Instant Pot Asian Pork Tenderloin with a Honey-Soy Glaze Sauce


This recipe for Asian Pork Tenderloin is not only incredibly easy to assemble and pressure cook– it’s incredibly flavorful! “Instant Pot” is a brand new for a pressure cooker. (Even if you don’t own a pressure cooker, I’ll explain at the end of this post how to convert this to an oven/stove top.) The pork tenderloin in perfectly tender and the honey soy sauce explodes with the flavors of garlic, ginger and sesame oil. This is the perfect quick dinner that comes together in minutes. The sauce is liquid gold! So incredibly delicious!
Pork Tenderloin is one of my favorite alternatives to chicken breasts, because it’s lean and can be prepared so many different ways. We enjoy how tender the pork is and we’ve grilled it… roasted it… but I’ve never really pressure cooked a pork tenderloin before. This is the first time I’ve pressure cooked a pork tenderloin– and it’s definitely not the last! Oh my, was this ever delicious!
Not only did the pork turn out moist and tender– I couldn’t get enough of the sauce! I slathered each slice of pork in that thick and golden honey-soy glaze sauce… I drizzled it on the sticky rice! Best of all, it took about 15 minutes of mincing garlic and fresh ginger and adding it to three liquid ingredients that I keep on hand at all times (I love Asian flavors). Let me show you how:
In a bowl, I measured out low-sodium soy sauce, water and added honey…
Add minced fresh garlic (now is not the time to use garlic powder, and you will thank me.)
Add fresh ginger (don’t use powdered, because that will mute the flavor of the sauce).
Add some toasted sesame oil (this is an ingredient I always keep on hand, and store in the fridge).
Give it all a good stir. See what I mean? 15 minutes of prep work. Tops!
Pour the sauce into the Instant Pot, and place the pork tenderloin in. I’ll admit, that for a few moments, earlier, I debated if I should actually sear the pork first. I decided to just go with the flow. I locked on the lid, set the pressure cooker to 7 minutes (high) and went about setting up my rice cooker and prepping some bok choy to be stir-fried. Once the pressure cooker beeped, I allowed it to come to a natural pressure release for 7 minutes.
I took a photo of the cooked pork, while it was in the Instant Pot and there is a reason why I am not sharing it. The pork looked white and bland. Oh no! I thought the recipe was a fail. I was wrong! When I flipped the meat over, the pork had absorbed the color of the sauce. Okay, maybe everything will be alright. So, while the pork rested, I turned the pressure cooker to “saute” and added a slurry of cornstarch and water and the sauce thickened beautifully. Done! Less than 30 minutes later, dinner was ready to be served.

TASTING NOTES: The pork wasn’t dry at all. The sauce was a-m-a-z-i-n-g! We had a serving left over and I reheated it, and the sauce, for lunch the next day. I’m telling you, someone should bottle that sauce and sell it! I’m definitely keeping this recipe in my back pocket for one of those quick dinners.

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time; 14 mins
Total Time: 29 mins


1 pork tenderloin about 1.5 pounds

For the sauce:

1/3 C. soy sauce
1/3 C. water
1/4 C. honey
1 Tbsp. ginger minced; ginger powder not recommended
2 Cloves garlic minced: garlic powder not recommended
1 Tbsp. sesame oil Trader Joe’s toasted sesame oil recommended

For the slurry/thickener:

2 Tsp. corn starch
2 Tsp. water


1 Scallion sliced thin, for garnish
2 Tsp. sesame seeds for garnish


1-In a bowl, combine the soy sauce and water.
2-Add the minced garlic, ginger and sesame oil. Whisk together and add to the Instant Pot bowl.
3-Add the pork tenderloin into the sauce/liquid, lock on the lid and set to HIGH pressure for 7 minutes.
4-One the pressure cooker beeps, allow a natural pressure release for 7 minutes.
5-Make sure all pressure is released and remove the lid.
6-Place the pork on a cutting board and loosely tent with foil, to keep warm.
7-Turn the pressure cooker to saute and whisk in the cornstarch slurry, constantly stirring until thickened.
8-Turn off the pressure cooker.
9-Slice the pork, and pour much of the sauce over the meat.
10-Serve additional sauce on the side.
11-Garnish with sliced green onion and sesame seeds, if desired

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