a beautifully marbled cut of pork with enough fat to keep the meat juicy while cooking.

Brown Pork Shoulder: Heat Instant Pot using "Sauté" function.

Pat dry pork shoulder, then lightly season one side with coarse salt and black pepper.

Add olive oil in the inner pot coating the oil over the whole bottom of the pot. Carefully place the seasoned side of pork shoulder in Instant Pot. Season the other side with salt and black pepper. Brown one side for 5 minutes before flipping over, then brown the other side for another 5 minutes. Remove the browned pork shoulder, then set aside.

Sauté Onion & Garlic: Sauté sliced onions in Instant Pot for three minutes. Add crushed garlic and sauté for a minute. Add rosemary and bay leaves and sauté for 30 seconds.

Deglaze Instant Pot: Pour in 1 cup of unsalted chicken stock, then deglaze by scraping all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom with a wooden spoon. Give it a quick mix.

Pressure Cook Pork Shoulder: Add the soy sauce and table salt into the Instant Pot, then give it a quick mix. Add pork shoulder (and its meat juice) in the cooking liquid.

With Venting Knob in Venting Position, close the lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position. Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 60 minutes, then 15 minutes Natural Release. After 15 minutes, release the remaining pressure by turning the Venting Knob to Venting position. Remove the lid carefully.

Season & Thicken Sauce:

Place pork shoulder on a chopping board.

Bring the sauce mixture to a simmer with the "Sauté" function. Thicken Sauce by mixing cornstarch and cold water together, then stir the mixture into the onion sauce one third at a time until desired thickness. Taste and adjust the seasoning by adding more salt.

Slice & Serve: Slice pork shoulder into thin slices before serving. Drizzle with the tasty garlic butter onion sauce, then serve immediately. Enjoy~

Enchant Trinity

Enchant Trinity

Enchant is a Châteauneuf-du-Pape style wine, a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre.

Rosemary Leaves, ground

Rosemary Leaves, ground

Rosemary is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant evergreen needle-like leaves. A member of the mint family it is somewhat drought tolerant.