5-Spice Pork Stew.  There are dishes that frankly intimidate me because of their complexity, and this was definitely one of them until this past week ……

Even though this 5-spice pork stew tastes ridiculously good, I’d only seen it at Asian wedding banquets. For some reason, my mom rarely made it at home.

Recently, though, I got a pressure cooker that changed my mind.

I used the instant pot this time to prepare this seemingly complex dish. It took about only 35 minutes to make roughly 2 lbs meat soft, tender, and flavorful.

If you use a slow cooker, I have a version of the recipe for you (below the instant pot recipe). It will take about 6 to 8 hours to make the meat fall apart.

One important thing to note is that this is not a Western braise or stew. When you make it at home, you’ll have extra stewing liquid left. This is good because this liquid will become your master sauce for your next braise. The other way to utilize the stewing liquid is to use it as soup base. Just add more water to the soup base, and you’ll have a bowl of delicious soup in a few seconds.

In Asia, people are pretty keen on putting a balanced meal with some rice, protein, and vegetables, all on one plate.

I braised a few hard boiled eggs in the soup broth for extra yum. I also used sauerkraut – instead of asian pickled cucumbers/cabbage – as side dish because I think sauerkraut works perfectly with this savory and meaty stew. .

The wine and honey on the recipe below are in extremely small quantities in comparison to what you’d use for a 5-liter pot stew. The wine mostly will evaporate during the cooking process and you aren’t likely to taste the honey. If, however, you are on Whole30, skip the honey and cooking wine below.

This 5-spice pork stew also goes perfectly with sweet potato/yum or breakfast tacos/burritos. I can think of quite a few variations. More on that later.

Follow the instructions below for a more detailed explanation.

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Thai 5-spice pork stew
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A Short Cut To Thai 5-Spice Pork Stew (Instant Pot Recipe)
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

This is an Instant Pot and Pressure Cooker recipe for Thai Five Spice Pork Stew. The pork is simmered in savory broth with fresh herbs until it’s completely tender. It’s so good that even the HuffPost gives a thumbs up !

For a slow cooker version, please see the recipe below this one. 

Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Thai
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 795 kcal
Author: ChihYu
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs boneless organic pork butt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil to sear the pork
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 6-8 boiled chicken eggs
  • chopped cilantro leaves and stems decoration
Aromatic base:
  • 1 tbsp dry coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp ginger grated, (Alt. Thai ginger galangal)
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp garlic cloves slice lengthwise
Pork stew combo:
  • 2 tbsp 5 spice powder
  • 1 ½ cup coconut aminos or 1 cup gluten free tamari
  • 4 tbsp Chinese rice wine *skip this if whole30 or Shaoxing wine or dry sherry
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp organic raw honey *skip this if whole30
  • 1 ½ tbsp ginger sliced, (Alt. Tahi ginger - galangal)
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro include leaves, stems, and roots (if possible)
  • 1 medium yellow onion peeled and quartered
  • 1 in whole garlic head peeled and sliced half (place them in a cheesecloth or disposable tea filter bags - dispose after stew)
  • 8 cups tap water for a 5-liter size instant pot
  • 1 tbsp coarse sea salt
Instructions
To make aromatic base:
  1. Place ingredients under “aromatic base” in a mortar and pestle. Pound the ingredients until they are mixed well. (Alt. blend them in a small food processor). Set aside. (You should smell an amazing aroma coming from this combo).
To sear the pork:
  1. Press the “Sauté” function key.
  2. Select a temperature with the “Adjust” key for “Normal”.
  3. When Instant Pot reaches the given working temperature, it displays “Hot” add 2 tbsp of olive oil and you can start sautéing/browning meat.
  4. We are looking for a light golden brown color (not dark brown) so it should take you about 5 minutes total to sear the meat. Season a pinch of salt on each side of pork.
  5. Set the pork aside in a large size bowl/plate.
  6. Keep the “Saute” function on for next step.
To stew the pork:
  1. If the pot is dry, add another tbsp of olive oil and saute the “aromatic base” from step 1 until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  2. Turn off Saute function key.
  3. Add the pork back to the pot. Add all ingredients under “Pork stew combo”.
  4. Carefully Seal/Lock the pressure cooker. Select “Meat/Stew” function key. 35 minutes.
  5. In the meantime, boil 6-8 chicken eggs on a stovetop. When cool, peel and set aside.
Final touch:
  1. When the pork is done, spoon off the top layer of fat on the surface.
  2. Add the eggs and let them soak in broth. (p.s. the eggs will be even more tasty next day)
  3. Ladle a few spoonful of stew liquid over steamed rice and stewed pork. Slice one egg. Sprinkle some cilantro and serve with pickled cabbage/cucumber/ or plain sauerkraut.
Recipe Notes
One important thing to note is that this is not a Western braise or stew. When you make it at home, you’ll have extra stewing liquid left. This is good because this liquid will become your master sauce for your next braise. The other way to utilize the stewing liquid is to use it as soup base. Just add more water to the soup base, and you’ll have a bowl of delicious soup in a few seconds.
Nutrition Facts
A Short Cut To Thai 5-Spice Pork Stew (Instant Pot Recipe)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 795
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

Thai five spice pork stew

 

5 from 2 votes
Thai five-spice pork stew. An instant pot recipe and a slow cooker recipe for Paleo, Keto, Whole30 diet.
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A Short Cut To Thai 5-Spice Pork Stew (Slow Cooker Recipe)
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
6 hr
Total Time
6 hr 20 mins
 

Slow Cooker Recipe. Cook on low for 6-8 hours until the pork is completely tender.

Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Thai
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 795 kcal
Author: ChihYu
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs boneless organic pork butt divide into 4 equal parts
  • 2 tbsp +1 coconut oil
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 6-8 chicken eggs boiled
  • Chopped cilantro for final decoration use
Aromatic base:
  • 1 tbsp dry coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp garlic cloves slice lengthwise
Pork stew combo:
  • 2 tbsp 5 spice powder
  • 1 ½ cup coconut aminos
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 ½ tbsp sliced ginger
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 whole yellow onion quartered
  • 1 whole garlic head peeled and sliced half (place them in a cheesecloth - dispose after stew)
  • 8 cups water for a 5-liter size slow cooker
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
Instructions
Make aromatic base + sear the pork:
  1. Place ingredients under “Aromatic base” in a mortar and pestle. Pound the ingredients until they are mixed well. (Alt. blend in a food processor).
  2. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a saute pan, saute the “aromatic base” until fragrant (about 2-3 min.). Pour in the slow cooker.

  3. Heat 2 tbsp coconut oil in a large size cast iron over high heat. When hot, brown the pork until light golden brown (about 5 mins). Season with a pinch of salt.
Make the stew:
  1. Add the pork to the slow cooker with aromatic base.
  2. Add all ingredients under “Pork stew combo”.
  3. Cover the pot. Cook on low for 6-8 hrs. until the pork is tender & begins to fall apart.
  4. In the meantime, boil 6-8 chicken eggs on a stovetop. When cool, peel and set aside.
Final touch:
  1. When the pork is done, add the eggs & soak them in the broth.
  2. Ladle a few spoonful of stew liquid over mixed leafy greens w/ 1 egg & some cilantro.
Recipe Notes
One important thing to note is that this is not a Western braise or stew. When you make it at home, you’ll have extra stewing liquid left. This is good because this liquid will become your master sauce for your next braise. The other way to utilize the stewing liquid is to use it as soup base. Just add more water to the soup base, and you’ll have a bowl of delicious soup in a few seconds.
Nutrition Facts
A Short Cut To Thai 5-Spice Pork Stew (Slow Cooker Recipe)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 795
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

 

 

Make these for dinner !

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