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Stuffed Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin

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This Stuffed Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin recipe can be cooked with ease in the Instant Pot. The honey glaze and apples add to the delicate flavours of this tenderloin pork and it’s one recipe you will love.

Pork tenderloin recipes pair well with Mashed Potatoes or Smoked Potatoes. Cooking pork tenderloin has never been easier!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Dynamic Spice Fusion: Chipotle pepper and cumin create a balanced, smoky heat, enhancing the pork’s flavor.
  • Harmonious Ingredients: Sweetness from apples and savory depth from onions complement the tender pork, appealing to diverse tastes.
  • Effortless Instant Pot Prep: With minimal hands-on time, this Instant Pot Tenderloin recipe delivers succulent and flavorful pork, perfect for busy days.
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Recipe Ingredients

  • Olive oil: Provides a flavorful base for cooking and enhances the tenderness of the pork tenderloin.
  • Pork tenderloin: The star ingredient, lean and tender, absorbing the flavors of the spices and seasonings during cooking.
  • Chipotle pepper: Adds a smoky and spicy kick, imparting depth and heat to the pork.
  • Cumin: Infuses warm and earthy tones, complementing the chipotle pepper and enhancing the overall flavor profile.
  • Salt, to taste: Enhances the natural flavors of the pork and spices, ensuring a well-seasoned dish.
  • Apples, thinly sliced: Introduces sweetness and a fruity component that pairs well with the savory and spicy elements of the dish.
  • Onions, chopped into large segments and separated: Adds layers of flavor and texture, becoming caramelized during cooking.
  • Broth or cold water: Creates moisture and helps prevent the pork from drying out, contributing to a succulent final result.
  • Honey, to taste (for drizzling): Offers a touch of sweetness, balancing the spiciness and adding a glossy finish to the pork.
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How To Cook Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin

Here are the step by step instructions to cook pork tenderloin in the Instant Pot:

Step One: Season Pork

Place 2 Tablespoons of olive oil in the pressure cooker and set to the saute function. Pat dry your pork tenderloin, and season pork with salt, chipotle pepper and cumin.

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Step Two: Brown Pork

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

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Step Three: Rest Pork And Cook Onions

Once the pork tenderloin is browned all over, remove to a plate covered with paper towels and set aside to let the pork rest. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the Instant Pot.

Add the onions and one of the sliced apples to the Instant Pot.

Cook until onions are translucent, stirring occasionally.

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Step Four: Stuff Juicy Pork Tenderloin

Carefully place shallow cuts into the pork tenderloin ever 1/4″ to 1/2″. Insert an apple slice into each cut.

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Step Five: Pressure Cook Pork Tenderloin

Once the apple-onion medley is done cooking, turn off the Instant Pot and place the pork overtop.Add 1/2 cup of cool water or broth.

Secure the lid and cook on meat setting for 30 minutes of pressure cooking time.

Step Six: Natural Release Pressure

Natural release. Check the internal temperature of the pork with a meat thermometer to make sure it is cooked.

Step Seven Garnish And Serve

Drizzle the honey over the top of the tender pork tenderloin before serving. This honey pork tenderloin is delicious and one the whole family will love.

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Cooking Tips

  • Searing For Flavor: Before cooking tenderloin it is important to sear on saute mode. Searing creates a flavorful crust, locking in juices and enhancing the overall taste of the pork tenderloin.
  • Rest Meat: Allow tenderloin to rest after removing it from heat. Resting allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a more flavorful and tender final product. Aim for a resting period of about 5-10 minutes before slicing or serving.

Variations

  • Classic Apple-Cinnamon Twist: Tenderloin stuffed with a mix of diced apples, cinnamon, and brown sugar, creating a sweet and spiced flavor profile.
  • Savory Apple and Sage Infusion: An herby stuffing blend of diced apples, sage, and breadcrumbs adds a savory element to the tenderloin, balancing sweetness with a touch of earthiness.
  • Garlic Powder and Herb Delight: A stuffing mix of diced apples seasoned with garlic powder and aromatic herbs, creating a savory and flavorful alternative to the traditional sweet stuffing.
  • Brie and Cranberry Elegance: Elevate the dish with a stuffing of Brie cheese and dried cranberries, adding a creamy and tangy burst to each slice of tenderloin.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

  • Fridge: Place the leftover pork tenderloin in an airtight container or plastic bag and store it in the refrigerator for up to three days.
  • Freeze: Tenderloin may also be frozen whole or cut into cubes. Wrap the tenderloin and sauce in freezer bags, pushing out as much air as possible, then freeze for 2 to 3 months.
  • Reheat: To reheat, first thaw the tenderloin in the refrigerator. Place the slices on a skillet with a lid and warm them over medium heat in the oven until heated through.
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What To Serve With This Recipe?

Here are some sides to serve with your Pork Tenderloin dish.

  • Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes: Creamy cauliflower mashed potatoes offer a delightful twist on the classic, providing a velvety texture with a hint of cauliflower goodness.
  • Instant Pot Apple Butter: A sweet and spiced Instant Pot apple butter adds a burst of fruity flavor, balancing the savory notes of pork tenderloin with its smooth consistency.
  • Lightly Seasoned Green Beans, Zucchini and Corn: A medley of lightly seasoned green beans, zucchini, and corn presents a vibrant and refreshing side, enhancing the meal with a burst of color and freshness.
  • Asparagus Bundles Wrapped in Bacon: Indulge in savory elegance with asparagus bundles wrapped in bacon. The crisp bacon complements the tender asparagus, creating a delightful combination of textures and flavors.
  • Roasted Carrots with a Dijon Glaze: Enjoy the sweet and savory harmony of roasted carrots with a Dijon glaze, adding a touch of sophistication to your plate with their caramelized goodness.

FAQ’S

Is Pork Tenderloin a Good Cut of Meat?

This is an easy pork tenderloin Instant Pot recipe and only takes around 40 minutes to saute and pressure cook.
Yes, pork tenderloin is a great cut of meat. Known for it’s tenderness and delicious flavour tenderloin is a popular meat for grilling, searing, roasting and slicing.

How Long Does Tenderloin Take To Cook In Instant Pot?

This is an easy pork tenderloin Instant Pot recipe and only takes around 40 minutes to saute and pressure cook.

Can I Use Kosher Salt?

Kosher salt is a coarse, flaky salt, which contains only natural minerals. It has no additives and is very appealing to many chefs due to its clean taste. It can be used in place of regular salt without any issues.

Can You Use Frozen Pork Tenderloin In This Instant Pot Recipe?

Yes, absolutely! No need to defrost the tenderloin before cooking.

What Is The Difference Between Pork Tenderloin and Pork Loin Roast?

Pork tenderloin is thinner and smaller, whereas a loin is considerably broader and steak-like.

You also prepare these two meats in different ways, and they have different cooking times. Pork tenderloins are wonderful for marinades and low-and-slow cooking. A pork loin may be grilled or simmered on the stove, but it is easily overcooked.

Pork tenderloin is the most tender cut of pork. Tenderloin or pork fillet as it is sometimes called is a cut from the rear end of the loin.

The tenderloin muscle runs along the spine of the pig and is not tough or hard as it isn’t used for walking or large body movements. 

Can I Use Chicken Broth Instead Of Water?

Yes, simply replace the water in the pot with chicken broth for a different flavor profile. Whilst this recipe works well with chicken broth it does not taste great with soy sauce in my opinion.

Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin With Honey

Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin With Honey

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

Stuffed Instant Pot tenderloin with honey is delicious and tasty and simple to make

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 3lb pork tenderloin
  • 1 Tablespoon chipotle pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 apples, sliced thinly
  • 2 onions, chopped into large segments and separated
  • 1/2 cup broth or water
  • Honey, to taste (for drizzling)

Instructions

  1. Place 2 Tablespoons of olive oil in the Instant Pot and set to "sauté". Pat dry your pork tenderloin, season with salt, chipotle pepper and cumin.
  2. 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.
  3. Once the pork tenderloin is browned all over, remove to a plate and set aside. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the Instant Pot.
  4. Add the onions and one of the sliced apples to the Instant Pot. Cook until onions are translucent, stirring occasionally.
  5. Carefully place shallow cuts into the pork tenderloin ever 1/4″ to 1/2″. Insert an apple slice into each cut.
  6. Once the apple-onion medley is done cooking, turn off the instant pot and place the pork overtop. then add 1/2 cup of water or broth.
  7. Secure the lid and cook on meat setting for 30 minutes. Natural release. Drizzle the honey over the top of the pork before serving.

Notes

Searing For Flavor: Before cooking tenderloin it is important to sear on saute mode. Searing creates a flavorful crust, locking in juices and enhancing the overall taste of the pork tenderloin.

Rest Meat: Allow tenderloin to rest after removing it from heat. Resting allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a more flavorful and tender final product. Aim for a resting period of about 5-10 minutes before slicing or serving.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 943Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 332mgSodium: 524mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 6gSugar: 25gProtein: 121g

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16 Comments

  1. I’ve looked over a lot of your recipes. I’m convinced I need an Instant Pot now. I’m going to have to start saving my change to buy one. You have so many great recipes on this site but this one right here would be my first one I’d make. I love a tender pork tenderloin. All of the ingredients you have added in would make this a favorite around my table.

  2. I do not cook pork too often and I do not have an instant pot but this recipe is making me rethink these habits. I have missed out on too many great instant pot meals.

  3. Yum! This Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin is making me super hungry! This is really delicious and the honey made it so perfect

  4. Oh my, why am I seeing this at this very hour. Couldn’t help but drool over the photos and crave for some! Really looks deliciously made! I will give this a try.

  5. Oh, it looks so yummy 😍 I don’t eat pork, but my husband would love this pork tenderloin for sure!

  6. I’m not sure why I’ve waited this long to buy an instant pot, I can’t wait any longer. Definitely saving this recipe to try soon

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