Instant Pot Apple & Pork Stew


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Whatever season it may be, stew always tastes amazing, right? It is one of those recipes that not only tastes good and is relatively easy to make, but it also holds up well as leftovers when life gets really hectic. And when I say, hectic, I mean it. I am currently a mom of two (who are both under the age of two), so I am working on trying to find things that will not only save me time, but are effective and can check a few things off the list at once – which is why I love our Instant Pot (and love this Instant Pot Stew recipe).

At first, when my husband and I got our Instant Pot for Christmas a year back, we didn’t quite understand all the hype. It sat in a box for a while until we decided we should finally try it out. At that time, we were living blissfully in a time where we only had one kid. She could have easily been the poster child for the perfect baby. Sweet, happy and would eat anything we set in front of her.

I clearly didn’t realize what toddlerhood had in store for my husband and I… No, I’m kidding (kind of). But seriously, now that my world has turned upside down and we are living with two children, that 6-quart silver pressure cooker has been our saving grace (and sanity) when it comes cooking easy and quick meals. I asked our friend, Chelsea of A Duck’s Oven about a quick and easy stew recipe that is healthy yet delicious and most importantly, easy to make. And needless to say, she delivered.

Say hello to Instant Pot Pork and Apple Stew recipe. Pork and apples are a classic food pairing that you yourself have probably enjoyed before. In fact, pork chops and applesauce became a famous catchphrase after Peter Brady in The Brady Bunch used the dinner combo for his Humphrey Bogart imitation! Television trivia aside, this recipe doesn’t just use any apple, it’s made with our signature Piñata® apple. We’ve shared countless recipes in the past with this classic sweet-tart apple. Piñata® truly stands out in this Instant Pot recipe because of its ability to withstand cooking temperatures, and in the case of our favorite kitchen gadget, steam and pressure. The delicious tropical flavor notes that Piñata® bring to this recipe help balance out the natural saltiness of the pork. Combine that with hearty vegetables and you have one tummy-filling stew.

Love Piñata® apples? Enjoy them in a fresh application like this recipe for Apple & Halloumi Flatbreads.

This recipe only takes about 30 minutes to prep, which could easily be done in the morning or during your lunch break. Then, it’s just 25 minutes of hands-free pressure cooking until dinnertime.  Soon enough, you will have a tasty dinner on your table that everyone in the family will love.

Check out this easy-to-follow recipe and let us know what your favorite Instant Pot meals are!


  • 2 pound pork shoulder roast, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Stemilt Pinata® apples, cored, peeled, and diced into ½ inch cubes
  • 4 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 head green cabbage, cut into thin slices
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced

A stew recipe that features delicious Piñata® apples and savory pork that will leave you satisfied with a full belly and happy tastebuds.

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  1. Toss the cut-up pork shoulder with the kosher salt.
  2. Turn on the saute function on your Instant Pot. When warm, add the olive oil.
  3. Add the pork shoulder and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned on all sides.
  4. Add the onion and garlic to the Instant Pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant.
  5. Add the apples and carrots and stir to combine.
  6. Pile the fresh cabbage over the mixture. Pour chicken stock over the cabbage.
  7. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set to manual for 25 minutes.
  8. When finished, use the manual release to vent. Stir to combine. Taste and season as necessary.
  9. Serve and top with plenty of fresh parsley. Enjoy!

Nutritional Information

Per Serving

  • Calories: 372
  • Carbohydrate Content: 18 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 87 mg
  • Fat Content: 20 g
  • Fiber Content: 6 g
  • Protein Content: 27 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 6 g
  • Sodium Content: 1218 mg
  • Sugar Content: 11 g
  • Trans Fat Content: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat Content: 0 g