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!
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.
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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The first experiment we did was way undercooked with an internal temperature of 116°F (47°C). oops… 😛
Of course, we didn’t stop here!
Check out our findings, results, & cooking tips in our cooking guide below. 🙂
Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin
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!
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.
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).
Check Pork Internal Temperature: Check pork tenderloin internal temperature at its’ thickest part - it needs to be above 142°F (61°C).
*Pro Tip: 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 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.
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.
Serve Pork Tenderloin:You did it!! Your family & guests will enjoy this Mega Juicy, Tender, Flavorful Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin!! Serve immediately & enjoy~ 🙂