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Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork with Dry Rub (Paleo, Low Carb, Keto)

This Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork with Dry Rub is full of flavor and easy to make, and you can repurpose it to use in a variety of ways! It’s also paleo, low carb, and keto-friendly.Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork

Anyone else loving that it’s June?? Summer is my MF-in’ season, and I’m so happy that we are inching closer to it. I always say June is the Friday of the months because you have all the anticipation and excitement of the sunshine, bathing suits, and beach adventures, without the anxiety and sadness that summer’s almost over.

I know not everyone feels the same way and a ton of people love the Fall, but I guess that why I live in Southern California! Anyway, let’s talk about this Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork because it’s pretty dang delicious, and we’ve been repurposing it in so many different ways all week.

I do have an old post of another pulled pork recipe with a yummy barbecue sauce made in the slow cooker so go check that one out if you like saucy pulled pork. Just a warning: it has some pretty horrendous photos from when I was a beginner blogger. I’m working on updating them soon!

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Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork with Dry Rub Recipe

This Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork uses dry rub that’s added on after the pork is cooked because I’ve found that most of the flavor gets lost if you cook with the spices on the pork. Adding them on afterward helps bring out the flavor more and also lets you be a bit more flexible with them as well, depending on how salty, spicy, or sweet you want it.

I like to use bone-in pork shoulder because I find that the meat tastes so much better cooked with the bone, but a boneless cut will work as well. The cooking process is easy peasy and you just let the Instant Pot do all the work, as it simmers the pork in a delicious combination of pineapple juice and apple cider vinegar.

Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork

Ways to Enjoy Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork

This recipe is so tasty just alone with some yummy sides like my Simple Paleo Coleslaw or Paleo Asian Coleslaw. But if you want to be more creative, here are some other ways that we’ve been enjoying this Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork:

  • In salads
  • In tacos wrapped in grain-free tortillas
  • In fried cauliflower rice
  • In taquitos
  • In burrito bowls
  • As a topping on pizza
  • Over eggs
  • In breakfast hash
  • Stuffed in sweet potatoes
  • Wrapped in lettuce wraps
  • Over nachos
  • …and so much more!

How would you enjoy your leftover pulled pork?

Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork

Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork with Dry Rub (Paleo, Low Carb, Keto)

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 294 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

This Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork with Dry Rub is full of flavor and easy to make, and you can repurpose it to use in a variety of ways! It's also paleo, low carb, and keto-friendly.

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Ingredients

  • 8-9 lb bone-in pork shoulder/butt or 5-6 lb boneless
  • 5 tsp sea salt divided
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice no sugar added
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne

Instructions

  1. Cut the pork into 4-5 inch chunks. If using bone-in, cut around the bone. If you'd like, trim the fat around the meat.

  2. Add the pork (and the bone) to the Instant Pot. 

  3. Sprinkle the pork with 3 tsp of sea salt, making sure to cover all sides.

  4. Add the onion to the pork.

  5. Pour in pineapple juice, apple cider vinegar, and dijon mustard over the pork and onions.

  6. Close the lid and set the Instant Pot to Manual on HIGH for 60 minutes. 

  7. Once the Instant Pot beeps to a finish, wait 10 minutes for the pressure to naturally release, then release the rest of the pressure manually.

  8. Open the lid and transfer the pork and onions to a large bowl, along with 1 cup of the liquid. Discard the rest of the liquid.

  9. Remove the fat if you prefer, then use 2 forks to shred the pork into bite-sized pieces.

  10. In a separate bowl, whisk together 2 tsp sea salt and the rest of the spices together.

  11. Sprinkle the spices over the pork and onions and toss together.

  12. Serve warm, or freeze into individual portions. 

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Whole30 Pulled Pork with Dry Rub (Paleo, Low Carb, Keto)
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 294 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 123mg 41%
Sodium 1133mg 47%
Potassium 701mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Sugars 2g
Protein 36g 72%
Vitamin A 6.9%
Vitamin C 4.5%
Calcium 3.6%
Iron 15.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Paleo Instant Pot Saag Paneer (Whole30, Keto, Vegan Optional)

Get a taste of your favorite Indian food at home with this easy and delicious Paleo Instant Pot Saag Paneer. It’s ready in under 30 minutes!

Paleo Instant Pot Saag Paneer

I’ve been craving Indian food a lot lately. I’ve recently made my Instant Pot Butter Chicken, and now I made this Instant Pot Saag Paneer to eat throughout the week. I think it’s because my husband’s not a huge fan of Indian food so we rarely try out Indian restaurants, and Indian isn’t ever a top choice for some reason when I dine out with friends. So naturally, I solve that problem by making it for myself at home and I’m 100% a-okay with that.

This Paleo Instant Pot Saag Paneer is probably the simplest version you’ll ever find. Instead of paneer and cream, coconut cream is used to thicken it, and I use frozen spinach to make it even easier. You don’t even need to thaw it before throwing it all in the Instant Pot to cook it all up.

Paleo Instant Pot Saag Paneer Paleo Instant Pot Saag Paneer

I love how this recipe makes it so easy and delicious to eat a ton of greens at once. I’ve been loading it up on cauliflower rice and chicken thighs and I just can’t get enough. It’s also Whole30 and keto friendly, and full of yummy and healthy fats to keep you satisfied. I usually eat some kind of protein for every meal, and I found that I don’t always need it with this hearty recipe, so it can also be a great vegan main dish if you use coconut oil instead of traditional ghee.

I used to think cooking Indian food would be difficult and time consuming, but now I’m realizing that that’s definitely not true especially if you have an Instant Pot. I’m hoping to have more similar recipes for you in the future so stay tuned and check back, or subscribe to my newsletter!

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Paleo Instant Pot Saag Paneer (Whole30, Keto, Vegan Optional)

Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 124 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

Get a taste of your favorite Indian food at home with this easy and delicious Paleo Instant Pot Saag Paneer. It's ready in under 30 minutes!

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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp ghee or coconut oil for vegan
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 inch fresh ginger minced
  • 1 serrano or jalapeño pepper chopped (optional)
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 4 tsp garam masala
  • 4 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp sea salt plus more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper optional
  • 1 14-oz can of coconut cream
  • 2 lbs frozen spinach 2 16-packs
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  1. Heat the Instant Pot to "Saute" and add ghee.

  2. Once the Instant Pot signals that it's "hot," add in garlic, ginger, serrano or jalapeño pepper, and onion. 

  3. Stir cooking for 5 minutes until fragrant.

  4. Add in the garam masala, cumin, turmeric, sea salt, cayenne (if using), and coconut cream, and stir together. 

  5. Hit "cancel" to turn off the Instant Pot. 

  6. Add in frozen spinach and stir. 

  7. Close the lid, make sure the pressure valve is set to "Sealing," then set it to Manual on high pressure for 15 minutes. 

  8. Quick pressure release once it beeps to a finish.

  9. Use an immersion blender to blend everything together, or transfer to a regular blender to puree together. I like to leave mine a bit lumpy. 

  10. Stir in apple cider vinegar. Taste and add more salt, if needed.

  11. Serve over cooked chicken and/or cauliflower rice. 

Nutrition Facts
Paleo Instant Pot Saag Paneer (Whole30, Keto, Vegan Optional)
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 124 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 672mg 28%
Potassium 458mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 1g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 267.5%
Vitamin C 12.9%
Calcium 16.3%
Iron 17.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Paleo Instant Pot Butter Chicken (Whole30, Keto)

This quick and easy Paleo Instant Pot Butter Chicken is so creamy and packed with flavor from the combination of delicious spices. Pair it with cauliflower rice for a great low carb, keto meal! 

Paleo Instant Pot Butter Chicken (Whole30, Keto)

Anytime my husband asks where we should go out to eat for dinner, I always say Thai or Indian. We are so fortunate to live close to various immigrant communities, so we have some amazing ethnic cuisine spots that are authentic and so dang delicious.

I recently tried butter chicken for the first time at a local Indian restaurant, and I never knew how creamy and delicious it is. The only problem is that I didn’t realize it was made with cream, and being dairy intolerant, I was bloated for a long time afterward and it was not a pleasant experience.

Paleo Instant Pot Butter Chicken Recipe

But hey, I’m not the one to give up if I taste something yummy. I ended up recreating that delicious meal at home using coconut milk as the creamy base, and it turned out pretty darn fantastic. And even better, I made it in the Instant Pot which made it so easy and I just love how the whole thing turned out.

Paleo Instant Pot Butter Chicken (Whole30, Keto)Paleo Instant Pot Butter Chicken (Whole30, Keto)

My homemade Paleo Instant Pot Butter Chicken comes together in less than 30 minutes and the whole process is so simple. The sauce is buttery and slightly spicy from the delicious combination of spices, and we just couldn’t get enough and went back for seconds.

Low Carb/Keto Side Options

We enjoyed this paleo Instant Pot Butter Chicken on top of white rice, but if you want to make it low carb and keto-friendly, you can also serve it with:

  • cauliflower rice
  • roasted veggies
  • zucchini noodles
  • or on its own!

I can’t wait to put this on rotation in the future on busy weeks. The leftovers reheat really well so it’s great for batch cooking, and it’s so good that you won’t mind eating it on repeat!

Paleo Instant Pot Butter Chicken (Whole30, Keto)

Paleo Instant Pot Butter Chicken

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 339 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

This quick and easy Paleo Instant Pot Butter Chicken is so creamy and packed with flavor from the combination of delicious spices. Pair it with cauliflower rice for a great low carb, keto meal! 

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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp ghee or coconut oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 inch fresh ginger minced
  • 2 lb chicken thighs cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 15 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • Lime juice for garnish
  • Cilantro or parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Set Instant Pot to the Sauté setting and heat ghee in the pot until the Instant Pot indicates that it's "hot."

  2. In the meantime, place the chicken in a bowl and add all the spices to it (from garam masala to ground black pepper) and gently toss together. Set aside. 

  3. Add onion, garlic, and ginger and cook stirring for 3-4 minutes until the onions are translucent. 

  4. Add the spice coated chicken to the pot and sauté for 5 minutes until mostly browned. 

  5. Add tomato sauce and stir together.

  6. Close the lid of the Instant Pot. Set it on MANUAL for 5 minutes. 

  7. Once it beeps to a finish, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. 

  8. Open the lid and stir in coconut milk. 

  9. Garnish with lime juice and parsley or cilantro, and serve over cauliflower rice!

Nutrition Facts
Paleo Instant Pot Butter Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 339 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 120mg 40%
Sodium 745mg 31%
Potassium 447mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 19g 38%
Vitamin A 7.3%
Vitamin C 2.5%
Calcium 5.5%
Iron 9.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Regarding other affiliate links and affiliate relationships: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Thank you for your support and understanding.