Best Pork Loin Roast Instant Pot Recipe

A juicy and tender Instant Pot pork loin roast topped with maple orange glaze. The recipe requires little ingredients, little dishes and little cook time but one could never tell!

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As much as I love hosting and being in the kitchen with family, I don’t want to be stuck there endlessly for dinner prep.

That’s why I always love a good Instant Pot recipe, and this Instant Pot pork loin roast is SO GOOD!

It’s the perfect dish for quick family meal prepping or a festive gathering during the holidays.

The best part is that pork roast cooks in the Instant Pot in under 30 minutes!

photo of an Instant Pot Pork Loin Roast as the ideal dinner party idea by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

What is a Pork Loin?

First off, what is pork loin?

A pork loin is the wide flat back cut of meat that can be boneless or bone-in.

It’s soft, tender, and affordable, making it a great choice for family dinners or big crowds.

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What is the Difference Between Pork Loin and Pork Tenderloin?

Pork loin can be easily confused with pork tenderloin.

They may sound similar, but they’re completely different cuts of pork. 

Pork tenderloin is the long and very lean backbone cut of pork along the backbone.

It’s always boneless and though it’s the most tender cut, it’s typically a lot pricier than pork loin.

Because a pork tenderloin is lean cut, we don’t recommend cooking it in an Instant Pot since it can easily overcook and dry out.

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Ingredients Needed to Make an Instant Pot Pork Loin Roast

For the pork loin roast:

Seasoned pork loin roast — We used a boneless pork loin that was pre-seasoned with orange zest, fennel seed, sage, garlic and red chili flake.

You can season your own pork loin with the same rubs at home.

If you’re seasoning it yourself, other popular options include salt, pepper, olive oil, melted butter, garlic powder, brown sugar, thyme, parsley, and lemon zest. 

Just make sure to allow the seasoning and flavors to marinate your pork loin for at least an hour before cooking.

Bone broth — We used chicken broth, but beef broth is just as tasty. You also opt for water, wine or beer.

Salt and pepper

For the maple orange glaze:

Orange juice 

Dark maple syrup

Dijon mustard 

Cold water

Cornstarch

detailed photo of the pork loin roast recipe with orange maple glaze by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Why We Love the Instant Pot Cooking Method

Our Instant Pot gets so much use at home.

It’s one of our favorite and most well-used pressure cooker kitchen gadgets.

Instant Pot cooking is basically one-pot cooking so there are less dirty dishes to worry about.

Plus, there’s no babysitting because once the meat is in, you don’t have to constantly check on it.

You can roast a pork loin in the oven or on the grill, but the Instant Pot cuts down the cooking time AND you don’t have to constantly baste it!

60 minutes in the oven versus 30 minutes in the Instant Pot is a game-changer!

There’s also so many things that you can cook inside an Instant Pot like soups, chili and even lots of breakfast recipes.

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How to Cook a Pork Roast in an Instant Pot

Step 1 — Take the pork loin out of the refrigerator to sit for about 20 minutes. 

This will allow it to come to room temperature before cooking.

Step 2 — Set the Instant Pot to the Sauté setting.

Once it displays “Hot”, pour in a layer of olive oil. 

Step 3 — Add the pork loin in the Instant Pot and sear both sides for approximately 3-5 minutes each or until browned.

Remove the pork loin from the Instant Pot and set it aside on a large plate or cutting board.

Step 4 — Turn the Sauté setting off, and switch the setting to Meat/Stew or Pressure Cook setting.

Step 5 — Insert the metal roasting rack and add 1 cup of bone broth to the Instant Pot.

Be sure to deglaze your Instant Pot pan by scrapping any seared brown bits on the bottom of the pot.

photo of the chicken broth going into the Instant Pot by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Step 6 — Once the Meat/Stew temperature is ready, place your pork loin on the roasting rack. Twist and lock the Instant Pot lid.

Step 7 — Let it cook for approximately 17-20 minutes.

We cooked ours for 17 minutes to achieve a medium rare pork loin.

Step 8 — When the cook cycle is finished, allow for a 12 minute natural release.

Then, quickly release any remaining pressure.

Remove the lid.

Step 9 — Using a meat thermometer, check the pork loin for an internal temperature of 145˚F degrees.

If it has not reached 145˚F degrees, place the lid back on the Instant Pot.

Allow for the remaining heat to cook the pork and recheck the temperature after 2-3 minutes.

Step 10 — Remove the pork loin from the Instant Pot and place it on a cutting board or plate, and let it sit for about 15 minutes.

This rest period is important to ensure that the juices are sealed in.

For the orange maple glaze:

Make the glaze while the pork loin is cooking or while it is resting.

Step 1 — In a stove top pan on medium heat, combine the orange juice, brown sugar, and dijon mustard.

photo of the orange maple glaze being cooked on the stovetop by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Step 2 — In a separate bowl, whisk the water and cornstarch until it has fully dissolved.

Then, add it into the orange juice mixture on the stove. 

Let the mix come to a boil, and then stir for another two minutes.

Lastly, cut away the pork loin netting and place the pork loin on a serving platter and pour the glaze over top.

photo of the Instant Pot Pork Loin Roast garnished with oranges, cranberry and rosemary by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Tips On Cooking a Juicy Instant Pot Pork Loin Roast

Do not start cooking until your meat is at room temperature:

Your meat should be at an even temperature throughout.

So sitting out your pork loin beforehand ensures that the whole pork loin cooks evenly at the same time.

Overcooking will dry the pork loin.

Do not over poke the pork:

When rotating the pork loin to sear or to remove the netting, be mindful about poking.

Over poking will cause the juices to drain. Therefore, causing a drier cut of meat.

Use the quick release on the Instant Pot:

Your pork loin will continue cooking if you don’t release the pressure.

You want to avoid that since overcooking leads to dry meat.

So once you cook the pork loin, the natural release should be about 15-18 minutes, followed by a quick release.

Be patient:

Allow your cooked pork loin to rest on the cutting board before serving.

The natural release method in the Instant Pot and on the cutting board will moisturize the meat again and bring out the juices and flavors.

Garnishes:

 You can also add garnishes such as orange slices, rosemary, cranberry, apple, and more. 

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Will an Instant Pot Pork Loin Roast Make Pulled Pork?

The answer to that is a big yes!

A pork loin roast is the whole shoulder of the pig, cut off the bone.

Cook it longer to get a shreddable consistency for 40-60 minutes.

Save some of the liquid to pour over to keep it moist.

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What Should I Do With the Pan Juices?

The juices left behind from the cooking process are like liquid gold.

After we removed the roast and trivet out from the Instant Pot, we used the Sauté function again to turn the pan juices into a delicious rich sauce as another option to serve over the pork.

Cook the juices to a slow boil for about 5 minutes. Stirring occasionally.

If you opt for the maple glaze, you can still pour the pan juices first over the pork for additional juiciness and moisture.

To turn the juices into a gravy, follow the same steps but add in 1 1/2 tablespoons of cornstarch and some water to thicken the pan juices into a sauce.

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How to Store and Reheat Pork Loin Leftovers

Store any leftovers in an airtight container. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 

To freeze, store in an airtight container for up to 3 months in the freezer. To reheat, thaw the pork loins in the fridge overnight. 

Reheat the leftovers in the microwave or on the stovetop.

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What to Serve with Pork Loin?

Looking for side dishes, desserts, or cocktails to serve with Instant Pot pork loin roast? Check out more of our favorite recipes below —

Instant Pot Pork Loin Roast Recipe

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4.93 from 14 votes
A juicy and tender Instant Pot pork loin roast topped with maple orange glaze.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Rest Time15 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Entree

Equipment

  • Instant Pot or pressure cooker
  • Large plate or cutting board
  • Sauce pan
  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk or rubber spatula

Ingredients

For the pork loin:

  • 1 seasoned pork loin roast
  • 1 cup bone broth
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

For the maple orange glaze:

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup dark maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar

Nutrition

Calories: 521kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 63g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 173mg | Sodium: 172mg | Potassium: 1186mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 63IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 2mg
Servings: 8
Calories: 521kcal

Notes

Serves 6-8 with a 1 1/2- 2 1/2 pound boneless pork loin roast

Instructions

  • Take the pork loin out of the refrigerator to sit for about 20 minutes. This will allow it to come to room temperature before cooking.
  • Set the Instant Pot to the Sauté setting. Once it displays “Hot”, pour in a layer of olive oil. 
  • Add the pork loin in the Instant Pot and sear both sides for approximately 3-5 minutes each or until browned.
    Remove the pork loin from the Instant Pot and set it aside on large plate or cutting board.
  • Turn the Sauté setting off, and switch the setting to Meat/Stew or Pressure Cook setting.
  • Insert the metal roasting rack and add 1 cup of bone broth to the Instant Pot.
    Be sure to deglaze your Instant Pot pan by scrapping any seared brown bits on the bottom of the pot.
  • Once the Meat/Stew temperature is ready, place your pork loin on the roasting rack. Twist and lock the lid of the Instant Pot.
  • Let it cook for approximately 17-20 minutes. We cooked ours for 17 minutes to achieve a medium rare pork loin.
  • When the cook cycle is finished, allow for a 12 minute natural release. Then, quick release any remaining pressure. Remove the lid.
  • Using a meat thermometer, check the pork loin for an internal temperature of 145˚F degrees.
    If it has not reached 145˚F degrees, place the lid back on the Instant Pot. Allow for the remaining heat to cook the pork and recheck the temperature after 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove the pork loin from the Instant Pot and place it on a cutting board or plate, and let it sit for about 15 minutes. This rest period is important to ensure that the juices are sealed in.

To make the maple orange glaze:

  • Make the glaze while the pork loin is cooking or while it is resting.
    In a stove top pan on medium heat, combine the orange juice, brown sugar, and dijon mustard.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the water and cornstarch until it has fully dissolved. Then, add it into the orange juice mixture on the stove.
    Let the mix come to a boil, and then stir for another two minutes.
  • Cut away the pork loin netting and place the pork loin on a serving platter and pour the glaze over top.
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17 thoughts on “Best Pork Loin Roast Instant Pot Recipe”

  1. Made this tonight and it was FANTASTIC. I seasoned the loin myself with thyme, orange zest, caraway seeds, salt. Did let it sit to room temp. I started it off on stew setting but was afraid it wouldn’t cook through so I canceled it and used pressure cooker setting for 17 mins, let it release slowly. I only used 1/2 c of maple syrup (that’s all I had) and it turned out great. Thanks so much for recipe.5 stars

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  2. What was the weight of the loin? I set it for 30 minutes using the Meat setting. Check the temp, and it was below 90 degrees on the inside. We placed it back in for 20 minutes more and got 115 degrees, we are now in the process of doing another 20 minutes.

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    • Hi Debbie! Ours was about 2 pounds. 30 minutes is a lot and should’ve been sufficient and definitely should be more than enough time to get above 90 degrees. A few questions and tips to trouble shoot what’s going on. 1) Did you let the meat sit out to room temperature? This is a very crucial step to getting an evenly cut meat. 2) Did you use a bone-in pork loin? A bone-in pork loin will need more time to cook compared to a boneless pork loin (which is what we used). 3) Check to make sure that your meat setting is a High Pressure cook. Hope this helps!

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  3. Pork loin was very moist and great.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe, however one ingredient was kept out of the recipe so had to guess a little-not a big deal.
    You mention in the write up to combine OJ, maple syrup, etc. With the brown sugar, however there is no Brown sugar listed in tge ingredients, nor is there any indication as to the amount.
    I used 2 Tablespoons and it worked out fine.
    Cheers4 stars

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    • Hi Bob! We are so happy to hear that it turned out moist and delicious! And you are correct! We actually did leave out the measurements for the brown sugar. We cannot believe that wasn’t noticed until now (which means some people did not use brown sugar and still liked it.) However, we think brown sugar is a great additional and 2 tablespoons is definitely a good amount.

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  4. Aww thanks so much. I wish I could just transport the whole table + food into my home haha. The cocktail glasses, plates, cutlery, and candleholders were my favorites. So, everything? Haha

    Thanks again for offering to share resources! I’ve followed your blog for many, many years and this is my first time commenting :)5 stars

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    • Hi Liz! The cocktail glasses are old glasses from Home Goods, the plates and candleholders are from At Home and the cutlery is our Sugar and Cloth Flatware collection that you can find here: https://amzn.to/3qYLPNz. We are so happy to hear that you have been following our blog for so long! XOXO

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  5. Wow, this looks amazing! Will definitely be trying this recipe. Your table setting is gorgeous too. Will you be sharing the resources for the different items you used? Thanks so much!

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    • Thank you, Liz! We actually will not be doing a separate post on the table setting. But what items were you interested in? We can definitely share our sources with you! XOXO

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  6. This recipe achieved a tender, juicy pork roast using an instant pot. Using an instant pot really made the process simple and fast! It is so delicious, my whole family loved it!5 stars

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