Instant Pot Pork Steak

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Pork steak is a flavorful and juicy cut of meat that can be prepared in several ways. One of the easiest and most convenient methods is using an Instant Pot. This kitchen appliance streamlines the cooking process, allowing you to enjoy juicy and succulent pork steaks with minimal effort. 

How Do You Choose the Best Pork Meat?


Picking the right pork meat is crucial for a delicious pork steak. To do this, look for cuts that have a good balance of fat and lean meat. Some excellent choices include pork shoulder steaks, pork blade steaks, and pork loin steaks. Cuts that are too lean might become dry during the cooking process. If possible, have your butcher cut the pork into 1 to 1.5-inch pieces for optimal cooking. Having a consistent thickness will allow you to finish cooking all of them around the same time.

What Are Some Seasonings and Marinade Variations You Can Use on Pork Steaks?

Classic Herb Marinade: Combine minced garlic, chopped rosemary, olive oil, thyme, salt, and pepper for a timeless and aromatic marinade.

Asian-Inspired Marinade: Mix soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, and a bit of honey for a sweet and savory flavor.

Spicy Rub: Create a dry rub with paprika, cumin, chili powder or flakes, brown sugar, and a bit of cayenne for a spicy kick.

Citrus Marinade: Blend lemon juice with garlic, olive oil, and oregano for a refreshing and tangy taste.

Teriyaki Glaze: Simmer soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, and ginger until thickened to create a sticky and flavorful glaze.

Pork Steak Sauce Ideas

If you want to be able to control how much flavor you add to your pork steaks but keep the pork steaks simple, consider using sauces instead. Here are some options you can use:

Mushroom Cream Sauce: Sauté mushrooms in butter, add heavy cream, thyme, and a splash of white wine for a rich and creamy sauce.

Balsamic Reduction: Simmer balsamic vinegar with a touch of honey until it forms a thick and sweet reduction.

Apple and Sage Compote: Cook diced apples with butter, sage, and a pinch of cinnamon for a sweet and savory topping.

Chimichurri Sauce: Blend fresh parsley, garlic, red wine vinegar, olive oil, and red pepper flakes for a vibrant and zesty sauce.

How Do You Make Pork Steak in an Instant Pot?

Creating perfectly juicy and flavorful pork steak in an Instant Pot is easier than you think. The Instant Pot significantly speeds up the cooking process, and you don’t even have to watch the steaks while they cook! A few key tips and tricks can make all the difference in achieving exceptional results. 

Instant Pot Pork Steak Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 pork steaks
  • Your choice of seasoning or marinade
  • 1 cup chicken or beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon oil (for searing)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Season the pork steaks with your preferred seasoning, rub, or marinade. Let them absorb the flavors for at least 30 minutes or overnight for more flavor.
  2. Turn on the Instant Pot and select the Sauté or equivalent function if you’re using a different model. Add oil to the pot.
  3. Once the oil is hot, sear the pork steaks for 2-3 minutes on each side until they get that nice brown crust. Remove the steaks from the pot and set aside.
  4. Deglaze the pot by adding the chicken or beef broth and scraping the bottom to release any flavorful bits.
  5. Place a trivet at the bottom of the Instant Pot and place the seared pork steaks on top.
  6. Close the Instant Pot lid and make sure the valve is sealed in position.
  7. Choose the function for cooking and set the timer for 8-10 minutes. You may need to adjust the time depending on the thickness of the steaks.
  8. Once the steaks are cooked, allow for a natural release of pressure for about 10 minutes then slowly release any remaining steam using the venting function.
  9. Open the lid and transfer the pork steaks to a serving platter. Let them rest for a few minutes before serving with your favorite side dishes.

Notes

While pork steaks are a popular and flavorful choice for Instant Pot cooking, you can always substitute the meat with other options. Instant Pots work on a variety of cuts, so you can use the same recipe on different cuts of meat. Here are some ideas you can try.

Chicken: Boneless chicken breasts or thighs can be transformed into tender and juicy delights in the Instant Pot. You can easily use any of the marinades, seasonings, and seasonings we mentioned above to create wonderful meals. The pressure cooking method ensures that the chicken remains moist and flavorful, plus it will take a shorter amount of time to cook.

Beef: Cuts like chuck roast or brisket benefit immensely from the Instant Pot’s tenderizing power. Although these cuts are on the tougher side, an Instant Pot can break them down into fork-tender meat after a pressure cooking session. If you want to make a stew or pulled beef for sandwiches, just add broth, spices, and aromatics to infuse the beef with flavors.

Conclusion

An Instant Pot can help make pork steak preparation even easier than it already is. Regardless of the marinades, ribs, seasonings, or sauces you choose, your Instant Pot pork steaks will surely be a hit for any occasion. So don’t wait, get your ingredients ready and start cooking!

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Instant Pot Pork Steak

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Ingredients
  

  • 4 pork steaks
  • your choice of seasonings or marinade
  • 1 cup chicken or beef broth
  • 1 tbsp oil (for searing)
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste

Instructions
 

  • Season the pork steaks with your preferred seasoning, rub, or marinade. Let them absorb the flavors for at least 30 minutes or overnight for more flavor.
  • Turn on the Instant Pot and select the Sauté or equivalent function if you’re using a different model. Add oil to the pot.
  • Once the oil is hot, sear the pork steaks for 2-3 minutes on each side until they get that nice brown crust. Remove the steaks from the pot and set aside.
  • Deglaze the pot by adding the chicken or beef broth and scraping the bottom to release any flavorful bits.
  • Place a trivet at the bottom of the Instant Pot and place the seared pork steaks on top.
  • Close the Instant Pot lid and make sure the valve is sealed in position.
  • Choose the function for cooking and set the timer for 8-10 minutes. You may need to adjust the time depending on the thickness of the steaks.
  • Once the steaks are cooked, allow for a natural release of pressure for about 10 minutes then slowly release any remaining steam using the venting function.
  • Open the lid and transfer the pork steaks to a serving platter. Let them rest for a few minutes before serving with your favorite side dishes.

Notes

*Photo by bo ure licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0