Pork tenderloin is one of my favorite things to cook, especially for a midweek meal. It's no fuss, partners well with fruit (especially apples), onions, or mustard, loves spice rubs, and even the fanciest preparations cook up quickly.
All You Need to Know About Cooking Pork Tenderloin
In fact, the only thing you really have to worry about with pork tenderloin is overcooking it. Because it's so lean, it can go from tender to dry if you aren't paying attention.
A Pork Tenderloin Recipe Made Even Better
This recipe was one of the first recipes I posted on the site so many years ago. We've since changed it up a bit, including making a pan gravy from the juices and stock to pour over the sliced tenderloin and apples. Enjoy!
Tips for Buying Pork Tenderloin
A pork tenderloin is usually about 1 pound and is a lean cut of meat. Follow these tips when purchasing the pork tenderloins for this recipe.
- Don't confuse it with pork loin, which is larger and runs about 2 or 3 pounds per loin.
- Look for a little marbling on the tenderloin so you'll get the flavor from the fat.
- The meat should be pinkish red.
What to Serve With Pork Tenderloin
- Brussels Sprouts Gratin
- Fig Galette
- Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- Green Beans With Almonds and Thyme
- Potato Dinner Rolls
More Delicious Pork Tenderloin Recipes to Try!
- Panko Crusted Pork Tenderloin With Dijon Cream Sauce
- Grilled Pork Tenderloin With Orange Marmalade Glaze
- Pork Tenderloin With Figs and Onions
- Pork Medallions With Mustard-Caper Sauce
- Mojo Marinated Grilled Pork Kebabs
Pork Tenderloin With Apples
Use a good cooking apple such as a Jonagold, Fuji, or Pink Lady (not Red Delicious). You can easily cut this recipe in half for a quick meal for two people.
2 pork tenderloins
2 cloves garlic, peeled and cut into slivers
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup (235ml) chicken or beef broth
1 cup (235ml) dry white wine (can sub with apple brandy or apple cider)
2 medium apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
Preheat the oven:
Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C).
Prepare the tenderloins and insert the garlic:
With the tip of a sharp knife, make deep little slits all over the tenderloins and insert the garlic slivers.
Season with salt, pepper, and cumin.
Sear the tenderloins:
Heat the oil in a skillet on medium high heat and sear the tenderloins well on all sides (about 10 minutes).
Add the tenderloins to a roasting pan and pour in broth and wine:
Remove the tenderloins from the skillet (do not discard the juices in the skillet) and place the tenderloins in a roasting pan.
Add the broth and white wine to the roasting pan.
Cook in the oven at 400°F (205°C) for 10 to 15 minutes or longer, until their internal temperature reaches 140°F.
Cook the apples:
After you've placed the tenderloins in the oven, cook the apple slices in the same skillet (with the remaining oil and juices) that you used to brown the tenderloin.
Saute until soft. Remove the apples from the pan, set them aside, saving the juices once again in the pan.
Rest the tenderloins:
After the tenderloins have reached 140°F internal temperature, remove them from the oven. Transfer the tenderloins from the pan to a cutting board, cover with aluminum foil and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes. The internal temperature of the tenderloins will continue to rise while they rest.
Make the gravy:
While the pork is resting, pour the roasting pan juices into the skillet and boil everything on high heat for 5 minutes, or until you get a gravy the consistency of melted ice cream.
Slice and serve:
Slice the tenderloins into 1/4-inch-thick slices, add the sliced apples to the meat in the serving dish, drizzle some gravy over and serve immediately.
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 4 to 6|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 11g||14%|
|Saturated Fat 3g||14%|
|Total Carbohydrate 10g||4%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||6%|
|Total Sugars 7g|
|Vitamin C 3mg||16%|
|*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.|