Panko Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Dijon Cream Sauce

Pork tenderloin, marinated in buttermilk, breaded with panko and baked. Served with Dijon mustard cream sauce.

Panko Crusted Pork Tenderloin
Elise Bauer

We all know what magic a buttermilk marinade can do for chicken, but have you ever tried a buttermilk marinade for pork? It's lovely!

In this recipe we marinate pork tenderloin in buttermilk with some brown sugar, Dijon mustard, and salt, and then roll it in toasted panko breadcrumbs and bake it until done.

Panko Crusted Pork Tenderloin
Elise Bauer

The buttermilk infuses the pork with a little tang, and the panko provides a nice crunchy crust to the rounds. We serve the tenderloin with a sauce made with shallots, cream, and Dijon. So elegant! (And easy.)

Panko Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Dijon Cream Sauce

Prep Time 60 mins
Cook Time 60 mins
Total Time 2 hrs
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pound pork tenderloin

  • 3/4 cup buttermilk

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 small shallot, minced (about 1 to 2 tablespoons)

  • 1 small clove garlic, minced (about 1 teaspoon)

  • 1 cup cream

  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • Pinch black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley


  1. Marinate pork tenderloin:

    Combine the marinade ingredients (buttermilk, Dijon mustard, brown sugar, salt) in a medium bowl. Add the pork tenderloin to the marinade.

    Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour, or up to overnight.

    Remove the pork tenderloin from the refrigerator an hour before you intend to cook it.

    Elise Bauer
    Elise Bauer
  2. Toast the panko breadcrumbs:

    Heat a thick-bottomed sauté pan on medium high heat. Add the panko breadcrumbs to the pan. Lower the heat to medium and slowly toast the panko breadcrumbs until golden brown.

    Remove from heat. Stir the olive oil, salt, and pepper into the panko breadcrumbs until they are well coated.

    Elise Bauer
    Elise Bauer
  3. Dredge tenderloin in toasted panko:

    Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil and place a baking rack or roasting rack over it. Place the toasted panko in a shallow bowl for dredging. Remove the pork tenderloin from the buttermilk marinade and place it in the bowl of breadcrumbs. Dredge the tenderloin in the breadcrumbs, pressing the tenderloin firmly into the crumbs as you roll it to help the crumbs adhere.

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  4. Bake:

    Place the breaded tenderloin on the baking rack and bake at 375°F for 30 to 40 minutes, until the internal temperature is 145°F. (Please note that the USDA now recommends that pork be cooked to 145°F, meaning the cooked pork will be a little pink, and that's perfectly okay.)

    Remove the pork from the oven when done and let rest on the rack for 10 to 15 minutes while you make the sauce.

    Elise Bauer
    Elise Bauer
  5. Make sauce:

    To make the sauce, melt a tablespoon of butter in a shallow saucepan. Add the minced shallots and cook on medium heat until softened, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook a minute more.

    Add one cup of cream, the mustard, salt, and pepper to the shallots. Stir to combine and let come to a simmer.

    Simmer gently until slightly thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in 1 Tbsp of chopped parsley. Set aside until ready to serve. (If you need to reheat the sauce to serve and it has thickened up, loosen it with a little water while you reheat.)

  6. Slice tenderloin and serve with sauce:

    Gently transfer the pork tenderloin to a cutting board and slice into 1/2-inch thick medallions. Place sauce on a serving platter and place the pork medallions on top of the sauce. Sprinkle everything with chopped parsley.

Elise Bauer
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
621 Calories
36g Fat
23g Carbs
50g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 621
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 19g 93%
Cholesterol 200mg 67%
Sodium 793mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 50g
Vitamin C 5mg 25%
Calcium 130mg 10%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 937mg 20%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.