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Keto-friendly Pork Cheek with Mushrooms (Instant Pot Needed)

Louise | April 6

I think the Instant Pot is one of the blessings of our modern era! You’ll have this amazing pork cheek recipe done in no time and without much effort. Of course, if you don’t own one you can follow this recipe and use the oven, but it will take a little bit longer to get it ready. 

If you’re skeptically nodding your head when you think about pork cheek, let me tell you a few things about this animal cut:

  • It is full of collagen, which makes them really beneficial for your nutritional health; 
  • It’s super accessible price-wise and super easy to cook; 
  • It’s full of those healthy fats you want on your keto diet, while also super-rich in protein and carb-free.

… so just enjoy their benefits and do this mouth-watering pork cheek recipe at least once before you judge it as a no-go. 

You can serve this as a stand-alone dish, but if you want to garnish it with something, I strongly recommend this Keto Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice.


Keto-friendly Pork Cheek with Mushrooms (Instant Pot Needed)

  • Author: Louise Hendon
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1h 15 min
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Main


  • 4 lbs (1.8 kg) pork cheeks
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) avocado oil, to cook with
  • 1 cup (240 ml) chicken broth
  • 12 white mushrooms, halved
  • 1 large leek, cut into large chunks
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) apple cider vinegar


  1. Cut your pork cheeks into large evenly sized pieces.
  2. Add avocado oil to a large skillet and place over medium heat.  Sear the pork pieces on both sides, until they get browned. Then, place them into your Instant Pot pot.
  3. Add the chicken broth, mushrooms, leek, garlic, and apple cider vinegar. Place on the lid and lock it into the closed position. Use the “Meat and Stews” setting to cook the meat for 45-60 minutes.
  4. Take the pork pieces from the Instant Pot and cut them into small pieces (or you can shred them if preferred).
  5. Pour the rest of the cooked vegetables and all the cooking liquid that’s left in the Instant Pot into a large blender and blend to form a sauce. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste.
  6. Serve the pork with the sauce on top and enjoy.


All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.

Net Carbs per serving: 3 g


  • Calories: 469
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Fat: 32 g
  • Carbohydrates: 3 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 40 g

Louise co-founded Louise's Foods, Paleo Living Magazine, Nourishing Brands, & CoBionic. She has considerable research experience but enjoys creating products and articles that help move people just a little bit closer toward a healthy life they love.