instant pot puerto rican pernil

Tender & Zesty!

Instant Pot Puerto Rican Pernil is fall-apart tender, shredded pork loaded with garlic and spiked with Serrano peppers and citrus! And thanks to the Instant Pot, it cooks in a fraction of the time.

what is pernil?

Pernil is similar to pulled pork – both are made of shredded, highly-seasoned, slow-cooked pork shoulder. However, Pernil is Puerto Rican, with flavors closer to mojo than barbecue.

What You'll Need

- Onion - Olive Oil - Orange Juice - Garlic - Serrano Peppers - Seasonings - Pork Shoulder - Broth - Serving Ingredients

Make the Marinade


Blend marinade ingredients in the food processor.  Put 1/3 of the mixture in a container in the fridge for serving.

Marinade Pork


Cut small slits in the pork shoulder and stuff with garlic. Cover the pork in marinade and refrigerate for 1-8 hours.

Brown the Meat


Bring the pork to room temperature,  then brown all sides using the "Sauté" feature on the Instant Pot.

Deglaze the Pot


Remove the pork, then add chicken broth to the Instant Pot and scrape up any browned bits.



Return the pork to the Instant Pot, cover, and pressure cook on high for 60 minutes.  Naturally release the pressure for 10 minutes.

Shred the Pork


Quick release the remaining pressure, then remove the pork and shred it on a cutting board.



Serve your homemade Pernil with rice, tortillas, lime wedges, and the reserved marinade.

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