Instant Pot® Applesauce Pork Loin


Applesauce and apple cider add sweetness to a savory pork loin. This is good served with rice or mashed potatoes with the pan gravy on top.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 (2 1/2 pound) pork loin

  • ½ cup chicken broth

  • ½ cup apple cider

  • ¼ teaspoon ground thyme

  • ½ cup applesauce

  • 1 medium yellow onion, quartered

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 2 tablespoons cold water


  1. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®) and select Saute function. Heat olive oil. Sprinkle garlic powder, salt, and pepper all over the pork loin and sear in the hot oil on all sides, about 2 minutes per side. Remove pork from the pot. Pour in chicken broth and scrape up all the browned bits so none are stuck on the bottom. Turn off Saute function.

  2. Pour in apple cider and add pork loin back to the pot. Mix ground thyme into the applesauce and spread over the top and sides of the pork loin. Place onion slices around the pork loin. Close and lock the lid. Select High pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 25 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  3. Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 15 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid.

  4. Remove pork and onion slices from the pot. Mix cornstarch with cold water in a bowl.

  5. Turn on Saute function and stir cornstarch mixture into the pan juices. Bring to a boil and cook until gravy has slightly thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Serve gravy with the pork loin.

Cook's Note:

In place of the broth, you may use another 1/2 cup apple cider or 1/2 cup white wine.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

507 Calories
28g Fat
14g Carbs
46g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 507
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 10g 48%
Cholesterol 139mg 46%
Sodium 491mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 46g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 42mg 3%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 754mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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