Instant-Pot Mojo Pork

Instant-Pot Mojo Pork

3 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, June 2019

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°F oven for 4 to 5 hours.

Ingredients 10 servings

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  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 (3½- to 4-pound) boneless pork shoulder, trimmed and cut into 6 pieces
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Zest & juice of 1 large orange, divided
  • Zest & juice of 1 large lime, divided
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground pepper
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced


  • Prep

  • Ready In

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Close and lock lid. Cook on high pressure for 1 hour. Manually release pressure and remove lid.
  4. 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 information

  • Serving size: 3 oz.
  • Per serving: 296 calories; 19 g fat(7 g sat); 1 g fiber; 4 g carbohydrates; 25 g protein; 6 mcg folate; 97 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 58 IU vitamin A; 10 mg vitamin C; 48 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 444 mg sodium; 370 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 3½ medium-fat protein, ½ fat, ½ vegetable

Reviews 3

August 20, 2019
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By: mturner
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!
May 22, 2019
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By: Tanya Regna
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.
May 16, 2019
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By: FreshCilantro
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.
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