Instant Pot Pork Loin

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.

Can Pork Loin be Made in the Instant Pot?

Yes! 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 I use! It will really help you get a delicious roast on your table quicker than ever.

What’s the Difference Between Pork Loin and Tenderloin?

I think that it is important to mention here, this recipe is for pork loin roast and not a pork tenderloin. Pork loin and pork tenderloin actually come from different parts of the animal and both look and cook differently.

Pork tenderloin is best cooked quickly over a high heat while a pork loin is often slow roasted or grilled. You can learn more about these cuts of meat over at The Kitchn.

How Should You Season Pork Loin Roast?

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!

Can I Leave the Browned Bits on the Bottom of the Instant Pot?

No. After searing the roast, some browned bits will be stuck to the bottom of your Instant Pot. This is normal. However, you need to scrape those up before pressure cooking begins.

This is because the browned bits stuck to the bottom get really hot when pressure cooking starts. This heat signals to the unit that something is burning. You can then get a burn notice from the Instant Pot and it will shut itself off.

To prevent this burn notice, after searing the roast, add liquid to the Instant Pot. Let it come to a simmer. This softens and loosens the stuck bits.

Use a wooden spoon to scrape up all the browned stuck bits so that they’re floating in the liquid. From there, you can proceed with the recipe.

What Should I Do with the Pan Juices?

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 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: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4-6 servings

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.

Note: This recipe has been retested and edited to have 1 cup of broth instead of 1/2 cup, and now has a natural release of 10 minutes instead of the original 5 minutes.


Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. Take roast out of the fridge. Unwrap it and let it sit for 20 minutes.
  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. Select the Sauté button to heat the Instant Pot. When “Hot” is displayed, add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil.
  5. Add the seasoned pork and sear on all sides, approximately 4 minutes per side.
  6. When roast has been seared on all sides, press Cancel and remove pork from the Instant Pot. Set aside on a plate.
  7. Add the broth or water to the Instant Pot, scraping any bits from the bottom with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.
  8. Place the trivet in the bottom and lay the pork on top of the trivet.
  9. Cover pot, lock on the lid, and set the steam release valve to Sealing
  10. Select the Meat/Stew or Pressure Cook button and set the cook time to 17 minutes.
  11. When the cooking cycle has finished, allow the pot to sit for 10 minutes, and then do a quick release by moving the valve to Venting.
  12. Remove the pork loin roast to a cutting board with tongs or a slotted spoon. Remove the trivet from the Instant Pot.
  13. Select the Sauté button. Bring the juices to a boil and reduce by 1/2, stirring occasionally, about 5 – 7 minutes.
  14. 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.

 

This post originally appeared in June 2018. It was revised and republished in September 2020.