In Cuba, lechon asado (roast pork) is marinated in mojo, a citrus-herb sauce. In this Instant-Pot pork recipe, the pressure cooker infuses similar flavor into pork shoulder. No pressure cooker? Braise the meat in a large pot in a 300 degrees F oven for 4 to 5 hours.

Breana Killeen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, June 2019


Recipe Summary

40 mins
1 hr 40 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in an electric pressure cooker on sauté mode. Add half the pork and cook, turning occasionally, until browned, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a bowl and repeat with the remaining pork.

  • Add garlic, oregano, cumin, bay leaf, orange and lime zests, salt and pepper to the pot and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in orange and lime juice and water and scrape up any browned bits. Nestle the pork into the sauce. Drizzle with any accumulated juices from the bowl and scatter onion over the top.

  • Close and lock lid. Cook on high pressure for 1 hour. Manually release pressure and remove lid.

  • Transfer the pork to a platter and shred the meat into large pieces. Skim fat from the liquid, if desired. Return the pot to sauté mode and bring the liquid to a boil. Cook until the sauce has thickened, about 10 minutes. Serve the sauce over the pork.


To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts

296 calories; protein 25.4g 51% DV; carbohydrates 4.3g 1% DV; dietary fiber 0.8g 3% DV; sugars 1.5g; fat 19.1g 29% DV; saturated fat 6.7g 34% DV; cholesterol 96.8mg 32% DV; vitamin a iu 57.5IU 1% DV; vitamin c 10.5mg 17% DV; folate 6.2mcg 2% DV; calcium 48.2mg 5% DV; iron 2mg 11% DV; magnesium 28.3mg 10% DV; potassium 369.8mg 10% DV; sodium 443.8mg 18% DV.

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Rating: 5 stars
Delicious flavor! I added an extra tsp of salt for my taste but otherwise cooked as directed. Great to have another Instant Pot recipe in the dinner rotation. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Added the extra tsp salt as well as a tsp of chipotle; so good my entire family loved it. I did cut my pork into smaller pieces before browning because my instapot will only cook at high pressure for 30 minutes max; in the end that was perfect - pork fell apart as was so juicy. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I don't have an instant pot so I cooked the pork in a crock pot all day. I made the sauce in a pot on the stove. I added about 1/2 cup more lime juice and reduced the garlic to about 6 cloves. I sauteed the onions and put them on top of the pork. I was sure this was a flop and we'd have to throw it in the trash, but it tasted great! Everyone loved it! Read More