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Top 10 Pork Tenderloin Recipes


Pork tenderloin is a wonderful cut of meat. It's boneless, lean, and can be transformed into many recipes using just about every ingredient in the pantry or fridge. It grills beautifully, can be roasted, or quickly pan fried. You can find many versions already marinated, prepackaged in the supermarket, but it's fun to buy plain tenderloin and marinate it yourself. Just be sure not to overcook this tender meat. Pork can be cooked to medium, or 155 degrees F, and be perfectly safe. Just slightly pink in the middle makes the meat very juicy and fork-tender. Enjoy these easy recipes!

1. Lemon Thyme Pork Tenderloin

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This super easy recipe combines tart lemon with lemony-scented thyme and garlic for a juicy and flavorful main dish. You can use this marinade for chicken or for pork roasts too.

2. Southwest Pork Tenderloin

Southwest Pork Tenderloin
Linda Larsen

The flavors of the southwest marry perfectly with mild and tender pork. If you like it spicy, add some ground chile peppers or add sliced jalapeno peppers to the marinade. This one is great served with a corn salad and some easy flatbreads made from refrigerated bread dough.

3. Apple Balsamic Pork Tenderloin

Apple Balsamic Pork Tenderloin
Linda Larsen

Balsamic vinegar and lots of spices, along with some apple cider and mustard, make this super easy recipe so flavorful. I like to serve it with buttered corn and some hot toasted garlic bread, and a salad made from spinach and strawberries. Yum.

4. Mustard Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Mustard Marinated Pork Tenderloin
Linda Larsen

Two kinds of mustard flavor this pork tenderloin recipe and make it very tender. If you love mustard, make an easy sauce from the pan drippings by placing the roasting pan on a burner over medium heat. Deglaze the pan with some chicken broth, then stir in a tablespoon or two of cream and a couple of tablespoons of mustard. Stir, pour, and enjoy.

5. Sliced Chinese Pork

Even if you think you don't like prune juice, this recipe will change your mind. The juice adds a deep richness to the marinade in this easy recipe. Serve it plain, or make sandwiches with the tender pork if you'd like.

6. Roasted Pork Tenderloin and Vegetables

You can use any root vegetables you'd like in this super easy one pan dinner. Try parsnips, sweet potatoes, or fennel for a change of pace (and taste).

7. Apple Pork Tenderloin in Puff Pastry

Now this is a recipe for company! Sauteed pork tenderloin is wrapped with an onion and apple mixture in flaky puff pastry and baked until golden. If you'd like, you could leave out the puff pastry and just cook the pork with the apple mixture in parchment paper.

8. Tomato Pork Farfalle

This one dish skillet recipe combines pork tenderloin with lots of vegetables and bow tie pasta in a creamy tomato sauce. And the pasta cooks right in the sauce, making it more flavorful and tender.

9. Apple Raisin Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

This stuffing recipe is based on my great-grandmother's famous turkey stuffing. Apples and raisins go with pork tenderloin like peanut butter goes with jelly!

10. Orange Pork Medallions

Orange and lemon pair beautifully with pork in this easy recipe. Serve it with rice or cooked pasta to soak up the wonderfully flavored sauce.

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