Tender sliced Instant Pot Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin. You’ll love this easy weeknight dinner recipe!
Why this Recipe is Best
I’m always trying to take some of my favorite slow cooker or oven made dinners and turn them into quick Instant Pot weeknight dinner recipes.
While trying to decide “what next” in my Instant Pot, it occurred to me that I need to give that balsamic pork a try. It’s so good and it’s perfect for weeknights, yet impressive enough for guests.
The results were fantastic.
- Fork tender pork
- Thick and sweet glaze
- No oven needed, no grill needed
- Perfect for weeknights or guests
Tools and Ingredients
Pork. Today’s recipe calls for pork tenderloin (not to be confused with a pork loin).
The tenderloins usually come in a pack of two, are perfect for slicing, and as their name clearly says, they are tender when cooked!
Balsamic Vinegar. While normally I’m not a fan of this strong flavored vinegar, paired with soy sauce and the brown sugar it creates a delicious glaze.
PRO TIP: Liquid Aminos is a delicious substitute for the soy sauce. Less salty and perfect for people with allergies!
Instant Pot. I create all my recipes using a 6 quart Instant Pot. The prep time for the recipe does not include time it takes to come to pressure (which is usually about 7-10 minutes).
How to Make Pork Tenderloins in the Instant Pot
STEP 1. Brown the meat.
In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Rub olive oil over tenderloins and season with seasoning mix.
Set pressure cooker to “SAUTE.” Add pressed garlic and tenderloins to the pot. Brown the meat, turning every 1-2 minutes until tenderloins have browned (this took about 6 minutes).
STEP 2. Pressure cook.
Remove the meat from the pot and add the water. Using a wooden spoon, deglaze the bottom of the instant pot by scraping up the browned bits of meat, while still on saute.
Add in soy sauce, brown sugar and balsamic vinegar. Whisk together with the water in the pot and add the pork tenderloins back to the Instant Pot.
Lock the lid in place, making sure the venting valve is set to “SEALING.”
Select HIGH PRESSURE for a cook time of 10 minutes.
When the cook time is done, allow the food to naturally release pressure for 10 minutes (this means don’t touch a thing)! Then, turn the valve to venting, and do a quick release of pressure. Remove the lid and place the pork on a cutting board.
STEP 3. Make the glaze.
While the pork rests on the cutting board, turn the instant pot back on “SAUTE.”
In a small bowl, whisk together the corn starch with cold water. Add to the pot and cook for about 2 minutes, whisking until thick and bubbly.
STEP 4. Serve.
Slice the pork tenderloin and drizzle the balsamic glaze over the top. ENJOY.
Pork should be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 145 degrees F. Use a meat thermometer to check!
Easy PORK Dinner Ideas
- Baked Pork Chops
- Pesto Pork Tenderloin
- Instant Pot Pork Chops
- Pork Chops with Peach Glaze
- Kalua Pork
Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin in the Instant Pot is the perfect weeknight dinner. Pair with creamy mashed potatoes and enjoy each forkful!