How to Cook Pork Tenderloin in the Instant Pot

Pork Tenderloin in Instant Pot

Try this 2 ingredient recipe for pork tenderloin in the instant pot.  It is super easy and quick!  Enjoy fresh BBQ today and have leftovers for a delicious, healthy salad.  Enjoy!

How to Prepare Pork Tenderloin

Ready to cook a pork tenderloin in the instant pot?  Begin by purchasing a pork tenderloin from the grocery store.  I like to use Hormel Original so that I can add my own seasoning.  I purchased this one from Publix.

Hormel Original Pork Tenderloin
Hormel Original Pork Tenderloin

Remove the tenderloin from the wrapper and place it on a plate.  Generously sprinkle Duck Commander Phil Robertson’s Original Cajun Seasoning all over the meat and pat it down.  This is my favorite, easy and delicious go-to seasoning that adds a Cajun kick.  You can adjust to your taste by the amount that you sprinkle on to season the food.

Remove the silver pot from your instant pot  and place the trivet that came with your instant pot in the bottom.  Add 2 cups of water and place the seasoned tenderloin on the trivet in the silver pot.  Place the silver pot in your instant pot chamber.

Pork Tenderloin Ready for Instant Pot
Pork Tenderloin Ready for Instant Pot

How to Cook Pork Tenderloin in the Instant Pot

Place the lid with the sealing ring in place on the instant pot.  Set the pressure vent in sealing position on the lid.  For our detailed instructions on How to Cook in the Instant Pot, click here.

Set the timer to manually cook for 30 minutes.  This is the perfect cooking time if you want to slice or chop the tenderloin after you cook it.  Chopped tenderloin makes a great BBQ salad – for now or leftovers.  You might want to add 5 minutes cooking time and let it set for 10 minutes after removing if you plan to shred it.

After the timer counts down and beeps the meat is done.  I like to let the pressure release naturally for about 5 or 10 minutes until the pin falls indicating the pressure has released.  You can do a quick release by turning the sealing vent from sealing to venting if you are in a hurry.  Be sure to use a tongs or a potholder to shield your fingers from the steam releasing.

Instant Pot Pressure Valve
Instant Pot Pressure Valve

Remove the lid and silver pot.  Your tenderloin is ready to cut and serve.

Pork Tenderloin in the Instant Pot
Pork Tenderloin in the Instant Pot

Perfect Side Dishes to Accompany Pork Tenderloin

Collard greens prepared ahead of time and corn casserole go great with this.  Plan a grand finale with some delicious pie and ice cream or frozen yogurt.   Enjoy!

See this recipe on  Christy Jordan’s Meal Plan Monday at Southern Plate.

Pork Tenderloin in the Instant Pot

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Serves: 4-6
Cooking Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 Fresh Pork Tenderloin (approximate weight 1.5 pounds)
  • Duck Commander Phil Robertson's Original Cajun Seasoning
  • 2 Cups Water for the Instant Pot



Remove tenderloin from package and place on a plate. Generously sprinkle Cajun Seasoning all over the meat and pat it down.


Place trivet and 2 cups of water in instant pot.


Place seasoned tenderloin on trivet.


Be sure you have put the sealing rings on the inside of your instant pot lid and position the lid in place.


Attach pressure vent to top of lid and be sure it is set to sealing position.


Set instant pot to manually cook for 30 minutes.


After timer beeps, let pressure release naturally for 5 to 10 minutes until pressure pin has dropped. If you are in a hurry you can do a quick release.


Remove from instant pot and serve.


Add additional 5 minutes cooking time if you plan to shred meat. Always check to be sure meat has been cooked thoroughly.

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