Easy, Instant Pot Pork Loin Roast is the best electric pressure cooker recipe for boneless rib roast drizzled with balsamic glaze and gravy. Slice this hot and juicy cut of pork into thick chops and serve with your favorite side dishes. The cook time is minimal and this post also includes tips for tenderloin.
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The Instant Pot really is the “GOAT” for saving on cooking time. This dish is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner, and also works great for meal prep and is freezer friendly for freezer meals. I’m also a huge fan of pork in my air fryer. Be sure to check out my Air Fryer Pork Loin and Air Fryer Fried Pork Chops.
This dish is also keto and low-carb, perfect healthy meal for the keto diet.
Is There a Difference Between Pork Loin and Pork Tenderloin?
Pork loin and pork tenderloin are not cut from the same part of the animal. Pork loin is made from the animal’s back and can be purchased boneless or bone-in.
It’s larger in size and is typically purchased in 3-5 pounds. It’s also commonly referred to as pork loin roast, center cut pork loin, or pork center rib roast.
Pork tenderloin is usually about an inch and half to two inches thick and is the muscle that runs alongside the backbone. It is only made in boneless.
It is typically purchased in 1-2 pounds. It’s commonly referred to as pork tender or pork filet. You can read more about The Difference Between Pork Loin and Pork Tenderloin here.
How to Cook Pork Loin in Instant Pot
- Drizzle the pork loin with olive oil, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper. You can marinate the pork loin overnight if desired. It is not required.
- Add olive oil and garlic to the Instant Pot using the Saute function. Sear each side of the meat.
- Remove the pork and deglaze the pot with broth. Add sweetener and balsamic vinegar to the pot, along with the seared pork.
- Pressure cook.
How Long to Cook
According to the USDA the pork loin should cook until it reaches an internal temperature of at least 145 degrees. If it cooks until 165 degrees, it will be dry and will taste grainy.
The USDA also recommends that the pork rests for at least 3 minutes. I allow the pork to rest for 10 minutes. You can read more about Minimum Internal Temperatures for Food Safety Here.
How to Keep Pork Loin From Drying Out
Do not overcook the pork loin. The first sign of dryness is usually due to overcooking the meat. Marinating the meat in a brine will also help keep the pork loin juicy and tender.
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Savor the balsamic glaze as gravy. Gravy and glaze will keep the meat nice and moist.
Can You Shred it? Does it Work for Pulled Pork?
I prefer to use a pork shoulder for pulled pork, but you can use pork loin. It will require a longer cook time to get it to shred. You can check out my Instant Pot Pulled Pork recipe here.
The best way to make pulled pork using pork loin is to use a slow cooker, in my opinion. You can cook it on Low for 4-6 hours. If using the Instant Pot, cook for 45 minutes with 10 minutes natural release.
I freeze cooked pork loin in sealable freezer bags, labeled with the date. You can freeze it for 4-6 months.
Pair this dish with Keto Low Carb Cauliflower Mash, Air Fryer Roasted Broccoli, or Air Fryer Asparagus.
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