Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin (Instant Pot Recipe)

This Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin Instant Pot recipe is so delicious and easy to make, that you will want to cook it every week. Serve over rice, noodles or mashed potatoes for a tasty, Asian-inspired dinner meal.


What Is Pork Tenderloin?

Pork tenderloin is a lean, boneless cut of meat that comes from the loin, which runs from the hip to the shoulder of the pig. It’s often labelled as pork fillet or tender and is always sold a whole piece, averaging 1-1.5 pounds. It has a mild pork flavor and works well with most sauces and seasonings.

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Instant Pot Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin

In this Instant pot pork recipe, the tenderloin is cooked in umami-rich soy sauce and balsamic broth with garlic and a little honey. Then, the meat is removed and the sauce is reduced with extra honey and thickened with butter and cornstarch into a luxuriously glossy and caramelized glaze.

Instant Pot Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin Recipe
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Ingredients You Will Need

Here are the ingredients you will need to make this pork dish.

Pork tenderloin. A lean, boneless cut of pork meat, tenderloin is delicious and very tender.

Cooking Tip. You can cook 2 tenderloins at the same time. Double the sauce ingredients, then brown and cook the pork as directed (no need to add to the cooking time). 

Honey garlic sauce. Plenty of garlic and honey, of course, but also soy sauce for salty umami and balsamic for a little acidity to balance it all out. Chicken broth is used for extra liquid and will also add to the flavor.

Cornstarch + Water + Butter. The cornstarch slurry helps thicken the sauce and a little butter gives it extra richness and gloss. 

Pork tenderloin ingredients

How To Cook Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin In Instant Pot

You will find the full recipe with ingredients and nutritional breakdown in the recipe card below.

There are three simple stages to making this this dish in the pressure cooker. The first stage is to pre-sautee the pork tenderloin on each side to seal in the juices. The second stage is to pressure cook the meat in the sauce. The final stage is to reduce and thicken the sauce on Saute setting again. You can use a 6-quart or 8-quart Instant Pot.

Here is the video for how to make this recipe and step-by-step photo instructions below.

Saute The Pork Tenderloin

Step 1. Sprinkle the pork tenderloin evenly with a little salt and pepper. Set aside.

Step 2. Turn on the Sauté setting. When it is hot, add olive oil or butter. Place the pork in the pot and brown it on both sides for about 1- 2 minutes each. Add a little more oil if needed. Then remove it to a plate.

Step 3. Deglaze the pot. Add the stock to the pot and stir, scraping the bottom of the pot to get up any of the fond (browned bits). This is also called deglazing. Turn off the pot. 

Pressure Cook Pork Tenderloin

Step 4. In a small pot, whisk the soy sauce, garlic, vinegar and honey. Then add to the stock in the pot and stir. 

Step 5. Place the pork back in the pot and coat it with the sauce. Secure and lock the lid. Set to HIGH pressure for 2 minutes. 

Step 6. Once the cooking is done, release the pressure naturally for 10 minutes (if the pork tenderloin is much thicker than 1.5-2”, then add a few more minutes to natural release). Then quick release the pressure.

Finish The Sauce

Step 7. Open the lid and remove the pork tenderloin to a plate, cover to keep warm.

Step 8. Turn on the Sauté setting again. When it starts to simmer, add the remaining ¼ cups of honey and stir, cook for 5 minutes to reduce the liquid by about a third. 

Step 9. In the meantime, make a slurry by whisking the corn starch (or flour) and water. Stir it into the sauce to thicken it even further, followed by butter to give it a luxurious shine. 

Slice the pork tenderloin and pour the sauce over the top or return the sliced pork to the pot with the sauce to warm it up. Garnish with spring onions if you like. Serve rice or noodles on the side. 

Instant Pot Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin

What To Serve With Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin

This pork tenderloin recipe features Asian-inspired, caramelized honey, garlic and soy sauce so this dish is naturally paired with white or brown rice, noodles or even quinoa. You can try our turmeric rice here.

The pork and the sauce can also be served with a side of vegetables such as green beans, broccoli, bok choy or other Asian greens.

For a summer-friendly meal, pair the sliced pork tenderloin with a crispy salad or Asian slaw. You can even serve this meat and the sauce in wraps or Vietnamese rice paper rolls.

Another suggestion that works well is mashed potatoes or roast potatoes. They are delicious with that yummy, sweet and salty sauce.

Leftovers Tip

Any leftover honey garlic pork can be sliced and used in a sandwich (think Vietnamese Bahn Mi) or a wrap, in a salad or stirred through some noodles or a stir-fry. Diced pork would be great in fried rice, too.

This Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin Instant Pot recipe is so delicious and easy to make, that you will want to cook it every week. Serve over rice, noodles or mashed potatoes for a tasty, Asian-inspired dinner meal.

Storage Tips

Cooked pork tenderloin can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in the oven at 350 degrees F, in the Instant Pot on Saute setting/Less Mode with a splash of water or in a microwave.

Freeze the pork and the sauce in a freezer-safe container or Ziploc bag for up to 3 months. Defrost by thawing in the refrigerator overnight before reheating well.


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Full Recipe & Nutrition

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Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin Instant Pot Recipe

Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin (Instant Pot Recipe)

  • Author: Instant Pot Eats
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 27 minutes
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Asian

Description

In this Instant pot Honey Garlic pork recipe, the tenderloin is cooked in umami-rich soy sauce and balsamic broth with garlic and a little honey. Then, the meat is removed and the sauce is reduced with extra honey and thickened with butter and cornstarch into a luxuriously glossy and caramelized glaze.


Ingredients

1 -1.2 pounds (~454-500 g) pork tenderloin, 1.5-2” thick (tenderloin, not loin!)

½ teaspoon salt and pepper

1.5 tablespoons olive oil or butter

⅔ cup (200 ml) low-sodium chicken stock

⅓ cup soy sauce 

3 cloves garlic, minced or finely diced 

2 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar Or red wine vinegar 

2 tablespoons honey 

To finish:

¼ cup honey

2 tablespoons corn starch (or flour) + 4 tablespoons cold water

1 teaspoon butter

Garnish: green onions 

Sides: Rice, Greens, Green onions


Instructions

  • Prepare the pork. Sprinkle evenly with a little salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Brown the pork. Turn on the Sauté setting. When it is hot, add olive oil or butter. Place the pork in the pot and brown on all sides for about 1- 2 minutes on each side. Add a little more oil if needed. Then remove it to a plate.
  • Deglaze the pot. Add the stock to the pot and stir, scraping the bottom of the pot to get up any of the fond (browned bits). This is also called deglazing. Turn off the pot. 
  • In a small pot, whisk the soy sauce, garlic, vinegar and honey. Then add to the stock in the pot and stir. 
  • Pressure cook the pork. Place the pork back in the pot and coat it with the sauce. Secure and lock the lid. Set to HIGH pressure for 2 minutes. 
  • Once the cooking is done, release the pressure naturally for 10 minutes (if the pork tenderloin is much thicker than 1.5-2”, then add a few more minutes to natural release). Then quick release the pressure.
  • Open the lid and remove the pork tenderloin to a plate, cover to keep warm.
  • Thicken the sauce. Turn on the Sauté setting again. When it starts to simmer, add the remaining ¼ cups of honey and stir, cook for 5 minutes to reduce the liquid by about a third. 
  • In the meantime, make a slurry by whisking the corn starch (or flour) and water. Stir it into the sauce to thicken it even further, followed by butter to give it a luxurious shine. 
  • Serve. Slice the pork tenderloin and pour the sauce over the top or return the sliced pork to the pot with the sauce to warm it up. Garnish with spring onions. Serve rice or noodles on the side. 

Notes

Leftovers Tip. Any leftover honey garlic pork can be sliced and used in a sandwich (think Vietnamese Bahn Mi) or a wrap, in a salad or stirred through some noodles or a stir-fry. Diced pork would be great in fried rice, too.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: A few slices and sauce
  • Calories: 325
  • Sugar: 25.5 g
  • Sodium: 935.3 mg
  • Fat: 9.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 32.3 g
  • Fiber: 0.2 g
  • Protein: 28.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 83.8 mg

Keywords: Pork Recipes, Tenderloin, Dinner Recipes


How Long To Cook Pork Tenderloin In Instant Pot

Pork tenderloin Instant Pot cooking time depends on the size of the cut. Tenderloins vary between 1.5 and 2 pounds and can either be thicker and shorter or longer and thinner. The average cooking time is 2-3 minutes on HIGH pressure with 10 minutes of natural release. If you include the pressure build-up, which is about 10 minutes, the total cooking time will be about 22 minutes.

This takes into account a brief searing of the pork meat on the Saute setting, however, it will still cook enough if you don’t saute.

If your tenderloin is quite small and weighs less than 1.25 pounds, reduce the time to 1 minute with 12 minutes of natural release.

It’s always better to set for less cooking time to not overcook the pork under pressure and use the natural release as a gentler cooking environment to finish the meat.

Another tip is to rest the meat on a board or a plate for a few minutes before slicing it. This will allow the juices to flow through the meat and keep it moist.

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11 Comments
  1. Great recipe! The pork was perfectly cooked, let alone delicious with all the flavours you’ve packed in there! We served it with your turmeric rice too! Delicious 🙂

  2. I am always looking for new recipes that my kids will enjoy and this one is a winner. It turned out perfectly moist and flavored. Love that it was done in the IP.

  3. Such a flavorful recipe. I served this pork tenderloin over garlic mashed potatoes and my dinner was fabulous!

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