The Instant Pot is key to achieving this tender, juicy, melt in your mouth pork tenderloin! You will love how quick and easy it is to make this fantastic meal.
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Pork Tenderloin in the Instant Pot!
Growing up a tender, moist pork tenderloin was usually reserved for a nice Sunday dinner. The hours it took to slowly roast made it perfect for a lazy weekend, but now we can enjoy this tasty meal on our busiest of days with the instant pot.
Have you used it yet? The Instant Pot is making cooking so convenient (and quick) and made the juiciest pork tenderloin.
This recipe is for pork tenderloin (long and narrow) and it can easily be confused for a pork loin (wide and thick)! Although it sounds like the same cut of meat, they are very different and are cooked differently too! For more information check out thekitchn.com.
Prepping the Meat
Begin by generously applying salt and pepper all over the pork tenderloin. Heat your Instant Pot on SAUTE mode and brown all sides of your tenderloin.
Once browned, remove the tenderloin from the Instant Pot and apply a dry rub of Herbes de Provence, garlic powder, and paprika.
However, there are lots of great seasonings that work on pork, so basically whatever you think will taste best for that. Cumin, garlic, onion powder, and chili powder are very popular! Just make sure that you over season your meat when you’re using an Instant Pot!
How to Cook Pork Tenderloin in the Instant Pot
You have prepped your meat now add your garlic to your instant pot and saute till fragrant. Then add chicken broth and deglaze your pot (scrape the browned bits from the bottom of the pot).
Add back in your tenderloin, seal your pressure cooker and select MANUAL pressure for 1 minute. Yes, that is right just 1 minute- the tenderloin will cook as your pressure cooker comes to pressure and as it releases pressure.
- Don’t do a quick release because it can result in tough meat
- Depending on the length of your pork loin you may have to cut it in ½ to help it fit in the instant pot
- If using a frozen pork tenderloin add an additional 5-10 minutes
- Alternatively, cook in the slow cooker 4-5 hours on low, after seasoning and searing the loin roast.
- Use the juices left from cooking to make a gravy-remove the tenderloin and switch your Instant Pot back to SAUTE, add a Tablespoon of flour and whisk until thickened.
Storing, Reheating + Sides
Storing: This pork tenderloin can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week in an air-tight container.
Freezing: For best results keep the pork loin frozen for up to 3 months. Longer than that can result in a change of texture.
Reheating: The easiest way to reheat it is in the microwave, however, reheated pork may be dry so I suggest saving some of the gravy to have with it, or making a new batch of gravy to go with the leftovers. When you are ready to eat it from frozen: let it thaw in the fridge the day before or overnight. Reheat it in the oven covered in foil so it doesn’t brown or become extra dry.
What to serve with it?
- Mashed Potatoes
- Maple Pecan Brussel Sprouts
- Hasselback Potatoes
- Roasted Carrots
- Almond Bacon Brussel Sprouts Salad
For more pork recipes, check out:
- Creamy Lemon Thyme Pork Chops
- Brown Sugar and Dijon Glazed Pork Tenderloin
- Crazy Delicious Pulled Pork
- Spicy Shredded Pork
Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin Recipe
- 1 pork tenderloin - (about 2-inches thick)
- salt and pepper
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves - minced
- 1/2 cup chicken broth - low-sodium
For the rub:
- 1 tsp Herbes de Provence
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/8 tsp paprika
- Generously salt and pepper the pork tenderloin. Turn Instant Pot on to SAUTE mode. Once HOT, add oil. Brown the pork tenderloin on all sides, about 2-3 minutes per side.
- Remove the pork tenderloin and rub with dry rub. Add garlic to the Instant Pot and saute for 30 seconds. Pour in chicken broth to deglaze the pan. Scrape the browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Return the tenderloin.
- Place the lid on the Instant Pot and lock. Make sure the pressure valve is switched to sealing. Select MANUAL pressure for 1 minute. The pork tenderloin will cook as the pressure comes up and down. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 15 minutes.
- Switch valve to venting if needed. Open the Instant Pot and use an instant read thermometer to check the temperature. The pork tenderloin should read 155 degrees or more.
- Remove the pork tenderloin and let rest, tented with foil on a cutting board for 5 minutes. Slice and serve immediately.