How to Cook Pork Loin in the Instant Pot

This pork loin roast served with a thick reduction of pan juices is tender and juicy and will be on your dinner table in less than an hour.

This pork loin roast served with a thick reduction of pan juices is tender and juicy and will be on your dinner table in less than an hour.

One of my most popular posts is How to Roast Pork Loin Perfectly. The feedback has been so positive that I decided to test a recipe for pork loin roast using the Instant Pot to help you get this delicious roast on your table even quicker. I really love my Instant Pot. This is the one that I have, in case you’re looking to get one.

I think that it is important to mention here, this recipe is for pork loin roast and not a pork tenderloin. If you are interested in the difference, you can head to this post on The Kitchn. Another option would be roasting pork shoulder or pork chops. I love doing that, too.

Before reading on, if you’re looking for a traditional New Year’s Pork and Sauerkraut recipe done in the Instant Pot, I’ve got a really amazing one over here.

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I like to season the roast with a simple mixture of salt, pepper and garlic powder after rubbing it with a little olive oil. Searing the roast in the Instant Pot using the sauté function creates a caramelized exterior – yum! And it leaves behind some tasty bits on the bottom of the pot to flavor the pan juices – double yum!

The juices left behind from the cooking process are like liquid gold. After I take the roast out of the pot and remove the trivet, I use the sauté function again to turn pan juices into a delicious, rich sauce to serve over the pork. If you’d like more of a gravy, check out my recipe for Instant Pot Gravy over here, my traditional gravy recipe, or my recipe that you can use without any pan drippings.

In just under an hour, you can have a tender, flavorful roast on the table any day of the week or for a special occasion.

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Instant Pot Pork Loin with Pan Juices


  • Author: Allie McDonald
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x

Description

This pork loin roast served with a thick reduction of pan juices is tender and juicy and will be on your dinner table in less than an hour.

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 12 lb. pork loin roast, boneless or bone-in
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup unsalted chicken broth or water

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper and garlic powder, stir to combine.
  2. Rub pork roast with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with the salt mixture on all sides.
  3. Select the Sauté button to heat the Instant Pot. When “Hot” is displayed, add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil.
  4. Add the seasoned pork and sear on all sides, approximately 4 minutes per side.
  5. When roast has been seared on all sides, press Cancel and remove pork from the Instant Pot. Set aside on a plate.
  6. Add the broth or water to the Instant Pot, scraping any bits from the bottom with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.
  7. Place the trivet in the bottom and lay the pork on top of the trivet.
  8. Cover pot, lock on the lid, and set the steam release valve to Sealing
  9. Select the Meat/Stew or Pressure Cook button and set the cook time to 17 minutes.
  10. When the cooking cycle has finished, allow the pot to sit for 5 minutes, and then do a quick release by moving the valve to Venting.
  11. Remove the pork loin roast to a cutting board with tongs or a slotted spoon. Remove the trivet from the Instant Pot.
  12. Select the Sauté Bring the juices to a boil and reduce by 1/2, stirring occasionally, about 5 – 7 minutes.
  13. Carve pork into 1/2” pieces and serve with pan juices.

Notes

If you like a crispy crust, you can use the final-sear method by placing the pressure cooked roast on a sheet pan or roasting pan and putting in an oven that has been heated to 475˚ F for 10 minutes.

 

64 Responses to “How to Cook Pork Loin in the Instant Pot”

  1. Missy MacIsaac — March 15, 2019 @ 6:24 pm (#)

    Want to use my InstaPot for the first time tomorrow and make your boneless pork loin recipe. But I have a 3 lb pork loin… what adjustment in cooking time please!…. thank you!

  2. Wendy McDaniel — March 13, 2019 @ 9:10 pm (#)

    Thank you for the great recipe for Pork Loin in an InstantPot. I appreciate the very detailed and precise instructions for the InstantPot. The instructions actually coincide with the InstantPot labeling. InstantPot needs to hire you to provide instructions and recipes to come with new InstantPots. Everything I have seen before you has been totally inadequate to accommodate the different labels on the difference models of InstantPot. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  3. Stephen — March 2, 2019 @ 7:57 pm (#)

    I used a 2.3 lb boneless pork roast which is thicker than a loin and the internal temp was a 127 so I put it back in for zero minutes and that brought it up to about 175 which was just a little too high but it was still moist and flavorful . Thanks for posting the recipe, if using a small roast instead of a loin 18 or 19 minutes would probably be 👌 perfect.

  4. Thomas Brennan — February 28, 2019 @ 11:30 am (#)

    Followed recipe exactly with an 8qt Instant Pot. Came out very dry and under seasoned. I suspect browning all 6 sides for 4 minutes was what killed it. I would also brine the meat for about 8 hours next time. For reducing the sauce, I changed the Saute setting to Low as it was boiling the sauce way too much at the default setting.

  5. Dinah — February 27, 2019 @ 11:10 pm (#)

    My family really liked this recipe! I used 1.85 lb pork loin roast and seared all 4 sides (not the ends) 4 min each. The 1/2 c liquid was perfect amount. After I pressure cooked on high for 17 min, I did a natural release for 5 min, then quick release. At that point, it took another 6 min for the pin to drop before I opened the lid. I didn’t let the pork rest as long as I should have (we were running late), which caused a lot of juice to “leak” out. This was a mistake on my part, otherwise it would’ve been more moist. Thank you for this quick, delicious recipe!

  6. Dreanna (part 2) — February 27, 2019 @ 8:28 am (#)

    Okay so I was making a 2.2Kg (about 5 lbs) and cooked it for 35 minutes with a full cup of fluid. It was still about 10 degrees too cool, so I put it in for 7 more minutes, then it was waaaaay overcooked (very tough, temp was much higher than before, I was not aware of the power of an instant pot, I’m new). I’ll try again another day at maybe 37 minutes, because 35 clearly was almost perfect. This probably is best for small roasts though.

  7. Dreanna — February 26, 2019 @ 5:22 pm (#)

    Hi, it says to only add 1/2 a cup of liquid, but aren’t you supposed to use a minimum of 1 cup of liquid in an instant pot? If I use a full cup of broth, will that affect my roast?

  8. Godiva de Maus — February 24, 2019 @ 5:05 pm (#)

    I wonder if the people who are having the recipe fail are not permitting the pot to depressurize “naturally”?

    NPR permits continued cooking of the item while it’s working toward depressurization and it’s an esp. important step when cooking meats.

  9. Elizabeth Wilkinson — February 14, 2019 @ 6:28 pm (#)

    Same problem as previous two people. I had a 1.5 pound pork loin, set in meat/stew, for 17 minutes, and the middle is raw.
    Now I’m worried the whole thing will be dry because it’s such a small roast. Bummer.
    First time using the instant pot, guess there’s a learning curve to it.
    I have the 6 qt duo, and I seared it first, and used the trivet.

    • Christine Pittman — February 19, 2019 @ 11:57 am (#)

      Elizabeth, I’m so sorry. I have no idea why it isn’t working. I make this recipe all the time and I’ve just gone and done another round of research to look at other recipes online to check that the times I’m giving are inline with others, and they are. You have it set for high pressure cooking, right? The only other thing I can think of is that the 6qt probably heats up and gets to pressure faster than my 8qt. So maybe extra time is needed to account for that difference?

  10. Norma — February 10, 2019 @ 6:52 pm (#)

    Had the same issue as Laura. 2 lb pork loin only half cooked. .Raw in center of roast the roast. I now have it back in for 10 more minutes. Hope it will be finished cooking.

  11. Laura — February 6, 2019 @ 7:46 pm (#)

    I used a 2 pound pork loin, and it came out raw (83.7 degrees) after 17 minutes. Should this have been a pork tenderloin?

    • Christine Pittman — February 19, 2019 @ 12:42 pm (#)

      No, pork loin is correct. I’m not sure why there are such mixed results for this recipe. For some people, me included, it turns out perfectly. I’m going to experiment and research some more to see what’s going on. Thank you for your feedback!

  12. Deb — January 27, 2019 @ 11:08 am (#)

    Am using the 45 minute for 3.5lb bone in pork loin. Should I add more Broth. Ty

  13. BROOXIE — January 25, 2019 @ 11:52 pm (#)

    Hi Christine, I love how easy it is to cook a pork loin in my Instant Pot but mine always turn out dry…..no wonder, I read online to cook for 50 minutes!! Had another dry one tonight. Can’t wait to try your recipe! Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Christine Pittman — January 31, 2019 @ 12:06 pm (#)

      You’re welcome. I hope it turned out for you!

  14. Laura P — January 19, 2019 @ 12:44 pm (#)

    2nd time using your recipe, for a larger roast, & perfect, again! This time, I deglazed with white wine & threw a (fresh) bay leaf, & a sprig of dried rosemary in the juices as they reduced – incredibly delicious! Thanks for the detailed instructions. I read & appreciated your responses to other people’s comments, too.

    • Christine Pittman — January 31, 2019 @ 12:11 pm (#)

      Laura, Thank you for the kind comment. I’m really glad that you liked it so much. And the white wine, bay and rosemary juices sounds amazing! I’m totally going to try that!

  15. John — January 10, 2019 @ 7:11 pm (#)

    Just wondering where you got the picture for the article at? That is pork tenderloin in the picture. You go into making sure people are using pork loin and not tenderloin, but you show a picture of tenderloin. I have a meat sciences degree from Iowa State, so I know the difference. Thanks.

    • Christine Pittman — January 14, 2019 @ 3:23 pm (#)

      John, we took that picture. And it actually is a pork loin, not a tenderloin. But you’re right, something about the angle makes it look like a tenderloin. I have other pictures of the same roast taken from above. I’m going to edit those and put them on the site instead of the current ones. Thanks for your feedback. I don’t want any readers to be confused about what to buy.

  16. joe — January 9, 2019 @ 1:54 pm (#)

    Hi Christine

    would you be able and clarify what is the size of your instant pot, as well to what setting are you setting the pressure cooker, is your set to high or low

  17. Jenni — January 6, 2019 @ 10:20 pm (#)

    Mine came out dry, what did I do wrong?

  18. Nancy L Kastner — January 3, 2019 @ 3:06 pm (#)

    Since my Pork Loin is a little over 3 lb. how long should I cook it?

    • Christine Pittman — January 4, 2019 @ 1:45 pm (#)

      Nancy, if it is boneless, set the initial pressure-cooking time for 20 minutes for a 3 lb roast, 25 minutes for a 4 lb roast, 23 minutes for 3.5 lb If it is bone-in, go with 40 minutes for 3 lbs, 45 minutes for 3.5 lbs, 50 minutes for 4 lbs.

  19. Sharon Doles — January 1, 2019 @ 10:25 pm (#)

    I like my roast with no pink, should I cook longer than 17 minutes to reach the 160degrees?

  20. Don Stilley — December 15, 2018 @ 5:56 am (#)

    Good morning… Can I do more than one pork loin in my 6 qt Instant Pot for a 12 guest Christmas dinner? Or do I just do one at a time and somehow keep them warm?
    Also, how can I expand the sauce?

    • Christine Pittman — December 17, 2018 @ 3:34 pm (#)

      Don, I’m sorry but I have no idea what the timing would be for two loins in the instant pot. I’m afraid to guess…but…what you can do is cook them for the time you would use to cook one. Then after the release, use an instant read thermometer to see what the temperature is. If it hasn’t reached the temperature that you like, you can pressure cook them together in there for longer, choosing amount of time based on how far from your desired temperature they are. As to the sauce, you should definitely have a look at my article about making gravy without drippings https://cookthestory.com/easy-gravy-without-drippings/ . If you do that recipe, you can make as much as you’d like! I would use a bit less liquid than the recipe calls for and then after your loins are done, you can whisk in the liquid from the instant pot, a little at a time until you get the thickness for the sauce that you’d like. I hope that helps!

  21. Carmie McMinn — December 13, 2018 @ 4:07 pm (#)

    Made this recipe last night and it was delicious! I added potatoes on top of the meat and some red wine to the broth. The pork was moist and tender. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Christine Pittman — December 17, 2018 @ 3:35 pm (#)

      Carmie, You’re welcome. So happy you liked it. Thanks for letting me know!

  22. Kristina — December 6, 2018 @ 6:57 pm (#)

    What if you don’t have a trivot? Is okay to do it without?

    • Christine Pittman — December 11, 2018 @ 3:06 pm (#)

      Kristina, You can use a steamer basket or roll up some balls of foil and set the roast on that. The idea is to get the roast out of the liquid. You can also use whole carrots (like I did with celery here https://cookthestory.com/how-to-roast-pork-loin-perfectly/). They will soften during cooking and eventually the roast will be in the liquid, but it will be out of it for awhile, which is good. Finally, just put the roast in the bottom of the instant pot. It ends up more poached but I do it all the time and it’s great so nothing to worry about!

  23. David Katz — December 5, 2018 @ 9:11 pm (#)

    Do you pull the veggies out of the pot before you make the sauce, or leave them in?

    • Christine Pittman — December 11, 2018 @ 3:08 pm (#)

      David, I pull them out and munch on them or throw them out usually. Sometimes I use one celery, one carrot and one halved onion. Then I take them out of the pot to make the sauce. Then return them to the sauce and puree them into it. Strain to remove any lumps that didn’t puree well.

  24. Jerry Hanson — November 26, 2018 @ 7:49 pm (#)

    I am cooking a 1.5 # pork loin that has been marinade in mesquite barbecue sauce.  How do I do it in my brand new Instant Pot?  I’m assuming putting veggies in wouldn’t be a good idea, since there will be a lot of barbecue stuff in the juice.  
    Jerry

  25. Pauline S. — November 18, 2018 @ 11:31 pm (#)

    What a great recipe! I made this for dinner tonight in my Instant Pot. I did exactly what the recipe said and it came out perfect.  It was very tender and moist and the reduced sauce was the perfect touch.  My husband helped with the searing in the beginning and we both loved the final product.Thanks for a tasty, easy and quick dinner.

    • Christine Pittman — November 20, 2018 @ 2:41 pm (#)

      Pauline, I’m so happy you guys liked it. Thanks for letting me know!

  26. Lisa — November 12, 2018 @ 10:06 pm (#)

    WOW.. This is great cooked for 17 minutes.. I did leave in for 6 minutes after cook time.. I did add some cumin. Shredded meat for tacos delicious.

    • Christine Pittman — November 14, 2018 @ 11:21 am (#)

      Lisa, I’m delighted that you liked it. Thanks for letting me know!

  27. Samantha Vaughan — November 3, 2018 @ 9:08 pm (#)

    Only 1/2 cup of liquid? I thought that a minimum of 1 cup was required?

    • Christine Pittman — November 14, 2018 @ 11:41 am (#)

      This works in my instant pot. I’m guessing because we’re just going with a chunk of meat here and meat releases juices too, that it works out fine. I’m curious to see if others find the 1/2 cup to be sufficient here.

  28. Nancy — October 29, 2018 @ 8:12 pm (#)

    I tried this recipe last night and it turned out perfectly! My husband couldn’t believe how great it tasted! Thanks for the recipe!!!

    • Christine Pittman — November 14, 2018 @ 11:50 am (#)

      Nancy, I’m really glad that you both liked it. Thanks for letting me know!

  29. Ingrid — October 5, 2018 @ 9:23 pm (#)

    I did this with a 2lb pork loin roast with an Instant Pot 10 in 1 and pressure cooked it.  You didn’t say high or low in your recipe so I left at default which was high.  When done, the temp was 175 when done. A little tough :(.  I did for 17 mins as instructed. Disappointed.  Maybe you can clarify temperature for pressure cook.  Thanks.

  30. Wayne — October 3, 2018 @ 4:36 pm (#)

    Great recipe! I tried something similar to this but with a recipe I found in a book.. for a 2lb roast it said I should do the meat/stew option for 50 Minutes!

    I am wondering why there is such a big difference in cook time?? The loin did come out slightly dry so I was definitely suspicious.

    Thanks for any input!

    • Christine Pittman — October 29, 2018 @ 12:24 pm (#)

      Wayne, yeah, I’d say 50 minutes is way too long for a 2 pound loin. I mean, that would be about the right amount of time in the oven and we know that pressure cookers are faster than ovens.

  31. Kathy — September 29, 2018 @ 9:21 am (#)

    can you tell me how long to cook a 3lb roast that is frozen?

    • Christine Pittman — October 29, 2018 @ 12:39 pm (#)

      I’ve never done that before so I can’t be positive but I think an hour should do it.

  32. Luke — September 18, 2018 @ 10:34 pm (#)

    At step 12: Add some (cooked) pinto or chili beans to make a great side

    • Christine Pittman — September 21, 2018 @ 2:57 pm (#)

      Great idea, Luke. Thanks!

  33. Haley Baker — September 18, 2018 @ 5:35 pm (#)

    Can I replace the chicken broth with beef broth or chicken stock? I don’t have chicken broth on hand but have the other two.

    • Christine Pittman — September 21, 2018 @ 2:58 pm (#)

      Yes, you can use any of those items.

  34. Lynne — September 13, 2018 @ 8:02 pm (#)

    Hi. I don’t have an instant pot yet. Being on SS disability my funds are limited. I do have a 6 qt Wolfgang Puck electric pressure cooker. Your recipe is for Instant Pot which has some features my PC doesn’t have. Also you said to put the pork on a trivet. Again, I don’t have a trivet. Could you possibly let me know how I can make this in my pressure cooker & without a trivet? I appreciate it! Thank you 😊

    • Christine Pittman — September 21, 2018 @ 3:12 pm (#)

      Hi Lynne, OK, here’s what you do. Follow the instructions and then when it says to set the time, what you’re going to do is set u p your machine to pressure cook and let it come to pressure. THen time it for the amount of time given. In this case it’s 17 minutes. The release the steam. As to the trivet, all you’re needing to do is get the roast up out of the liquid. You could use some whole peeled carrots or any small metal heat-safe rack. If you don’t have those things, don’t even worry about it. The difference will be minimal. I hope that helps!

  35. Olaya Liranzo — August 28, 2018 @ 11:04 am (#)

    I just print out the recipe but I just wanted to say THANK YOU! for explaining the differences between all the cuts and different ways to cook the pork, I’m one of those who gets confused all the time!!! can’t wait to try this recipe tonight!

    • Christine Pittman — September 10, 2018 @ 9:16 am (#)

      You’re welcome. I find the cuts of meat confusing sometimes too. Happy I could help!

  36. Maggie Turner — August 24, 2018 @ 8:40 pm (#)

    I made this for dinner tonight, we LOVED it!  I reduced the salt to ½ teaspoon because we are both on sodium reduced diets, and it was still delicious..  In our view the real test of a recipe is whether it tastes great when the sodium is reduced, and this recipe does just that!

    • Christine Pittman — September 10, 2018 @ 9:19 am (#)

      Maggie, That’s so great to hear! And thank you for letting us know about the sodium adjustment.

  37. Mary Matero — August 24, 2018 @ 2:11 pm (#)

    What would the cooking time be for a 5 lb roast?

    • Christine Pittman — September 10, 2018 @ 9:25 am (#)

      35 minutes will do it. But do check the internal temperature with an instant read thermometer after to make sure that it is over 145F at the minimum.

  38. Lacie — August 23, 2018 @ 5:49 pm (#)

    Can you give advice/directions for cooking time if I wanted to add red potatoes and carrots to the pot after browning the loin? I wonder if I could make it a one pot meal by cooking the veggies with the pork? 

    • Christine Pittman — September 10, 2018 @ 9:28 am (#)

      Lacie, I don’t think you’d have to change the cooking time or amount of liquid or anything. Just add the veggies. I think that you want to go with a small roast for this, like the 2lb. one called for or else the veggies and potatoes will be very overcooked. As it is, they will likely be very soft. Going with harder vegetables is a good idea for this reason, not delicate things (opt for carrots over zucchini, for instance). Keep things in larger pieces as well. So you could actually peel the carrots and leave them whole, cutting them into pieces after they’ve cooked. Potatoes, I’d cut large potatoes into 4 pieces at most.

  39. Barbie — August 13, 2018 @ 9:15 pm (#)

    This was so good! It turned out perfect thank you so much for the recipe! I recently started using the instant pot and so far I’ve only used it to cook hard boiled eggs and a few stew-type dishes. this recipe will be repeating! 

    • Christine Pittman — September 10, 2018 @ 9:39 am (#)

      Fantastic! Thanks for letting us know!

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