Instant Pot Mojo Pork Rice Bowls

Last December, I purchased an Instant Pot spontaneously during a Cyber-Something Sale.    My crockpot had ceased to exist and we went for some time without any sort of stand alone cooking appliance.

I’ve used it probably three times since January.  After finding this recipe, I will use it a TON more.


Instant Pot Mojo Pork

From EatingWell, June 2019

“In Cuba, lechon asado (roast pork) is marinated in mojo, a citrus-herb sauce. In this Instant-Pot pork recipe, the pressure cooker infuses similar flavor into pork shoulder. No pressure cooker? Braise the meat in a large pot in a 300°F oven for 4 to 5 hours.”


  • 1 T. extra-virgin olive
  • 1 (3 lb. boneless pork loin roast, trimmed and cut into 6 pieces (Original recipe called for pork shoulder.)
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 T. chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 t. ground cumin
  • 1 bay leaf (I used a fresh one.)
  • Zest & juice of 1 large orange, divided
  • Zest & juice of 1 large lime, divided
  • 2 t. kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground pepper
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced (I used a Vidalia.)


  • Heat oil in an electric pressure cooker on sauté mode. Add half the pork and cook, turning occasionally, until browned, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a bowl and repeat with the remaining pork. Add garlic, oregano, cumin, bay leaf, orange and lime zests, salt and pepper to the pot and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in orange and lime juice and water and scrape up any browned bits. Nestle the pork into the sauce. Drizzle with any accumulated juices from the bowl and scatter onion over the top. Close and lock lid. Cook on high pressure for 1 hour. Manually release pressure and remove lid. Transfer the pork to a platter and shred the meat into large pieces. Skim fat from the liquid, if desired. Return the pot to sauté mode and bring the liquid to a boil. Cook until the sauce has thickened, about 10 minutes. Serve the sauce over the pork.

Yield: 10

Prep Time: 40 mins.

Cook time: 60 mins.

Total time: 100 mins.

The shredded pork can be used in tacos, tortas, enchiladas, burritos…take the mojo wherever your imagination goes.  For us, it was rice bowls.

Mojo Pork Rice Bowls


Use the Mojo Pork to make rice bowls for a quick and easy weeknight meal.


  • 1 c. long grain brown rice
  • 6 oz. shredded pork (from above recipe)
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
  • 1/2 c. cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 c. red onion, diced
  • 1/2 c. black beans, rinsed and drained*
  • jalapenos (fresh or pickled)
  • 2 T. crumbled cojita cheese.


  1. Cook rice according to directions.
  2. To make one bowl, place 1/2 c. of cooked rice, top with 3 oz. of shredded pork, a spoonful of sauce, half of the avocado slices, 1/4 c. tomatoes, 1/8 c. red onions, and 1/4 c. black beans.  Sprinkle with jalapenos if desired and cojita cheese.
  3. You can add other toppings like salsa, sour cream, cilantro, etc.

Yield: 2

Prep Time: 30 mins.

Cook time: 60 mins. (for rice)

.*I obviously forgot the black beans (left them in the microwave) so I guess they’re optional.   I did remember them on a subsequent leftover night.  I would recommend remembering them.   


5 comments to Instant Pot Mojo Pork Rice Bowls

  • Mae

    Those flavors are really exciting. Citrus with pork sounds very good, and putting it all together also sounds delicious.

    best… mae at

  • That looks very mouthwatering! IP is one of my favourite kitchen gadgets…should use it more often in future.

  • LOVE Cuban pork dishes! They always have so much flavor. When my slow cooker dies (if it ever does!) I’ll probably get an IP. Anyway, this looks like a terrific recipe — thanks.

  • Liz

    This looks like a good reason to dust off my IP! I’ve never made mojo pork, but it sounds fabulous!

  • Oh my, you are so in my head, or I’m in yours . I got home from work Riday and this is exactly what Doug was preparing in the instant pot. We used Goya Mojo this time. Yum!