If you’re looking for a simple and delicious pork recipe, look no further! I’ve lost count how many times I’ve served this tender instant pot honey “soy” pork tenderloin to my family. I promise you I won’t be stopping anytime soon!
Instant Pot Honey “Soy” Pork Tenderloin
People ask me what my favorite meal is to cook in the Instant Pot. I’ve found that all types of meat dishes like chicken, pork, and beef are all really simple, especially given the fact that you can add the meat into the Instant Pot while it’s still frozen! Seriously, get outta town. Crazy, right?
It’s amazing to think how far we’ve come in the advancement of kitchen appliances! Thank you, Instant Pot, for making all our lives easier!
Speaking of frozen, this Instant Pot pork recipe is perfect to make ahead and freeze. Freezer meals are such a huge help when you’re cramped for time or low on energy.
How can freezer meals benefit you?
If you own a freezer and space is available, you need to fill it with some freezer meals. I can’t tell you how many times my days have been so busy that dinner was an afterthought. That’s when prepared freezer meals came to the rescue. I didn’t have to worry about dinner because I could put one of the many prepared freezer meals right into the Instant Pot.
Freezer meals can:
- Save you time
- Cut down on your food expenses
- Help you feel prepared and allow you to meal plan with ease
I typically have several weeks worth of freezer meals prepared and ready to use at any given point in time. It’s truly a lifesaver. If I’m feeling under the weather or even out-of-town, I make certain to clearly label the freezer bags so that it’s clear to everyone what’s it in and that way they know how to cook it.
If you have missed my other freezer meal series, you can catch up below-
1) How to Use the Instant Pot for Beginners this post is a great beginning post for getting to know your Instant Pot buttons and how to use this magic pot!
2) 5 Instant Pot Hacks great guide to help you understand the instant Pot and use it to its fullest.
3) Instant Pot Cook Times is a handy chart I have for FREE to help you understand cook times!
4) Meal Planning Doesn’t Have to Be Hard With an Instant Pot this was the first article in my meal prep/freezer meal series! Reading this is a GREAT way to start learning about meal prep and freezer meals. It will give you a break down on getting started with meal preparation. I call it the 411 of Instant Pot freezer meals!
5) Preparing Freezer Meals with the Instant Pot is the next up in the series! This post specifically discusses all things freezer meals for the instant pot.
6) Sweet & Spicy Chicken Bowls this was my first freezer meal. So yummy!
7) Creamy Sun dried Tomato Chicken The second in my chicken freezer meal series.
8) Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches is a recipe I created for my husband for college football game day. It is a wonderful recipe for football games, tailgate parties, BBQs, and anytime in between!
9) Red Pepper Chicken Number 4 in my chicken freezer meal series. This one is one that I get a lot of positive feed back on! So don’t miss it!
10) Cilantro Lime Chicken Number 5 in chicken freezer meals. Another great recipe and flavor combo!
11) The Best Instant Pot Chicken Freezer Meals This post has all the best instant pot freezer chicken meals from the site, combined in one location!
I also compiled a whole series of Beef Freezer meals, too. Here’s the links to those recipes:
1. Instant Pot Beef Freezer Meals Part 1 – I get so many questions wondering how to take that chunk of frozen ground beef and cook it relatively quickly? I show you how in this post!
2. The Best Instant Pot Beef & Vegetable Soup – A good vegetable soup is always welcomed any time of year, especially in the winter months with the cold and flu making its rounds to each home! When you’re not feeling well and don’t feel like cooking a full meal, this soup is the best go-to you can find!
3. Hearty Instant Pot Beef Lasagna Soup – In part 3 of my series, I take an old favorite and add a great twist! Take that lasagna and don’t just make lasagna; instead, make lasagna SOUP! This one is sure to be a hit with the whole family each and every time!
4. Easy Instant Pot Beef Lettuce Wraps – Looking for a healthy freezer meal? This Beef Lettuce Wrap recipe couldn’t get any more easier or yummier to fit the bill! A delicious meal whether you want a salad or want some Mexican style dishes, part 4 of my series will make your taste buds smile!
5. Delicious Instant Pot Beef Enchilada Casserole – Number 4 in my beef freezer recipes. This is a delicious casserole for any picky eater, this Instant Pot Beef Enchilada Casserole is a great meal for any day of the week!
6. All the Best Instant Pot Freezer Meals Find all the best instant pot beef freezer meals in one post, right here!
Then my kick off to the Pork Freezer Meal Series too!
Super. Duper. Simple.
Ready for this easy Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin recipe?
Instant Pot Honey “Soy” Pork Tenderloin
Ingredients needed for this Instant Pot pork recipe:
3 lbs. pork tenderloin
1 cup homemade “faux” soy sauce ( I make my own in the instant pot. Just click the words for the recipe.)
1 tbsp garlic powder
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp onion powder
1/2 cup honey
1 tbsp ground ginger
salt and pepper if desired
Directions to make Instant Pot Honey “Soy” Pork Tenderloin
1) Score the top of the tenderloin a few times. This will allow the meat to marinade better and release excess fat while cooking.
2) Place the pork tenderloin in a freezer bag.
3) Cover the tenderloin with the remaining ingredients.
4) Seal the freezer bag and remove any excess air. Shake up the bag so that the marinade is mixed. Write the cooking instructions on the bag then roll it in half and place the tenderloin in the freezer for up to 1 month.
Cooking Label: Honey Soy Tenderloin 75 Minutes or 1:15 (25 minutes per lb.)
NPR Cooking Directions from frozen:
1) Defrost the tenderloin enough to be able to remove it from the bag.
2) Place the tenderloin and all the marinade in the Instant Pot. Scored side up. Do not set it on a trivet or add any extra liquid. The marinade is enough liquid to bring it pressure as it defrosts.
3) Close the lid and turn the pressure valve to sealing. Cook the tenderloin on high pressure for 75 minutes or 1 hour 15 minutes using the “Meat/Stew”, “Manual”, or “Pressure Cook” options. Let the pressure naturally release.
4) Check the internal temperature to make sure it reaches 170 degrees then remove the tenderloin. Set it aside to rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing. If the internal temperature hasn’t reached 170 then let it cook for another 10 minutes.
5) While the tenderloin is resting, simmer the juice left in the Instant Pot on sauté mode to make a glaze. Let the juice simmer for 10-15 minutes until it has reduced and thickened. Then spoon it over the tenderloin and serve.
What I love most about this recipe is that I can make the “soy sauce” homemade to use in it. Buying from the store is fine, but if you have food allergies limiting you, creating your own is the best!
How do you make homemade soy sauce?
I honestly don’t know why I haven’t been making homemade soy sauce for years now. I guess because I didn’t have an instant pot back then, even though I have always had a pressure canner. It’s so crazy simple. It’s a combination of garlic powder, onion powder, ground ginger, olive oil, and some delicious honey. If you want to make your own for this recipe, then just head over to my post that gives all the details!
My point is that if you can’t have store-bought soy sauce, there are great options for creating it at home on your own. It’s also a healthier version without all the sodium and extra calories!
This Instant Pot Honey “Soy” Pork Tenderloin recipe is simple and you’ll love creating this tasty dish for your family! It’ll more than likely become a dinner staple for your home just like it is for ours! And honestly, this is just one of the many awesome Instant Pot meals that you can create and freeze ahead of time for your family. When it comes to the use of your Instant Pot, the options are truly endless.
Don’t Forget To Print The Recipe Out For Later!
- 3 lbs. pork tenderloin
- 1 cup homemade "soy sauce"
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 1 tbsp ground ginger
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup honey
- salt and pepper if desired
Score the top of the tenderloin a few times. This will allow the meat to marinade better and release excess fat while cooking.
Place the pork tenderloin in a freezer bag.
Cover the tenderloin with the remaining ingredients.
Seal the freezer bag and remove any excess air. Shake up the bag so that the marinade is mixed. Write the cooking instructions on the bag then roll it half and place the tenderloin in the freezer for up to 1 month.
- Cooking Label: Honey Soy Tenderloin 75 Minutes or 1:15 (25 minutes per lb.)
Defrost the tenderloin enough to be able to remove it from the bag.
Place the tenderloin and all the marinade in the Instant Pot. Scored side up. Do not set it on a trivet or add any extra liquid. The marinade is enough liquid to bring it pressure as it defrosts.
Close the lid and turn the pressure valve to sealing. Cook the tenderloin on high pressure for 75 minutes or 1 hour 15 minutes using the "Meat/Stew", "Manual", or "Pressure Cook" options. Let the pressure naturally release.
Check the internal temperature to make sure it reaches 170 degrees then remove the tenderloin. Set it aside to rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing. If the internal temperature hasn't reached 170 then let it cook for another 10 minutes.
While the tenderloin is resting, simmer the juice left in the Instant Pot on sauté mode to make a glaze. Let the juice simmer for 10-15 minutes until it has reduced and thickened. Then spoon it over the tenderloin and serve.