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Juicy and Tender Pork Tenderloin

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Pork tenderloin is one of the most tender cuts of pork. However, it can still get tough if cooked incorrectly. That’s why I love my Instant Pot! This Garlic Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin comes out juicy, tender, and it’s packed full of flavor!

If you want to cook pork tenderloin, you may want to pair it with Vinegar Coleslawand tasty Hawaiian Buns. Making pork tenderloin has never been easier!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Other than a beautifully juicy and delicious slice of pork tenderloin, there are other reasons you are going to love this recipe. Here are just a few:

  • Simple ingredients: You don’t need extravagant ingredients for this pork tenderloin recipe. In fact, all the ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.
  • Dinner is on the table in a jiffy. Pork tenderloins only takes 30 minutes to pressure cook. This means you can throw it in and have dinner ready in a hurry.
  • Goes perfectly with any side. This garlic pork tenderloin goes perfectly with almost any side you choose.
Instant Pot Garlic Pork Tenderloin

Recipe Ingredients

For this recipe, you just need simple ingredients. In fact, you probably already have all these ingredients at your disposal.

  • Pork tenderloin: This recipe calls for a 3 pound slab of pork tenderloin. However, keep in mind that even if you have more, you can still follow the recipe.
  • Olive oil: You can use olive oil, vegetable oil, or even butter to sauté your tenderloin. Olive oil is a healthier option. You will also need butter to season your tenderloin.
  • Seasonings: Pull out the salt and pepper for this recipe.
  • Broth: You need a liquid for the Instant Pot to come to pressure. I find chicken broth makes meats juicier and more tender, but you can use water if you don’t have any.
  • Garlic: Garlic is the ingredient that gives pork tenderloin recipes like this an enhanced flavor
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How To Make Instant Pot Garlic Pork Tenderloin?

This recipe is one of the simplest ones you can make. It’s perfect choice for beginners. Just follow the steps below for a juicy tenderloin everyone will love.

Step 1: Set Your Instant Pot To Sauté

First, place oil in the Instant Pot and push the sauté or sear button.

Step 2: Season The Tenderloin

Next, pat dry your pork tenderloin. Rub butter all over the tenderloin. Then, season it with salt, pepper and minced garlic.

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Step 3: Sauté The Tenderloin

When the oil is hot, place the pork tenderloin in the Instant Pot and brown on each side, about 3-4 minutes each before flipping.

Step 4: Pressure Cook

Once the pork tenderloin is browned all over, turn off the sauté mode and add 1/2 cup broth or water. Secure the lid, put the valve on the lid to the “sealing” position, and cook on high pressure for 30 minutes.

Step 5: Natural Release

When the pressure cooking time ends, allow the pressure to release naturally. All you have to do is wait until the metal pin on the Instant Pot lid drops and the lid unlocks.

Serve and Enjoy!

Instant Pot Garlic Pork Tenderloin


  • Garlic: Switch the minced garlic cloves for garlic powder for a similar flavor.
  • Broth: We add chicken broth to this recipe but feel free to use any kind of broth.


Here are some variations for pressure cooking tender pork tenderloin with different flavor profiles:

  • Citrus Marinated Pork Tenderloin: Marinate the pork in a mixture of orange juice, lime juice, garlic, and cilantro for a zesty and refreshing twist.
  • Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin: Brush the pork with a glaze made of honey, garlic, and a touch of balsamic vinegar for a sweet and tangy flavor.
  • Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin: Coat the pork in a mixture of chopped fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, and parsley for a savory and aromatic crust.
  • Asian Pork Tenderloin: Cover the pork loin roast with soy sauce and garlic for an Asian twist.

What To Serve With This Recipe?

How To Store Pork Tenderloin?

  • Cooling: Allow the cooked pork tenderloin to cool to room temperature for about 30 minutes before storing.
  • Refrigeration: Wrap the cooked pork tenderloin tightly with plastic wrap or transfer it to an airtight container. Refrigerate within 2 hours of cooking to prevent bacterial growth. Consume within 3-4 days for optimal freshness.
  • Freezing: For longer storage, freeze the cooked pork tenderloin. Wrap it securely in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, or place it in a freezer-safe bag or container. Label with the freezing date and store for up to 2-3 months.
  • Thawing: When ready to enjoy frozen pork tenderloin, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight. Reheat it promptly and ensure it reaches a safe internal temperature before consuming.
Instant Pot Garlic Pork Tenderloin


Pork Tenderloin or Pork Loin?

Although these sound similar, the cuts of meat are completely different. Please do not confuse the pork tenderloin with a pork loin. This recipe calls for pork tenderloin. A tenderloin is a narrow, boneless cut of meat that comes from the muscle that runs along the back bone. A pork loin is a fat bone-in or boneless cut of meat that comes from the animals butt. The cook time is

Should Pork Tenderloin Be Cooked Fast or Slow?

Most meats need to be cooked slow for tenderness, but NOT pork tenderloin. It is already one of the most tender cuts of pork, but it can get tough if you overcook it. That’s why cooking pork tenderloin in your Instant Pot is the perfect option. It cooks it fast, but still keeps all the juices in making it tender and delicious.

Can I Cook Tenderloin From Frozen?

The best thing about using your Instant pot is it’s ability to cook any meat from frozen. However, it is important to keep in mind that you will need to cook it longer if you are cooking it from frozen. For this recipe, you will want to cook frozen tenderloin for 60 minutes instead of 30. You can follow this Frozen Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin recipe as well.

Can I Marinate Pork Tenderloin Overnight?

Yes, marinating pork tenderloin overnight allows it to absorb flavors more deeply. Store it in the refrigerator in a sealed container or a zip-top bag.

Can I Stuff Pork Tenderloin?

Yes, pork tenderloin can be butterflied and stuffed with various ingredients like herbs, cheese, or fruits for added flavor.

Can I Slice Pork Tenderloin Before Cooking?

While it’s typically cooked whole, you can slice pork tenderloin into medallions or butterfly it for quicker cooking. Adjust cooking times accordingly.

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Instant Pot Garlic Pork Tenderloin

Yield: 3-4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This Pork Tenderloin Recipe will never be the same once you cooked this on Instant Pot and follow this recipe.


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 3lb pork tenderloin
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 Tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup broth or water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Parsley, optional for garnish


  1. Place oil in the Instant Pot and set to saute.
  2. Pat dry your pork tenderloin, season with salt and pepper, and rub all over with butter and minced garlic.
  3. When the oil is hot, place the pork tenderloin in the Instant Pot and brown on each side, about 3-4 minutes each before flipping.
  4. Once the pork tenderloin is browned all over, turn off the saute mode and add 1/2 cup broth or water.
  5. Secure the lid and cook on meat setting for 30 minutes.
  6. Natural release.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 910Total Fat: 43gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 373mgSodium: 541mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 120g

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