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Instant Pot

Braised Pork with Ginger and Star Anise

4 Servings

FAST: 1¼ hours
Slow: 5½ to 6½ hours 25 minutes active

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This aromatic dish draws flavors from various Asian and Southeast Asian cuisines. Star anise lends the braise spicy warmth and complexity, while browned shallots and white pepper add depth and earthiness. We use fresh ginger two ways: cooked with the pork so its flavor mellows while its aroma perfumes the braising liquid, and stirred in finely grated and fresh at the very end to add sharpness to balance the richness of the pork. To complete the meal, served with jasmine rice along with a steamed vegetable, such as baby bok choy.




Don’t use regular soy sauce; it will overwhelm the braise with saltiness. Low-sodium soy sauce provides ample salinity, deep color and plenty of umami.

FAST: 1¼ hours
Slow: 5½ to 6½ hours

25 minutes active


  • 2

    tablespoons grapeseed or other neutral oil

  • 4

    medium shallots, halved and thinly sliced


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Diana L.

This was so good. Everyone in my family had seconds. I saute carrots, snow peas, mushrooms, and baby kale in the pan with the sauce from the pork for 2-3 minutes then added that to pork. It was delicious.

Satarupa B.

This was really sweet and not a good one for those of us who don't like our proteins in a sweet sauve. Less sugar, more ginger and some other form of heat (chillies?) might have been useful. Had to add a lot of black pepper and salt along with the grated ginger to make it somewhat edible. Finally, threw in some cayenne with the cilantro -might not be authentic but sure tasted better! Also much better on the 2nd/ 3rd day as is to be expected.

Andrew V.

Does the Instant Pot timing translate directly for those of us with stovetop pressure cookers? For example, this recipe says to set the Instant Pot pressure to high for 25 minutes, with a 15 minute natural release, followed by a quick release. Would the pressure setting, cook time, and pressure release all be the same on my Fagor pressure cooker?

Lynn C.

Hi Andrew -

We only tested these recipes in an Instant Pot, not a stovetop pressure cooker, so we don't have the exact timing and pressure settings to provide. If you follow this link - - it provides a detailed chart showing the different times, liquid amounts, and pressure settings between electric and stovetop pressure cookers. Hope that helps!

The Milk Street Team