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Hawaiian Pineapple Pork over white rice on a white oblong platter

Instant Pot Hawaiian Pineapple Pork

Delicious Instant Pot Hawaiian Pineapple Pork is a tasty Hawaiian/Asian fusion recipe that you can serve over rice. The chunks of pork are very tender and the sauce has a lot of flavor with pineapple, red bell peppers, and yummy seasonings.

Course Dinner
Cuisine Asian, Hawaiian
Keyword pressure cooker pineapple pork
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 - 8
Calories 382 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


  • 1 20 oz can Pineapple Chunks, drained (reserve the juice, divided)
  • 2 Tbsp Neutral Cooking Oil (or coconut oil), divided
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 2 Red Bell Peppers, chopped in 1" pieces
  • 2 Jalapeños, seeded & diced
  • 5 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp Ginger, grated
  • 2-3 lbs Pork Shoulder, cut in slightly larger than bite-sized pieces
  • ¼ tsp Red Pepper Flakes (or more for heat)
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • cup Brown Sugar

Sauce (mix these together and set aside)

  • ¾ cup Reserved Pineapple Juice
  • cup Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Fish Sauce
  • ½ cup Chicken Broth

To Finish Sauce

  • ¼ cup Reserved Pineapple Juice (if there's enough. or use water or broth)
  • 2 Tbsp Corn Starch


  1. Before you start cooking, gather everything together and get it all chopped and measured. This makes it so much easier!

  2. Drain the pineapple chunks, and reserve the juice from the can. 

  3. Mix together the sauce: ¾ cup pineapple juice, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, fish sauce, and chicken broth. Set aside.

Sauté the Veggies

  1. Turn on the Sauté setting and when it is hot, add the oil. Then add the onion and bay leaf and sauté until soft.

  2. Add the red bell pepper and jalapeño, and sauté until the red bell pepper is softened, but still a little firm. Then remove the mixture from the pot into a bowl and set aside.

Sauté the Pork and Pineapple

  1. Add another Tbsp of oil to the pot and add the garlic and ginger. Stir and cook a few seconds, then add the pork chunks, pineapple chunks, and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the pork is slightly cooked on all sides. Scrape the bottom of the pot to loosen up any browned bits.

  2. Pour the sauce over the pork, sprinkle salt and the brown sugar over (don't stir) and close the lid. Turn the steam release knob to the Sealing position.

Pressure Cook The Pork

  1. Turn off the Sauté function, then press the Pressure Cook/Manual button, or dial. Then use the +/- buttons or dial to select 10 minutes. The pot will take a few minutes to come to pressure.

  2. While the pork is cooking, mix 2 Tbsp cornstarch with ¼ cup of reserved pineapple juice to make a slurry. Set aside.

  3. When the cooking cycle is finished, let the pot sit undisturbed for 10 minutes (10 minute natural release). Then turn the steam release knob to the Venting position and manually release the remaining steam/pressure.

  4. When the pin in the lid drops down, open it and use a slotted spoon to remove the pork to a bowl.

Thicken the Sauce

  1. Turn the sauté setting back on. When the sauce starts to simmer, stir in the cornstarch slurry and cook for a couple of minutes until sauce is thickened. Then turn off the pot and add the pork, and the red bell pepper/onion mixture in and stir to combine.

  2. Serve over cooked rice.