With a melt-in-your-mouth texture, this Hawaiian inspired dish tastes just like you're at a luau. Best of all, it needs just 15 minutes of preparation time!
Are you looking for a simple dish that's full of flavor?
This Instant Pot Kalua Pork is a one-pot wonder that can be served at a dinner party or even a quick mid-week meal. Your diners will never guess how easy this recipe was to make, as the pork is so beautifully flavored and tender that it melts in your mouth.
This recipe originates from Hawaii and ‘kalua’ refers to the way in which the pork is cooked.
Kalua is a traditional way of cooking in Hawaii and makes use of an underground oven, referred to as an imu.
When cooking in this way, leafy greens or banana leaves are used to smother the food, maintaining even heating and retaining the meat’s moisture. Soil is then packed on top so that no steam escapes. The meat cooks this way for several hours like and is then shredded and served.
This recipe isn’t quite so traditional (or time-consuming) as it uses an Instant Pot to keep things quick and easy. The good news is that cooking it in the Instant Pot doesn't cause the dish to lose any of its amazing flavor!
A simple meal with few ingredients
While you may think this dish require a pantry full of spices to create, you’d be surprised to find out that the key is the Hawaiian Red Alaea Sea Salt.
This salt is made from purified sea water that is blended with Hawaiian red volcanic clay - also known as ‘aleaa’ - which give it its depth of color.
If you are unable to find this salt (it is available on Amazon!) you can substitute equal parts of Himalayan salt. Himalayan salt is the result of ocean water that has dried up inland and become trapped due to tectonic shifts underwater - this residue is the salt itself.
When seasoning your pork, ensure that you cut slivers into the meat so that you can press chunks of garlic into them, which helps flavor it from the inside out. We recommend rolling the garlic chunks in the salt before pressing them into the meat!