Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin w Mashed Potatoes! Gravy! - My go to weeknight dinner, ready with about 10-15 minutes of actual cooking time.
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A lot of people recently got Instant Pots for Christmas. I've been using it now for almost 3 years and I still haven't wavered in my love for it.
I'm a member in several online Facebook groups dedicated to Instant Pot recipes and I always see people asking "why do you love this thing, it isn't quicker". But it is. If you use it the right way.
Is The Instant Pot Going To Change My Life?
Let me explain. I do not use the Instant Pot every single day. It is not going to replace every cooking convention I own. My Instant Pot is not going to make me a better cook than I already am. It's not magically going to infuse flavor into foods that I am putting in bland. Once you understand this, I think you can appreciate the Instant Pot for what it is. A pressure cooker. It's great for some recipes, but not all!
This Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin dinner is a meal that I have been making for about a year and a half now. I am constantly making it on days where I'm running out of time or we have to run from gymnastics to scouts with only about a half hour in between.
The reason I haven't shared this recipe for Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin yet is because, well, because I'm making it on my busy days, I never have time to take photos.
A friend recently asked me how to make it and I gave her quick instructions. This friend reported back the next day and asked why the heck I haven't posted it yet. She was in agreement that this recipe is a game changer. After finishing the conversation understanding this is exactly the kind of recipe that makes the Instant Pot amazing, I decided I had to dedicate some day light hours to making this with a little extra time for photos.
Only seven ingredients and a few easy steps to this Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin:
Season the pork with a seasoning blend. Or you can really save time by purchasing a pre-marinated pork product!
Brown the pork. This step can also be omitted but my family prefers to have the "crust" rather than not.
Add broth, deglaze pot and place potato steamer basket on top of pork.
Pressure cook. After cook time is done, remove potatoes and pork and make gravy.
Mash potatoes, slice pork and serve with gravy
Notes for Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin:
- You can use any seasoning mix you enjoy for your pork
- If you do not want to make your own gravy, just pour a jar of gravy over the pork and only add about ½ C broth to the meal. Omit the cornstarch slurry at the end.
- This recipe can also be made with turkey tenderloin
- You can easily adjust the ratios of cream, butter etc with the potatoes to however you normally make your mashed potatoes
Now, on to the recipe for Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin w Mashed Potatoes! Gravy!
Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin With Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
- 1 T vegetable oil
- 2 lb pork tenderloin
- 2 C chicken broth divided
- 4-5 medium to large potatoes peeled and quartered
- 4 T butter softened
- ½ C heavy cream or whole milk, wamred
- 1 teaspoon salt more or less to taste
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper if desired
- 3 T cornstarch + 3 T cold water or broth
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dry Italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon paprika not smoked
- Stir or whisk together ingredients to create a seasoning blend. Use half with this recipe and save the other half for next time in a tightly covered jar or container.
Instant Pot Instructions
- Set Instant Pot to "saute". While heating up, season your pork with about half the seasoning recipe above. Or skip this step if you have a pre-marinated or pre-seasoned pork tenderloin.
- Once Instant Pot is hot, add oil and then add seasoned pork. If tenderloin is too long it can be cut in half prior to adding. Brown on all sides, about 3 minutes per side.
- Once pork is browned, remove with tongs and set aside on a plate. Pour in ¼ C broth and scrape all the bits up from the bottom of the pot (deglaze). Pour in remaining broth. Place pork back in the pot. Arrange potatoes in steamer basket and place basket on top of the pork.
- Press cancel to stop saute mode. Cover, seal vent and set manual high pressure for 8 minutes. (larger cuts will require more time)
- When 8 minutes is up, allow a natural release. Using tongs or a safe "mitt", remove potato steamer basket. Place pork on a cutting board and allow to rest.
- Once again, press saute. Once broth comes up to a boil, stir 3 T cornstarch together with 3 T cold water or broth and whisk in to pot with broth. Allow to saute, occasionally whisking until thickened. Cancel saute.
- While gravy is thickening, prepare potatoes. Place potatoes in a bowl and mash. Add salt, pepper & butter and slowly add in cream/milk until desired consistency. If you prefer you can whip them with a hand mixer instead.
- Slice pork and serve with gravy and potatoes on side.
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I was excited to find this recipe and pinned it right away. Thanks! I'm new to Instant Pot cooking, but so far I love it! It has made dinner time so much easier. I didn't have success with your recipe. I tried it with a 2-lb tenderloin and it was no where near done after 8 minutes. I read your recipe again and noticed you say to put it on high pressure. I don't have the option, that I've found, to choose the pressure. I simply have less/normal/more time. Could that be why mine wasn't done so fast? Thanks again for the recipe!
Hmmm, I don't know why yours wasn't done in 8 minutes. This is something I make just about weekly and have never had to tweak the time. The only thing I wonder is if the pork you bought was shorter but thicker, therefore requiring more time? I wish I had an answer for you.
Late answer but for those wondering. On the Instant Pot Duo “high” is the “More” button. Until I was familiar with my IP, I’m asked that same question to food bloggers on Pinterest. All said use “More.” Plus, they said unless a recipe states to use the “Less” or “Normal” buttons those recipes are cooked using the “More” button. Hope this helps to save someone time from searching all over.
I also had to cook longer. however it was delicious. I apparently just can't make gravy. Mine was lumpy. Lol
Thank you for the recipe and instructions. I've had my instapot for a year and just started using it. I was actually afraid of it. Haha
I've heard a lot of people say they were afraid. Glad you're trying it out now! May I ask the weight of the tenderloin you prepared?