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Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Apple Sauce

Delicious pork tenderloin cooked to juicy tender perfection.


  • 1 lb pork tenderloin, Note 1
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 apples, peeled, quartered and cored (Note 2)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  • Instant Pot


  • Set the Instant Pot to Sauté.
  • Meanwhile, remove silver skin from pork tenderloin using a sharp pairing knife. Rub the seasoning and salt all over the meat.
  • To sear pork tenderloin, when the display on Instant Pot reads “HOT”, add olive oil and heat it.
  • Once oil is hot, add pork tenderloin and brown on all sides until nice and golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Remove the brown pork tenderloin onto a clean plate.
  • To pressure cook pork tenderloin, add chicken stock, and deglaze the pan with a wooden spoon. (This is an important step to avoid "burn" notice.)
  • Add apples, vinegar, sugar and garlic into the pot.
  • Place the seared pork tenderloin on top.
  • Close the lid and make sure the valve is set to “sealing”. Hit Cancel to turn off "saute" function.
  • Set the Instant Pot to Pressure Cook/Manual for 5 minutes on low setting. (NOTE: It took 4 minutes for my IP to come to pressure.)
  • Once the time is up, allow the pressure to release naturally for 15 minutes, and then carefully turn the valve to venting. Once the pin drops, carefully open the lid.
  • Transfer the pork tenderloin onto a cutting board. Cover and rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
  • To thicken the sauce, set the Instant Pot to Sauté and mash the apples with a potato masher. Bring it to a boil.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water.
  • Once the sauce comes to a boil, add cornstarch slurry and cook until the sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes. Pour the sauce over sliced pork tenderloin and serve.


This recipe has been tested in my favorite Instant Pot DUO 6qt.
Note 1: Pork tenderloin is not the same as pork loin. Pork tenderloin is a long thin cut of meat, usually weighs 1-2lb.
Note 2: You can use any variety of apples you have on hand.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 265kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 76mg, Sodium: 729mg, Potassium: 631mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 70IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 36mg, Iron: 2mg
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