Instant Pot Sweet & Sour Pork Ramen

16 June 2017

Reading: Portrait of the Artist as a Prematurely Old Man -Ogden Nash
"The moral is that it is probably better not to sin at all, but if some kind of sin you must be pursuing. Well, remember to do it by doing rather than by not doing."

I have lately rediscovered Nash and forgot how much I enjoy his poetry, I think mostly because he likes to often poke fun at seemingly dark or existential issues, while also making a rather beautiful observation. Humor is so essential in life. Lucky for me, I chose a partner who keeps me pretty much, endlessly laughing. I also make him laugh, but usually unintentionally. For example, I once told him that narwhals were my favorite mythological creature...yeah they are real. I didn't know! I will blame this on my rather cloistered upbringing. At the very least, my hubs got (and still gets) a very good chuckle out of it. Although, this information brought me no joy because narwhals are a little frightening in real life.

I will stick to what I know, which these days is mostly food. As the weather gets warm, I often bounce between no appetite and then wanting something a little hearty, so I tend to make more soups and noodle bowls because they are so much better with fresh produce that is in abundance this time of year. And with the instant pot or a slow cooker, you don't have to stand over a hot stove, which is usually my deal breaker when it comes to summer cooking. So allow me to share this quick recipe for sweet and sour pork. I add miso to the broth at the end to make it a little extra nourishing.

Instant Pot Sweet & Sour Pork Ramen

Recipe for easy sweet and sour pork ramen.

Instant Pot Sweet & Sour Pork Ramen

Prep time: - Cook time: - Total time:
Yield: 4-6S


-4-5lb boneless pork shoulder (cut into 3 equal pieces)
- salt & pepper
- 2 T sesame oil
- 1 white onion, diced
- 6 cloves of garlic (minced)
- 1 (2 inch) piece of ginger, peeled and minced
- 5-6 cups chicken stock
- 1/4lb sliced mushrooms
- 1-2 leeks (whites sliced thinly - discard green tops)
- 2 T mirin
- 3/4 cup soy sauce (low sodium)
- 1/2 t china five spice
- 1-2 cups Kikkoman sweet & sour sauce
- 1lb ramen noodles
- green onion


"Set instant pot on saute (high) and heat seasame oil.
Generously salt and pepper the pieces of pork, then brown once oil is heated.
Remove pork and set aside and saute onions, leeks and garlic.

Turn off saute and add back pork and ginger, mushrooms, mirin, soy sauce, china five spice and sweet and sour sauce.
You can start with 1 cup to cook and then add more to taste when dish is done cooking.

Put on pressure cooker lid, seal and select the meat/stew button (use default 35 minutes).
While pork cooks prepare ramen according to package instructions. Add a little seasame oil to noodles when done cooking, so they don't stick together.

Let the pressure cooker naturally release and When pork is done, ladle into a bowl and add desired amount of noodles. Top with chopped green onions and stir in some miso if desired. Enjoy!



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