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Pork Lo Mein in a black bowl with chopsticks and a green napkin on top of a white board.

Instant Pot Pork Lo Mein

This quick and easy Instant Pot Pork Lo Mein comes together in just 20 minutes. Featuring tender pieces of pork, crispy veggies, and a knock-out sauce, it's like Chinese takeout but made in your own kitchen!

  • Total Time: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 8 ounces Lo Mein noodles (or thin spaghetti noodles)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound pork tenderloin, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1 pound baby bok choy, chopped
  • 2 small carrots, sliced
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced

For the Pork Marinade:

  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

For the Lo Mein Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Mirin
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish

Instructions

Break the noodles in half and set aside until ready to use.

MAKE THE PORK MARINADE:

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the dark soy sauce, reduced-sodium soy sauce, and sesame oil.
  2. Toss in the pork, and marinate at room temperature while preparing the lo mein sauce.

MAKE THE LO MEIN SAUCE:

  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the remaining dark soy sauce and reduced-sodium soy sauce, sesame oil, hoisin sauce, mirin, and pepper until well-combined.
  2. Set aside until ready to use.

COOK:

  1. Turn on the “sauté” setting on high on your Instant Pot. Add in the vegetable oil and let the oil get hot.
  2. Add the marinated pork to the pot and let it sauté until golden brown on the outside (about 3 minutes). Remove the pork from the pan and set aside.
  3. Add the minced garlic to the Instant Pot and sauté until browned, for about 30 seconds. Turn off the “sauté” setting. Add in the water and deglaze the bottom of the pot by scraping it clean with a spatula.
  4. Place the noodles into the pot in a crisscross pattern. (This prevents them from sticking to each other.) Do not stir the noodles after placing them in the pot! Gently push the spaghetti down into the liquid.
  5. Close the Instant Pot with the lid, seal the valve, and pressure cook on high for 4 minutes. When completed, release the natural pressure release valve, and let it rest for an additional 4 minutes.
  6. Open the Instant Pot and stir the noodles around making sure to break up any that are stuck together. Add the prepared lo mein sauce to the noodles and stir until well-combined.
  7. Turn on the “sauté“ setting on high and add to the pot all of the vegetables and marinated pork. Stir often for about 5-8 minutes (depending on how tender you like your vegetables cooked).
  8. Garnish with sesame seeds.

Notes

  • If you don't have an Instant Pot, you can always stir-fry this dish in a wok. Just cook the noodles al dente according to the package directions, sauté the veggies and toss everything into the wok with the sauce!
  • It's important to break the noodles in half and place them into the Instant Pot in a crisscross pattern so they don't stick together when cooking. You don't want clumpy noodles!
  • You can store any leftover pork lo mein in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to five days.
  • Author: Asian Caucasian
  • Prep Time: 8 min
  • Cook Time: 12 min
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 489
  • Sugar: 10.2 g
  • Sodium: 1384.9 mg
  • Fat: 11.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 59.9 g
  • Protein: 35.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 73.8 mg

Keywords: pork lo mein, lo mein, instant pot