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Honey Garlic Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin

Quick and easy Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin with Honey Garlic Sauce. This Instant Pot pork tenderloin turns out perfectly tender and has so much flavor!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 mins
Natural Release10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 297kcal


  • 1 pound pork tenderloin
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 ½ teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water


  • Cut the pork tenderloin in half so that you have two shorter pieces that will easily fit in the Instant Pot. (If using an 8 quart Instant Pot this may not be necessary.)
  • Season all sides of the pork tenderloin with salt and pepper.
  • Heat the olive oil in the Instant Pot on sauté mode. Place the pork in the pot and brown 2-3 minutes per side. Remove pork to a clean plate and turn off the Instant Pot.
  • Pour in the ½ cup water and use a spatula to scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot.
  • Add the soy sauce, honey, garlic and ginger to the Instant Pot. Place the pork back in the Instant Pot.
  • Close the lid and turn the steam release valve to the sealing position.
  • Cook at high pressure on the Manual/Pressure Cook setting for 4 minutes. When the cook time ends allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes by leaving the Instant Pot alone. (Do not skip the 10 minute natural release, as the pork will continue to cook during this time.) Then carefully turn the steam release valve to the venting position to release any remaining steam and pressure (there may be none). Make sure that the float valve has dropped down and open the Instant Pot lid.
  • Check that the internal temperature of the thickest part of the pork has reached at least 145 degrees F. If not, you can cook the pork for a few more minutes using the sauté function.
  • Remove the pork to a clean plate or cutting board and let it rest for a few minutes.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the 2 teaspoons cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water. Stir the mixture into the sauce in the Instant Pot. Cook on sauté mode, stirring, until the sauce has thickened, 2-3 minutes. Turn off the Instant Pot and remove the inner pot to stop the cooking process.
  • Slice the pork and serve with the sauce.



  • To cook from frozen, place a frozen pork tenderloin and the sauce ingredients in the Instant Pot and pressure cook on high pressure for 13 minutes plus 10 minutes natural pressure release. Skip the browning step in the recipe. Then follow the directions in the recipe to thicken the sauce.
  • If you don't have fresh ginger you can substitute 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger.
  • You can cook more than one pork tenderloin at a time using this recipe. Just make sure that each tenderloin is about 1 pound and that the pork tenderloins are separate and not stuck together when you cook them. Be sure to double the sauce ingredients if you like a lot of sauce.


Serving: 1/4 recipe | Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 649mg | Sugar: 18g
Nutrition information is only an estimate.
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