Frozen pork loin in Instant Pot is easier than you think! Yes! You can now cook a rock hard frozen tenderloin in your pressure cooker to tender in no time.
Yes I’m forgetful. That’s when this frozen pork loin in Instant Pot recipe comes in handy. If you too forget to defrost meat in the morning and it is almost dinnertime, you’ll love this tip too. Find this and over 100 more easy Instant Pot recipes here on The Typical Mom blog.
This is a game changer my friends!!
I mean I cannot be the only forgetful one out there who remembers at 4 pm that dinner is still rock solid. I have the answer.
Let’s start with a few basic tips:
- Make sure to Bookmark our InstaPot recipes page. We add new ones each week!
- Then PRINT this —–> Instant Pot cooking times cheat sheet that will help you understand how long meat, vegetables and beans take to cook in your pressure cooker.
- This is a great InstaPot cookbook and set of wooden utensils are great to grab too.
- I HIGHLY recommend you buy this non stick pot.
- You should still deglaze pressure cooker after sautéing but it won’t have as many issues with this better liner.
For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.
- Yes we’ve shared how to cook frozen chicken in the Instant Pot and that was a hit. Apparently I am not the only forgetful one in the world huh? 😉
This time I wanted to figure out how to cook frozen pork in an Instant Pot. Not just cook it but get it to be tender and flavorful for dinnertime. Here is what worked well.
Can you cook a frozen pork loin?
I did wonder what the best way to cook it would be. It is safe to cook frozen or partially frozen pork in the oven, on the stove, grill or in an Instant Pot now without defrosting it first!!
- Keep in mind that the cooking time may be about 50 percent longer. It is best if frozen pork roasts are cooked at an oven temperature of 325 degrees F. Cooking frozen pork in a slow cooker is not recommended.
- Using a pressure cooker is fabulous because the insides can get nice and tender while not overcooking the outside.
If you have cooked an Instant Pot pork tenderloin before that’s been thawed, you know how good it is. BUT, sometimes we forget to prep meat in the morning. Guilty as charged.
Frozen pork loin in Instant Pot
These are the ingredients you’ll need to get it nice and flavorful:
- Pressure cooker
- For Instant Pot users I would HIGHLY suggest getting a non stick pot
- Pork loin – this one was 2 lbs.
- Soy sauce
- Sherry cooking wine
- Vegetable oil
- Minced onion
- Garlic powder
- Beef broth or water
- Cinnamon is optional
Timing is based on our Instant Pot cooking times.
How long is frozen pork good for?
Wondering how long can you freeze pork? Frozen foods are safe indefinitely. For best quality though, fresh pork roast, steaks, chops or ribs should be used within 4 – 6 months.
Fresh ground pork, pork liver or variety meats should be used within 3 – 4 months. Home cooked pork, soups, stews, or casseroles should be cooked within 2 – 3 months.
Is it safe to eat pork that has been frozen for a year?
Well, you usually won’t get sick from it but it probably won’t taste that good. This is because there is a good chance that meat that has been frozen that long will develop freezer burn.
What vegetables go well with pork?
- Green vegetables like Instant Pot broccoli or peas top our list. Buttery brussels sprouts, sauteéd spinach, cauliflower, or just a crisp salad are great too. Any of these sides will balance out the plate.
Frozen pork loin in Instant Pot and our Ninja foodi pulled pork are great 30 minute meal I tell you (and nobody will suspect you almost forgot dinner).
Here are the basic steps to follow:
- Open the lid and add all ingredients other than your meat, whisk them together.
- Unwrap meat and add tenderloin in the Instant Pot on the bottom.
- Close lid and cook on high pressure for 20 minutes followed by a natural pressure release for 20 minutes.
- timing is good for a 2 pound pork loin
- Lift pork loin roast out and put on cutting board when done. Allow cut of meat to rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
- alternatively if you want to sear the outside once done just drain liquid out, set to saute and brown for 2 minutes per side until browned
- Always use a meat thermometer to ensure internal meat temperature registers that it’s cooked through
- If you have a defrosted tenderloin you can follow these air fryer pork loin instructions.
Slice and serve with mashed potatoes! You can pour 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce over the top if you want more flavor.
Looking for other easy Instant Pot recipes?
- Here’s how to cook frozen pork chops Instant Pot style or frozen pork shoulder Instant Pot too.
- I love how tender frozen pork roast Instant Pot turns out too.
- Instant Pot chicken parmesan is great
- 5 ingredient Instant Pot recipes are quick and easy
- Pressure cooker pork chops take under 30 minutes to make and are great too
- If you have a smoker try smoking a boneless pork loin sometime too
Print recipe instructions for frozen Instant Pot pork below
I have made this with a pork tenderloin and pork loin with the weight of 2 lbs. If using a much larger piece you may have to adjust cook time a few minutes more but this size is suggested.
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Ninja Foodi Frozen Pork Loin
Frozen Pork Loin in Instant Pot
- 1 pork loin or tenderloin, 2 lbs is what was used in both cases, if larger you'd need to increase time
- 3/4 c water or broth
- 1/4 c soy sauce
- 2 tbsp Sherry cooking wine
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1.5 tsp minced onion dried
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- Whisk together all ingredients and pour into pressure cooker.
- Unwrap your frozen pork loin and place it into your pot.
- Close lid and steam valve and set to high pressure for 20 minutes followed by 20 minutes of natural releasing the steam.
- Open lid, lift loin out and let it rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
- Pour juice from pot on top once sliced and served with mashed potatoes or other sides.
Sunday 26th of March 2023
Hello and happy spring,
Thank you so much for such a wonderful way to use a pressure cooker to make oneless frozen pork tender loin. It came out so tender and juicy that I didn't need a fork to eat it. Fantastic!!!
The Typical Mom
Wednesday 29th of March 2023
Oh yay for a great dinner
The Typical Mom
Tuesday 28th of March 2023
Sunday 1st of January 2023
Tried this New Years Day 2023 and its delicious . I cooked a 3lb 2 oz frozen pork loin for 55 minutes 20 min natural release for a 160 F avg. Upped the sauce ingredients by about 1/2 but probably could get by with original amounts. By the way its perfect with Aldis jarred German Sauerkraut. Thanks for a great recipe
Friday 23rd of September 2022
This was the best lazy dinner I have made in forever! Pork was 1.5 lbs so I did it for 18 minutes. I wasn’t sure at first when I pulled it out because the pork was weird grey/white color but no issue, it was cooked through and delicious. I reduced the sauce and poured on top on wow!!
Monday 9th of May 2022
Should I double all the ingredients if it’s closer to a 4 pound cut?
Tuesday 14th of September 2021
Sorry, after the cooking times listed in the recipe the roast is still frozen I had to put it in the oven
Tuesday 28th of March 2023
I had the exact same situation after the prescribe cook time. I assume the problem is that the pictures all show small long loins. I used a Duroc loin which is about twice as thick and much shorter. On my second attempt I upped the cook time to 30min + 20mins and everything worked out great.
The Typical Mom
Thursday 16th of September 2021
There is no way that after the completed cook time it would be frozen. You should check the seal under the lid to ensure it was in fact sealed and cooking.