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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.

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.

FIRST – You should sign up for my free newsletter so you get new posts emailed to you twice a week and never miss out on anything! Now let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) 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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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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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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Mary B

Tuesday 26th of September 2023

Just a quick note what you are cooking in this recipie is a pork tenderloin, not a pork loin, Similar names but different cuts of meat. A pork tenderloin is a long, narrow, boneless cut of meat that comes from the muscle that runs along the backbone. A pork loin is wider and flatter, and can be a boneless or bone-in cut of meat.

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 26th of September 2023

Yes I know the difference, I cook for a living. That is why I list the weight in the recipe, either cut will work at about 2 lbs. using this timing.


Monday 3rd of April 2023

This was delicious. Followed ingredients exactly except only had a 1 1/2 lb center cut pork loin roast. I kept with the 20 minutes and wasn't ready after the 20 minutes depressurization time so it stayed on keep warm for the next 30-40 mins. It was perfect. Tender and juicy. Served with mashed potatoes and stewed apples. Added a little cornstarch to the liquid to thicken it up a bit. Thank you for the recipe!

The Typical Mom

Monday 3rd of April 2023

Glad it was a hit


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

Oh yay!!

Barbara Bolez

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!!

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