Instant Pot Balsamic Pork Tenderloin

Hands down the BEST, ultra tender pork tenderloin with a balsamic glaze made right in the pressure cooker. This Instant Pot Balsamic Pork Tenderloin will melt in your mouth and leave you craving more. 

If you love instant pot recipes, you’ve gotta try Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos, Instant Pot Parmesan Chicken and Rice with Mushrooms, and Instant Pot Honey Teriyaki Chicken

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We all have that one recipe. You know the one that you got from a family member, who got it from a family member who got it from the back of a flour sack in the depression but who altered it to work with ingredients that she had on hand and who passed it along to her kids who tried to make it more like the original recipe but who actually knows what that even is anymore?

Well, this is that sort of recipe. Except I may have exaggerated slightly. This one doesn’t have that dramatic of a story but it was passed around and altered a bit before it got to me, and here I am altering it even further to make it work in a more modern kitchen appliance — the Instant Pot.

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This Balsamic Pork Tenderloin recipe initially came from my aunt, who passed it along to my mother, who made it quite often when I was growing up. It is a recipe for a baked pork tenderloin covered in balsamic glaze. I’m not sure how my mom tweaked it exactly but I know that she did — she always had just the perfect spin to put on any recipe.

While I’ve made this recipe plenty of times as instructed, I always wondered how it would work in the Instant Pot. After all, I’ve used this fast-cooking method for many other versions of pork and chicken, and I figured it would be a cinch to adapt around our fast-moving lifestyle. I love being able to eat the classic recipes I grew up eating but I also love cutting the cooking time.

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HOW DO YOU MAKE THIS BALSAMIC PORK TENDERLOIN IN THE OVEN?

As I mentioned, this pork recipe originally was made to be baked in the oven. If you would prefer to make it that way, simply bake the oiled and seasoned tenderloin at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes. You’ll make the glaze in a saucepan on the stove while the meat cooks. You’ll want to adjust the water added to the vinegar to ⅔ a cup instead of 1 cup.

I also think that the pork tenderloin benefits from a good sear on the stove before being baked in the oven but that’s totally optional. Searing it before baking seals in the flavors of the pork and gives it that nice “crust” on the outside. To save on dish washing, use an oven-safe pan to sear the pork (like cast iron or enamelware) that you can take from stove to oven.

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PORK LOIN AND PORK TENDERLOIN?

Although at first glance, these two cuts of meat might seem interchangeable, they are not.  A pork tenderloin is thinner and smaller and a loin is very big and wide and steak-like — the loin is where pork chops are cut from.

You also cook these two pieces of meat differently. (And they’re not interchangeable.) A pork tenderloin is great for marinades and slow cooking. A pork loin is great on the grill or cooked on the stove but can be easily overcooked.

Either way, you want to make sure that your pork is cooked thoroughly before you eat it. If you’re not sure if it’s done, use a meat thermometer. It should read 145 degrees at its thickest point to be considered cooked through.

IS PORK TENDERLOIN GOOD FOR YOU?

Most cuts of pork are good sources of lean protein, when trimmed of extra fat. (Sorry, bacon and pork ribs do not count as healthy protein sources.) Leaner cuts of pork also contain thiamine, B6, phosphorus, niacin, riboflavin, zinc, and potassium. If you’re not sure which cuts of pork are good for you, check for words such as “loin” or “round.”

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WHAT SIDES GO WELL WITH THIS BALSAMIC PORK TENDERLOIN?

If you’re looking for an easy side you can throw together with ingredients you probably already have on hand, then it doesn’t get any simpler than this Best Simple Tossed Green Salad. The six-ingredient dressing that goes on top of this salad also goes great with any mixture of salad greens and veggies.  

I like to serve this pork over the top of wide egg noodles, spaghetti, fettuccini, or any pasta you have on had. It also goes great over white or brown rice.

Roasted vegetables such as these Crispy Parmesan Green Beans, Roasted Lemon Garlic Broccoli & Cauliflower, or Lemon Parmesan Roasted Asparagus.

Nothing says spring or summer potlucks like this Best Ever Creamy Sweet Macaroni Salad — which just happens to pair perfectly with this pork loin.

I also like to make this Baked Parmesan Creamed Corn on the side of a lot of different meats, but for some reason it just tastes the best with a pork tenderloin.  

What people are saying about this Instant Pot Balsamic Pork Tenderloin 

“I made this tonight on a whim for my in laws. It was amazing!!!” – Kelly

“Followed the recipe exactly and served with egg noodles. It turned out very good!! I’ve been looking for a good insta pot pork tenderloin recipe and I just found one I’ll use again and again! Thank you!” – Susan

“Easy to make and very tender.” – Leigh

“Delicious, delicious, delicious.” – Marie

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Instant Pot Balsamic Pork Tenderloin

Hands down the BEST, ultra tender pork tenderloin with a balsamic glaze made right in the pressure cooker. This Instant Pot Balsamic Pork Tenderloin will melt in your mouth and leave you craving more. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword easy, healthy, instant pot, one pot, pork, tenderloin
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Author Tiffany

Ingredients

  • 1-2 pork tenderloins (see note)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian herb blend (see note)
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch + 4 tablespoons cold water

Instructions

  • Set pressure cooker to SAUTE. Rub tenderloins all over with oil. Season generously on all sides with salt and pepper to taste, then dried herbs and garlic powder. 
  • Use tongs to place tenderloins in the pot, turning over every 1-2 minutes until browned on all sides. 
  • Whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, and water and add to the pot. Put the lid on in the locked position with the steam valve closed. Set to PRESSURE COOK or MANUAL for 25 minutes. 
  • When cook time is up, allow to natural release for five minutes, then turn the steam valve to the venting position and remove lid once float valve drops down. Use tongs to transfer pork loin to a cutting board and set aside.
  • Switch pressure cooker to SOUP setting. Once boiling, stir corn starch into the 4 tablespoons cold water until dissolved, then pour into instant pot and stir until thickened to a glaze. 
  • Slice tenderloins, then serve with balsamic glaze on top. Extra glaze can be stored in a jar in the fridge up to 2 weeks. 

Notes

One large or two small-medium pork tenderloins (1 - 1 1/2 pounds each) work perfectly. You can also do one small-medium tenderloin but will have extra balsamic glaze leftover - you can keep it in a jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks and reheat in the microwave or on the stove. 
In place of the dried herb blend you can substitute 1 teaspoon dried thyme + 1 teaspoon dried basil + 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary. 

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Do you have a suggestion on what to sub out soy sauce for? This looks so yummy, but my household cannot have soy… Allergy!

Thanks a bunch!

    Quite a few readers have had great success subbing soy sauce with coconut aminos!

    Try liquid aminos, it’s a great soy sauce alternative.

    Liquid aminos

“You also cook these two pieces of meat differently. (And they’re not interchangeable.) A pork tenderloin is great for marinades and slow cooking. A pork loin is great on the grill or cooked on the stove but can be easily overcooked.”

I always had these tips reversed in my mind, good to know!

balsamic, that’s what’s been missing with my slow cooked pork recipes, they’ve been really dry lately and balsamic is the right kind of anti-dry additive! thank you!

    Awesome!! You are going to love the addition, Sabrina!

I made this toNight on a whim for my in laws. It was amazing!!!

    Awesome job, Kelly!

fantastic!

This looks so yummy, but my household cannot have soy… Allergy!

    Jane, you could subsTituTe the soy for coconut aminos. Ive done this for somebody with soy allergy and you cant taste the difference.

A pork loin is great on the grill or cooked on the stove but can be easily overcooked.”

this recipe is delicious

    Thank you, Vera!

Your web site is fantastic.

    You’re so sweet, Amanda!! Thank you for the nice compliment!

5 stars
Followed the recipe exactly and served with egg noodles. It turned out very good!! I’ve been looking for a good insta pot pork tenderloin recipe and I just found one I’ll use again and again! Thank you!

    Great job, Susan! Nice pairing with the egg noodles. Thanks for sharing!

5 stars
I’m going to try this dish for dinner tonight. it looks so yummy.

    Hope you love it! 🙂

5 stars
This is my kind of gorgeous, but super simple, recipe idea!

    I hope that you love it! Thanks, Sunita!

Respectfully, some of us are novice cookers. If the recipe calls for the tenderloin to be sliced in the 6th step, please maybe have at least one of the pictures show it unsliced in the instant pot. I saw sliced tenderloin in the instant pot in your pictures and went with that.

High or low pressure

    High 🙂

5 stars
This recipe was amazing! Entire family loved it! My mother was curious if you could use porkchops instead of a tender?

    Hi Tracie! Glad to hear that you and your family enjoyed this recipe! It’s a favorite here in our house 🙂 As for swapping for a pork chop, I don’t recommend that for this particular recipe. Definitely use a pork tenderloin!

Why does this recipe call for a cook time of 25 minutes when other online recipes call for a cook time of 3 or 4 minutes? I just don’t want to overcook the tenderloin!

    Trust me on this one, Rob! 😉

    I was wondering the same thing. Every recipe ive seen is like 4 to 5 minutes. I made one that was 6 minutes and it was almost over cooked

    I think the increased cook time yields a braised type of result. A shorter cook time wouldn’t let the flavors blend and the sauce reduce and thicken up. And the meat still remains tender

Why does this recipe call for a cook time of 25 minutes when other online recipes call for a cook time of 3 or 4 minutes? I just don’t want to overcook the tenderloin!

5 stars
delicious, delicious, delicious

    Thank you, Marie! Excited to hear that you enjoyed this recipe so much!

5 stars
Easy to make and very tender.

    Thanks your feedback, Leigh!! Excited to hear that you enjoyed this recipe 🙂

5 stars
Family loves the sauce! i’d like to double iT. How will this affect the COOK TIME?

    You shouldn’t have to change the cook time for doubling the sauce!

5 stars
Stunning recipe. I made it exactly as described and, oh my. I could have eaten it all myself. Especially the sauce. Paired it with an Asparagus, Tomato and feta salad with balsamic vinaigrette. Thank you.

    Yummmm! That salad has me drooling over here! 😉 Super excited to hear that you enjoyed this recipe!

5 stars
This was abso delish, WOULD make again!

    Thanks, Donna!

Do you have any RECOMMENDATIONS about freezing and reheating the tenderloins?

    Wrap tightly in plastic wrap, then in a plastic bag, then freeze. To reheat, thaw in the refrigerator, wrap in foil, reheat in the oven.

Will try this recipe tonight. Do i have to adJust the cook time for a 2.34pouNd loin?

    Not too much, if any!

5 stars
I don’t use soy sauce much or balsamic. Are you familiar with Dale’s? Could it be substituted or would it throw the whole recipe off?

    Honestly- I have no clue what Dale’s is. Sorry!

5 stars
Delicious and easy to make! Definitely a keeper.

5 stars
This recipe is effortless, and oH so delicious!! Works well for Pork tenderloin and pork chops. Enjoy!

    Thanks, Sharon!

4 stars
This recipe tasted great, but the pork was a little dry. It’s the first meal I’ve made in my instant pot, so I’m not sure how you’d adjust the cooking time to fix that. We ended up throwing the sliced pork into the glaze and cooking it together a little longer, and the moisture really helped. Made mashed potatoes on the side and had a great dinner. Thank you for the recipes! I love your food!

    Thanks for your input, Christie! Not sure why yours ended up dry- I haven’t had that issue before!

5 stars
This was UNBELIEVABLY yummy! For all the people that were questioning the cooking time the 25 minutes is legit but well worth the time.

    Thanks for your input!

Has anyone cooked the Balsamic Pork Tenderloin for LESS than the noted 25 minutes? I followed the recipe as written and the pork came out way overdone and stringy. As others commented, all other similar recipes call for only a 5 minute cooking time. Flavor was good so might try cooking for only 5 minutes if i try again

5 stars
I can’t wait to try this recipe! I’m looking forward to more of your recipes.)))

    Hope you love it!

1 star
Sorry, I’ve cooked a lot of pork tenderloins, but This was way over-done.

5 stars
By far one of my favorItes. Used seasme oil in place Of oive oiL, and only cooKed it on manual for 15 minutes. Super moist ans glaze was amazinG

    Yum!! Sounds delicious- thanks for sharing

5 stars
Wow, Looks Yummy! Thanks for sharing this detailed recipe. I will definitely try to make this tonight. 🙂

    Hope you love it!

5 stars
This is delicious! Everybody in the family loves it…all clean plates, thanks!

    Family approved- nice job, Jen! 😉 Happy to hear that your family enjoys this recipe just as much as mine! Thanks for sharing!

3 stars
I used half the sugar and it still tasted good. However 25 minutes in a pressure cooker is way too much. The pork came out very dry.

Can this recipe be adapted for a crockpot or will the pork get too dry?

    Hi Kathleen! I haven’t tested this recipe in the slow cooker so I can’t say for sure. If you don’t have an instant pot, I do have a baked pork tenderloin recipe that is a reader favorite! It only takes about 30 minutes. I’ve put the link below for your to reference!

    https://www.lecremedelacrumb.com/best-baked-pork-tenderloin/

5 stars
Made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! The meat was so tender and juicy! We Had brussel sprouts with it and The sauCe was great On them too.

    Awesome job!! Brussels sprouts with this sounds like a great pairing!

Really found the picture of the pork sliced in the instant pot to be misleading. Presure cooked for 10 minutes and was SLIGHTLY overcooked. Will try it for 7 minutes next time and use a meat THERMOMETER again to see if cooked. OTHERWISE tasty but so glad i didn’t cook for 25 minutes, it would have been LEATHER!

Does it really take 1 cup of sugar? That’s a lot! Any sub?

    You could try honey?

3 stars
Ended up way overcooked. Decent flavor, maybe less soy sauce.

5 stars
I made this tonight and it was amazing! Best thing I’ve made in my instant pot!
Thankyou for giving me hope that I can actually make something delicious in this pot!
A hit with the family!

    Awesome job, Samantha! Glad I could change your mind about the instant pot 😉

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