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Enjoy an easy dinner of Instant Pot Garlic and Herb Pork Tenderloin with Carrots and Pearl Onions in under 30 minutes time!
I asked and I’ve heard it loud and clear… you guys want easy weeknight meals. So do I and I consider that a win-win in my book. I’ve been working on a wide-variety of Instant Pot meals to make your weeknight dinner faster and still delicious. I partnered with my friends at Smithfield® again to share this easy recipe for Instant Pot Garlic and Herb Pork Tenderloin with Carrots and Pearl Onions. All you have to do is add a side like noodles, rice, or even mashed potatoes and dinner is done. Best of all, this meal is done in about 30 minutes. No longer, do you need to save fresh pork tenderloins for the weekend. You can enjoy them all week long thanks to the Instant Pot. I honestly don’t think I’ll ever cook a pork tenderloin in the oven again. What I love about Smithfield® is that their marinated fresh pork has all-natural ingredients include pork broth, vinegar, salt and spices. They only use ingredients you can pronounce. Which is the number 1 reason they are my go-to for a quick meal!
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Can you cook more then one pork loin filet in your Instant Pot?
Yes! I’ve tested this and you can cook two–just try to not stack them on top of each other. As you see in the photo you’ll need to cut your pork tenderloin in half so that it will fit inside the Instant Pot. You will need to add a few extra minutes on the cooking time if you cook two at once. I would also suggest adding more carrots and pearl onions too if you are feeding more people that way you don’t have to worry about needing additional vegetable side dishes.
Can you enjoy pork loin at medium temperature?
Yes! typically medium-to-medium well is between 145-150 degrees Fahrenheit before resting. You can also enjoy it at well done which is 165 degrees Fahrenheit. I created this recipe to yield a more medium-well to well temperature pork. I’m a traditionalist and like pork more toward the well-done side. Just use, a meat thermometer to gauge the true internal temperature of the pork.
Best of all about this meal–we had enough leftovers for lunch the next day. I always try to make enough food to feed at least my husband if not myself the next day. You can serve it the same way or use it as the protein on a sandwich or place on fresh marinated pork on top of a salad. The options are endless. By making a little extra food at dinnertime it helps cut down on our weekly grocery bill. We have a family of four, but our children are still little and not eating full adult-size portions just yet. My son and daughter LOVED this meal. I’m glad when I went to Walmart I picked up a few extra fresh pork tenderloins. I froze the extra so I can make a quick meal on a whim.
If your looking to simplify dinner I definitely encourage you to make this recipe for Instant Pot Garlic and Herb Pork Tenderloin with Carrots and Pearl Onions.
Instant Pot Garlic and Herb Pork Tenderloin with Carrots and Pearl Onions
- Instant Pot
- 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
- 1.5 pounds Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Herb Fresh Pork Loin Filet
- 1 cup frozen pearl onions
- 1 pound baby carrots
- 1 cup water divided
- 2 tablespoon cornstarch
- Preheat the Instant Pot to "saute" setting.
- When the Instant Pot reads "HOT" pour the grapeseed oil in the pot. Then using kitchen sheers, cut the Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Herb Fresh Pork Loin Filet in half. Place the pork loin filet in the Instant Pot. Sear on all sides for 8 minutes *turning every few minutes.
- Once the pork has a nice crust to the exterior, remove and place on a plate.
- Add in the pearl onions, baby carrots, and ½ cup of water. Using a wooden spoon scrape the brown bits off the bottom of the Instant Pot. Mix for 1 minute.
- Then place the Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Herb Fresh Pork Loin Filets on top of the carrot/onion mixture.
- Place the lid on the Instant Pot, seal and make sure the valve is set to "sealing". Cancel the "saute" then select "manual". Set the timer to 7 minutes.
- Once the pork loin filets are done cooking let the Instant Pot naturally release for 7 minutes. Carefully, force the remaining steam out of the Instant Pot and then remove the lid.
- Place the pork, onions, and carrots on a plate.
- Select "saute" and let the broth come to a boil. While the broth simmers mix together the remaining ½ cup of water and cornstarch to create a slurry. Whisk in the cornstarch slurry into the Instant Pot. Whisk until gravy is thick. Turn the Instant Pot.
- Slice the pork loin filet into 1-inch thick slices. Top with gravy and serve with carrots and onions. Enjoy immediately.
- Pork Tenderloin – Any brand pork tenderloin will work. Just know that depending on the flavor will depend on the flavor of the vegetables and gravy. If you use a plain pork tenderloin season it with salt, pepper, and garlic powder prior to searing.
- Serving Suggestions – Serve this meal with egg noodles or mashed potatoes. Cook while the pork and vegetables are cooking.
- Leftover Storage – Store leftovers in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
What other veggies and starch can i add to this reciepe?
Hi Cheryl, you can add mini potatoes to the instant pot. Any others will not really hold up to the cooking.
I’m confused as to the quantity of water. The ingredients list says “1 cup divdided”, but the recipe calls for 1/2 cup in the pot for pressure cooking then the “remaining” 1 cup for creating the slurry and making the gravy, which would be 1 1/2 cups divided. I’m also a little nervous about using only 1/2 cup liquid for cooking, even with vegetables creating a rack. Could you please clarify? Is it perhaps 2 cups divided?
Hi Lori, I apologize for the confusion on the directions. I’ve revised them to read accurately. A half cup of water is correct for the cooking portion. The pork and the vegetables contain water and will add to the water in the Instant Pot. if you don’t feel comfortable with the 1/2 cup for cooking you can use 1 cup of water. Just know you might have to either drain some of the liquid prior to making gravy OR add more cornstarch to your slurry to thicken up the additional liquid. Hope that helps.
Good morning I have a 1.15 lb Smithfield preseason loin how long should I sear it ? Also how long to cook it in instant pot . Thank you so much I want to try this receipe .
Hi Eileen, you can reduce the cooking time by 1 minute in the Instant Pot and you should be fine. Hope thaat helps.
Works great on cut fresh green beans instead of carrots. My go to for the Smithfield pork loins.
Diana, so happy you enjoyed this recipe and the substitution sounded delicious!
This was my first time ever making a pork tenderloin, turned out delicious. My son even enjoyed it. He wants me to make it again. Definitely will be making this again.
Lorie– so happy to read you and your son loved this recipe! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review!
Hey! I’m going to try this recipe today. Can I substitute water with chicken broth?
Hi Tammy, yes you could definitely substitute with chicken broth. I would advise on a low-sodium or no sodium chicken broth so the flavors from the pork tenderloin.
How long to cook just the meat of its frozen?
HI Kristy, Thank you for reaching out. I have not tested cooking a frozen pork tenderloin before, but I would suggest cooking on high pressure for 20 minutes followed by a natural pressure release for at least 10 minutes. Good luck!
This was delicious! I used just a normal cut up onion and a different seasoning of pork (it’s what we had) but it still turned out delicious and so flavorful/soft. We’ll definitely do this again!
Lauren, so happy that you loved this recipe as much as we do!
I just become a part of the instant pot family. I just got the instant pot gem. This is my first time ever using it. I have 3 of the Smithfield roasted garlic and herb tenderloins. I read where I can do 2 as long as I cut them up. I was hoping to be able to cook all 3 as long as they will fit. I am not interested in the vegetables. I only want the meat. Could you give me step by step instructions on just that please?
Hi Tara, first off, Congratulations! You are going to LOVE your Instant Pot! I will be honest, I have never cooked 3 pork tenderloins in the Instant Pot before. I feel confident it can be done. Follow my instructions as is–sear the sides of the tenderloins. Try not cutting them into too many pieces. If you have to cut them–cut them all evenly so they call cook the same. Make sure you deglaze the pot and then add them back in to cook only for 7 minutes. Be careful when you force pressure–the steam is intense–place a towel over the steam valve area to prevent getting burnt.
I just made this tonight, and it turned out great. I served it on a bed of parmesan riced cauliflower, as we are lowering our carb intake. It was both filling and delicious.
Alex, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a 5 star review. I’m so happy you loved this recipe!!!
If I didn’t want to cook the potatoes and veggies would I put the tenderloin on the trivet? Thanks!
Hi, You can place the tenderloin right in the Instant Pot without a trivet. Just make sure it has liquid! Hope that helps.
Pamela J Ludgate
This recipe was spot on! the pork tenderloin was so tender – just how I wished it had turned out many other times but I followed different recipes. I think it was because I was cooking it too long. This was only 7 min. cooking time then 7 min natural release time and I had been cooking it for 30 min. which I can now see is way too long for pork! So even though 7 min. seems way too short it is correct and so tender and delicious!
Pamela, I’m so happy to read that you loved this recipe! Yes, 30 minutes is way too long! It’s amazing how just a few minutes can produce tender pork tenderloin! Thank you again for taking the time to leave this review.
Loved this! Delicious!
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review!
I altered the recipe just a tiny bit but turned out great!!! Thanks!
Hi Nikki, thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. Glad you enjoyed it!
I have a 2.25lb seasoned pork loin filet, what would be the cooking time?
Hi Debbie–I would shoot for 10 minutes with a 10 minute hold before you release pressure. It’s always better to go on the side of caution and cook less time then more and then the pork is over cooked. Remember, just use your meat thermometer and make sure your pork registers at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
I just made this and it was fantastic! I will never make my pork tenderloin any other way now! Thank you!
Hi Shanella, thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. I couldn’t agree more with you–it’s the only way I make pork tenderloin these days!