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Instant Pot Balsamic Pork Tenderloin

Tender sliced Instant Pot Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin. You’ll love this easy weeknight dinner recipe!

Plate of sliced pork tenderloin on pile of mashed potatoes with balsamic glaze. Instant Pot in background.

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.

YEARS ago I shared this Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin recipe. Then I made balsamic shredded beef and balsamic chicken.

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. The pork was tender and flavorful….and the glaze was thick and sweet, as it should be!

Dinner plate with sliced pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes, and corn casserole.

What you’ll need

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 qt 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).

Sliced Pork Tenderloin covered in balsamic glaze and served over a plate of mashed potatoes.

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.

Press cancel.

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.

Balsamic glaze being poured over sliced pork tenderloin.

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!

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Yield: 8 servings

Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes

Tender sliced Instant Pot Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin. You'll love this easy weeknight dinner recipe!

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 pork tenderloins
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 1/4 cup water, divided
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch

Instructions

    1. In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Rub olive oil over tenderloins and season with seasoning mix.
    2. 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).
    3. Remove the meat from the pot and add 1 cup of water. Using a wooden spoon, deglaze the bottom of the instant pot by scraping up the browned bits of meat, while still on saute. Press cancel.
    4. 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.
    5. Lock the lid in place, making sure the venting valve is set to "SEALING."
    6. Select HIGH PRESSURE for a cook time of 10 minutes.
    7. 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.
    8. While the pork rests on the cutting board, turn the instant pot back on "SAUTE."
    9. In a small bowl, whisk together the corn starch with remaining 1/4 cup cold water. Add to the pot and cook for about 2 minutes, whisking until thick and bubbly.
    10. Slice the pork tenderloin and drizzle the balsamic glaze over the top. ENJOY.

Notes

Pork should be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 145 degrees F. Use a meat thermometer to check!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 124Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 530mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 6g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin in the Instant Pot is the perfect weeknight dinner. Pair with creamy mashed potatoes and enjoy each forkful!

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Posted on January 25, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. Please can you let us know if one tenderloin would work with the same ingredients and timings or should everything be halved and cook time reduced? Thank you

  2. I borrowed an Insta pot from my daughter because I wasn’t exactly sold. This was the first recipe I tried and my family loved it! The pork was tender and the gravy delicious.

    1. Natural release you let it sit and do nothing after the timer stops, a new one will start, release after it reaches 10. Quick release you switch the valve to vent right after the initial timer stops.

  3. Absolutley DELICIOUS!! I used half the amount of sugar, and added a pinch of chili peppers

    However, my 2 tenderloins were overcooked. Maybe I over – browned them ? I will definitely make this again, but will try cooking them for 5 min instead. Very tasty though!!

  4. Absolutely delicious!! The only thing I did different was I added onions…..I love onions. I will definitely make this again!

  5. Donna…everything I’ve read says that pork loin and pork tenderloin have different methods of cooking. You should search recipes for pork loin. Hope this helps 🙂

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