Instant Pot Kalua Pork (Whole30 & Paleo)

Now you can make this tender and juicy Hawaiian Instant Pot Kalua Pork with cabbage at home, no imu {underground pit} required!

You’ll Need:

  • 5 pounds pork butt (bone removed and cut into large chunks)
  • 1 head green cabbage (sliced)
  • 1 Tablespoon Alaea Hawaiian Sea Salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (or substitute liquid smoke if preferred)
  • 1 cup water


  1. Remove the bone from pork butt/shoulder and cut pork into large chunks.
  2. Mix the Alaea sea salt and smoked paprika together in a small bowl.
  3. Sprinkle salt mixture over the pork and rub in to thoroughly coat.
  4. Place pork into the Instant Pot liner and add water.
  5. Secure the lid, select Manual and adjust time to 90 minutes. *it will take 15 to 20 minutes for the pressure cooker to build pressure and start cooking*
  6. When Instant Pot beeps, push the cancel/keep warm button and allow pressure to release naturally.
  7. When the pressure is released move the pork to a bowl. Cover to keep warm.
  8. Add the sliced cabbage to the juices in the Instant Pot, stir to coat.
  9. Select Manual and adjust time to 3 minutes.
  10. When the pot beeps, release the pressure manually.
  11. Add the cabbage to the pork and stir to combine.
  12. Serve with rice, Hawaiian potato salad, or on hamburger buns.


  • Red Alaea Sea Salt is the traditional salt to use. Substitute any course salt that you have on hand.
  • I did not shred the pork, it fell apart on it’s own…oh ya!
  • The Kalua Pork is Whole 30 and Paleo, the Hawaiian Potato Salad and Hamburger Buns are not. Sorry, but I wanted to show the traditional meal.
  • To make sticky rice: Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add 1 cup cup of sushi rice, stir. Cover and simmer for 25 minutes
  • 8 Servings is the minimum, you could easily serve 10 maybe even 12 depending on how you are serving it and how many are children.