Frozen Pork Tenderloin in the Instant Pot is a quick and easy way to make a delicious meal in just about one hour. The method is very simple, and you can also apply this strategy to other meats. So next time you are skeptical about cooking frozen pork tenderloin, just refer to this recipe for an easy solution. Check out this recipe step by step video below. 

The beautify of Instant Pot, is that it can make many delicious recipes in a fraction of time. Similarly, you can make many meals without defrosting meat. We already showed how to cook frozen chicken breast in the pressure cooker, chicken wings, whole chicken, ground beef, turkey breast, and now we will show how easy is to cook the frozen pork tenderloin following the same principle.

Pork Tenderloin in the Instant Pot

Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin

Frozen pork tenderloin in the Instant Pot is what we usually cook when we have limited time. It is convenient, easy, and in many ways a healthier alternative to pan frying the meat. Simply take the frozen tenderloin, put it in the pressure cooker with some chicken broth and seasoning, and you have the best and quickest dinner at your disposal.

How many times did it happen to you to plan a delicious dinner, and only to realize that you forgot to thaw the meat?! This is the scenario that usually leads to either eating cereal after work or ordering delivery. However, with the help of Instant Pot, you won’t have this problem again. In this post, I will share with you how to cook frozen pork tenderloin in the pressure cooker with delicious Honey Garlic sauce.

What Do You NEED TO COOK Frozen Pork Tenderloin in the Instant Pot?

For the Honey Garlic Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce, low sodium
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger root
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
How to Cook Frozen Pork Tenderloin in the Instant Pot

HOW LONG SHOULD You COOK Frozen Pork Tenderloin in the Pressure Cooker?

  • Since we are cooking frozen meat the cooking time will be longer than normal.
  • As a general rule, I like to cook 30 minutes per pound for frozen pork tenderloin on high pressure, and it turns out great.
  • For fresh or thawed meat, cook for 20 minutes per pound on the high-pressure setting.
  • Please note, you will have to allow for an additional 10 minutes of NPR (Natural Pressure Release).

Can I cook more than one pork tenderloin in the Instant Pot?

You can absolutely cook more than one tenderloin in your pressure cooker. Just make sure you stack them up in the pressure cooker. The cooking time should not be any longer (as noted above) unless they are frozen right together. Try to stagger or crisscross them so they do not overlap completely. Select the time based on how many pounds of meat you are cooking.

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Easy Pork Tenderloin in the Instant Pot

How to cook frozen pork tenderloin in the Instant Pot?

  • Add 2 cups of chicken broth and bay leaves to the pressure cooker pot.
  • Then, place the trivet with handles and place frozen tenderloin directly onto it. If it doesn’t fit, cut it in half.
  • After, close the lid and make sure the valve points to seal.
  • Press the Pressure Cook button and set the timer for 60 minutes for frozen pork tenderloin ( 2 lbs) and 40 minutes for fresh or thawed tenderloin. Followed by a 10 minutes Natural Pressure Release.
  • After the 10 minutes NPR, release manually the remaining pressure.
  • Open the lid and carefully lift the trivet with the meat. Remove and discard any excess fat from it, and place it in a baking pan that has been covered with foil.
  • Clean the pressure cooker pot, and Select sauté.
  • Next, combine all the sauce ingredients in a medium bowl and stir until fully combined.
  • Once the IP reads HOT, add the sauce mixture to it. Stir and cook for a few minutes until it thickens enough to coat the spoon.
  • Top the pork tenderloin with half of the sauce, brushing the top and the sides of it. Set the other half of the sauce aside.
  • Broil the meat for a few minutes, or until golden brown. Baste once with the sauce that dripped into the pan.
  • Let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
  • Using a sharp knife, slice the meat and serve drizzled with the remaining sauce.
  • Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.

WHAT IS NATURAL PRESSURE RELEASE (NPR)?

A Natural Pressure Release means that the pressure is released gradually. For a Natural Pressure Release, you click on Keep Warm and wait 10 minutes. After which, you open the valve and let any leftover pressure to release. Another option is to Turn Off/Unplug the pressure cooker, wait 10 minutes and after that open the valve. A natural release is usually used when cooking soups, meat in a large amount of sauce, pasta or steel cut oats. This method prevents for any foam from the dish to shoot out through the valve, which can happen during a Quick Pressure Release.

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How to Cook Frozen Pork Tenderloin in the Instant Pot Recipe

How do you know when the frozen pork tenderloin is ready?

It is best to check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer. Ideally, you are looking for around 145-150 degrees F before resting, depending on your tastes.

WHAT DO YOU SERVE WITH INSTANT POT PORK TENDERLOIN?

The meat turns out very tender and delicate once cooked in the pressure cooker. Some side dished that pairs well with it would be:

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How to Cook Frozen Pork Tenderloin in the Instant Pot
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Frozen Pork Tenderloin in the Instant Pot

Frozen Pork Tenderloin in the Instant Pot is a quick and easy way to make a delicious meal in just about one hour. The method is very simple, and you can also apply this strategy to other meats.

Ingredients

  • 1 - 2 lbs pork tenderloin
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 bay leaves
Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce low sodium
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger root
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Pressure Cook Pork Tenderloin:
  2. Add 2 cups of chicken broth and bay leaves to the pressure cooker pot.
  3. Place the trivet with handles and place frozen tenderloin directly onto it. If it doesn't fit, cut it in half.
  4. Close the lid and make sure the valve points to sealed.
  5. Press the Pressure Cook button and set the timer for 60 minutes for frozen pork tenderloin and 40 minutes for fresh or thawed tenderloin. Followed by a 10 minutes Natural Pressure Release.
  6. After the 10 minutes NPR, release manually the remaining pressure.
  7. Open the lid and carefully lift the trivet with the pork tenderloin. Remove and discard any excess fat from the pork tenderloin and place it in a baking pan that has been covered with foil.
  8. Clean the pressure cooker pot, and Select sauté.
  9. Combine all the sauce ingredients in a medium bowl and stir until fully combined.
  10. Once the IP reads HOT, add the sauce mixture to it. Stir and cook for a few minutes until it thickens enough to coat the spoon.
  11. Top the pork tenderloin with half of the sauce, brushing the top and the sides of it. Set the other half of the sauce aside.
  12. Broil the pork tenderloin for a few minutes, or until golden brown. Baste once with the sauce that dripped into the pan.
  13. Let the pork tenderloin rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

  14. Using a sharp knife, slice the pork tenderloin and serve drizzled with the remaining sauce.
  15. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.
Recipe Notes

Cook 30 minutes per pound for frozen pork tenderloin Cook 20 minutes per pound for fresh or thawed pork tenderloin

Calories: 170, Fat: 1g, Sodium: 1245mg, Potassium: 146mg, Carbohydrates: 39g, Sugar: 35g, Protein: 2g, Vitamin A: 0.7%, Vitamin C: 10.2%, Calcium: 1.3%, Iron: 4.2%

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