Pork Tenderloin

Prep time: 10 minutes – Active time: 1 hour 30 minutes – Start to finish: 1 hour 45 minutes


  • pork tenderloin ← ½ lb+ per person should be enough as long as you have enough sides
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • aromatic flavoring of your choice ← I used garlic, fresh thyme & shallots
  • 2-to-4 TBL olive oil ← enough to sear and not burn the pork
  • 4TBL butter


Every Instant Pot is different, so if you’ve never used your sous vide setting before, I suggest googling how for your specific model. There are a tone of videos out there that will show you how to get going. These instructions are for an Instant Pot Duo Plus.

  • Prep the pork
    • I seasoned my tenderloin with salt, pepper and garlic before sealing it in the food saver bag.
    • If you don’t have a food saver, you can get most of the air out of a ziplock bag by submerging the pork in the bag in water and letting the water pressure force most of the air out of the bag
  • Fill your Instant Pot with water to the the half way mark, or until the pork is fully submerged ← key time saver – use really hot water to fill the pot with else you lose up to a ½ hour waiting for the Instant Pot to get the water to the right temperature. Make sure that the water isn’t hotter than the target cooking temperature! you can use a meat thermometer to check if you have one.
  • Sous Vide the pork in the Instant Pot Duo Plus
    • select the sous vide setting
    • set the temperature to 140
    • select the sous vide setting again
    • set the time duration to 1hr 30min
    • note: a shout out here to the site that guided me through how to select the temperature and duration
  • Finishing the pork
    • Remove pork from the bags and pat dry completely
    • The next series of steps take less than 5 minutes. You want to make the pork look more appetizing, sear it but not overcook it, and create a sauce for the dish
      • In a large skillet, heat up some olive oil until it is almost smoking
      • Sear the pork on all sides until it is slightly browned (and looks appetizing)
      • Add butter and aromatics of your choice ← I added fresh thyme and shallots
      • Baste the pork with the butter sauce while finishing
      • Remove pork from skillet to serving dish and pour the butter sauce on top
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I purchased the Instant Pot Duo Plus from Amazon in early December 2020. With all the cooking I’m doing now, I was looking for ways to create yummy meals that didn’t require as much supervision so that I could chill more in the evenings. A key feature I was looking for when making this purchase was that it could also operate as a sous vide.

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