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Sweet & Sour Instant Pot Pork Roast

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Sweet & Sour Instant Pot Pork Roast is a quick and easy dinner that even picky eaters enjoy. No trips to a specialty market required! Just items you usually already have on hand.

Inspired by my kids’ favorite Chinese takeout dish (Sweet & Sour Chicken), it’s full of the flavor they love using a cut of meat that I always keep on hand. Pork roasts are so versatile, I always like to have one in the freezer.

rice and cut up pieces of sweet & sour pork roast on a white plate with title text reading Sweet & Sour Instant Pot Pork Roast

Sweet and sour is always a popular combination. It’s one of my go-to flavors when I want to make a crowd-pleasing dish. For example, one of the most popular appetizers I make is Sweet & Sour Meatballs.

Plus, although I love cooking with chicken, I also like to switch things up and experiment with new Instant Pot pork recipes instead.

Since I always have a pork roast in my freezer (easy meal for a crowd), I decided to switch it up and instead of dousing it in BBQ sauce, try a sweet & sour version instead. It turned out delicious so I decided to share the recipe!

How to Make Sweet & Sour Instant Pot Pork Roast

Like most of my recipes, this Sweet & Sour Instant Pot Pork Roast is really easy to make and you don’t need any hard-to-find ingredients.

Step One: Saute

First, you need to turn your Instant Pot on and choose the saute setting. Wait for the display panel to read “Hot” then add oil and the pork strips.

raw cut up pieces of pork roast and a spoon in an instant pot

After the pork strips are lightly browned, add some sliced onions and green bell peppers.

pieces of pork roast, sliced onions and green bell pepper

Continue to saute for two minutes.

pieces of pork roast, sliced onions and green bell pepper being sauted in an instant pot with a wooden spoon

Step Two: Add Remaining Ingredients

Now it’s time to add all the ingredients that will create that delicious sweet and sour flavor: tomato sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and salt. I also like to add sliced mushrooms but you can leave them out if you don’t like them.

tomato sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, salt and mushrooms in an instant pot

Add 1/2 cup of water so that the pot can come to pressure.

Step Three: Pressure Cook

Finally, it’s time to let the Instant Pot take over. Secure the lid, set the valve to sealing and choose “Manual” (or “Pressure” on some models) and set the time for 10 minutes.

When the timer counts down, quick release the pressure. Serve over rice.

rice and cut up pieces of sweet & sour pork roast on a white plate

Sweet & Sour Instant Pot Pork Roast

Here is the recipe card with the exact measurements and detailed instructions so you can make your own Sweet & Sour Instant Pot Pork Roast.

Sweet & Sour Instant Pot Pork Roast

A delicious mix of sweet and sour.
4 from 2 votes
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 341 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 ½ pounds pork roast cut into strips ½ inch thick
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper cut into strips
  • 1 4 ounce can mushrooms, drained optional
  • 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ cup water


  • Turn pressure cooker on to saute. Add oil and then saute pork strips until lightly browned. Add onion and pepper and saute for 2 minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients to pressure cooker and set to high pressure for 10 minutes.
  • Quick release and serve over rice.


Calories: 341kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 39gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 994mgPotassium: 764mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 110IUVitamin C: 26mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 1mg
Keyword easy dinner, instant pot, sweet and sour pork roast
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