Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin: An easy recipe for perfectly cooked pork tenderloin served with a sweet potato and apple mash. This is a one pot meal rich in flavor!
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I feel like pork tenderloin is underrated.
Not only is pork tenderloin extremely lean, it is also much flavorful than chicken breasts and cooks up just as fast.
Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin
I have been making several varieties of pork tenderloin in my pressure cooker recently, but this Pork Tenderloin with Sweet Potatoes and Apples has been voted the family’s favorite.
Seasoned with garlic and cooked in apple cider, this easy pork tenderloin is perfection on it’s own.
But by adding in sweet potatoes and apples, you can quickly turn this into a one pot meal that still happens to be Paleo, Gluten-Free, and Whole30 approved.
And like I said earlier, DELICIOUS!
Pork and apples are perfection together. Sweet Potatoes and Apples pair perfectly together. Put those combinations together, and Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Sweet Potatoes is a sure winner!
How To Make Pork Tenderloin in Pressure Cooker
Step One: Sear Pork tenderloin
- Season pork tenderloin with salt and pepper liberally.
- Turn instant pot to saute function.
- Once pressure cooker is heated, pour in 2 teaspoons oil.
- Sear tenderloin on each side until just browned–about 3-4 minutes per side.
- Remove pork from instant pot.
Step Two: Add Remaining Ingredients
- Pour in apple cider into inner pot of pressure cooker.
- Add in garlic, salt, and pepper.
- Add in diced sweet potatoes, onions, and apples (if using).
- Place the pork tenderloin back in pressure cooker on top of vegetables.
Step Three: Cook Pork Tenderloin
- Secure lid on instant pot and turn vent knob to sealed.
- Cook on high pressure:
- 4 minutes for 165 degrees
- 3 minutes for 155 degrees
- 2 minutes for 145 degrees
- Allow pressure to release for 10 minutes (VERY IMPORTANT) and then do a quick release.
- Remove pork from instant pot and place on cutting board to slice.
What temperature Should Pork Tenderloin Be Cooked to?
- Pork tenderloin is safe to eat once it reaches 145 degrees.
- At well done (165 degrees) pork tenderloin may be a bit dried out.
- This method for cooking pork tenderloin at 3 minutes on high pressure will result in pork tenderloin at 150-155 degrees–which in my book is perfect. (You can cook for 2 minutes if you want it closer to 145 degrees.) The pork tenderloin will be juicy, slightly pink, but warm all the way through.
Frozen Pork Tenderloin
For cooking a frozen pork tenderloin in the pressure cooker:
- Skip Searing Pork Tenderloin
- Place potatoes, apples, onions, and garlic in pressure cooker.
- Add in apple cider.
- Place pork tenderloin in pressure cooker and season well with salt and pepper.
- Cook on high pressure for 12 minutes.
Apple and Sweet Potato Mash
I love serving this pressure cooker Pork Tenderloin with a side of sweet potatoes, apples and onions, as those flavors compliment pork perfectly. While you can omit the veggies and apples and simply cook the pork tenderloin in the apple cider, it is a great way to make dinner all in one pot.
Because the sweet potatoes are cut into small cubes, they will cook perfectly in the amount of time that the pork cooks. And as the pork tenderloin cooks, the apples and potatoes absorb the pork juices, flavoring the fruit and vegetables that much more.
You can serve the sweet potatoes, apples and onions on the side of the pork tenderloin, or you can mash up the sweet potatoes with with apples and onions (which I find is more friendly for the kids!)
To Make the Sweet Potato Mash
- After the cooking time is complete, allow pressure to release for 10 minutes.
- Remove pork from instant pot.
- With a hand held-immersion blender or a potato masher, combine the sweet potatoes, apples and onions until smooth.
- You can alternatively remove the sweet potatoes, apples, and onions and process in blender or food processor.
- There will be a lot of cooking liquid, feel free to remove 1/2 cup with a ladle or measuring cup before blending up the sweet potatoes and apples.
More Instant Pot Main Course Recipes
- Instant Pot Pot Roast
- Instant Pot Lasagna
- Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
- Instant Pot Pork Tacos
- Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot
Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin Recipe
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Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin
A perfectly cooked pork tenderloin is served with a sweet potato apple mash that is a little bit savory and a little bit sweet, for complete meal made in less than 30 minutes.
- 1 1/4 pound pork tenderloin
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt divided
- 1 teaspoon pepper divided
- 2 teaspoons oil
- 1 cup apple cider
- 3 large sweet potatoes peeled and cubed into 1/2 inch cubes
- 1 large apple cubed
- 1 large sweet onion cubed
- 3 cloves garlic peeled
Season pork tenderloin with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Turn instant pot to saute function. Once pressure cooker is heated, pour in 2 teaspoons oil. Sear tenderloin on each side until just browned--about 1 minute per side. Remove pork from instant pot.
Pour apple cider into inner pot and scrape up any browned bits of bottom of instant pot.
Add in diced sweet potatoes, onions, apples, garlic, and remaining salt and pepper. Place the pork tenderloin back in pressure cooker on top of vegetables.
Secure lid on instant pot and turn vent knob to sealed.
Cook on high pressure:
4 minutes for 165 degrees
3 minutes for 155 degrees
2 minutes for 145 degrees
Allow pressure to release for 10 minutes and then do a quick release. Remove pork from instant pot and place on cutting board to slice.
While pork is resting on cutting board, use a hand held-immersion blender or a potato masher, to combine the sweet potatoes, apples and onions until smooth. (Remove 1/2 cup cooking liquid if you would like a thicker mash.)
Serve pork alongside the sweet potato apple puree.
There will be a lot of cooking liquid, feel free to remove 1/2 cup with a ladle or measuring cup before blending up the sweet potatoes and apples, for a thicker sweet potato mash.
- Feel free to use apple juice in place of apple cider.
- You may cook the pork without the apples and sweet potatoes if desired.
- If your pork tenderloin is frozen, skip Searing Pork Tenderloin and cook on high pressure for 12 minutes.
- You can serve the apples, onions and sweet potatoes whole if you would instead of serving it as a mash.
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