This Instant Pot Pork Loin recipe has a delicious, sweet-savory combo. The combination of maple syrup, soy sauce, and fresh ginger are all infused while pressure cooking and turn a pork loin into a delicious, easy dinner.
1/3cup low-sodium soy sauce (For gluten-free sub GF Tamari Soy Sauce or Coconut Aminos)
2/3cup pure maple syrup (do not use fake pancake syrup)
1 tablespoon minced or grated fresh ginger
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons cornstarch
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Stir together the diced onion, minced garlic, and oil in a microwave safe bowl. Cover with a paper towel (to prevent splatters) and microwave until softened, about 5 minutes. (Alternatively, you can saute them in the Instant Pot, adding the garlic during the last minute of cooking time.)
Pat the pork dry with paper towels, season it lightly on all sides with salt and black pepper. (Freezing instructions begin here.)
Place the pork loin, soy sauce, maple syrup, ginger, cayenne, and cooked onion mixture in a gallon-size freezer bag. Seal tightly and toss to combine.
Marinate the pork in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours.
Transfer the pork and marinade to the Instant Pot. Lock and seal the lid. Cook at high pressure for 25 minutes, then allow the pressure to release naturally, about 10 minutes. (Check to make sure the pork is at least 145°F internally. If not, place it back in the Instant Pot on the Warm setting, close the lid, and check the temp every 5 minutes.) Transfer the pork to a cutting board, tent with foil, and let rest for about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, set the Instant Pot to “Sauté.” In a small bowl, stir together the cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of water until smooth. Stir the cornstarch mixture into the sauce remaining in the pot and bring to a boil. Cook, whisking, until thickened, about 3 minutes. Press “Cancel.” Taste and season with salt and black pepper, if desired.
Cut the pork into 1 ⁄2-inch thick slices. Fan them out on a serving platter and drizzle the sauce over the meat. Serve.
Freeze For Later: Follow Steps 1 and 2. Cut the seasoned pork loin into three equal pieces, then follow Step 3. Freeze.
Prepare From Frozen: Note: You will need to have cornstarch, salt, and pepper on hand to complete this meal. Set the Instant Pot to “Sauté.” Transfer the frozen meal to the pot and cook for 5 minutes to release some liquid. Press “Cancel.” Follow Steps 5 through 7. (The frozen meat will cook in the same amount of time as fresh.)
Gluten-Free Option: Use gluten-free Tamari soy sauce or coconut aminos.
I like to freeze in a round container so that the frozen meal will fit in the Instant Pot.