Quick Instant Pot Pork Belly Ramen for Two

This Instant Pot Pork Belly Ramen is quick and easy to make. This recipe makes the perfect amount for dinner for 2 and is so delicious you will want to make it again and again! It’s packed with so much flavor, you will think you are eating restaurant ramen in the comfort of your own home!

Instant Pot Ramen

You guys… I finally did it, I caved in and got an Instant Pot on Black Friday!

Actually… It was supposed to be a Christmas present, but when it came I couldn’t contain my excitement… Merry Early Christmas too me ๐Ÿ™‚

And, you guys, I am officially, 100% hooked! Drinking that Instant Pot Kool-Aid that I have been avoiding for the past 18 month, ha!

I really don’t know why I was so anti-Instant Pot. Maybe because of all the buttons and functions. Or maybe because of everyone’s high praises that it can do it all. I think I just didn’t want to be let down. But that did not happen at ALL, it has far exceeded my expectations!

Now that I have been graced with it’s presence there are going to be so many Instant Pot recipes coming to the blog in 2019, LOOK OUT!

Pork Belly Ramen

It’s almost like magic… Instant Pot Magic. You put that lid on and it does things you can’t see or hear and then voila, perfectly cooked pork belly!

This Quick Instant Pot Pork Belly Ramen for Two may look intimidating, but it really is quite easy! You can make the whole thing in the Instant Pot in less than an hour! And, what is quite possibly my favorite part about cooking with the Instant Pot, clean up is a breeze, you don’t use multiple pots and pans, just 1 bowl, a cutting board and the Instant Pot.

Glazed Pork Belly

How to Make Perfect Pork Belly


Pork Belly can be tough to get right, it can take hours to get it to that perfect, melt-in-your-mouth consistency. But following this recipe, using the Instant Pot, you can get it into that perfect state in just 25 minutes!

The pork belly is cooked in the beef broth with onions, garlic, ginger and dried shiitake mushrooms. This broth will then serve as the broth for your ramen – it is so flavorful, you will want to be making this Quick Instant Pot Pork Belly Ramen for Two again and again!

After cooking the pork belly at high pressure you will use the sautรฉ function to caramelize it in a brown sugar soy glaze that is to die for!



Pork Belly Ramen Bowl


How to Make Instant Pot Pork Belly Ramen


To start with you will brown the pork belly in the Instant Pot on “sautรฉ mode – high”. Then you will add the onions and then ginger and garlic. Sautรฉing everything together first helps to release more of the flavors which gives you that delicious ramen broth. 

Switch off the Instant Pot to “pressure cook – high” and add the beef broth and dried shiitake mushrooms. Pressure cook for 25 minutes, then remove the broth from the pot and separate out the pork belly. Slice the pork belly and add it back to the pot on “sautรฉ mode – high” to caramelize. Set the glazed pork belly aside. 

Add the broth back to the pot and bring it to a boil. Add in the ramen noodles to cook. Once the ramen noodles are cooked you are ready to assemble your bowls! 

Divide the broth and noodles into 2 large soup bowls. Add the pork belly slices on top. Additional toppings for your ramen include slices of green onion and these Japanese Style Soft Boiled Eggs from Serious Eats. I highly recommend adding both toppings to round out your bowl! The soft boiled eggs can be made in advance and stored in the fridge. 

homemade ramen


Ramen Noodles never looked so good, amiright? These are the same noodles you microwaved in your college dorm, but you can hardly recognize them ๐Ÿ™‚

Don’t have an Instant Pot, yet? I recommend this one in the 6-quart size.


Instant Pot Pork Belly Ramen

  • Author: Laura Nockett
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 2 Servings 1x


This Quick Instant Pot Pork Belly Ramen for Two is so easy and delicious you will want to make it again and again! Packed with so much flavor, you will think you are eating restaurant ramen, but in the comfort of your own home!



1 pound pork belly

1 tsp salt

1/2 cup white onions, chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tbsp ginger, minced

1 1oz package dried shiitake mushrooms

4 cups beef broth, low sodium

2 tbsp dark soy sauce

2 tbsp dark brown sugar

2 cups water

1 package Ramen Noodles, flavor packet discarded

1/4 cup green onions, chopped (optional)

2 Japanese marinated soft boiled eggsย (optional)


Set Instant Pot to “sautรฉ mode – high”

Pat pork belly dry with a paper towel and sprinkle generously with salt

Add pork belly to Instant Pot, brown on 1 side for 3-4 minutes

Add onions

Flip pork belly, brown on the other side 2-3 minutes

Add garlic and ginger, cook 2 more minutes

Hit “cancel” and then “pressure cook – high” and set for 25 minutes

Before closing the lid, add dried shiitake mushrooms and beef broth

Lock lid and switch pressure release button to “sealing”

When the Instant Pot beeps, you may either fast release or slow release the pressure

Once the pressure is released and you can open the lid, remove the pork belly and set aside on a cutting board

Pour the remaining broth into a medium sized bowl and set aside

Switch Instant Pot back to “sautรฉ mode – high”

Slice pork belly into 1/2 inch slices

Add pork belly slices to back to Instant Pot with soy sauce and brown sugar

Work with a wooden spoon, being careful not to break up the pork belly and not to burn the sugar, slowly turn the pork belly so all pieces become evenly coated in the sugar mixture, this will take 3-4 minutes

Remove glazed pork belly slices, set aside

Immediately add the water to the instant pot so the remaining sugar in the pot doesn’t burn

Strain out any large pieces of fat that may have floated to the top of the broth

Add broth back to Instant Pot and bring to a boil

Add the noodles from a packed of Ramen Noodles, do not add the flavor packet

Boil for 3 minutes until noodles are cooked

Split broth into 2 large bowls for serving

Add half of the pork belly slices to each bowl

Garnish with green onions and a sliced soft-boiled egg (optional)

Enjoyย  immediately*


*If you want to make ahead, store the broth and the pork separately and wait to cook the noodles until you are ready to serve.

  • Category: Ramen
  • Method: Instant Pot

Keywords: #instantpotramen, #homemaderamen, #porkbellyramen, #instantpotrecipes

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Instant Pot Pork Belly Ramen for Two


Looking for more delicious Instant Pot Recipes? Check these out!

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Instant Pot Mascarpone Cheesecake

Easy Instant Pot French Onion Soup

30 Minute Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs

Instant Pot Vegetarian Jackfruit Enchiladas


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Leave a Comment

  1. I cant wait to try this one!! I got my IP for christmas and am so happy to jump on the train also!

  2. Anonymous said:

    Thanks for this! You were right, that brown sugar/soy sauce coating Is amazing!

  3. Kelly said:

    This looks delicious and so easy! Towards the end, Do you EMPTY the IP of the water before adding the broth or combine both liquids?

  4. Merisenda Alatorre said:

    Do you saute the white onion with the ginger and garlic?

    • You add them a little earlier in the process before you flip the pork, but yes, ultimately they all get sautรฉd together!

  5. Sio said:

    Where is the recipe? I’d love to make it but there’s nothing on this page…

    • Hi Sio – Sorry about that! I was having technical difficulties with my site yesterday, the recipe is back now!

  6. Meghan said:

    So good! Even in the dead heat of summer my husband and I were happily slurping noodles. I used 2 packs of noodles because we’re noodle fiends. Perfect with beer.

  7. Eddie said:

    Thanks Laura, simple and delicious! Making a variation with udon noodles and seaweed with a side of rice.

  8. Ashley said:

    I made this for dinner last night and everyone loved it, even my picky 5 year old son. the pork belly turned out amazing. the only things I did differently were not using mushrooms. (I would have if only i was eating it however, my fiance and son both don’t like them)

    my only advice or thing I would do differently next time is add some small shopped carrots. I will also store the leftovers of broth, pork, and noodles all in separate containers because the leftovers did not taste as well.

    • Ashley! I’m so glad to hear your family loved this recipe! I love the idea of adding carrots too, that would be delish! Totally agree about the leftovers! Thanks for sharing!