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Instant Pot Pork Lo Mein (+50 easy Instant Pot Recipes)

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Picture this: It's a busy weeknight, you're hungry, and you're craving a a main dish that a is savory, delicious, and quick. The answer? Instant Pot Pork Lo Mein. This one-pot wonder has been a game changer in my kitchen, and I'm excited to share how this dish can transform your meal prep too!

Instant Pot Pork Lo Mein in a bowl with chopsticks.

Why Instant Pot Pork Lo Mein is a Must-Try

The beauty of this recipe lies in its simplicity and flavor. Combining tender pork, fresh vegetables, and the perfect blend of sauces, it creates a meal that's both satisfying and quick to whip up. Using the pressure cooker cuts down the cooking time significantly, making this pork lo mein recipe a perfect meal for those busy weeknights.

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Instant Pot Pork Lo Mein

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 8 minutes on the instant pot - about 20-25 minutes in total
Servings: 4

Instant Pot Pork Lo Mein ingredients uncut
Instant Pot Pork Lo Mein ingredients prepped and ready.

Ingredients:

  • 8 Oz spaghetti 
  • 1 lbs. center pork 
  • 2 cups water 
  • 1 red Bell pepper 
  • 1 lbs. baby Bok choy
  • 2 small carrots
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic 
  • 3 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Light soy sauce 
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp Sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp Mirin 
  • Oil of your choice (vegetable oil, canola oil)
  • Salt, optional
  • Pepper, optional
  • Sesame seeds, optional
  • green onions, optional

Step by Step Video Instructions:

Instructions:

  1. Start by washing your produce.
  2. Cut the pork in small pieces and marinate with half of the dark soy sauce and sesame oil and mix until well combined.
  3. Turn on the Sauté setting on high on the Instant Pot. Add 1 tbsp of oil of your choice and let the oil get hot. Add the pork pieces to the pot and let it sauté until it’s golden brown on the outside. Remove the meat from the pan and set aside.
  4. Slice your onions, Bok choy, carrots and red bell pepper and mince your garlic. Set aside.
  5. Add the minced garlic to the instant pot and let it get golden-brown for about 30 seconds.
  6. Add the water to the instant pot and deglaze the bottom by scraping it clean with a spatula.
  7. Break the spaghetti in half and put them down in a crisscross pattern. This will help prevent sticking to each other. Do not stir the noodles after you’ve created the pattern. Gently push the spaghetti down, so it is under the liquid.
  8. Close the Instant Pot with the lid, seal the valve, and pressure cook on high for 4 minutes. 
  9. Once the 4 minutes have passed, immediately release the natural pressure release valve, and let it rest for an additional 4 minutes.
  10. After those 4 minutes, open the pot and stir the noodles around. Add the remaining dark soy sauce, light soy sauce, hoisin sauce, mirin to the noodles and stir until combined well. 
  11. Then turn on the sauté setting on high and add the sliced Bok choy, red bell pepper, onions, carrots, and pork to the pot and stir often for about 5-8 minutes. (Depending on how crispy you like your vegetables.
  12. Garnish with sesame seeds, and season to your liking.
  13. Enjoy this instant pot lo mein recipe while hot!

Pro Tips for the Perfect Lo Mein

  • Layering: When adding the spaghetti, don’t just dump it in. The crisscross pattern is crucial to prevent clumps.
  • Pressure Release: Be prompt with the quick release after pressure cooking. It prevents the noodles from overcooking.
  • Vegetable Crunch: If you prefer your veggies with a bit more crunch, reduce the sauté time at the end.
Lo mein on a plate with chop sticks.

FAQs for Instant Pot Pork Lo Mein

How can I make my Lo Mein sauce more flavorful?

Experiment with the sauce quantities. A little extra hoisin or a dash of sriracha sauce can really elevate the flavors.

Can I use chicken or shrimp instead of pork?

Absolutely! This recipe is versatile. Instant pot chicken lo mein or shrimp can be great substitutes for pork. You might also like instant pot shrimp lo mein. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly.

What's the best way to store leftovers?

Store in an airtight container in the fridge. It makes a great lunch the next day!

Can I add other vegetables to this recipe?

Go for it! Snap peas, bean sprouts, or even snow peas can add great texture and flavor.

Is it possible to make this recipe gluten-free?

Yes, just use gluten-free soy sauce and noodles made from rice flour or another gluten-free alternative.

Yield: 4

Instant Pot Pork Lo Mein

Instant Pot Pork Lo Mein in a bowl with chopsticks.

Looking for a quick and delicious dinner option? Try our Instant Pot Pork Lo Mein recipe. It's packed with flavorful pork, fresh veggies, and a savory sauce, all ready in minutes. Perfect for busy weeknights and sure to be a family favorite.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 Oz spaghetti
  • 1 lbs. center pork
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 red Bell pepper
  • 1 lbs. baby Bok choy
  • 2 small carrots
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 3 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp Sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp Mirin
  • Oil of your choice (vegetable oil, canola oil)
  • Salt, optional
  • Pepper, optional
  • Sesame seeds, optional

Instructions

    Start by washing your produce.
    Cut the pork in small dice and marinate with half of the dark soy sauce and sesame oil and mix until well combined.
    Turn on the Sauté setting on high on the Instant Pot. Add 1 tbsp of oil of your choice and let the oil get hot. Add the pork to the pot and let it sauté until it’s golden brown on the outside. Remove the meat from the pan and set aside.
    Slice your onions, Bok choy, carrots and red bell pepper and mince your garlic. Set aside.
    Add the minced garlic to the instant pot and let it get golden-brown for about 30 seconds.
    Add the water to the instant pot and deglaze the bottom by scraping it clean with a spatula.
    Break the spaghetti in half and put them down in a crisscross pattern. This will help prevent sticking to each other. Do not stir the noodles after you’ve created the pattern. Gently push the spaghetti down, so it is under the liquid.
    Close the Instant Pot with the lid, seal the valve, and pressure cook on high for 4 minutes.
    Once the 4 minutes have passed, immediately release the natural pressure release valve, and let it rest for an additional 4 minutes.
    After those 4 minutes, open the pot and stir the noodles around. Add the remaining dark soy sauce, light soy sauce, hoisin sauce, mirin to the noodles and stir until combined well.
    Then turn on the sauté setting on high and add the sliced Bok choy, red bell pepper, onions, carrots, and pork to the pot and stir often for about 5-8 minutes. (Depending on how crispy you like your vegetables.
    Garnish with sesame seeds, and season to your liking.
    Enjoy while hot!

Conclusion

There you have it, my take on Instant Pot Pork Lo Mein. It's quick, flavorful, and a real crowd-pleaser. Whether you're cooking for yourself or for the whole family, this recipe is sure to become a regular in your meal rotation. Give it a try and see just how easy and delicious homemade Asian cuisine can be!

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