January 26, 2019

Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin with Black Beans and Coconut Rice

Yum, yum, yum! I discovered this recipe on Pam's blog (Sidewalk Shoes) almost a year ago and it has become a family favorite. I love bacon and ribs, but until I discovered tenderloins, I didn't care for any other cuts of pork, especially chops, which are too easy to overcook. Not only is this recipe delicious, it's quick and easy. Perfect for a last-minute meal at home or in the RV. Thanks, Pam!

Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin
with Black Beans and Coconut Rice
(Photo credit: Pam Greer)


2 tablespoons peanut oil
1 pound pork tenderloin cut into 2-inch chunks
1 leek thinly sliced
4 1/2 ounce chopped green chiles canned
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
15 ounce black beans canned, rinsed, and drained
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup coconut milk (unsweetened)
1 cup white rice
2 tablespoons light brown sugar

Heat the oil in the pressure cooker turned to the Saute setting. Add the pork and brown on all sides, about 6 minutes. Remove and let rest on a plate.

Add the leeks and the chiles. Cook about 2 minutes, then stir in the thyme, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the beans, broth, coconut milk, rice and brown sugar. Stir to dissolve the brown sugar.

Add the pork back to the pot and pour any drippings from the plate back in the pot. Try to make sure the rice and pork are covered by the liquid.

Lock the lid on the pot, set the valve to Sealing and set to cook at high pressure for 15 minutes.

Use NPR (natural release of pressure) for 5 minutes and then do a quick release. Leaving the lid on the pot, let the rice steam for about 10 minutes.

Serves four

My Notes:

I used olive oil instead of peanut oil to brown the pork.

I didn't use the leeks.

I garnished each plate with some chopped mango.

I think this meal would also be delicious with shrimp, either as a substitute for the pork or an addition.

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  1. I think we're the only family without an Instant Pot. We just don't cook that much these days so probably won't buy one.

    1. Kathy, I was skeptical about having another kitchen appliance, but it's turned out to be quite useful. If nothing else, it makes perfect hardboiled eggs! ;)

  2. Have you mentioned an Instant Pot before? Maybe I just forgot you had one... still trying to decide whether I NEED one, but leaning toward yes at the moment. (Space is limited here.) This dish looks delicious!

    1. JoAnn, this is my first mention of an Instant Pot. As I told Kathy, I was skeptical about yet another kitchen gadget/appliance, but my mom bought this and I've started using it more and more. This is an awesome recipe and I'm eager to try more. On the list for this coming week is risotto shrimp. A year ago I would have scoffed, but now I'm toying with the idea of getting an IP for the RV!

  3. Pork tenderloin is delicious in a lot of recipes! This sounds very good, though I have not acquired an instant pot because I don't see the need. I have plenty of time for conventional cooking or slow cooking.

    best ... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

    1. Mae, I felt the same way about the Instant Post. I figured since I have the time for things to simmer on the stove and I have a crockpot, why would I need an IP? Well, I don't think I've been as successful getting a tenderloin or a roast as tender with those other methods as I have with the IP. I made a barbacoa beef recipe a week or so ago and the meat practically fell apart on the cutting board. I have a feeling it will also be a useful appliance for the RV since it steams, sears, and acts as a slow cooker, as well as an IP. And, I can hardboil eggs in it, which is a plus since we don't like to boil water in the rv as it creates too much humidity.

  4. Oooooh another super IP recipe. I love my pressure cooker and used a stovetop version for years before switching to electric. I use my at least once a week and usually more often than that.

    1. Candace, it's really very good! I have found some great recipes on Pam's blog. You should check it out, if you haven't already. I need to search yours for more IP recipes.

  5. Don 't know much about instant pots. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

    1. They are quite handy for quick cooking.

  6. I need to try this on the family!

    1. Robin, let me know how you like it!


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