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Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin With Sliced Apples

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Are you needing a quick and easy dinner recipe that is no-fail and stress-free? If so, this Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin needs to be on your dinner menu this week. You'll love the ease of cooking everything in one pot and having the Instant Pot take over and do all the work for you!

If you have pork tenderloin on hand, give its pressure cooker pork tenderloin a try. Tender, moist, and loaded with flavor. You can't go wrong.

pork loin with apples in instant pot

Cooking a Pork Tenderloin

Do you ever have a cut of meat that you're just unsure of what to do with?  But now that I have this tenderloin recipe in my back pocket, it's one less cut of pork that I have to worry about figuring out how to cook.

This pork is so tasty, and essentially goes with any and every side you can think of. We love serving it with Southern collard greens, Instant Pot black-eyed peas, and IP mashed potatoes.

Ingredients Needed For Pork Tenderloin

  • Pork Tenderloin
  • Oil
  • Apples
  • Chipotle Pepper
  • Cumin
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Onion
  • Bone Broth

Supplies Used to Make Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin

How to Make Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin With Apples

Start by adding oil into the Instant Pot and turn it to saute. Let the oil get hot, then place your seasoned pork in to sear all side.

Now once the pork is seared, remove it. Toss in remaining oil, onions, and apples. Start making thin slits in pork to stick the apple slices in.

Add in ingredients, broth and place lid on the pressure cooker, and cook until it is done, as directed below.

The full recipe and measurements for pork tenderloin is in the printable recipe card below.

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Does the pressure cooker make your tenderloin more tender?

This is just one of the many reasons that people love cooking with the Instant Pot. If you're using a cheaper cut of meat or one that is less tender, the pressurizing of the Instant Pot can have an overall effect on the meat that will make it more tender and juicy.

cooked pork tenderloin on white plate

What is more tender - pork loin or pork tenderloin?

The pork tenderloin is going to be the winner when it comes to tenderness. It's a good cut of meat that tends to be very lean. Keep in mind that you don't want to overcook this though or you're going to dry it out very quickly.

Can you overcook your tenderloin in a pressure cooker?

Absolutely. You need to make certain to follow the directions carefully of you'll end up with meat that is tough, dry, and not all that pleasant to eat.

Make certain that you pay attention to the weight of the meat and use that to adjust your cooking times in your Instant Pot.

What To Serve With Pork Tenderloin With Apples

Mashed Potatoes, cauliflower rice, classic Instant Pot white rice, or any other side works great. Just serve with what you enjoy.

This pork recipe is so simple, and boy does it pack some flavor. Have fun and try it out and let me know your preferred side dishes.

Tips For Making Pork Tenderloin

  • Evenly season your pork so you can get an even flavor all over the pork.
  • Make sure you don't skip searing the pork. This adds tons of flavor and texture to your pork.
  • Place the apple slices in the slips on the pork, it will help season the meat even more.
  • Sauteing the onions adds a lot more depth to the dish.

Storing Leftovers for Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin

If you happen to have some of your tenderloin leftover, store in the fridge for up to three days.

Reheat in the microwave or on low in a skillet. If you heat in a skillet add a little broth or water to help keep your pork moist and not dry out.

How to Pick A Good Pork Tenderloin At The Store

  • The pork will have a nice bright pinkish color to it. Don't buy lighter brown colored, that shows it is old or air has been exposed to the meat.
  • The fat should be whiteish. Don't buy pork with darker spots of fat marbled throughout.
  • Pork is naturally fattier so you will find it offers a nice marble effect on the meat.

Do You Peel The Apples For Recipe

Leaving or peeling the apples is up to you on what you prefer. If you like the apple peel go ahead and leave it on. This will add more texture.

Now, if you decide to peel you will find it breaks the apples down quite a bit and will lose a bit of the shape.

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Yield: 8 servings

Instant Pot Pork Loin

pork loin with apples in instant pot

Our pressure cooker pork loin recipe is an easy gluten-free pork loin that is tender and full of flavor.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Pressure Release Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


    1. Place 2 tablespoons of olive oil in the Instant Pot and set to saute.
    2. Pat the pork tenderloin dry, and then season with salt, chipotle pepper and cumin.
    3. When the oil is hot, place the pork tenderloin in the Instant Pot and brown on each side, about 3-4 minutes each before flipping.
    4. Once the pork tenderloin is browned all over, remove to a plate and set aside.
    5. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the Instant Pot.
    6. Add the onions and one of the sliced apples to the Instant Pot. Cook until onions are translucent, stirring occasionally.
    7. Carefully place shallow cuts into the pork tenderloin ever 1/4" to 1/2". Insert an apple slice into each cut.
    8. Once the apple-onion medley is done cooking, turn off the instant pot and place the pork over top.
    9. Add 1/2 cup of water or broth.
    10. Secure the lid and cook on meat setting for 30 minutes. Do a natural pressure release. Serve and enjoy!


Variations for Pork Tenderloin

  • For a shredded pork recipe, increase the cooking time.
  • Use Instant Pot bone broth.
  • Thicken the cooking liquid with a slurry of cornstarch and water.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 346Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 125mgSodium 196mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 2gSugar 7gProtein 46g

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