Balsamic Apple Pork Tenderloin
By :Chop Secrets
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Votes: 18
Rating: 4.78
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Course Dinner
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Meat
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Main Ingredient Apples, Honey, Pork
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 sprig rosemary (around 3 inches )
  • 3 sprigs thyme fresh
  • Kitchen twine
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs pork tenderloin (not loin roast)
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 apple peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • fresh thyme garnish (optional)
  • pomegranate seeds garnish (optional)
Course Dinner
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Meat
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Main Ingredient Apples, Honey, Pork
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 sprig rosemary (around 3 inches )
  • 3 sprigs thyme fresh
  • Kitchen twine
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs pork tenderloin (not loin roast)
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 apple peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • fresh thyme garnish (optional)
  • pomegranate seeds garnish (optional)
Votes: 18
Rating: 4.78
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Instructions
  1. Wrap 3-4 loops of kitchen twine around the thyme and rosemary and tie securely. Set aside.
  2. Add oil to the Instant Pot. Using the display panel select the SAUTÉ function.
  3. When oil gets hot, brown the meat on all sides, 3-4 minutes per side. Meat will not be cooked through. Transfer browned meat to plate and cover loosely with foil.
  4. Add onion to the pot and saute until soft, 3-4 minutes (if it gets too dry, add a bit of broth). Add garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes more.
  5. Add balsamic vinegar to the pot and deglaze by using a wooden spoon to scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the pot.
  6. Add the broth, apple, salt and herb bundle, and stir well. Add the tenderloin back and nestle it in the sauce, turning once to coat.
  7. Secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed.
  8. Using the display panel select the MANUAL function* and adjust the pressure to LOW PRESSURE. Use the +/- keys and program the Instant Pot for 2 minutes.
  9. When the time is up, select CANCEL and let the pressure naturally release for 15 minutes, then quick-release the remaining pressure, if any.
  10. Check the temperature of the meat with a meat thermometer to ensure it is at least 137 degrees. (If it is not, proceed, but see the note below in step 11.) Carefully remove the pork from the pressure cooker to a cutting board and cover loosely with foil.
  11. Using the display panel select the SAUTÉ function. Add honey and butter and stir well to incorporate. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. (If the tenderloin did not reach 137 degrees, add it back to the pot in this step and cook, turning occasionally, until it reaches 137 degrees.)
  12. Remove herb bundle. Scoop out 1/3 cup of the liquid into a small bowl and whisk in the corn starch. Pour mixture back into apple mixture and stir well to thicken.
  13. Slice the tenderloin into medallions and serve with the balsamic-apple mixture. Garnish with additional thyme and pomegranate seeds, if desired.
Recipe Notes

*The Manual and Pressure Cook buttons are interchangeable.

18 replies
  1. brewefc3
    brewefc3 says:

    The meat wasn’t near hot enough after pressure cooking for 2 min. 3 lbs only reach 110. Recommend pressure cooking a little longer.

  2. Nanacooks
    Nanacooks says:

    Delicious and easy! I cooked two tenderloins with two apples and one large onion. Temperature was over 170 but still moist. Served with rice.

  3. Michele Petty
    Michele Petty says:

    150 degrees 1.59 pounds pork
    Cut the apple chunks small if you have kids. Ill also cut the onion and meat in smaller pieces. Wonderful flavors…served with mash potatoes…..2 of 3 kids like it so that’s a win.

  4. Whughes0111
    Whughes0111 says:

    This pork tenderloin turned out really good and juicy. The apple balsamic sauce is excellent. Will definetly make again.

  5. Aleach
    Aleach says:

    2 pound tenderloin. 2 minutes not near enough time. Could not get to desired temp with saute step. Sliced it (still raw on inside) and put back on to pressure cook for 9 minutes. Was very tasty this way but not as 8 had envisioned. Nest time I try this recipe I will definitely pressure cook the whole tenderloin longer.

  6. Trish
    Trish says:

    2 1/2 lb tenderloin cooked for 6 mins with 15 NR. Was perfect. Used 1 cup broth. Could have added a 2nd apple and maybe a little less broth

  7. MyPersonalChef
    MyPersonalChef says:

    This was very yummy. I fixed 2 tenderloins and doubled the recipe so total weight was 4.3 lbs. I pressure cooked at low for 7 minutes and the pork was done and juicy. We prefer our pork well done. I like apples so inused 3 instead of 2. It was delicious and will make it again.

  8. Uneamie
    Uneamie says:

    Wondering why it says cook time is 35 minutes yet in the directions it says to pressure cook the roast for 2 minutes? I see a lot of reviews that complain that 2 minutes was not enough… Hmmm!

  9. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Hi Uneamie,

    Even though the cooking time is only 2 minutes, the pork loin will continue to cook while under pressure. It is very important to let this recipe naturally pressure release and not quick release.

    For meat the size and weight can alter the cooking times. Other reviews mentioned trying to cook a heavier pork tenderloin than the recipe called for, which would need a longer cooking time and the recipe would need to be adjusted.

  10. Jetjill
    Jetjill says:

    I doubled the recipe and used two 1.5 pound loins. I salt and peppered the meat prior to browning. Pressure cooked for 4 minutes. It was awesome.

  11. OnePotMeal
    OnePotMeal says:

    This was my first recipe in the Instant Pot. I would recommend newbies try a simpler recipe instead of this. That said, pork tender and juicy. The apple sauce was delcious.

  12. Jenklaus
    Jenklaus says:

    This is delicious. I cooked a 1.3 lb loin for 4 mins and it was right at 140 after the pressure released.

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