Pressure Cooker Honey Orange Pork

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Honey Orange Pork is an easy and quick Instant Pot pork recipe. Pork roast is pressure cooked in a sweet and zesty sauce. The well-balanced flavors make Pressure Cooker Honey Orange Pork so deliciously easy to eat!

Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Honey Orange Pork on a white plate

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We love making pork shoulder in the pressure cooker, as it makes super tender and moist pork meat in such a short time! So, we’re very excited to share this delicious Pressure Cooker Honey Orange Pork Recipe with you here. We hope you’ll enjoy it!! 😀 

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Making Honey Orange Pork in an Instant Pot

An Instant Pot is one of the most popular brands of electric pressure cookers. They are easy to use and your Instant Pot can help you create this delicious Honey Orange Pork!

Honey Orange Pork Ingredients:

  • Pork shoulder meat
  • Orange
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Garlic cloves
  • Small onion
  • Ginger
  • Cloves
  • Dried rosemary
  • Water
  • Light soy sauce
  • Maple syrup
  • Honey
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • Thickener: Cornstarch + water

As we were playing around with the ingredients while creating this Asian pork recipe, we’ve ensured that the flavors from the ingredients complement one another and the overall flavors are well balanced.

The orange in the recipe lends its citrusy fragrance and flavors to the dish. Though there’s a bit of bitter flavor coming from the orange peels, we’ve balanced it out by adding some honey and maple syrup.

The final results? Super tender pork in a deliciously sweet and zesty sauce.

someone holding a white dinner plate with shredded Asian pork. A fork is in the right hand.

Honey Orange Pork Recipe Tips:

Pressure Cooking Time: Adjust the pressure cooking time depending on how tender you like your pork to be.

  • High Pressure for 50 minutes, then Natural Release – produces a fork-tender pork shoulder.
  • High Pressure for 35 minutes, then Natural Release – produces pork shoulder with some chew.

Serve: This honey orange pork goes well with smooth and creamy mashed potatoes. You can serve it over rice or pasta too. Enjoy! 😀

Honey Orange Pork Recipe Video Tutorial:

Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Honey Orange Pork on a white plate

Pressure Cooker Honey Orange Pork

Yield: 2 - 4 servings


  • 1 - 1 1/2 pound pork shoulder meat
  • 1 orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, sliced
  • 2 cloves
  • A pinch of dried rosemary
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water


Season the pork with generous amount of kosher salt and ground black pepper.

Heat up your pressure cooker. Add 1 tablespoon of grapeseed oil and pork shoulder to the pressure cooking pot, then brown it for 3 to 5 minutes on each side. Remove and set aside.

Reduce the heat to medium. Add the sliced onions, ginger, a pinch of kosher salt and ground black pepper. Cook the onions and ginger for 1 minute. Add garlic and stir for 30 seconds.

Cut orange in half, squeeze the juice into the pot, and deglaze the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Add in the water, light soy sauce, maple syrup, honey, cloves, cinnamon stick, a pinch of dried rosemary, and the squeezed orange (cut into smaller pieces), then deglaze the pot.

Place the pork into the pot. Lock the lid and cook on High Pressure for 50 minutes, then Natural Release.

Remove the pork. Turn on the heat to medium. Taste the sauce and adjust with additional salt and honey.

Remove the orange peels, cloves, and cinnamon stick. Mix the cornstarch with water, then mix it into the sauce one-third at a time until desired thickness. Turn off the heat and place the pork in the sauce and coat it evenly.

More Pork Shoulder Recipes:

Try our Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork) in Pressure Cooker Recipe

Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork) in Pressure Cooker Recipe

Check out our Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe

Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwich


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originally published June 12, 2016 — last updated January 1, 2019
Categories: Pork