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Authentic Tonkatsu Instant Pot Ramen

Once upon a time, I used to think that ramen only came in a pack. And while the instant ramen craze was a staple during my college days, I’ve since explored some homemade ramen recipes. This authentic tonkatsu instant pot ramen recipe is great for when the Asian cravings hit. The pork broth is made with just real pork bones and a few other ingredients, and the chashu pork on top just seals the deal. Definitely give this a try if you’re a fan of Japanese food.

Tonkatsu Instant Pot Ramen

The Most Authentic Instant Pot Ramen Recipe That I’ve Ever Tried

The recipe features a pork broth that is made using real pork bones plus a few other savory ingredients. And when you add in the chashu pork? It just seals the deal, every time. If you’re at all a fan of Japanese dishes, then you definitely owe it to yourself to give this ramen recipe a try.

Tonkatsu Instant Pot Ramen

Craving for More Instant Pot Ramen Noodle Recipes?

If you’re looking for more dishes similar to this tonkatsu ramen, don’t worry because there are still plenty of other great instant pot ramen recipes for you to try out. Here are five of my personal favorites from some of my favorite instant pot blogs around the web:

What makes this particular recipe so great is the fact that not only are you making everything from scratch, but it’s also super easy to prepare since you’ll be using an instant pot. So definitely keep it bookmarked if you want a home-cooked meal that you and the family can enjoy.

Tonkatsu Instant Pot Ramen

Tonkatsu Instant Pot Ramen

Tonkatsu Instant Pot Ramen

The first thing that you’ll have to do when making this recipe is to prepare the pork broth. After getting your broth sorted, you’ll want to add 6-8 spring onions, three crushed garlic cloves, one small onion, and four slices of fresh ginger. As you can probably guess from reading that list of ingredients, this is one tasty pork broth indeed.

With the broth out of the way, you can either refrigerate it or freeze it until you’re ready to use it.

You can now turn your attention to making the chashu pork by taking your pork belly and rolling it into a log. Tie it off using butcher twine and then place it inside the instant pot with your soy sauce, ginger, water, sake, mirin and garlic.

Tonkatsu Instant Pot Ramen

Tonkatsu Instant Pot Ramen

Tonkatsu Instant Pot Ramen

Pressure cook the above ingredients for 90 minutes and then remove the pork from the instant pot. After washing and drying the insert, put it back into the pot, add in three tablespoons of your preferred cooking oil, and then add the pork back in, searing all of the sides until it’s golden brown. Leave the pork to cool off completely before slicing it.

As far as the ramen goes, simply cook the noodles according to the package instructions and then divide your noodles amongst your bowls.

Next, use a large saucepan and bring your tonkatsu broth to a simmer before ladling into each of your bowls. Finally, you can go ahead and top each of the bowls with two slices of chashu pork, half of a whole egg, some sliced shiitake mushroom, pieces of nori, and sliced spring onion.

Tonkatsu Instant Pot Ramen

Is This Recipe Keto Friendly?

Unfortunately, if you’re following the ketogenic diet (or another type of similar low carb diet plan), this particular recipe is decidedly not keto friendly as it currently is.

With a few clever ingredient tweaks though, you can definitely turn this ramen dish into a keto friendly meal. Here are 11 great low carb noodle replacements that you can use to swap out the ramen noodles in this recipe. I’m certain that you’ll be able to find at least one that you’ll love!

Tonkatsu Instant Pot Ramen

Can This Instant Ramen Be Stored in the Freezer?

We recommend freezing the noodles separately. Don’t combine it with the broth and freeze them together. For firm noodles every time, simply defrost the broth and cook a fresh batch of ramen noodles upon serving.

When refrigerating, we also recommend separating the noodles from the broth. If you leave the noodles in, it will absorb the broth, leaving you with dry noodles. Still delicious, but probably not what you had in mind for ramen!

Tonkatsu Instant Pot Ramen

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Tonkatsu Instant Pot Ramen

Authentic Tonkatsu Instant Pot Ramen

  • Author: Anna - MissWish.com
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 hours
  • Total Time: 5 hours, 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
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Ingredients

For the broth:

2 pounds pork bones

68 spring onions

3 garlic cloves, crushed

1 small onion

4 slices fresh ginger

For the chashu pork:

1 pound pork belly, skin on

½ cup soy sauce

4 slices fresh ginger

1 cup water

½ cup cooking sake

½ cup mirin

4 garlic, crushed

1 leek, washed well and chopped

3 tbsp oil

The rest of ingredients:

4 soft-boiled egg

2 sliced spring onions

1 pound fresh ramen noodles

4 cooked shiitake mushrooms, sliced (optional)

nori sheet cut into 4 strips

Instructions

  1. To make the broth, add the pork bones to the Instant pot.
  2. Close and seal the Instant pot.
  3. Turn the venting knob to SEALING.
  4. Press PRESSURE COOK button and check to make sure the pressure level shows as “High” on the display.
  5. Adjust the timer to 1 minute.
  6. When finished cooking, quick release pressure according to manufacturer’s directions.
  7. Open the lid.
  8. Drain the bones and rinse under cold water.
  9. Scrub any scum off the bones, then put them back in the Instant pot.
  10. Add the spring onions, garlic, ginger and 8 cups of water.
  11. Close and seal the Instant pot.
  12. Turn the venting knob to SEALING.
  13. Press PRESSURE COOK button and check to make sure the pressure level shows as “High” on the display.
  14. Adjust the timer to 3 hours.
  15. When finished cooking, release pressure naturally according to manufacturer’s directions.
  16. Open the lid.
  17. Strain the broth using a fine strainer.
  18. Season with salt to taste.
  19. Refrigerate (or freeze) the broth until ready to use.
  20. To make the Chashu Pork, roll the pork belly into a log and tie with butcher twine.
  21. In the Instant pot place the rolled pork belly, soy sauce, sake, mirin, leek, ginger slices, garlic and water.
  22. Close and seal the Instant pot.
  23. Turn the venting knob to SEALING.
  24. Press PRESSURE COOK button and check to make sure the pressure level shows as “High” on the display.
  25. Adjust the timer to 90 minutes.
  26. When finished cooking, quick release pressure according to manufacturer’s directions.
  27. Open the lid.
  28. Remove the pork belly from the pot.
  29. Wash and dry the Instant pot insert.
  30. Return the pot insert into the Instant Pot.
  31. Press the SAUTE button on the Instant Pot and let stand until screen reads “HOT”.
  32. Add the oil.
  33. Add the pork and sear all sides until it’s golden brown.
  34. Remove the pork from the pot and allow to cool completely before slicing.( For the best results refrigerate the pork overnight.)
  35. To assemble the ramen, cook the noodles according to the package instructions and divide among bowls.
  36. In a large saucepan, bring the tonkotsu broth to a simmer.
  37. Ladle the broth into the bowls.
  38. Top each bowl with 2 slices of Chashu Pork, egg halves, sliced shiitake mushroom, pieces of nori and sliced spring onion.

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