How to Cook Frozen Pork Tenderloin in the Instant Pot [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

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.

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 any foam from the dish to shoot out through the valve, which can happen during a Quick Pressure Release.

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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Frozen Pork Tenderloin in the Instant Pot
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hr 5 mins

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.
Calories: 170 Carbohydrates: 39 Protein: 2 Fat: 1 Saturated Fat: 0 Cholesterol: 0 Sodium: 1245 Potassium: 146 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 35 Vitamin A: 35 Vitamin C: 8.4 Calcium: 13 Iron: 0.8
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Stacie

30 minutes to delicious sounds perfect to me. I have to give this recipe a try!

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Sabrina

So great for those nights I totally forget to pull something out to make. This is a life saver!

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Jaclyn Anne

Who knew a delicious frozen pork tenderloin could be prepared so quickly?! I can't wait to try this Instant Pot pork recipe - it looks amazing!

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Danielle Wolter

This sounds like a delicious recipe! I am all about super easy dishes like this...and always forget to take meat out of the freezer!

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Annemarie LeBlanc

The pork looks so tender and juicy! I am adding this to our menu plan for next week. The honey garlic sauce looks really tasty!

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Trina

This looks beyond delicious! I am definitely adding this to my week's menu, thanks so much for sharing!

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Scott

We love making port tenderloin in our pot. We also start with it frozen since it doesn't add that much time to the process!

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Gene

Instant pot does some amazing things. I am still in awe of from frozen with this appliance.

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Mahy Elamin

I tried this recipe last night and it turned out perfectly! My husband couldn’t believe how great it tasted! Thanks for the recipe!!!

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Chrissie Baker

This is a good idea and amazing recipe too. Something very unique and colorful. Need to try it out.

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Lora

I think that this looks fantastic! Great idea for when you forget to take something out of the freezer for dinner!!

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Cheese Curd In Paradise

I haven't done a pork tenderloin frozen in my IP yet and love the tips and instructions. I can't wait to give it a try!

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Catherine

Your pork looks absolutely fantastic! Cooked perfectly and I love these tips for cooking frozen.

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Brandy O'Neill

Sounds yummy and perfect for the days you forget to defrost!

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Krista

Perfect for those nights I forget to pull the meat out of the freezer!

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Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

I love this pork! looks so good! This looks incredibly delicious!

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Sandra | A Dash of Sanity

Looks like a new favorite meal in my house!

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Kiwi

Look like it is cooked to perfection. Great presentation.

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Sara

In the direction to “remove the pork loin and clean out the fat” and “clean the pot” before adding the sauce ingredients, does this mean to pour out the chicken broth or leave it on the pot and use it for the sauce? 

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Discard, you don't need that broth for the sauce.

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Syn

I received my IP for Christmas 2018. I have gone from being intimidated to inspired. In my journey I have tried a lot of user generated content (So many fails).....This recipe is spot ON> The sauce is stunning. Thank you for sharing.

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Thank you Syn, and we are really glad you loved it. IP is really a magic cooking instrument that everyone should use) It is one of our favorite kitchen tools))

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Trina

I made this for supper tonight. Super easy and absolutely delicious! The whole family loved it! I will be making this again for sure!

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yay so happy

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Kristy Fleming

What do you do with the chicken broth in the bottom of the instant pot?

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nothing, its just used for pressure cooking.

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Andi

The tenderloin turned out so good and very tender.  I did add some of our favorite spices. I served it with Italian green beans and roasted, seasoned potato slices.  Your directions were very helpful.

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susan cramer

Just a thought... on another website, there is a way to leave two types of comments: I'd LIKE to try it and, more importantly to me: I MADE it. Is there a way you could do this? I really only want to hear how cooks' attempts turned out. Thanksl This is in the IP as we speak.

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I had no idea about this, but its such a GREAT tip. I will ask my developer to make something, thank you for the suggestion!

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Catherine Pressimone

The tenderloin itself cooked in the chicken broth and bay leaves was very flavorful on it's own but adding the broiling time brushed with the sauce put it over the top. Tender, pull aparty, juicy, savory and sweet. Excellent!

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Linda Tanguay

Making mine from frozen right now. Going to take longer as I have 3lbs. I also wanted to know what to use if you don’t have the ginger root. Can you use ground ginger instead?

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