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Pressure Cooker Irish Pork Stew

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This Pressure Cooker Irish Pork Stew is everything dinner should be – full of flavor, hearty enough to satisfy any appetite, and made with simple ingredients. It’s also perfect for holiday entertaining. I’m grateful to Smithfield and the Virginia Pork Council for sponsoring today’s post so I could share this amazing recipe with you.

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There’s something about winter that makes me crave a warm bowl of stew. And after enjoying a delicious Irish Pork Stew at a local restaurant, I just had to figure out how to recreate this dish at home.

pork stew in a yellow bowl on a table with a spoon and red cloth on it

I had to do some research because there are definitely some distinct flavors in an Irish Pork Stew that differentiate it from a beef stew, even though the vegetables are mostly the same.

It turns out that caraway seeds play a big role. If you don’t have any, try a substitute for caraway seeds instead.

pork stew in a yellow bowl on a table with chopped parsley and a knife in the background

What Meat is Used in Irish Stew?

Irish Stew is traditionally made with lamb. I don’t know about you, but lamb is something I reserve for REALLY special occasions. After all, I have five kids and two of them are in college!

Thankfully, I’ve found that you can easily replace the lamb with a good pork loin filet, especially if it’s well seasoned and marinated. And because I’m terrible at remembering to do things like marinate meat a day in advance, I’m a huge fan of Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork Loin Filets.

I used the Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Herb Marinated Fresh Pork Loin Filet in this recipe and the result is amazing! Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork is one of my favorite go-to ingredients for fast and easy meals.

roasted garlic & herb pork loin filet in a package on a table next to an onion, red cloth and bunch of parsley

Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork is made with 100% fresh pork and packed with protein. No artificial ingredients!

It’s a time-saver you don’t have to feel guilty about. Great flavor, healthy protein, easy dinner, great for the holidays, too.

roasted garlic & herb pork loin filet on a table next to a spoon, chopped parsley, bowl of pork stew and red cloth

I also love cooking with fresh pork because it’s super flavorful and versatile, so you can really incorporate it into any style of dish! For more information about pork and why it’s such a wonderful protein choice, visit www.VirginiaPork.org

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How to Make Instant Pot Irish Pork Stew

Although this meal is full of flavor, you can find everything you need to make it at your local Walmart, Food Lion and Safeway grocery stores.

pork filet, bowl of mushrooms and broth, celery, carrots, onion, garlic, potato and measuring spoons full of spices

Also, your hands-on time is only 15 minutes. After that, your pressure cooker will take over.

Step 1: Brown Pork

To begin, cut the Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Herb Marinated Fresh Pork Loin Filet into bite-sized chunks. This will not only make the stew easier to eat, it helps you get dinner on the table sooner since the smaller pieces cook faster.

Set your electric pressure cooker to “Sauté” and wait for the display to read “Hot.” Then add a tablespoon of oil and the pork pieces.

diced pork in an instant pot with a spoon in it

Brown the pork, stirring occasionally to make sure each piece is browned on all sides. This step is important not only because it helps lock in moisture and flavor, but also because it helps ensure the pork will reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees F by the end of the cook time.

Step 2: Sauté Vegetables

Next, with the pressure cooker still on sauté, add butter, garlic, and onions. Cook, stirring often until the onions are tender and translucent.

butter, onion, and garlic being cooked and stirred with a spoon in an instant pot

Add a tablespoon of flour and continue stirring and cooking for another 2-3 minutes. Then, add potatoes, carrots, celery, mushrooms, a bay leaf, caraway seeds, chicken broth, and balsamic vinegar to the pot.

Stir to combine, then press “Cancel” to turn off sauté mode.

vegetables and broth in an instant pot with a spoon in it

Secure the pressure cooker lid. Make sure the valve is set to sealing. Then, press “Manual” and set the time for 25 minutes.

After the timer beeps to indicate the cook time is complete, let the pressure release naturally for at least 10 minutes. After that, if you’re in a hurry to eat, you can quickly release the pressure by turning the valve to venting.

Once all the pressure has been released, carefully remove the lid. Your Irish Pork Stew is now ready to serve!

a spoon lifting out some pork stew from an instant pot

Spoon into bowls and serve warm. The stew is already loaded with everything you need for a complete meal, but if you want, you can serve it with rolls or thick slices of bread.

pork stew in a yellow bowl on a table with chopped parsley and a red cloth in the background

Pressure Cooker Irish Pork Stew Recipe

Ready to try this Irish Pork Stew for yourself? Here are the exact measurements in a printable recipe card:

📋 Recipe

Pressure Cooker Irish Pork Stew

Corinne Schmitt
This flavorful stew hits just right on a cold day.
4.45 from 9 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 394 kcal


  • 2 to 2.5 lbs Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Herb Marinated Fresh Pork Loin Filet
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil divided
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 medium potatoes peeled and cut into quarters
  • 1 ½ cups of mushrooms optional
  • 2 to 3 carrots diced
  • 2 celery stalks diced
  • ¾ teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 4 cups of chicken broth


  • Press Sauté button on your electric pressure cooker and let it heat, then add one tablespoon oil.
  • Cut the pork into bite-sized chunks and add the pork to the pot. Brown on all sides.
  • Remove the pork.
  • Add the remaining oil, onions, and garlic to the pressure cooker. Stir until onions are tender.
  • Add caraway seeds. Stir.
  • Add the remaining ingredients, return the pork to the pot and stir.
  • Seal the pressure cooker. Press “Cancel” to stop Sauté mode.
  • Press the Manual Button, set time for 25 minutes. Make sure the valve is turned to “sealing.”
  • When the timer beeps, let the pressure release naturally for at least 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


If you want, you can replace one cup of the broth with a bottle of dark ale to give the stew a deeper flavor.
The mushrooms are optional. They do add a great, meaty texture but the dish is just as tasty without them.


Calories: 394kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 42gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 1126mgPotassium: 1457mgFiber: 5gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 3397IUVitamin C: 30mgCalcium: 79mgIron: 6mg
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If you enjoyed this recipe, visit Smithfield.com for more easy and delicious pork recipes.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield and the Virginia Pork Council.

2 thoughts on “Pressure Cooker Irish Pork Stew”

  1. What if the Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Herb Marinated Fresh Pork Loin Filet is not available in your region (Atlantic Canada), what do you suggest?


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