Instant Pot Pork Loin with Pan Juices

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American


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.

Note: This recipe has been retested and edited in January 2021. The original used a 2 lb. pork loin and less liquid. We’ve also added in some butter and onion to this updated recipe.


  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 1/2 lb. pork loin roast, boneless or bone-in
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 of an onion, cut in quarters
  • 1 1/2 cup unsalted chicken broth or water
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. cornstarch (optional, to thicken pan sauce)


  1. Take roast out of the fridge and cut slits in the fat.
  2. In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Stir to combine.
  3. Rub pork roast with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with the salt mixture on all sides.
  4. Let seasoned pork rest for 45 minutes.
  5. Select the Sauté button to heat the Instant Pot. When “Hot” is displayed, add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and a tablespoon of butter.
  6. Add the seasoned pork and sear on all sides, approximately 3 minutes each on top and bottom and one minute each on the long sides.
  7. When roast has been seared on all sides, press Cancel and remove pork from the Instant Pot. Set aside on a plate.
  8. Add the broth or water to the Instant Pot, scraping any browned bits from the bottom with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.
  9. Place the trivet and onion in the bottom and lay the pork fat side up on top of the trivet.
  10. Cover pot, lock on the lid, and set the steam release valve to Sealing
  11. Select the Meat/Stew or Pressure Cook button and set the cook time to 19 minutes.
  12. When the cooking cycle has finished, do a 12 minute Natural Release.
  13. Check internal temperature, recommended temperature is 145°F.
  14. Remove the pork loin roast to a cutting board with tongs or a slotted spoon. Remove the trivet from the Instant Pot.
  15. Select the Sauté button. Bring the juices to a boil and reduce by 1/2, stirring occasionally, about 5 – 7 minutes. If you’d like to turn the pan juices into more of a gravy, stir cornstarch into some cold water and then add that slurry into the juices.
  16. Carve pork into 1/2” pieces and serve with pan juices.


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.