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Instant Pot Sweet and Savory Pork Tenderloin

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Growing up my mom made a lot of pork chops.  I was not the biggest fan of pork chops.  Since a very young age I have always associated pork (chops or roasts) with being overly dry and flavorless.  Many years later I became familiar with the pork tenderloin and realized that there was a great cut of pork that was super tender, moist and flavorful! 

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Over the years, I created my own sweet and savory pork tenderloin recipe.  It was easy and delicious.  I’m happy to say that now I can make it even easier and faster by using my recipe that I have converted over to the Instant Pot.  Check out the details below for my Instant Pot Sweet and Savory Pork Tenderloin Recipe.  I hope you love it as much as we do!  🙂 

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Tips for making Instant Pot Sweet and Savory Pork Tenderloin:

  1. Be sure that you are using pork tenderloin for this recipe and not pork loin or pork roast.  The tenderloin is a smaller, more tender piece of pork and will cook substantially faster than other cuts of pork. 
  2. There are many different schools of thought on what temperature pork should be cooked to.  I am of the school of thought that pork should be cooked all the way through with no pink (none at all, it freaks me out when it’s pink).  If you like your pork a little less cooked through, then you can reduce the pressure cook time.  I have seen some recipes that call for a 0 minute cook time.  I prefer to allow the pork to cook until it is well done.  If you would prefer, you can reduce the cook time as needed.  
  3. Be sure to allow the pressure to naturally release.  Do so by literally doing nothing with your Instant Pot when the timer beeps.  Just let the pressure naturally come out of the valve while it is still on the seal setting.  If you quick release the pork, it will likely come out tough instead of tender. 

How to make Instant Pot Sweet and Savory Pork Tenderloin:

  1. Remove pork tenderloin from package and lightly season with salt and pepper. 
  2. Cut one inch slits on the top of the pork tenderloin-anywhere between 6 and 8 will work. 
  3. Spread slits apart slightly and then put a piece of butter in each slit. 
  4. Place pork tenderloin into Instant Pot.
  5. Add potatoes and carrots around pork tenderloin.
  6. Add brown sugar, try to place in the middle of pork tenderloin.
  7. In a separate bowl, add 1/2 cup of water to 2 cans of pork gravy and mix well.
  8. Pour pork gravy mixture over the top of the pork tenderloin.
  9. Top with sprigs of fresh thyme.
  10. Add pressure cooking lid.
  11. Seal and set to manual high for 5 minutes.
  12. When timer ends, natural pressure release for 10 minutes and then quick release remaining pressure.
  13. Remove tenderloin from Instant Pot and set aside.
  14. Slice, plate and spoon sauce over the pork tenderloin and vegetables. 

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Ingredients for making Instant Pot Sweet and Savory Pork Tenderloin:

  • 1 ½ pound boneless pork tenderloin-you can cook 2 at a time if you would like.  No adjustment in time or recipe is needed. 
  • 21 ounces golden pork gravy – I used Campbells
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 6 carrots, cut into 2-3 inch pieces
  • 5 large red potatoes, cut into 5 or 6 pieces each
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, cut into 8 pieces
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • Salt & pepper to taste
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Instant Pot Sweet and Savory Pork Tenderloin

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Natural Release Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 696kcal
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Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1.5 pound pork tenderloin (you can cook 2 at a time if you would like.  No adjustment in time or recipe is needed. )
  • 21 ounces pork gravy (I used Campbells)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 6 carrots (cut into 2-3 pieces each)
  • 5 red potatoes (large and cut into 5 or 6 pieces each)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter (salted and cut into 8 pieces)
  • 3 sprigs thyme (fresh)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  • Remove pork tenderloin from package and lightly season with salt and pepper. 
    pork tenderloin, pork, ninja foodi pork, instant pot pork, carrots, potatoes
  • Cut one inch slits on the top of the pork tenderloin-anywhere between 6 and 8 will work. 
    pork tenderloin, pork, ninja foodi pork, instant pot pork, carrots, potatoes
  • Spread slits apart slightly and then put a piece of butter in each slit. 
    pork tenderloin, pork, ninja foodi pork, instant pot pork, carrots, potatoes
  • Place pork tenderloin into Instant Pot.
    pork tenderloin, pork, ninja foodi pork, instant pot pork, carrots, potatoes
  • Add potatoes and carrots around pork tenderloin.
    carrots
  • Add brown sugar, try to place in the middle of pork tenderloin.
    brown sugar
  • In a separate bowl, add 1/2 cup of water to 2 cans of pork gravy and mix well.
    gravy mixture
  • Pour pork gravy mixture over the top of the pork tenderloin.
    pouring gravy
  • Top with sprigs of fresh thyme.
    thyme
  • Add pressure cooking lid.
    instant pot lid
  • Seal and set to manual high for 5 minutes.
    instant pot lid
  • When timer ends, natural pressure release for 10 minutes and then quick release remaining pressure.
    instnat pot lid
  • Remove tenderloin from Instant Pot and set aside.
  • Slice, plate and spoon sauce over the pork tenderloin and vegetables. 
    pork tenderloin, pork, ninja foodi pork, instant pot pork, carrots, potatoes

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Nutrition

Calories: 696kcal | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 1286mg | Potassium: 2209mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 15690IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 4mg
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