Delicious Balsamic Pork Loin Recipe for Foodies

As a chef specializing in Vietnamese and Asian cuisine, I am always looking for new and exciting recipes to share with my clients. Today, I want to introduce you to my latest creation – the Instant Pot Balsamic Pork Loin recipe. This dish is a mouth-watering combination of sweet balsamic glaze infused with garlic, pressure-cooked pork coated in a tangy, smoky sauce that will leave you coming back for more.

The Instant Pot Balsamic Pork Loin recipe is perfect for any occasion, whether you’re looking for an easy weeknight dinner or something special for a family gathering. With its herb rub and succulent flavor, it’s sure to impress even the pickiest eaters at the table.

This dish is incredibly easy to make thanks to the Instant Pot’s ability to cook meat quickly and evenly. And with just a few simple ingredients, you can create a restaurant-quality meal in no time at all. So why not give it a try? Trust me; your taste buds will thank you!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Instant Pot Balsamic Pork Loin
Instant Pot Balsamic Pork Loin

If you’re looking to add a touch of sweetness to your regular pork dinner, the Instant Pot Balsamic Pork Loin Recipe is the perfect dish for you. This recipe has everything you need – it’s sweet, tangy and savory all in one bite. Trust me, you won’t be able to resist this delectable pork loin roast recipe.

One of the best things about this recipe is its versatility. If you don’t have a pork loin, don’t worry! You can use a pork tenderloin instead and still achieve the same delicious result. Plus, the recipe calls for ingredients that are readily available in your pantry or local grocery store.

But what makes this dish truly stand out is its finger-licking balsamic glaze infused with garlic, brown sugar, and honey. The glaze gives the dish that irresistible tangy and smoky flavor that will have your taste buds dancing with every bite. And let’s not forget about the herb rub the pork loin or tenderloins are coated with – it adds a depth of flavor that will make your mouth water!

The Instant Pot Balsamic Pork Loin Recipe is also incredibly easy to make. In just an hour, you can have a flavorful, tender and juicy pork roast on your dinner table without having to spend hours in the kitchen. Thanks to the handy-dandy instant pot pressure cooker, the pork cooks quickly while retaining its moisture and tenderness.

This dish goes perfectly with a side of steamed vegetables or roasted potatoes. If you’re feeling adventurous, pair it with some sticky rice or quinoa as well. And if you happen to have leftovers (which is unlikely), store them in an airtight container and reheat them for another delicious meal.

So why should you give this Instant Pot Balsamic Pork Loin Recipe a try? Because it’s easy, versatile, flavorful and downright delicious! Whether you’re wanting something new and different or trying to impress family and friends at your next dinner party, this recipe is a win-win. Trust me, once you taste it, you’ll be hooked!

Ingredient List

 Tender and juicy balsamic pork that falls apart in your mouth.
Tender and juicy balsamic pork that falls apart in your mouth.

Here’s what you need to make this Instant Pot Balsamic Pork Loin Recipe:

  • 2 pounds of pork loin or two 1-pound pork tenderloins
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Water for the Instant Pot
  • Cornstarch and water for the balsamic glaze (optional)

To add more flavor, you can also use herbs such as rosemary, thyme or sage. For a touch of spiciness, add red pepper flakes or chili powder.

The Recipe How-To

 The perfect balance of tangy and sweet flavors in one dish.
The perfect balance of tangy and sweet flavors in one dish.

Now it’s time to start cooking the star of the meal, the Instant Pot Balsamic Pork Loin. With this recipe, you’ll be amazed at how quick and easy it is to make a delicious dish that will impress your family and friends.


  • 2 pork tenderloins (about 1 pound each)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water

Step by Step:

Here are the steps you need to follow to prepare this amazing Instant Pot Balsamic Pork Loin Recipe:

  1. First, remove any excess fat from the pork tenderloins and season them all over with salt and pepper.

  2. Turn your Instant Pot on to “Saute” mode, and when hot, add olive oil.

  3. When the oil is hot, carefully place both pork tenderloins in the Instant Pot and brown them on each side for about 2 minutes per side, or until nicely seared all over.

  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, and half of the brown sugar until well combined.

  5. Add the balsamic mixture into your Instant Pot, coating all sides of your meat generously with it.

  6. Close your Instant Pot lid and press “Pressure Cook” or “Manual” button on High Pressure for 5 minutes. Make sure that the pressure release valve is set to “Sealing”.

  7. Once the cooking cycle is complete, let the pressure release naturally for about 10 minutes before opening.

  8. Carefully remove the pork tenderloins from Instant Pot, placing them on a cutting board and cover loosely with foil to keep them warm.

  9. Press “Saute” mode again to cook the sauce for an additional 2-3 minutes until it reduces and thickens.

  10. In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water,then add the mixture into the sauce, stirring constantly until the sauce starts to thicken.

  11. Slice the balsamic pork loin into medallions or serve whole with balsamic glaze drizzled over it.

Your delicious, tender and juicy Instant Pot Balsamic Pork Loin is ready to be devoured!

Substitutions and Variations

 The Instant Pot takes this pork loin to the next level of succulent.
The Instant Pot takes this pork loin to the next level of succulent.

As a chef, I know that every recipe can be customized to suit your personal taste buds. So, if you are looking to add your own spin to this Instant Pot Balsamic Pork Loin recipe, here are some substitutions and variations that you can try.

1. Pork Tenderloin: Instead of using pork loin or pork tenderloin, you can use boneless pork chops or even slow-cooked pulled pork.

2. Balsamic Vinegar: If you do not have balsamic vinegar, you can substitute it with apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar.

3. Brown Sugar: Instead of brown sugar, you can use honey or maple syrup.

4. Soy Sauce: Substitute soy sauce with tamari sauce or coconut aminos for a gluten-free option.

5. Garlic Powder: Instead of garlic powder, use fresh garlic cloves for a stronger flavor.

6. Herbs: Add herbs like rosemary or thyme to the herb rub for an extra layer of flavor.

7. Spices: Add different spices like paprika or cumin to the spice rub for a more complex flavor profile.

8. The Sweet Balsamic Glaze: If you prefer a thicker glaze, whisk together cornstarch and water and add it to the Instant Pot after cooking the pork to thicken the sauce.

Remember, cooking is all about experimentation and making the recipe your own! Don’t be afraid to try out these substitutions and variations to make this recipe unique to your preferences.

Serving and Pairing

 Dinner is served with minimal effort with this easy Instant Pot meal.
Dinner is served with minimal effort with this easy Instant Pot meal.

Serving this Instant Pot Balsamic Pork Loin recipe is as delightful as savoring every bite of it. The juicy and luscious pork pairs well with different dishes, enhancing their flavors and delivering a burst of luxury to each serving.

I often serve this pork with fresh green veggies like roasted asparagus or an avocado salad with lemon vinaigrette. You can also pair it with creamy mashed cauliflower, spicy roasted potatoes or cheesy polenta. The balsamic glaze infused in the dish complements the sides exceptionally well.

You can also enjoy this delicious balsamic pork loin on top of toasted bread with caramelized onions, arugula and roasted garlic aioli. It’s a mouthwatering sandwich that makes for a hearty lunch.

If you’re more into Asian cuisine, try pairing this indulgent Instant Pot Balsamic Pork Loin with steaming hot rice and some stir-fried vegetables on the side. The salty soy sauce balances perfectly the tangy aroma of balsamic vinegar.

And if you want to take your dish to the next level, garnish it with some fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme. These herbs infuse subtle flavors into the meaty texture of the pork and elevate any plate presentation.

With endless possibilities of pairing, you can never go wrong with serving Instant Pot Balsamic Pork Loin on any occasion. It’s a dish that will satisfy everyone’s palate and leave them craving for more.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The secret ingredient- balsamic vinegar- is what makes this dish stand out.
The secret ingredient- balsamic vinegar- is what makes this dish stand out.

It’s always helpful to have some leftovers for the next day or to prepare this delightful dish ahead of time. The Balsamic Pork Loin Recipe is one that makes well in advance and can be stored and reheated with no loss of flavor.

After cooking the pork loin, allow it to cool to room temperature before storing it in an airtight container. You could refrigerate it for up to four days or freeze it for longer storage.

When you’re ready to serve, reheat the loin roast in the oven at 350°F for about 10-12 minutes or until fully heated through. Alternatively, you can also use a microwave or stovetop to reheat your pork if you’re in a hurry.

If you decide to make this dish ahead of time, I recommend adding some additional balsamic sauce while reheating to prevent the pork from drying out. Make sure to mix the leftover balsamic sauce with a few tablespoons of water before adding it on top of the pork before re-heating.

Now, let’s talk about storing leftover pork loin. If you want to reheat minced pork for another meal, I suggest using it in hot sandwiches or stir-fry dishes. Remember, although reheating may result in discolored meat, this doesn’t affect the flavor or nutrition of the dish.

Overall, preparing and storing balsamic pork loin ahead of time is incredibly practical as it allows you more time to enjoy your meal without any rush. Just make sure that when you’re reheating the loin pork doesn’t get too dry by adding extra moisture-rich ingredients such as honey, broth, or additional balsamic glaze- because we all know that no one wants dry meat!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Impress your guests with this restaurant-worthy pork loin recipe.
Impress your guests with this restaurant-worthy pork loin recipe.

When preparing the Instant Pot Balsamic Pork Loin recipe, there are some handy tips to ensure that you get the best results. One of the most crucial tips is to allow the pressure to naturally release at the end of cooking. This helps to prevent the pork from overcooking and becoming tough. Additionally, here are some more tips to help perfect this delicious recipe.

Firstly, when searing the pork loin or tenderloin, it’s crucial to use high heat and a little bit of oil for a golden-brown crust. This enhances the flavor and creates a beautiful texture for your dish. Also, make sure not to overcrowd the pork in your Instant Pot while cooking, as this can lead to uneven cooking and affect the overall taste of your dish.

When it comes to seasoning, don’t shy away from using bold flavors like garlic powder and brown sugar in your herb rub mixture. The sugar adds a touch of sweetness that helps balance out the tanginess of the balsamic glaze infused with garlic. Make sure you season the pork generously with salt and pepper before searing it, so it’s properly seasoned throughout.

Another useful tip is to use water or broth to deglaze your Instant Pot after searing the pork loin or tenderloin. This will help scrape off any residue and prevent burning or sticking at the bottom before pressure cooking.

Lastly, always use a meat thermometer when cooking meat dishes like this Instant Pot Balsamic Pork Loin recipe. Overcooked or undercooked meat can negatively affect your dish’s overall outcome. Pork needs to be cooked until its internal temperature reaches 145°F (63°C). With these helpful tips, you’ll be able to execute this recipe perfectly every time and amaze your dinner guests with tender, juicy pork coated in tangy smoky balsamic glaze!

Bottom Line


In conclusion, I am confident that this Instant Pot Balsamic Pork Loin recipe will become a staple in your home. With its delicious flavor and ease of preparation, it is perfect for busy weeknights or a fancy dinner party. The tangy and smoky balsamic glaze infused with garlic creates a dish made with spice-crusted pork coated in goodness that will leave your taste buds wanting more.

Whether you are cooking for yourself or entertaining guests, this recipe is sure to impress. You won’t regret whipping up this sweet balsamic honey pork loin recipe, and upgrading it to the instant pot delivers quicker and juicier results every time. From the herb rub to the garlic and balsamic sauce,tenderloins- this dish has everything you need for a savory meal full of rich flavors.

I highly recommend giving this Instant Pot Balsamic Pork Loin recipe a try as soon as possible! Don’t hesitate, grab an instant pot and all the ingredients from your local store today and enjoy this delightful dish with your loved ones. Trust me when I say that once you take a bite you won’t be able to resist going back for seconds!

Instant Pot Balsamic Pork Loin

Instant Pot Balsamic Pork Loin Recipe

One large or two small-medium pork tenderloins (1 - 1 1/2 pounds each) work perfectly. You can also do one small-medium tenderloin but will have extra balsamic glaze leftover - you can keep it in a jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks and reheat in the microwave or on the stove.  In place of the dried herb blend you can substitute 1 teaspoon dried thyme + 1 teaspoon dried basil + 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Non-vegetarian
Calories 476.8 kcal


  • 1 -2 pork tenderloin (see note)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian herb seasoning (see note)
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 tablespoons water


  • Set pressure cooker to SAUTE. Rub tenderloins all over with oil. Season generously on all sides with salt and pepper to taste, then dried herbs and garlic powder.
  • Use tongs to place tenderloins in the pot, turning over every 1-2 minutes until browned on all sides.
  • Whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, and water and add to the pot. Put the lid on in the locked position with the steam valve closed. Set to PRESSURE COOK or MANUAL for 15 minutes.
  • When cook time is up, allow to natural release for five minutes, then turn the steam valve to the venting position and remove lid once float valve drops down. Use tongs to transfer pork loin to a cutting board and set aside.
  • Switch pressure cooker to SOUP setting. Once boiling, stir corn starch into the 4 tablespoons cold water until dissolved, then pour into instant pot and stir until thickened to a glaze.
  • Slice tenderloins, then serve with balsamic glaze on top. Extra glaze can be stored in a jar in the fridge up to 2 weeks.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 366gCalories: 476.8kcalCarbohydrates: 64.6gProtein: 28.3gFat: 11.2gSaturated Fat: 2.4gCholesterol: 82.1mgSodium: 1097mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 58.5g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Healthy, Meat, Pork
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