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Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin

This sweet and savory Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin is made with budget-friendly pork tenderloin, fresh herbs, sliced onions, apples, and sweet apple jam. Ready in just 30 minutes, enjoy this delicious family-favorite Instant Pot Pork Recipe with all your favorite sides!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 247kcal


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2.25 pounds pork tenderloin see notes
  • 2 medium onion thinly sliced
  • splash of dry white wine if needed
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apple jelly or jam
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 small apple diced

For the Glaze


  • Set Instant Pot to Sauté (normal/medium heat). Add the olive oil to the pot and swirl to coat.
  • Place the pork tenderloin directly into the bottom of the pot and cook, undisturbed, for 2-3 minutes. Cook all sides, repeating the process. With all sides browned, remove the pork to a plate and set aside.
  • Add the sliced onion to the pot and mix well. If necessary, deglaze the pan with a splash of dry white wine (or chicken broth) and continue to cook, stirring frequently, until onions start to soften.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl whisk together the garlic, chicken broth, balsamic vinegar, apple jelly, Italian seasoning, fresh minced rosemary, and salt. Add the garlic mixture and the apples to the onions and mix well to combine.
  • Transfer the pork back into the pot and securely lock the lid in place. Cancel the sauté function and set the steam release knob to the sealing position.
  • Select the Manual (Pressure Cooker) function and adjust the pressure to HIGH pressure (default). Set the timer to 5 minutes.
  • When the cooking time is complete, turn the Instant Pot off and allow the pressure to release naturally for 8-10 minutes before carefully releasing the pressure manually. Once the pressure is released, remove the lid. Transfer the pork tenderloin to a clean plate to rest while you prepare the sauce.

For the Glaze

  • Turn the Instant Pot to sauté. In a small bowl whisk together the honey, water, and cornstarch. Whisk into the Instant Pot with the remaining broth and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 2-3 minutes, or until thickened. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Slice pork tenderloin into medallions and drizzle with the prepared glaze. Enjoy!


  • I used two pork tenderloins in this recipe, each approximately 1.10 pounds. An exact measurement isn't imperative. 
  • Be sure to slice the onion nice and thin and sauté them until they actually start to soften and turn translucent. The last thing you want is undercooked onions. If you're not a big fan of onions, reduce the onion amount to just one (I just really really love onion).
  • Can you cook pork tenderloin from frozen or partially frozen? YES, however, if you plan to do so, SKIP browning the meat and jump immediately to sautéeing the onions. For partially frozen pork tenderloin, cook on high for 8 minutes, and for fully frozen pork tenderloin cook on high for 11 minutes.
  • Be sure to check the internal temperature of your pork tenderloin with a digital meat thermometer. The temperature should read between 145 degrees F.
  • Allow tenderloin to rest at least 5 minutes before slicing into medallions.
  • Make sure to remove your cooked pork from the Instant Pot before whisking the cornstarch into the juices to make the glaze.
Originally posted September 7, 2018.


Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 367mg | Potassium: 595mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 4.4mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1.5mg
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