Discover the Secrets to cooking Mega Juicy Tender Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin! Satisfying pork medallion bites bursting with unbelievably juicy flavors & aromatic herbs, plus a bonus hearty gravy. Super easy healthy dinner for busy nights!

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What is Pork Tenderloin?

Pork Tenderloin (aka Pork Tender, Pork Fillet) is the most tender cut of pork! It’s also lean & boneless.

Don’t be mistaken! Though Pork Tenderloin sounds similar to Pork Loin, they are not the same cut! They are actually different cuts of pork, with different shapes & sizes. So, they can’t be easily substituted in recipes.

Pork Tenderloin:

  • From Which Part of Pork? the muscle underneath the backbone (begins from below the ribs to hip area)
  • Texture & Flavor: lean, tender, mild pork flavors
  • Size & Shape: a relatively small, thin, long, round cut of pork

The challenge is that since pork tenderloin is lean & boneless, they’re easy to overcook. But this also means it’s a quick-cooking meat – extremely easy to make a quick meal.

The key is to find the right cooking time & method to not overcook it.

So, time for another Instant Pot Experiment in the Amy + Jacky Test Kitchen!! 🙂

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Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin Experiment

Check out some of the pork tenderloins we bought for the experiments.

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We needed to find the best cooking time & method for making pork tenderloin in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.

In 2011, the USDA lowered Pork’s safe cooking temperature to 145°F (63°C) from the longtime standard of 160°F (71°C).

Our Goal: Pork tenderloin at 160°F (71°C) will be very dry and tough, so our goal is to get the Pork tenderloin as close to 145°F (63°C) or “medium cooked” as possible with the Instant Pot.

Our experimental pork tenderloins are ~1.5 inches thick (as shown below).

Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin Experiment: thickness of pork tenderloin

The first experiment we did was way undercooked with an internal temperature of 116°F (47°C). oops… 😛

Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin Experiment: Best cooking time and method on how to cook pork tenderloin in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Of course, we didn’t stop here!

Check out our findings, results, & cooking tips in our cooking guide below. 🙂


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Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin

5 from 9 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 202 kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Secrets to cooking Mega Juicy Tender Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin! Satisfying pork medallion bites bursting with unbelievably juicy flavors & aromatic herbs, plus a bonus hearty gravy. Super easy healthy dinner for busy nights!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (~454g) pork tenderloin , 1.5” thick
  • 1 tablespoon (14.5g) unsalted butter or olive oil
  • 1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock
  • Salt & black pepper to taste

Dry Rub:

Thickener:

  • 2.5 tablespoons (22.5g) cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) cold water

Instructions

  1. Brown Pork Tenderloin: Heat up Instant Pot using Sauté More function. Wait until it says HOT (~8 mins). Pat dry, then generously season one side of pork tenderloin with salt + black pepper. Drizzle the inner pot with 1 tbsp unsalted butter or olive oil. Then, brown the seasoned side of pork tenderloin. Season the other side with more salt + black pepper. 

    *Pro Tip: Brown 2 sides of pork tenderloin for 2 mins per side.

  2. Pressure Cook Pork Tenderloin: Set aside the pork. Add 1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock, then deglaze the bottom of the pot. Turn off the heat briefly. In a small bowl, mix 1 tsp (0.5g) dried oregano, 1 tsp (2g) dried sage, 1 tsp (1g) dried rosemary, and 3 (14.6g) finely minced garlic cloves together. Apply Dry Rub to all sides of the browned pork tenderloin, then place pork in Instant Pot. Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 0 minute, then 15 minutes Natural Release. 


    *Note: 0 minute (zero minute) is not a typo! We're using the heat from "Pressurize" Stage & "Depressurize" Stage to cook the pork tenderloin. We tested various pork tenderloin in Instant Pot to find this best cooking time & method. Read the details here

    *Pro Tip: If your pork tenderloin is thicker than 1.5", increase the natural release time (~5 - 6 minutes per 0.5" of thickness).

  3. Check Pork Internal Temperature: Check pork tenderloin internal temperature at its’ thickest part - it needs to be above 142°F (61°C). 

    *Pro TipIf the temperature is off by more than 6°F, quickly close the lid, then let the residual heat in Instant Pot to cook the pork for a few more minutes. 

    Remove and place pork on a chopping board. After resting for 3 minutes, slice pork tenderloin in bite-size medallions.

    *Pro Tip: Pork tenderloin should be slightly pink on the inside.

  4. Bonus - Make Pork Gravy: Mix 2.5 tbsp (22.5g) cornstarch with 3 tbsp (45ml) cold water in a small mixing bowl. Add cornstarch mixture one third at a time to thicken the cooking liquid until desired thickness. Taste & adjust seasoning with more salt or soy sauce.
  5. Serve Pork Tenderloin: You did it!! Your family & guests will enjoy this Mega Juicy, Tender, Flavorful Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin!! Serve immediately & enjoy~ 🙂

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Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin
Amount Per Serving
Calories 202 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 78mg 3%
Potassium 511mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin C 1.4%
Calcium 2.1%
Iron 8.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dinner, Main
Cuisine: American
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Step-by-Step Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin Cooking Guide

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So, let’s get cooking!

Here are the ingredients for cooking Pork Tenderloin in Instant Pot:

Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin Recipe Ingredients

1

Brown Pork Tenderloin


Heat up Instant Pot using Sauté More function.

*Tip: For older version, press “Saute” button, then “Adjust” button. For newer version, press “Saute” button twice.

Instant Pot Saute More Function

Wait until it says HOT (takes roughly 8 minutes).

*Pro Tip: You really want the Instant Pot to be as hot as it can be for the maillard reaction.

Pat dry, then generously season one side of the pork tenderloin with salt + black pepper.

Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin: generously season pork tenderloin with salt and black pepper

Drizzle the inner pot with 1 tbsp unsalted butter or olive oil. Then, brown the seasoned side of pork tenderloin in Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin: saute pork tenderloin in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Season the other side of pork tenderloin with more salt + black pepper.

Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin: saute pork tenderloin in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

*Pro Tip: Brown the two sides of pork tenderloin in Instant Pot for 2 minutes per side.

2

Pressure Cook Pork Tenderloin


Set aside the pork tenderloin.

Add 1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock, then deglaze the bottom of the pot. Turn off the heat briefly.

Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin: deglaze Instant Pot Pressure Cooker inner pot with wooden spoon

In a small bowl, mix 1 tsp (0.5g) dried oregano, 1 tsp (2g) dried sage, 1 tsp (1g) dried rosemary, and 3 (14.6g) finely minced garlic cloves together.

Apply the Dry Rub to all sides of the browned pork tenderloin.

Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin: make easy dry rub, then apply on browned pork tenderloin

Place the pork tenderloin in Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin: pressure cook pork tenderloin in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Close lid and turn Venting Knob to Sealing position.

  • Pressure Cooking Method: Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 0 minute (zero minute), then 15 minutes Natural Release

*Note: 0 minute (zero minute) is not a typo! We’re using the heat from “Pressurize” Stage & “Depressurize” Stage to cook the pork tenderloin.

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker High Pressure 0 Minute

*Pro Tip: If your pork tenderloin is thicker than 1.5″, increase the natural release time. I would say ~5 – 6 minutes per 0.5″ of thickness.

After 15 minutes, turn the Venting Knob to Venting position.

Open the lid carefully.

3

Check Pork Tenderloin Internal Temperature


Check pork tenderloin internal temperature at its’ thickest part with an accurate thermometer.

*Pro Tip: The USDA recommends 145°F (63°C), but in my opinion, it is okay if it is above 142°F (61°C) because some restaurants take the pork tenderloin out at roughly 140°F (60°C).

Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin: measure pork tenderloin internal temperature in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

If the temperature is off by more than 6°F, quickly close the lid, then let the residual heat in Instant Pot to cook the pork tenderloin for a few more minutes.

For reference, one of our thicker pork tenderloin record at 128°F (53°C), then it went up to 145°F (63°C) in roughly 5 minutes.

Our first pork tenderloin (below photo) recorded at 143°F (62°C), then jumped to 150°F (66°C) after resting for 3 minutes.

Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin: pork tenderloin internal temperature measurement changes after resting

Our second pork tenderloin (below photo) recorded at 146°F (63°C), then jumped to 154°F (68°C) after resting for 3 minutes.

Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin: pork tenderloin internal temperature measurement changes after resting

Remove and place pork tenderloin on a chopping board.

After resting for 3 minutes, slice Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin with a sharp knife into bite-size medallions (as shown in below photo).

Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin: slice pork tenderloin in bite size medallions

*Pro Tip: The pork tenderloin should be slightly pink on the inside (as shown in above photo).

Don’t worry! It is fine in this modern world! 🙂

4

Bonus: Make Pork Gravy


You can use cornstarch to thicken the pork yumminess cooking liquid and serve it as gravy. It has some amazing flavors from the pork tenderloin and herbs.

Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin: thicken pork gravy with cornstarch mixture

Mix 2.5 tbsp (22.5g) cornstarch with 3 tbsp (45ml) cold water in a small mixing bowl.

Add the cornstarch mixture one third at a time to thicken the pork & herb mixture until desired thickness.

Taste and adjust seasoning with more salt or soy sauce.

5

Serve Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin


Ta da! You did it!! Easy peasy.

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Your family & guests will enjoy this Mega Juicy, Tender, & Flavorful Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin!!

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Pork tenderloin should be served immediately. Don’t forget the yummy gravy. 🙂

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Enjoy your Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin!~ 🙂


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