Instant Pot Greek Pork

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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!

Two side-by-side serving ideas for the greek pork. On the left, a bowl of lemon rice with Greek pork topped with tzatziki sauce and lemon wedges, placed in front of an Instant Pot; and on the right, another plate with with Greek pork, lettuce, tomatoes, and tzatziki sauce in a pita bread made into a Greek taco.

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!

Picture collage with a picture on top of ingredients for Greek pork, including cubed pork, oil, marjoram, salt, pepper, and lemon; and ingredients for

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. 
Greek pork seasoned and added to the Instant Pot for cooking.

How to Make Greek Pork in an Instant Pot

This easy recipe will work in any brand of electric pressure cooker, including the Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi, or Power Pressure Cooker XL.

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! 

A bowl served with Instant Pot Greek pork over lemon rice, topped with tzatziki sauce and lemon wedges, with a bowl of tzatziki sauce in the background.

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. 
Overhead picture of Instant Pot Greek pork made into a taco with lettuce, tomato, and tzatziki sauce in a pita, with a serving bowl of Greek Pork and a bowl of tzatziki sauce in the background.

Frequently Asked Questions about Instant Pot Greek-Style Pork

What’s the best way to serve Greek 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. 

Do I have to cut the pork into pieces?

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. 

Is the pork grilled?

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. 

Can I store leftovers?

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. 

Can I freeze cooked Greek pork?

Yes, freeze leftovers for up to 6 months in an airtight, freezer-safe container. 

Greek pork in a greek taco with lettuce, tomato, and tzatziki sauce in a pita, plated and placed in front of an Instant Pot.

MORE Instant Pot Pork Recipes

We love making pork in minutes in the Instant Pot using these recipes:

Greek pork taco recipe, featuring two pitas filled with lettuce, pork, tomatoes, and sauce, on a white plate placed on a blue and white placemat.  from Pressure Cooking Today

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A bowl served with Instant Pot Greek pork over lemon rice, topped with tzatziki sauce and lemon wedges, with a bowl of tzatziki sauce in the background.

Easy Greek Pork

Servings: 8 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Pork
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Dinner, greek, greek gyro, greek pork, greek taco, greek wrap, instant pot greek, instant pot pork, instapot greek recipe, meat, pork recipe, pork tacos, pressure cooker greek food
The flavors of Greek Souvlaki without the grill! This Instant Pot Greek Pork is made with tender pieces of seasoned pork shoulder braised in lemon juice is delicious however you like to serve it: with your favorite pita bread, as a Greek wrap, or simply over rice.
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Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • 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.
  • TZATZIKI SAUCE
  • 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.

Notes

*I prefer to make the Tzatziki sauce in the morning to allow the flavors to really mix together.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 367mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g

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originally published July 22, 2023 — last updated June 1, 2024
Categories: Pork