I adore the way that the instant pot cooks a pork tenderloin. Adore.
(I’m working on a bacon wrapped pork tenderloin in the Instant Pot…once I have it tweaked just right, I’ll share it!)
If you’ve ever looked at recipes for pork tenderloin or other thicker meats, you’ll find a wide range of cook times. After making several different types and kinds of roasts in the Instant Pot, I’ve settled on the following guidelines….
- Thinner (2″ diameter) pork tenderloin – 40 minutes
- Thicker pork tenderloin – 50 minutes
- Thinner beef roast – 50 minutes
- Thicker beef roast – 60 to 65 minutes
You can use these as ‘rough ranges’ of cooking times for these kinds of meats. Of course, if you slice into your meat and it’s not quite cooked through, then you can just turn the IP back on for a few more minutes to finish cooking it. It won’t take as long to come to pressure as the first round, as the heat has built up already in the food.
Also, this pork tenderloin is freezer friendly…just mix up the ingredients and freeze (without the hot water) and then you’ve got a quick meal to pull out of the freezer to cook in the Instant Pot! (More on Freezer to Instant Pot meals in my EPC101 class!)
Hope you enjoy this scrumptious and simple recipe!
Instant Pot Herbed Pork Tenderloin
- 2 lb. pork tenderloin
- 1 cup hot water
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 Tbsp minced onion
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp dried rosemary
- Fresh veggies, as side dish
- Dinner rolls, as side dish (substitute rice or gluten free toast for a completely GF meal)
- Place the pork roast into the electric pressure cooker insert with the hot water. Season with salt and pepper.
- In a small bowl, toss together the minced onion, minced garlic, dried oregano, dried basil and dried rosemary. Add the herb mixture directly onto the pork roast, pressing lightly.
- Steam valve: Sealing.
- Cook on: Manual/High for 40 minutes.
- Release: Natural or Quick.
- Once finished cooking, slice the pork roast. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Prepare veggies.
- Warm the dinner rolls.
- Serve Instant Pot Herb Pork Tenderloin with veggies and dinner rolls.
I think that this would seriously overcook the tenderloin. I used this recipe, but cooked on high pressure for FIVE minutes and it was GREAT.
Just made two. One to freeze, one to eat tonight. When I make the one I froze – 1. Do I need to thaw the pork first? 2. Are the cooking times the same? Thank you!
Loretta Spradlin says
this sounds perfect…. Does this still work if the meat is frozen?
Nancy K says
I made this and it was very tasty! Only problem is, it was kinda dry. I used a frozen tenderloin that was at least 2 plus pounds and cooked it for 50 minutes. I love the fact that I can cook it so fast from frozen but is there a way to cook it so its more moist in the instant pot
Cook for 40 minutes??
Is it 50 mins for a thick tenderloin frozen or not frozen? How long for a not frozen just incase that isn’t the answer.