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Portuguese Braised Pork with Clams

6 Servings

FAST: 1½ hours
Slow: 5½ to 6½ hours 30 minutes active

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This recipe is an Instant Pot take on traditional Portuguese carne de porco à alentejana, or braised pork with steamed clams. It may seem like an unusual pairing, but the mild pork combined with briny clams, garlic, wine and olive oil is a winning combination. Massa de pimentão, a red pepper paste, traditionally is used to season the dish; we approximated its flavor by adding jarred roasted red peppers and sweet paprika. The clams and cilantro are added at the end of cooking. Scrub the clams and prep the cilantro while the pork cooks. The classic accompaniment for this dish is crisp fried potatoes, but roasted potatoes or warm crusty bread are excellent, too. We also like hot sauce on the side.




Don’t use clams that are larger than 2 inches across. They are too large to cook through with the pot’s residual heat.

FAST: 1½ hours
Slow: 5½ to 6½ hours

30 minutes active


  • 2

    pounds boneless pork shoulder, trimmed and cut into 1½-inch chunks

  • 1

    cup roasted red peppers, patted dry and thinly sliced


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Katrina G.
August 3, 2022
Wowed my dinner guests
This dish was so easy to make but so impressive to my guests, I’ll definitely be making it again! Very flavorful and satisfying.
Alison B.
November 27, 2022
A lot of flavor for very little effort
Great flavor and quick and easy to prep. Next time I'd increase the clams by at least half, and would add some thinly sliced onions. Serve with crusty bread to mop up the broth.