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Instant Pot and Air Fried Cuban Pork Chunks (Masitas de Puerco)

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Masitas de Puerco, or Fried Pork Chunks, is one of my favorite Cuban dishes. Traditionally it is made by boiling marinated pieces of pork in a large pot of water and lard. The boiling water tenderizes the meat and once the water has evaporated and boiled off, the lard is left in the pot and then the pork is fried in that fat until it is crispy. It’s an ingenious method of cooking and is the perfect way to get juicy pork with a crispy crunchy outside. However, this method takes quite a bit of time and I have to admit I have never tried doing it this way because I was always so intimidated. So it was always a dish I saved for ordering at restaurants or left to my elders who really knew what they were doing. Until now!

Over the years I worked on lots of pork recipes for the Instant Pot and I always loved how it could tenderize pork so quickly. I realized that the Instant Pot could easily take the place of the boiling aspect of this recipe. But I was not sure how to simulate the frying. As son as the Vortex Plus/Omni came out it solved all my problems. By combining the Instant Pot and the Instant Air Fryers, I could convert this wonderful recipe into a weeknight meal that took less time, was much healthier, but still had the same flavor and texture as the original.

Here is my video tutorial :

If you want to make your own Cuban Seasonings, this video tutorial will show you how. 

Instant Pot and  Air Fried Cuban Pork Chunks

Recipe by Lana Horruitiner Perez

  • 2 – 2 1/2 lbs Country Style Pork Ribs, boneless (you can use other boneless pork cuts, but it is important to make sure you use cuts that have good distribution of fat.)
    • You can make this from frozen. The video below shows you how to do this. I cut the Country Ribs into 1 inch chunks and place them in a ziploc bag and freeze. Then I can dump them, frozen, into the IP and cook.
  • 1 cup  Mojo Marinade (I prefer La Lechonera brand. It’s really the best, but you can use whatever brand you like. If you want to make your Mojo from scratch, you can find a homemade recipe here.)
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/2 sliced Onion
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced

or

You can opt out of marinating ahead of time and just add the following to the Instant Pot along with the pork…..

  • 1 cup Mojo Marinade
  • 1/2 cup Water

Seasoning for Air Fryer

  • 2 Tbl Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Tbl Sazon Completa seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 Lime (this is squeezed over the pork when done just before serving.)

**You can use this method of cooking the Pork with your own marinade and seasoning.**


Cut the boneless Country Style Pork meat into 2 inch chunks and place in a Gallon Ziploc bag. DO NOT trim off the fat.

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Your meat can be frozen or thawed. It just needs to be able to be cut into chunks.

Slice 1/2 of an Onion and 3 minced cloves of Garlic, and add to the Ziploc bag.

Pour 1 cup Mojo Marinade and 1/2 cup cold Water into the Ziploc bag with Pork, Onion, and Garlic, and marinade in the fridge for 24 hours (you can marinade for a minimum of 4 hours but longer is better). **You can skip this part and not marinade if you choose.**

When done marinating and ready to cook, pour the entire contents of the Ziploc bag into your Instant Pot.

or

If you do not marinade the pork, add the fresh or frozen pork chunks to the Instant Pot and add 1 cup of Mojo and 1/2 cup of Water.

Lock the Instant Pot Lid into place and make sure the Valve is set to the Sealed position. Pressure cook on High for 22 mins(25 mins if cooking from forzen) and allow to Natural Pressure Release completely which will take 15-20 mins.20191016_180558

While the Pork is cooking, in a small bowl mix together 2 Tbl Olive Oil, 1/2 Tbl Sazon Completa seasoning, and 1/4 tsp Salt. Set aside.

When the Pork is done cooking and all the pressure is released, using tongs, transfer the Pork to a plate lined with paper towel. Pat the Pork dry and let sit, the drier it is the better it will crisp up in the oven.  Drizzle the Olive Oil and Seasoning mixture over the Pork and gently toss to coat all the Pork.

Air Frying in Instant Omni/Omni Plus

Preheat the Omni on Air Fry at 450 degrees.

Place the pieces of Pork on the Air Fry basket tray that comes with the Omni. Leave space between the pieces.

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Place the drip pan on the very lower level and the baking rack on the middle level of the Omni. Place the Air Fry Basket Tray on the Baking Tray.pork in omni

Preheat the Omni by selecting Air Fry at 450 degree F for 8 mins. (the picture shows 10 mins and 425, but I only cooked them for 8 mins on 450.) You do not need to flip. 

Air Frying in Instant Vortex Plus

Place the Pork on the Slotted Baking Tray.

Preheat the Vortex Plus on Air Fry at 400 degrees for 10 mins.

Add the tray of Pork to the middle position. If you need to use 2 trays, place one tray on the bottom position and one tray in the middle position. Rotate halfway through cooking.

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Air Frying with Instant Lid or Mealthy CrispLid

Place the pork on the trivet or broiler tray in a cleaned and empty Instant Pot. 

Add the Air Fryer Lid and cook on AF at 400 degrees F for 8 mins, flipping 1/2 way.

Once the Pork is done Air Frying and the outside of the Pork is golden brown, remove to a bowl or serving plater. Squeeze with Lime and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Serve.

Buen Provecho! Please Rate this recipe using the Stars below. Thank You!

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Instant Pot and Air Fryer Cuban Pork Chunks (Masitas de Puerco)

Masitas de Puerco, or Fried Pork Chunks, is one of my favorite Cuban dishes. Traditionally it is made by boiling marinaded pieces of pork in a large pot of water and lard. The boiling water tenderizes the meat and once the water has evaporated and boiled off, the lard is left in the pot and then the pork is fried in that fat until it is crispy. By combining the Instant Pot and the Instant Air Fryers, I could convert this wonderful recipe into a weeknight meal that took less time, was much healthier, but still had the same flavor and texture as the original.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Marinade Time1 d
Total Time1 d 1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Cuban
Keyword: country style ribs, Instant Air Fryer, Instant Omni, Instant Omni Plus, Instant Pot, masitas de puerco, pork
Servings: 6
Calories: 351kcal

Equipment

  • Electric Pressure Cooker
  • Air Fryer Oven
  • Ziploc Bag

Ingredients

Marinade

  • lb Country Style Pork Ribs boneless
  • 1 cup Mojo
  • ½ cup Water
  • ½ Onion sliced
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced

Seasoning for Air Frying

  • 2 Tbl Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Tbl Sazon Completa
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 Lime

Instructions

Marinade

  • Cut the boneless Country Style Pork meat into 2 inch chunks and place in a Gallon Ziploc bag. DO NOT trim off the fat.
  • Slice 1/2 of an Onion and 3 minced cloves of Garlic, and add to the Ziploc bag.
  • Pour 1 cup Mojo Marinade and 1/2 cup cold Water into the Ziploc bag with Pork, Onion, and Garlic, and marinade in the fridge for 24 hours (you can marinade for a minimum of 4 hours but longer is better).
  • When done marinading and ready to cook, pour the entire contents of the Ziploc bag into your Instant Pot. Lock the Instant Pot Lid into place and make sure the Valve is set to the Sealed position. Pressure cook on High for 22 mins and allow to Natural Pressure Release completely which will take 15-20 mins.
  • While the Pork is cooking, in a small bowl mix together 2 Tbl Olive Oil, 1/2 Tbl Sazon Completa seasoning, and 1/4 tsp Salt. Set aside.
  • When the Pork is done cooking and all the pressure is released, using tongs, transfer the Pork to a plate lined with paper towel. Pat the Pork dry and let sit, the drier it is the better it will crisp up int he oven.  Drizzle the Olive Oil and Seasoning mixture over the Pork and gently toss to coat all the Pork.

For Air Frying in Omni/Omni Plus

  • Preheat the Omni on Air Fry at 450 degrees.
    Place the pieces of Pork on the Air Fry basket tray that comes with the Omni. Leave space between the pieces.
    Place the drip pan on the very lower level and the baking rack on the middle level of the Omni. Place the Air Fry Basket Tray on the Baking Tray.
    Preheat the Omni by selecting Air Fry at 450 degree F for 8 mins. (the picture shows 10 mins and 425, but I only cooked them for 8 mins on 450.) You do not need to flip. 

For Air Frying in Vortex Plus

  • Place the Pork on the Slotted Baking Tray.
    Preheat the Vortex Plus on Air Fry at 400 degrees for 10 mins.
    Add the tray of Pork to the middle position. If you need to use 2 trays, place one tray on the bottom position and one tray in the middle position. Rotate halfway through cooking.
  • Once the Pork is done Air Frying and the outside of the Pork is golden brown, remove to a bowl or serving plater. Squeeze with Lime and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Serve.
    Buen Provecho!
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Amanda

5 stars
Absolutely delicious!!

Charlie

Wow, this recipe looks amazing!! I bet it tastes great too. I can’t believe that you can do the whole thing in the air fryer, wow, that is so easy! Cheers for sharing

Andre Hedges

Quick question when do u use the oil and seasoning mixture, when using the air fryer? I just see it being used for the pressure cooker. Please make the instruction clear. Its very confusing, it says for use with air fryer, but your instructions only state its being used for the pressure cooker after they come out. So is it not used for the fryer. Do I just put the marinaded chunks in the air fryer?

Andre Hedges

5 stars
Thankyou!!!

Lesley

5 stars

5 stars
Masitas de Puerco is my Husband’s Favorite Cuban dish. He loved this! We all did. I marinated and cook in in Instant Pot as directed, only released pressure after 10 minutes. Only had 1.5 lbs of pork. Could have eaten it then. Drizzled the oil mix over the pork so as not to break it up and cooked in Breville oven on Airfry for 10 minutes. Crispy, tender and moist. Drizzled the onions over and served the cooking au jus on the side. This is a keeper!!