Instant Pot Pork Steak is a super tender, delicious, hearty, and satisfying recipe. This dish will always look elegant and fabulous on your party table.
Pork steak is always that piece of meat you crave when you are starving. My husband is a fan of pork steaks, simply served with a healthy and colorful salad or potatoes cooked in any way. It is a definitely perfect hearty and flavorful dish to surprise your family members or friends for a light weeknight dinner. However, when I get acquainted, this tasty pork steak can be made in the Instant Pot, I quickly tried and got surprised how quick, crispy, and juicy it turned to be. It’s definitely a win for anyone who loves good food!
Less mess, more aroma! Just a unique recipe with a rustic look but finger-lingering meat. I think no one could stand that soft, juicy, and tender pork meat cooked in an Instant Pot. This is super easy to make an option with a moist and tender result. I personally love to have this steak with this mashed potatoes recipe.
Even if I am not a big fan of pork meat, I cook it often because my husband likes it. And this piece of meat turned so aromatic and crispy that I barely hold myself not to try it. It is really super delicious and fabulous.
Top this pork steak with creamy mushroom gravy or some roasted veggies and get an even more outstanding dish.
How to choose the best pork meat?
Nothing can be more important when cooking a good steak is the right choice of meat. The first thing that you should pay attention to is its freshness. Fresh meat has pale pink flesh and should be firm. Never grab meat that looks greasy or grey.
It also should not stick to your fingers to touch. When lightly pressed with fingers, the meat should spring back. And of course, smell – always smell meat if you have the possibility. Your sense will never lie to you.
Steak is a slice of meat cut from the fleshy part of an animal’s carcass. The perfect cut for meat is fine-grained in texture. The fibers should be dense and breaded with fat. Qualitative and fresh fat should be white or pink-white and soft.
To keep the freshness of meat, store it at 32 °F to 42 °F temperature. I always prefer to buy meat at farmer’s markets or our local butcher for steaks and grill.
For steaks, I do not recommend frozen meat, as it loses its succulent texture. Anyway, if you grab a frozen piece of meat, then it should be thawed gradually. Never defrost it in a microwave. Transfer it from the freezer to the refrigerator and leave it until thoroughly thawed. Once the meat has wholly defrosted, cook it immediately.
How to marinate pork steak?
Definitely, it is easier and faster to buy already marinated steaks. But nothing will bring you more satisfaction than making this dish from scratch. There is no big deal in marinating steaks. Just combine it with spices and leave it to rest. Do not be afraid and play with the spices to find your favorite combo.
So you grab your steaks and pamper them with paper towels to absorb the excess water. In case you bought a whole piece of meat, then cut it into thick slices of about 1-1.5 inches. I found this thickness perfect for steak as the heat quickly penetrates it, and it remains juicy.
Perfect add to steak is paprika, ground garlic, Old Bay, salt, and freshly ground pepper. So sprinkle cuts generously and then drizzle some olive oil. Add some bay leaves and mix everything. The meat will absorb the aroma of the spices, and the taste will be more intense. Let the steaks chill in the marinade for at least 30 minutes. If I want the meat more enhanced then, I leave it marinating in the fridge overnight. The longer it stays in the marinade, the tastier it gets.
How to make Pork Steak in Instant Pot?
Pork steak is a delicate piece of meat with a rich and deep flavor if cooked in spices and lots of garlic. And I just love Instant Pot recipes. The main thing that makes me using this kitchen helper is that I can get a healthy, delicious dish with minimal effort and less mess in the kitchen. And this tender and satisfying pork steak is a good example. Pork steak marinated with garlic powder, smoked paprika, freshly ground pepper, and qualitative olive oils is an absolutely delicious dish that fits every table.
Instant Pot pork steak can serve you a great and quick weeknight meal. Not to overdry your steaks, make sure you read these tips before you start cooking:
- better marinate the meat overnight or more;
- the meat should be at room temperature;
- in case you bought too thick cuts, when cooking, add a splash of stock to prevent it from drying out ;
- use a cooking thermometer, when done steaks should achieve 145°F the internal temperature;
- once cooked, leave the steaks to rest.
Set Instant Pot to Saute mood. Once it is Hot, add the vegetable oil, and wait for about 1 minute for the oil to heat up. Then add pork steaks to the bottom of the pot in one layer. For extra flavor, add about four minced cloves of garlic and one stalk of rosemary. Cook stakes on each side for about 3 minutes. If it starts burning, splash some stock or add one tablespoon of butter. Seal the pot with the lid and set the pressure cooking program on high. Cook for 15 minutes with the vent sealed/closed. When the pot beeps, quick release the steam and unseal the pot when possible.
Serve alongside a healthy salad, and got a fancy meal that doesn’t take that much effort.
Tender Instant Pot Pork Steak
- instant pot
- 3 pork steaks
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp Old Bay seasoning
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 3 tbsp olive oil for marinade
- 4 garlic cloves
- rosemary stalk
- Mix pork steaks with smoked paprika, ground garlic, Old Bay seasoning, salt, ground black pepper, and olive oil. Leave it marinating at least overnight
- Set Instant Pot to Saute mood. Once it is Hot, add the vegetable oil, and wait for about 1 minute for the oil to heat up. Then add pork steaks to the bottom of the pot in one layer. For extra flavor, add about four minced cloves of garlic and one stalk of rosemary
- Cook stakes on each side for about 3 minutes. If it starts burning, splash some stock or add one tablespoon of butter
- Seal the pot with the lid and set the pressure cooking program on high
- Cook for 15 minutes with the vent sealed/closed
- When the pot beeps, quick release the steam and unseal the pot when possible
- Serve with pleasure!
How is this an IP recipe? You are literally just sautéing the pork in the IP. You could do that on the stove.
Hey Marybeth, you can of course choose to cook the pork steak in a regular manner on the stove. However, we’ve cooked it in an IP because it saves lots of time and because of the extra tenderness of the meat. Hope you will try it and give a review of the recipe! xoxo
I don’t get it.. how long do you pressure cook it for?
I’m pretty sure you are missing the most important step, lol….after searing (step 3) you should cook on High for a certain amount of time. We all want to know how long that time is and Natural Release or Quick? I assume a Natural release is ideal.
I agree. No sense in using IP, if not pressure cooking it.
Not even 5ge best recipe let alone dry and tough
Hello Tresna, we’d like to apologize for ruining your meal. 🤭 We have discovered the mistake, or, better said, the missing part of the recipe. We are truly sorry for misleading you. 🥺 At this point, we have updated the recipe with the missing part. Hope you will give this recipe another chance and let us know if this new, corrected version, is actually what you were looking for when cooking a steak in the IP. 🙏
I like so many others are wondering why this is an IP recipe. Can you please tell me how long to. Pressure cook this? Can you tell me if it should be manually released or quick release? You said how tender but this makes no sense please help
Hello Theresa, we are so sorry for the mistake in the instructions! You are right, we missed indicating the most important step – the pressure cooking. After cooking the stakes on each side for about 3 minutes, seal the pot with the lid and set the pressure cooking program on high. Cook for 15 minutes with the vent sealed/closed. When the pot beeps, quick release the steam and unseal the pot when possible.
I’ve made corrections in the recipe, please have it checked. ♥️
Thank you again for pointing that out!
Vegetable oil? I don’t see that in the ingredients! How much? Hmm….
Where’s the needed water/stock/broth??? There’s no way this is going to work for anyone without the water … Trying to burn down the house????
sure it is our mistake as we have skipped this moment. 1/4 cup of stock or water is enough for this recipe.
How did you achieve pressure with no liquid in the IP? Surely you’d have just got the “Burn” message?
it was our mistake to skip this moment. 1/4 cup of stock or water is enough to avoid the burning process.
Why don’t you natural release?