If you’re only going to make one SweetPhi recipe, this 5 ingredient Instant Pot pork tenderloin with cranberry sauce gravy is the one! What we all LOVE about this recipe is that it cooks in an Instant Pot and so it’s super super and it creates the most delicious gravy alongside the pork!
What ingredients do you need to make this cranberry pork tenderloin?
- Extra virgin olive oil: heating up the oil helps get a great sear on the pork tenderloin.
- Pork tenderloin: My favorite lean meat that is super affordable and great for a family
- Garlic cloves: because garlic makes everything taste better
- Cans whole cranberry sauce: if you want to spend a little extra time, you can opt to make homemade cranberry sauce as well.
- Ginger: helps add an extra little kick of flavor
This 5 Ingredient pork tenderloin with cranberry sauce is such a great family dinner. The pork comes out super tender and is perfect to feed kids too. Phi shared a funny story about how much Ben loved the gravy. So much, in fact, that he had two big pieces of pork and wanted lots of gravy. He kept calling the gravy ‘tea’ so he kept saying ‘more tea please’ lol.
To make this meal, follows these simple steps
Pour oil into Instant Pot and set instant pot to sear setting for 12 minutes. Add in pork tenderloin, pressed garlic and sprinkle pork with salt. Sear pork tenderloin so that a nice brown crust forms. Use tongs to flip it one or two times.
Add in 2 cans of whole cranberry sauce and ginger, secure the lid with the valve in sealing position. Pressure cook for 15 minutes, and allow a natural release (about 5 minutes.)
Remove the pork tenderloin and put onto a cutting board, allow to rest for 5 minutes, then slice and serve. Pour sauce/gravy into a gravy boat and serve on the side.
- Please note that the gravy thickens up a little bit as the lid is off, it’s a sauce consistency that thickens a little into what we’d call a gravy.
Some tips for making the best pork tenderloin dinner:
This is a great make-ahead meal for serving at family dinner. You can make it all ahead and then serve it/warmed it in a baking dish (as pictured below – baked at 300 degrees for 20 minutes).
Let the Instant Pot naturally release vs. quick release. It kind of sputters a little liquid out of the valve if you quick release it. It still works, it’s just a little shocking, lol.
You can also make this into a freezer meal by making it, and then freezing the pork and gravy in separate containers.
You can simply buy pork tenderloins from Costco; there are 2 tenderloins per package and 2 packages sold together, so you get 4 pork tenderloins.
You could substitute a pork roast for the pork tenderloins. Or even try thick cut pork chops too. You could also make this with a turkey breast-just increase the cook time, see my post on easy instant pot turkey breast
If you don’t have an Instant Pot, this meal would also work great in a slow cooker! Just be sure to sear the pork in a pan then transfer it into a slow cooker and cook on high for 2-3 hours (slow cookers vary, so be sure to watch the this so it doesn’t overcook and dry out the pork). Serve this pork tenderloin with cranberry gravy, alongside broccoli and mashed potatoes. Of course, you can use any sides you prefer (for fall, squash is another great option!)
5 Ingredient Instant Pot Cranberry Pork Tenderloin
- 2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
- 2 pork tenderloin about 3-4 lbs. total*
- 3 garlic cloves pressed
- 2 cans whole cranberry sauce 14 oz. each. You can also make cranberry sauce from scratch.
- 1 Tbs. ginger grated
- 1 tsp. salt
- Pour oil into Instant Pot and set instant pot to sear setting for 12 minutes. Add in pork tenderloin and pressed garlic and sprinkle pork with salt. Sear pork tenderloin so that a nice brown crust forms. Use tongs to flip it one or two times.
- Add in 2 cans of whole cranberry sauce and ginger, secure the lid with the valve in sealing position. Pressure cook for 15 minutes, and allow a natural release (about 5 minutes.)**
- Remove the pork tenderloin and put onto a cutting board, allow to rest for 5 minutes, then slice and serve. Pour gravy into a gravy boat and serve on the side.
I have cranberries in the freezer & chicken breasts. Have you tried swapping in chicken for the pork? Would love time suggestions if you have!
Yes, I have, it’s delicious with chicken! The cook times are just different with chicken.
My experience – thawed chicken is about 8 minutes and frozen is 15-20.
I also just posted this slow cooker chicken and cranberries post: https://sweetphi.com/slow-cooker-cranberry-chicken/
Hope that helps!
I made this tonight for my family and we all loved it. I had more of a Cranberry sauce than gravy and it was delicious over the pork and steamed potatoes.
So happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe! Also – thank you for the feedback about the cranberry sauce, I’m going to make a note in the recipe for others, someone else said it was a little more of a sauce than a gravy too. I think it thickens up as the lid is off after it’s done cooking, but I’m not sure exactly how many minutes, so I’ll just note that 🙂