Teriyaki Pulled Pork Bowls with Mandarin Salsa are an easy Instant Pot meal with a tropical twist! The fresh mandarin flavor is a tasty pairing for the teriyaki. Make these for dinner in less than an hour, or use this recipe to meal prep lunches for the week. Serves 4.

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These teriyaki pulled pork bowls are just too good to pass up making this week. 

Whenever I am feeling kind of out of sorts or a little down, I tend to make pulled pork. 

Yea, I realize that sounds pretty weird, but pulled pork is my happy place. Especially when I can make it in the Instant Pot which takes basically no effort to do. 

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If you like Asian-inspired rice bowls, you are going to love this one. The pulled pork is flavored simply with teriyaki sauce and fresh mandarin juice, cooked until tender and so juicy. 

Topped with a refreshing, fruity, and slightly spicy salsa, you get a burst of tropical Asian flavor bursting across your taste buds! I like to serve my bowls with avocado, green onion, and purple cabbage as you see pictured here. It’s just SO good!

Other yummy pork recipes: Spicy Pork Ramen | Avocado Pulled Pork Flatbread | Roasted Garlic Pork Tenderloin | Grilled Pulled Pork Tex Mex Stuffed Avocados

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For this recipe, you will need an Instant Pot Duo or Instant Pot Pro! Really any model of Instant Pot will work for this recipe (and either in 6QT or 8QT capacity). 

The cooked pork is so supple and tender at the end of cooking, you will only need a couple of forks to pull it apart. 

Finally, for the salsa, you will need a chef’s knife and cutting board to prep all the ingredients. 

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let’s make yummy teriyaki pulled pork bowls!

Cook Pork

Set the Instant Pot to sauté and add oil. Once the oil is hot, sear off the pieces of pork for about a minuter per side. 

Remove the pork, then add the mandarin juice and teriyaki sauce to the insert. Use a wooden spoon to scrape up the bottom of the insert and make sure there are no bits stuck to the bottom. 

Return the pork to the insert and close the lid. Set to Manual and cook on High pressure for 40 minutes. Let pressure naturally release for 10 minutes, then manually release any remaining pressure. 

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Make Salsa

Stir together all ingredients for the salsa in bowl. Set in the refrigerator until ready to use. 


Remove pork from the insert to a cutting board. Shred with two forks or you can use an electric hand mixer to shred the meat in a large bowl. 

To assemble the bowls, add rice, then top with pork and the salsa. Serve with sliced avocado, green onion, and shredded purple cabbage.

Need some more inspiration for recipes in the Instant Pot? Check out my Instant Pot recipes page!

can I use orange instead of mandarin?

If mandarin oranges are not readily available, my next recommendation is using clementines. If you don’t have clementines, then you can use naval oranges!

Teriyaki Pulled Pork Bowls with Mandarin Salsa

Teriyaki Pulled Pork Bowls with Mandarin Salsa

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Easy Instant Pot teriyaki pulled pork and mandarin salsa make these bowls bright and bold!


Teriyaki Pulled Pork

  • 2 pounds of pork shoulder, cut into 3 to 4-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups of teriyaki sauce
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed mandarin juice (about 3-4 mandarins)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Mandarin Salsa

  • 4 mandarin oranges, peeled, separated, and roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper (about 1/4 pepper)
  • 1/2 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp chopped red onion
  • 1/2 tsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Pinch of salt


    1. Set Instant Pot to Saute and add oil. Once hot, sear pork pieces on all sides, about 1-2min per side. Remove the pork, pour in mandarin juice and teriyaki sauce, then use a wooden spoon to scrape up the bottom of the insert.
    2. Return pork to the pot and close lid. Set to Manual and cook on High pressure for 40 minutes. Let pressure naturally release for 10 minutes before releasing remaining pressure.
    3. Toss together all ingredients for salsa together and set aside.
    4. Remove pork from insert and shred on a cutting board using two forks.
    5. To assemble bowls, add rice, then top with pork and mandarin salsa. Add avocado, sliced green onion, and shredded purple cabbage as desired.

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