This easy Instant Pot Greek Pork has all of the flavors of Greek Souvlaki, but without the grill. Serve it with our simple tzatziki sauce with yogurt and cucumbers for a crowd-pleasing dinner during the week or for a party!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
This is a great one-pot pork recipe that’s juicy, tender and packed with fresh Greek flavors. You can serve it on pita, on a salad, over rice—the options are endless. Plus, it’s make-ahead friendly!
One of my family’s favorite meals is Greek Souvlaki. I decided it would be fun to make a pressure cooker version for the months when I don’t feel like going outside in the cold and grilling.
This is one of our favorite Instant Pot pork recipes. We love Greek flavors, and if you do too, be sure to try our Greek Beef Tacos, Instant Pot Hummus, and Creamy Lemon Rice (which also tastes great with this pork!)
Update: We love making this spin on souvlaki in a pressure cooker—especially on days when it’s too hot or too cold to grill—so we’ve updated the post with new tips and photos!
INGREDIENTS YOU NEED
Here’s what you need for this easy one-pot pork recipe with tzatziki sauce:
- Pork shoulder. We use boneless picnic pork shoulder cut into cubes
- Marjoram. You can also use oregano.
- Olive oil
- Lemon juice. Freshly squeezed is best!
- Cucumber. Shred your cucumber on a box grater for a nice texture.
- Greek yogurt. Be sure to use plain, but any fat level will work.
- Dill. You can use fresh or dried.
- Garlic. Mince it very small so you don’t get any big bites of raw garlic.
How to Make Greek Pork in an Instant Pot
Start by seasoning your pork with salt, pepper, marjoram, and olive oil. This blend will seep into the meat as it cooks for tons of flavor. Squeeze the fresh lemon juice into the pressure cooking pot with some water, and add the seasoned pork to the pot.
Cook on High Pressure for 25 minutes, then turn off the pressure cooker and let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. Finish with a quick pressure release, remove the lid, and there you have it: succulent, juicy Greek pork in one pot!
While the pork cooks, you can whip up the simple tzatziki sauce. First, you’ll want to drain off some of the water from the cucumber. Sprinkle the grated cucumber with salt in a strainer and let it sit for 15 minutes over the sink. Then add the cucumber to a mixing bowl and stir in the yogurt, lemon juice, dill, garlic, and pepper. Enjoy!
Important Tips for Making Greek Pork in an Instant Pot
- We love our Greek souvlaki extra lemon-y, so we usually double the lemon juice in this recipe.
- Try to cut your pork into evenly sized pieces to ensure even cooking.
- If you don’t have time to make tzatziki, you can find great store-bought options instead.
Frequently Asked Questions about Instant Pot Greek-Style Pork
We like to serve this pork recipe over lemony rice or with fluffy pitas and lots of toppings (tomato, olives, and shredded lettuce, for example). It’s also great with roasted potatoes or on a salad.
The reason to cut the pork into chunks before pressure cooking is for a faster cooking time. If you use a whole pork shoulder, the pressure cooking time will be much longer and the seasoning won’t be able to seep into the meat as deeply.
In this Instant Pot recipe, you won’t need a grill, but the final dish looks and tastes a lot like Greek souvlaki pork, which is grilled.
Yes, this is a great make-ahead pork recipe. You can store cooled leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Yes, freeze leftovers for up to 6 months in an airtight, freezer-safe container.
MORE Instant Pot Pork Recipes
We love making pork in minutes in the Instant Pot using these recipes:
- Easy Pulled Pork is a staple all year long for juicy sandwiches and tacos.
- Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches are made with a sweet and fizzy (not so) secret ingredient.
- Easy Bone-In Pork Chops in Mushroom Gravy is a cozy family meal with creamy mushroom sauce.
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For the Pork
- 4 pounds boneless picnic pork shoulder, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon marjoram
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1/4 cup water
- Favorite Greek sides, including fresh pita or wraps, Lemon Rice, fresh lettuce and tomatoes, for serving
Homemade Tzatziki Sauce
- 1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded and shredded
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
- 1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- Mix the marjoram, salt and pepper with the olive oil and rub all over pork.
- Add lemon juice and water to the cooking pot. Place the pork in the pressure cooking pot.
- Select High Pressure and set the timer for 25 minutes. When beep sounds, turn off pressure cooker and let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, release any remaining pressure. When valve drops carefully remove lid.
- Using a slotted spoon, to remove meat from juices.
- Serve hot with your favorite Greek sides and toppings. For Greek "tacos" lay a pita flat on the plate, layer on shredded lettuce and sliced tomatoes, and a good helping of pork.
- In a fine mesh strainer toss the cucumber with the salt. Allow the cucumber to drain for 15 minutes over a bowl or the sink to remove excess water.
- In a medium size bowl, combine the drained cucumber, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, dill weed, garlic and pepper. Chill until ready to serve.
*I prefer to make the Tzatziki sauce in the morning to allow the flavors to really mix together.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 201Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 367mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 21g
Nutrition information is calculated by Nutritionix and may not always be accurate.
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