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Frozen Pork Loin in Instant Pot

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.

Frozen Pork Loin in Instant Pot

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.

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

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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.

instant pot frozen pork tenderloin

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

instant pot pork

These are the ingredients you’ll need to get it nice and flavorful:

  1. Pressure cooker
    1. For Instant Pot users I would HIGHLY suggest getting a non stick pot
  2. Pork loin – this one was 2 lbs.
  3. Soy sauce
  4. Sherry cooking wine
  5. Vegetable oil
  6. Minced onion
  7. Garlic powder
  8. Beef broth or water
  9. 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.

instant pot tenderloin

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?

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).

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Here are the basic steps to follow:

  1. Open the lid and add all ingredients other than your meat, whisk them together.
  2. Unwrap meat and add tenderloin in the Instant Pot on the bottom.
  3. Close lid and cook on high pressure for 20 minutes followed by a natural pressure release for 20 minutes.
    1. timing is good for a 2 pound pork loin
  4. Lift pork loin roast out and put on cutting board when done. Allow cut of meat to rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
    1. 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
  5. Always use a meat thermometer to ensure internal meat temperature registers that it’s cooked through
  6. 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.

pressure cooker mashed potatoes

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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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Frozen Pork Loin in Instant Pot

Frozen pork loin in Instant Pot is easier than you think! Yes! You can now cook rock hard frozen pork in your pressure cooker to tender in no time.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword frozen, instant pot, pork, pressure cooker, tenderloin
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 296kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • 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.


Nutrition Facts
Frozen Pork Loin in Instant Pot
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 296 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 147mg49%
Sodium 524mg23%
Potassium 906mg26%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 48g96%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Sunday 4th of April 2021

I’m confused as to whether you are cooking pork tenderloin or loin, two very different cuts. I never buy tenderloin, we prefer loin. I would think for frozen the loin would require significantly longer. Can you clarify?

Alina C

Monday 14th of December 2020

I followed the recipe as directed. The flavor was amazing but it turned out dry, especially on the ends. Next time I’ll cook it for less time. Great recipe- thank you!

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 15th of December 2020

Yours may have been a bit smaller, just adjust a bit if weight is less.


Friday 23rd of October 2020

Tried it with a 2.8lb tenderloin with 30 mins high pressure and 30 min keep warm. Almost frozen still in the center.

Not sure why, put back in for another 30 mins. Gonna be a late supper tonight.


Friday 23rd of October 2020

States 2 lbs was used. If you used 2.8 yes you’d need to increase maybe 5 min. Must follow directions to naturally release though or it won’t turn out properly


Friday 23rd of October 2020

Found another recipe stating 30min/lbs frozen, 20min/lbs thawed.


Friday 23rd of October 2020

How long do you cook a thawed pork loin?


Thursday 3rd of September 2020

Made this a couple nights ago as we realized we hadn’t taken out anything for dinner. What a great mistake as this was quite simply the BEST pork tenderloin I have ever eaten!!! I didnt have cooking sherry so used a red wine blend in its place. There was something with the wine and cinnamon combination that was just to die for. We also chopped up some leftovers and had them with our scrambled eggs the next morning and I was dazzled all over again!

The Typical Mom

Thursday 3rd of September 2020

So glad it was a hit

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