Instant Pot Pork Loin with Honey Butter Garlic Sauce—tender slices of seasoned pork dripping with the most tasty sauce ever.
Instant Pot Pork Loin with Honey Butter Garlic Sauce
I’m happy to say that I’ve finally figured out how to make pork loin in the Instant Pot. Pork loin is tricky because it is a thick roast-type cut of meat but it is very lean. It is typically inexpensive at the grocery store. I bought mine for $1.62 per pound! It usually comes with 2 roasts to a package.
This Instant Pot pork loin is rubbed with seasonings and then browned in a little oil before it is pressure cooked. The browning helps with flavor. It is definitely worth the extra few minutes of prep time. Then the pork loin is pressure cooked for 18 minutes with a 10 minute natural pressure release. Make sure to use the natural release or you’ll get tough meat instead of tender. Then the pork loin is sliced into pieces and served with the scrumptious sauce drizzled (or poured) on top.
Pork loin isn’t the right cut of meat if you’re looking to make “pulled pork.” It doesn’t have the fat and collagen that is needed to pull pork. Pork loin is really great sliced and served with a creamy type of sauce. The pork loin is so lean that a creamy sauce (or in this case a sauce with butter) tastes really good with it.
What is the difference between pork loin and pork tenderloin?
Are you confused on the difference between pork loin and pork tenderloin? It can seem a little confusing. However they are NOT interchangeable in this recipe and most other recipes, for that matter.
As you can see in the photo, pork tenderloin is thin, skinny and small. Pork loin is wider and much larger. Both cuts are fairly lean. However, they should not be substituted for each other because their sizes and shapes are quite different.
If you’re looking for Instant Pot pork tenderloin recipes I have a very tasty one for Instant Pot pork tenderloin with gravy.
Some other names for pork loin are: Center cut pork loin roast, center cut pork roast, pork center loin roast, pork center cut rib roast, pork loin center cut, pork loin center rib roast, pork loin roast center cut, and pork loin rib half.
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What Pressure Cooker Did You Use?
To make Instant Pot Pork Loin with Honey Butter Garlic Sauce I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*. I love this Instant Pot because it has the yogurt making function which I use almost weekly. It has two pressure settings (high and low), and there are also little slots in the handles so that you can rest the lid there instead of putting it down on your counter-top.
Tender slices of seasoned pork dripping with the most tasty sauce ever.
For the rub:
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp oil
- 2 pound pork loin (see note)
- 1 Tbsp oil (I used olive oil)
For the sauce:
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup melted butter
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- ½ cup chicken broth
- 1 medium yellow onion, quartered
- 1 Tbsp cornstarch
- 1 Tbsp water
- In a small bowl stir together the paprika, thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper and kosher salt.
- Turn your Instant Pot to the saute setting. Rub oil on the pork loin. Then rub the seasoning mixture on all sides of the pork. When the Instant Pot says HOT on the display add in 1 Tbsp oil and swirl it around. Place the pork in the oil and let it brown for 4 minutes. Then turn it over and let it brown on the other side for 4 minutes. Use tongs to remove the meat from the pot and place it on a plate. Use the ½ cup chicken broth to deglaze the pot.
- Turn off the saute setting. In a bowl make the sauce by stirring together honey, butter, garlic, vinegar, salt and pepper.
- Place the quartered onion in the bottom of the pot. It will serve as a trivet to get the pork roast off of the bottom of the pot. Place the pork on top of the onion (if you don’t like onion just use a trivet). Pour the sauce over the top of the pork.
- Cover the pot and secure the lid. Make sure the valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 18 minutes. When time is up let the pressure release naturally for at least 10 minutes and then move the valve to venting. Remove the lid. Check the pork for doneness. The middle of the pork should be 145°F. (I use this digital thermometer*). See note.
- Use tongs to remove the pork and place it on a cutting board or platter. Loosely tent it with foil.
- Remove the onion and discard. Turn the Instant Pot to the saute setting. Let the sauce/drippings in the pot reduce for about 3 minutes. Then in a small bowl stir together 1 Tbsp cornstarch and 1 Tbsp cold water until smooth. Stir the mixture into the pot and let the sauce thicken. Turn off the Instant Pot.
- Remove foil from pork and slice the pork in ¾ inch slices with a serrated knife and serve with the sauce drizzled on top.
If your pork isn’t done in 18 minutes you may need to add more pressure cook time. Pressure cook time depends on the thickness of the pork roast. Mine was a two pound roast and was about 3 inches thick at the thickest part. My thermometer registered 150°F. Because the Instant Pot was already hot from browning the pork loin it came to pressure fairly quickly. If you skip the browning, chances are you’ll need to decrease the pressure cooking time because the pot will take longer to come to pressure.
Pork loin and pork tenderloin are NOT the same thing. Please don’t substitute pork tenderloin in this recipe.
Recipe inspired by Recipe Tin Eats
- Category: Pork
- Method: Instant Pot
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