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This pork tenderloin is cooked in a pressure cooker for a quick, easy dinner.

Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin

This Instant Pot pork tenderloin is such an easy dinner for a busy night.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Pork
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 271kcal
Cost $1.80 per serving


  • 2 lbs pork tenderloin 1½ inches thick
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbs avocado oil
  • 20 oz can pineapple slices packed in 100% juice
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tbs tamari sauce or soy sauce
  • 1 tbs honey
  • 1 tbs arrowroot starch


  • Trim the ends of the pork tenderloin if needed to achieve uniform thickness. Season the tenderloin with salt and pepper. 
  • Set the Instant Pot to Saute and add the avocado oil. Once the oil is hot, add the pork and sear it for 3 minutes on each side. Cancel the Saute setting.
  • Pour the pineapple juice from the can into a measuring cup. Add enough water to reach a total of one cup of liquid (it will be about 3/4 cup pineapple juice and 1/4 cup water). Add this cup of liquid to the pot.
  • Cover the pot and turn the knob to Sealing. Cook on manual high pressure for 2 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally, and leave the pork in the pot for 10 minutes. The pin will likely drop before 10 minutes, indicating that the pressure has been released. Just leave the pork in the pot for 10 minutes either way. Then open the pot and use a meat thermometer to make sure the meat has reached an internal temperature of 145 degrees or higher. (It will be dry if it’s above 165 degrees.) If it’s below 145 degrees, set the pot to Saute and let it keep cooking, uncovered. Check every minute to see if it has reached 145 degrees yet. Once it’s done cooking, remove the pork to a cutting board and tent it with foil to keep warm.
  • To make the sauce, set the pot to Saute, and add garlic powder, ginger, tamari sauce, and honey to the liquid in the pot. Whisk the mixture and bring it to a simmer. In a small bowl, stir together the tablespoon of arrowroot starch with a tablespoon of water. Slowly add this to the pot, and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes to thicken the sauce. Serve sauce over pork, and serve with pineapple slices.



It's easy to overcook or undercook pork tenderloin. Depending on the exact thickness of your tenderloin, the cook time may vary. For this reason, the recipe calls for a cook time on the minimal end, and it describes how you can continue cooking your tenderloin for a few extra minutes using the Saute setting if needed to get it to the right internal temperature. It's much easier to correct undercooked pork than overcooked pork.


Calories: 271kcal