You are going to learn how to make delicious Puerto Rican rice and pork using an Instant Pot.
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How to Make Instant Pot Puerto Rican Rice and Pork
Let’s start with the ingredients to make this pork and rice recipe.
Ingredients to make Puerto Rican Rice and Pork
To make this Puerto Rican rice and pork using your Instant Pot you are going to need the following ingredients:
- Olive oil
- Tomato sauce
- Diced tomatoes
- Boneless pork chops, cubed
- Dried basil
- Chicken bouillon
- Bay leaf
- Water or chicken broth
Now that you have gathered all your ingredients follow the steps below to make this recipe.
To begin, you are going to press the Sauté button on your Instant Pot.
Add olive oil and pork chop and brown the meat on each side. This will take about 2 minutes on each side. You don't want to cook the pork.
Remove the pork from the Instant pot and set aside.
Add sofrito and stir, tomato sauce and stir for about a minute.
Add the sazon, salt and pepper, dried basil, chicken bouillon, bay leaf, and stir. Do a taste test! 😊
Add the meat and stir.
Make sure that you stir for another minute or two and add the water or chicken broth. Blend the content and close the Instant Pot.
Cancel Sauté. Make sure the valve is turned to sealing.
Press Rice and 12 minutes. Note that our Instant Pot will go to auto and will shut itself off once the rice is done.
Once it is done, allow it to natural release for about 10 minutes.
Your Instant Pot Puerto Rican Arroz con Carne De Cerdo is complete.
Let’s answer some questions about this Instant Pot Puerto Rican Rice and Pork recipe.
Can I make this recipe without sofrito or sazon?
You can make this recipe without any, but I am not sure how it is going to taste, and it won’t be called Puerto Rican rice and these are primary ingredients in our culture.
If you don’t have any sofrito, I will suggest you use onion powder, garlic powder, and herbs, such as cilantro to bring the flavor out.
Remember this dish is flavorful and the more flavor, the better in my opinion.
Can I add other herbs, veggies and spices to this Puerto Rican rice recipe?
Absolutely! You can add whatever your heart desire to this recipe including:
- Red peppers
- Mixed vegetables
Why does this recipe make so much?
As Puerto Rican we don’t cook for one or two, we prepare for a lot! I feed a large family, and we also eat leftover rice for lunch the next day. No food goes to waste in our home.
What type of rice should I use for this recipe?
Good question, we used Walmart white rice for this recipe. We feel that this rice works best for us than Goya rice that tends to absorb a lot of liquid when you use an Instant Pot.
What do I do if I use Goya rice?
Just cut the liquid by a little nothing major.
What happens if my rice is not cooked all the way?
Not all Instant Pot cooks the same and my experience with them is that as time pass, they will cook differently due to an aged ring.
Depending on the model you have you might have to up use the Manual button or Pressure Cook button, to 12 to 15 minutes.
As a newbie when I was testing making Puerto Rican rice if the rice is not cooking all the way add ½ cup of liquid and press Rice and about 4-5 minutes. Don’t be afraid of your Instant Pot.
I got some burned rice at the bottom of my pot, why?
We call that “pegao” but the truth that it will happen that’s ok. This is caused when you Sauté before pressuring. What I suggest is to cut the sauté time to less if you can and don’t worry your rice will taste delicious.
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Your water to rice ratio is not right for this Puerto Rican rice and pork recipe.
The water/rice ratio works for just plain water and rice recipe in my opinion. Since using my Instant pot and my Crockpot IP version when you make rice with other ingredients that include liquid you need to reduce the amount of water since you have other fluids.
Can you freeze rice with pork?
You can freeze this recipe and before you put it in the freezer read the next sentence. If you are planning to freeze the rice for later, you need to make sure it is cool entirely.
If you do this, you are risking increasing the freezer temperature. Make sure you use freezer-friendly containers and bags to store your rice and pork.
To reheat your rice, place the frozen container in the fridge to thaw and microwave.
How long can you store this recipe in the refrigerator?
I store my rice and pork for about 4-5 days in an airtight container.
Instant Pot Rice with Pork Recipe
Now that you have learned everything you need to know about making this Puerto Rican rice recipe it is time to print the exact measurements. Click the print button below to print this recipe. 😊
- 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
- 2 Tablespoon of Sofrito
- 1 Packet of Sazon (with Coriander and Annatto)
- 1 4oz can of tomato sauce
- 1 14.5 oz. of diced tomatoes
- 3 boneless pork chops
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon of dried basils
- 1 packet of chicken bouillon
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 cups of water or chicken broth
- Press the Sauté button on your Instant Pot.
- Add olive oil and pork chop and brown.
- Remove pork chops from the Instant pot and set aside.
- Add sofrito and stir and add the tomato sauce and stir for about a minute.
- Add the sazon, salt and pepper, dried basil, chicken bouillon, bay leaf and stir.
- Add the meat and stir for another minute or two.
- Close the Instant Pot.
- Cancel Sauté. Make sure the valve is turned to sealing.
- Press Rice and 12 minutes.
- Once it is done, you can turn the valve to Natural release or let it sit for a few minutes before turning the valve.
I recommend you seasoned the pork 30 at least 30 minutes before.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 156Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 431mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 15g
This calculations might not be accurate.