How to Pressure-Cook a Pork Tenderloin

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Things You'll Need

  • Salt and pepper to taste or optional seasonings

  • 2 to 3 lb. pork tenderloin

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil

  • Water or broth

  • Kitchen timer

The fastest method to cook a pork tenderloin to tender perfection is with a pressure cooker. These appliances reduce the cooking time dramatically when compared with using an oven or stove, finishing a pork tenderloin in 30 to 45 minutes of cooking. With a pressure cooker, moisture stays inside the cooking chamber, making the pork tender and juicy. Pressure-cooked pork tenderloin is ideal for pulled pork or as a flavorful entree for any meal. Pork tenderloins weigh two to three pounds each. Freeze any leftovers for future pork-centered meals.


Step 1

Heat the bottom of the pressure cooker without the lid over medium high heat.

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Step 2

Rub the exterior of the pork tenderloin with salt and pepper and seasonings to taste (if desired) for a more flavorful roast. Add the oil and tenderloin and cook to brown the pork on all sides.


Step 3

Fill the bottom of the pot with water or broth to a depth of 1 1/2 inches.


Step 4

Cover the pressure cooker and bring it to 15 psi. over medium heat.


Step 5

Start the timer as soon as the pressure cooker reaches 15 psi. Set the timer for 30 minutes for a 2 lb. tenderloin or 40 minutes for a 3 lb. tenderloin.


Step 6

Move the pressure cooker to the sink immediately after the timer goes off and run cool water over the lid to lower the pressure. Open the cooker after it has cooled down, let the pork tenderloin sit on a plate for at least five minutes, then slice and serve.


Season the pork with any seasoning desired: garlic salt, Italian herbs, chili powder, paprika, soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce.


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