Pork Souvlaki with Lemon Dill Sauce in an Instant Pot® pressure cooker – www.instantlydelicious.com – Instantly Delicious

On the weekends, I rarely cook.  We go out to dinner or order takeout.  One restaurant on our usual rotation is a Greek diner that serves gyros, roasted chicken, and souvlaki.  Souvlaki is little skewers of chicken or pork that have been grilled and are served with warm pita bread and tzatziki sauce. This past weekend, we were knee deep in school plays, homework, and crappy weather, so we stayed home and I made pork souvlaki in the Instant Pot®.
The pork (or chicken) needs to marinate for at least 4-6 hours, up to overnight.  This allows the lemony flavor to penetrate the meat. Because pork loin is very lean, it cooks quickly. I like to run the finished pork under the broiler for a bit more color before serving in warm pita with cool and creamy lemon, dill sauce.
​Pork Souvlaki with Lemon Dill Sauce
Serves 8


​2 pound pork loin, cut into 1-inch cubes
​1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
​1 teaspoon dried oregano
​2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup water


​1. Combine 1/4 cup of olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, oregano and garlic in a gallon storage bag or container. Mix well.  Add cubed pork and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours.

2. Set the Instant Pot® to saute and heat 1 tablespoon of oil, until shimmering.  Add the pork cubes 1/3 at a time to brown for about 4 minutes. Remove batch to a plate before adding the next batch.

​3. Return the browned pork to the Instant Pot® pressure cooker, cover with any remaining marinade and 1/2 cup of water. Set the pot to manual – high pressure, adjusting the time for 11 minutes.  Make sure the valve is set to sealing.  When finished, turn the valve to venting for a quick pressure release.

​4. Prepare a sheet pan with foil and place meat in a single layer under a broiler for 3-4 minutes. This will allow the pork to brown slightly.

​5. Serve in white or whole wheat pitas with lemon dill sauce, tomatoes, red onion, and baby greens.

Lemon Dill Sauce:
​​1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (regular plain will work, too)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
​1 teaspoon dried dill
1/2 teaspoon salt


​Mix all ingredients in a small bowl, cover, and refrigerate.

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