by Christopher Jones
There are numerous ways to cook honey garlic pork tenderloin in an instant pot. Pork tenderloin is very popular as a dish that goes with soju (Korean alcohol). If you have watched a few Korean Dramas you will be able to understand why I am telling this. It is almost impossible to find a modern Kdrama without pork tenderloin. It is mainstream food for Koreans.
After the office friends or family members or colleagues will come together for an after-office party and drink alcohol with pork tenderloin instant pot. It is an alternative to meat which is very expensive. Pork tenderloin is everyone’s food in Korea. That is why we will talk about this instant pot recipe. You do not have to despair just because you do not have a smoker at home. You can easily make this dish with your instant pot.
This cut comes from the top side of the ribcage of an animal. It is fatless and comparatively small in size. As a result, it takes less time to cook tenderloin. Chefs cook pork tenderloin in various ways. We will talk about them one by one.
Tenderloin and loin – between these two, people often make mistakes. Although these two come from the same body part – the backbone – tenderloin is named so, because it is tenderer than loin and much smaller in size. Even the outlook of the two cuts is very different from each other. It is very easy to make mistakes while reading from a book or recipe. Even cooking methods for the two are different. Loin is suitable for grilling or roasting in medium-low flame, while the tenderloin is suitable for high heat cooking like – steaks. That is why it is important to be careful during the purchase of ingredients.
Tenderloin is easy to find in the department stores in your neighborhood or bigger shopping malls. They come in packets, usually of one pound each. There is also another packet that weighs three pounds. You can buy three packets of one pound each or buy one single pack that weighs three pounds. If the recipe needs 3 pounds of pork tenderloin, you should consider the price. You can buy whichever packet is convenient for you. You can also find pork tenderloins that are pre-marinated. Do not buy gray or pale meat. Fresh meat looks sparkly pinkish. The fat you see on the meat indicates that the meat will be easily cooked.
There two options available for purchase, as we have mentioned above – marinated, and without marinade. If you buy your tenderloin plain and simple, you can choose from a plethora of recipes available online. These recipes add extra flavor to your pork tenderloin meat. You can use a dry rub, brine, marinate or glaze your pork tenderloin.
The aim of marination is to let the meat imbibe the flavor from liquid seasoning. Once you cover the meat with marinade, you need to put it in the freezer. The duration of the marination process can take from roughly 2-hour to overnight. To make your marinade, take a bowl and put all the ingredients together, and mix well. Put the marinated meat in a sealable plastic bag and then add the meat. Do not marinate over more than 24 hours. You need to flip the meat occasionally. The left-over marinade can become a sauce. Do not touch the sauce if it is not yet boiling.
It is a dry solution to make your pork tenderloin full of flavor. The dry rub is nothing but a mixture of various herbs, spices, and salt or sugar. You need to rub the mixture all over the meat and let it sit for some time. When the meat has taken all the flavors from the dry rub, you start the cooking process. You should let the meat sit at least thirty minutes before you cook.
A dry rub is very easy to make because everything is dry here. Take a bowl and put all the ingredients according to the recipe you are following and mix well with a spoon. Then take some oil and nicely coat the meat with it. The reason is that you need the dry rub to stick to the meat surface. Once the meat has been nicely coated, you rub the mixture evenly all over the meat and let it sit. Use your hand for this task to ensure no part of the meat is left alone.
If you are a pork tenderloin enthusiast you can never miss out on this honey garlic pork tenderloin instant pot recipe. The recipes are very straightforward. Just follow them precisely and you will be able to make this dish on your own. But you can get help from family too! Cooking is enjoyable when you have people to share it with, don’t you think so?
About Christopher Jones
Chris is an avid traveler and a gastronome.
He used to live for years in Europe and has far reached to many humble corners of Asia.
While at it, he never stopped seeking for the local cuisine to try some.
His favorite motto is "how can one live well, travel well, and work well without having good food every time?"
Chris received his MBA at University of San Francisco at the age of 24.