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Frozen Pork Loin in the Instant Pot

This recipe for frozen pork loin in the Instant Pot combines delicious pork with subtle notes of savory onion and gravy for a dish that’s both simple and hearty.

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Pork Loin with gravy on a plate with mashed potatoes and green beans.

I’m always looking for great recipes for busy weeknights, and using the Instant Pot is one of my favorite ways to serve up tasty meals when I’m short on time. It’s entirely hassle-free. Throw your ingredients — in this case a frozen pork loin — in the Instant Pot, turn it on, and you’re on your way to a great-tasting, one pot meal!

This Instant Pot frozen pork loin recipe delivers juicy, mouthwatering pork with little effort. You don’t even need to defrost your meat! 

Even better, you can make this recipe work for your family by adding in all of your favorite seasonings and vegetables to the dish, or doubling the recipe for larger meals. It’s a quick and easy dinner that doesn’t skimp out on the flavor.

I made this recipe using my Instant Pot 6-Quart Duo Nova. It’s the perfect size for my family of four and makes releasing the steam so much easier than the standard Instant Pot.

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Ingredients needed to prepare pork loin in the instant pot.

How to Make Frozen Pork Loin in the Instant Pot

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

Combining broth and dry soup mixes in the instant pot.

STEP ONE: In the pot, combine broth, soup, and gravy mixes with a whisk.

Placing a frozen pork loin in the instant pot.

STEP TWO: Place frozen meat in the pot. Seal and cook on high pressure for 55 minutes. Then, allow the pressure to release naturally for 20 minutes before opening the valve to release any remaining pressure.

Pork loin with seasonings after being cooked in the instant pot.

STEP THREE: Test the internal temperature of the pork, which should be between 140-145 degrees F. Remove from the IP and let rest on a cutting board for 5 minutes.

STEP FOUR: Slice and serve with gravy, plus your choice of sides!

Prepared pork loin cut into slices on a plate.

What to Serve With Instant Pot Frozen Pork Loin

Variations for Frozen Pork Loin in the Instant Pot

  • Add veggies. This dish tastes great with added vegetables for some color and nutrients — try carrots, bell peppers, or peas!
  • Top with caramelized onions. Carmelize some onions in a hot pan with oil until they are translucent in appearance. After cooking frozen pork loin in the Instant Pot, spoon some on top juts before serving.
  • Use vegetable broth instead. It’s a lighter substitute for chicken or beef broth while still providing plenty of flavor. 
Overhead view of pork loin cut into slices.

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What Flavors Work Well With Pork?

If you’re thinking of adding some extra seasoning to your dish, herbs like rosemary, sage, thyme, garlic, and parsley work wonderfully with the flavors of frozen pork loin in the Instant Pot.

If you’re looking to add some more spice, red pepper flakes or cumin also taste great with this dish!

Closeup view of pork loin slices with gravy on a plate with mashed potatoes and green beans.

Why Is My Instant Pot Pork Not Tender?

This can happen for a variety of reasons, but most likely it was a bit overcooked. Both undercooking and overcooking can dry out pork.

Keep in mind that Instant Pot frozen pork loin will continue to cook during the natural pressure release. Don’t increase the amount of time on the timer, but also don’t let it release pressure for longer than 20 minutes

Once that time is up, open the valve and remove the loin meat as soon as possible. Then, let it rest before slicing so it stays nice and juicy.

Do I Need To Brown Meat Before Pressure Cooking?

Nope! The pressure cooker will do all of the work for you, so searing meat ahead of time is not necessary. And no need to worry about undercooked meat as long as your internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F using a meat thermometer

Many people like to brown their meat after pressure cooking, but this is simply for cosmetic reasons, as it gives the meat a more seasoned look.

Slices of pork loin with mashed potatoes and green beans on a plate.

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Yield: 6 Servings

Frozen Pork Loin in the Instant Pot

Overhead view of pork loin cut into slices.

This recipe for frozen pork loin in the Instant Pot combines delicious pork with subtle notes of savory onion and gravy for a dish that’s both simple and hearty.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Pressure Release Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 pound pork loin roast
  • 1 ½ cups chicken or beef broth
  • 1 packet pork gravy mix
  • 1 packet onion soup mix

Instructions

  1. Whisk together broth and soup packets in the Instant Pot.
  2. Place the frozen pork loin into the pot, secure and seal the lid, and set to high pressure for 55 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 20 minutes after the timer goes off.
  3. Carefully remove the lid and use an instant read thermometer to test temp - the roast should be 140-145F (temp will rise about 5F as it rests). Transfer the pork to a cutting board and let it rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
  4. Serve as desired with the gravy from the pot.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 394Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 153mgSodium: 816mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 49g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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