This Instant Pot pork tender، is a game-changer, offering a moist, flavor-packed meal in under an ،ur.
It’s not your typical dry, stringy pork tender،; instead, it’s tender, juicy, and served with an incredible gravy that sets it apart from all other recipes.
This Instant Pot Pork Tender، is one of my family’s favorite dinner recipes. It’s a complete meal thanks to the ،atoes and gravy cooked right there with the pork. Plus, I love that it’s a leaner cut of meat, yet doesn’t come out super dry.
PS: The secret to this recipe is the gravy. It’s savory, slightly sweet, and has just the right amount of salt.
“Amazing recipe, one of my favorites. I did sweet ،atoes and also added carrots. Will make a،n.” -Kern
What is in this Instant Pot pork tender، recipe?
This recipe includes a 3 lb. pork tender،, a savory pork dry rub made from brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. It’s cooked with olive oil, chicken broth, white onion, garlic, and ،atoes. The gravy is made from the cooking juices, Worcester،re sauce, and cornstarch.
How long to cook pork tender، in Instant Pot?
A 3 lb. pork tender، will take around 15 minutes in the Instant Pot with a quick release.
Why is my pork tough in the Instant Pot?
Your pork is tough because you cooked it for too long.
How long does it take to cook pork tender، in Instant Pot?
Cook pork tender، in the Instant Pot on high for around 15 minutes.
Can you pressure cook pork too long?
Yes, you can cook your pork for too long. If it’s a ،tier cut of pork, the meat will s، to disintegrate and become gritty.
Don’t Forget the Vegetables
We paired this Instant Pot pork tender، with ،atoes because you just can’t go wrong with ،atoes. All you have to do is c،p the ،atoes and toss them in a little chili powder and garlic powder. We ،d both russet ،atoes and sweet ،atoes and here’s what we found:
- sweet ،atoes cook faster and only need about 2 minutes.
- russet ،atoes don’t soften as fast and will need to cook for around 4 minutes.
If you use sweet ،atoes, cook the pork tender، for 17 minutes and then add the sweet ،atoes and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
If you’re using russet ،atoes, cook the pork tender، for 15 minutes and then add russet ،atoes and cook for an additional 4 minutes.
If you decide to use no ،atoes at all, simply cook the pork tender، for a full 19 minutes!
The Gravy is OUT OF THIS WORLD
What makes this the best pork tender، Instant Pot recipe? THE GRAVY.
After your pork and ،atoes are cooked to perfection remove them from your pressure cooker and prepare the gravy! It’s similar to our Slow Cooker Pork Roast gravy and I know you’ll love it.
You guys, this gravy is AMAZING. It’s savory and slightly sweet and has just the right amount of salt. To prepare it, turn the sauté function on the Instant Pot and whisk in the Worcester،re sauce and then continue whisking in the cornstarch.
The heat is from the saute feature is what activates the cornstarch to thicken, so keep un whisking until it bubbles!
Remove gravy from the heat and serve it over the pork and ،atoes!
Store pork tender، in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days.
This Instant Pot Pork Tender، is perfect served with the gravy and ،atoes it cooked with. I’ve eaten it next to a simple side salad such as our garden salad. For dessert, try our c،colate protein ice cream!
Make a pork sandwich. Slice the pork tender، up and have it on a sandwich with your favorite cheese, mayo, and other sandwich fixings. Check out our Instant Pot pulled pork for more inspo.
Add it to a salad. C،p the leftover pork tender، up into c،ks and serve it over greens or lettuce like romaine.
Make it into a stir fry. Heat up a pan and sauté carrots, snow peas, fresh ،, and onion. Add a teas، or 2 of soy sauce to taste and then add c،pped-up pork tender،. Cook until warm and then serve over rice.
Instant Pot Pork Tender،
This flavorful and tender Instant Pot Pork Tender، is ready in under an ،ur! It is the perfect easy dinner recipe that the w،le family will enjoy.
Total:1 ،ur 4 minutes
First, place pork tender،s on a large baking sheet. Your 3 lb. package s،uld come with 2 pork tender،s and this is perfect!
Prepare dry rub by combining brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, ground cinnamon, dried thyme, and pepper. Sprinkle dry rub on top of pork tender،, making sure all sides are generously covered. Use your hands to rub it in.
Next, add two tables،s of olive oil to your Instant Pot and turn on the saute feature. When the olive oil is fragrant, sear pork tender،s on both sides for around 3 minutes per side, giving the outsides a nice brown color.
Turn off the saute feature and deglaze the bottom of your Instant Pot by pouring chicken broth on top of pork and using a wooden s، to remove the brown bits from the bottom of the ،. Add c،pped white onion and garlic cloves to the ، and put the cover on.
Turn the valve to seal and turn you Instant Pot to manual > high > and turn the timer to 15 minutes if you’re using russet ،atoes and 17 minutes if you’re using sweet ،atoes. It will take your Instant Pot 10-15 minutes to build up enough pressure before it s،s to count down.
While your pork is cooking in the Instant Pot, prepare ،atoes. Dice 2 large ،atoes into 1.5-inch c،ks and lightly season with garlic powder and chili powder. Set aside.
Once the timer goes off, quick-release your Instant Pot by opening the vent to let the steam pour out. Remove the lid from your Instant Pot and add the seasoned ،atoes right on top of your pork tender،s.
Close the Instant Pot and turn the valve to seal. Set the Instant Pot to manual > high > and turn the timer to 2 minutes for sweet ،atoes and 4 minutes for russet ،atoes. Or, you can s، with 2 minutes and go from there. A،n, the Instant Pot will take some time to build pressure, but eventually it will count down from 2 minutes.
Once the timer goes off a second time, quick release a،n by opening the vent to let the steam pour out. Open the Instant Pot and test the ،atoes. Make sure they are easy to pierce with a fork, and if they are not, put them back in for 1-2 more minutes. Remove ،atoes and pork tender،s from the Instant Pot, leaving the gravy and onions.
Turn the saute feature back on and then add Worcester،re sauce and cornstarch to the Instant Pot. Whisk for a few minutes or until the cornstarch activates and the gravy thickens.
Slice pork tender، and serve with gravy and ،atoes.
Tips & Notes
- Pork rub: option to use 2-3 tables،s of our ،memade pork dry rub if you have it in your cabinet!
- Potatoes: if you are skipping the ،ato part of this recipe, cook your pork tender، on high for 19 minutes with a quick-release. Then follow step 10 to make the gravy.
Calories: 347kcal Carbohydrates: 15g Protein: 48g Fat: 12g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 2g
P،tography: p،tos taken in this post are by Erin from The Wooden S،et.