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Cooking with Pork Tenderloin

Updated on January 29, 2016

Simple but Delicious Meal

I love to use pork tenderloin for a quick yet impressive company dinner. There are many variations that can be used. Pork tenderloin is easy to make and is nutritious too.

One of my favorite pork tenderloin recipes is with apples and cranberries. It is very simple to make and yet is very tasty.

I have also tried several other pork tenderloin recipes and I have never found one that I didn't like. This is such a versatile cut of meat and there are so many different ways to prepare it.

On this page I will share with you some of my favorite ways to make pork tenderloin.

Happy Eating!

photos by Mary Beth Granger

My Interest in Cooking

Better late than Never

I worked in the corporate world for 30 years. I traveled a lot for my job and found very little time to cook. Now that I'm retired I love to cook. I find it fun to try new recipes and to experiment with different ingredients. The internet is such a great way to research ideas for new recipes. I don't always follow them exactly...I love to experiment and improvise.

I love pork tenderloin. It is fairly low in calories, easy to prepare and makes a wonderful presentation. This recipe with apples and cranberries is one of our favorites for fall meals.

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 8


  • 1 1/2 to 2 lb pork tenderloin
  • 2 apples peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons corn starch
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries or raisins


  1. Put pork tenderloin in a baking dish. I prefer a glass or corning ware type dish. Lightly spray the dish with a cooking oil.
  2. Put rest of ingredients into a bowl and stir just to mix.
  3. Spoon mixture around the pork tenderloin.
  4. Cover and bake at 400 degrees for thirty minutes.
  5. Uncover and spoon apple mixture over pork tenderloin. Continue baking, uncovered, for about 10-15 minutes or until meat thermometer reaches 150-160 degrees. It is important not to overcook....inside may be slightly pink but that is alright as long as you've reached the 150 degree point.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing.
Cast your vote for Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Cranberries

Family Meal

Great for everyday or a company meal

My husband and I both watch our weight and pork tenderloin is an ideal choice for a lean meat for a family meal. I also like to use pork tenderloin because I always have leftovers. I can cook once and have meat for 2-3 meals. Here is a typical menu for our family meal.

Pork Tenderloin with apples and raisins

Mashed Potatoes



Orange Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin
Orange Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin

Orange Teriyaki - great taste

My sister, Julie, gave me this recipe. It had been a favorite with her family so I tried it for a company dinner. Everyone seemed to really enjoy it and I got requests for the recipe, which is always a good sign.

This recipe is easy to make and all the mess is done ahead of time in the preparation. This makes for a perfect company meal!

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 2 hours 50 min
Ready in: 3 hours
Yields: 8


  • 2 lbs Pork Tenderloin
  • 1 large cooking bag
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 3/4 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic ( I used the chopped garlic that comes in a jar)
  • 2 Tablespoons orange peel grated
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar


  1. Shake flour in the cooking bag and then add the orange juice, teriyaki sauce, garlic, brown sugar, and orange peel. Squeeze the bag to blend the flour with the other ingredients. Put pork in bag and turn to coat all sides. Then refrigerate for at least 1 1/2 hours. When you are ready to bake the tenderloin, cut 6 1/2 inch slits in the bag and put it in a 9/13 inch pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 50 minutes. Slice and spoon sauce over meat.

Digital Meat Thermometer - Cooking to the perfect temperature

A good meat thermometer is important when cooking pork tenderloin. You want to have the pork done, but not overcooked. I like this one that allows you to put the reader outside the oven and even includes an alarm.

CDN DTP482 Digital Programmable Probe Thermometer/Timer
CDN DTP482 Digital Programmable Probe Thermometer/Timer

I have used this thermometer both in my oven and outside on my grill.


Pork Tenderloin

Roasted Potatoes and Vegetables

Homemade Applesauce

Dinner Rolls

Homemade Apple Pie

Great Pan Makes a Difference - corningware baking dish

I find that a CorningWare baking dish works well to cook pork tenderloin. Here is the one I use. I always spray a little Pam in the pan before makes clean up easier.

CorningWare French White 9-Inch-by-13-Inch Baking Dish
CorningWare French White 9-Inch-by-13-Inch Baking Dish

A dish like this works great, just spray with a bit of cooking oil first.


Easy Pulled Pork

cook in root beer

I made some pulled pork last week with an idea I read about and it turned out great. I thought I'd share this easy way to make pulled pork.

Just three ingredients needed.

1. Pork Tenderloin

2. 1 can root beer

3. Your favorite Barbecue sauce (I use Sweet Baby Rays)

Put the pork tenderloins in a crock pot and cover with the can of root beer. Cook on low for 7-8 hours. Next drain off the root beer and using two forks pull the pork apart. After you have shredded the pork pour on a bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce and simmer for about 1 hour.

This is great served on buns with a side of coleslaw!


Marinading for More Flavor

tasty marinade recipes

Another way to cook pork tenderloin is to put it in a marinade for 8-24 hours and then bake or grill it. I like to use a zip lock type bag to marinade the pork but you can also use a glass or ceramic bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. The meat should always be in the refrigerator while it is marinading.

Here are two marinades I have tried with great results.

Bourbon Marinade

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 Tablespoons brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon minced ginger

2 Tablespoons vegetable oil

1/4 cup bourbon or whiskey

Garlic/Soy Marinade

1 cup soy sauce

2 Tablespoons minced onions

4 teaspoons minced garlic

3 Tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon ginger

4 Tablespoons vegetable oil

When I am ready to cook the pork tenderloins. I remove them from the marinade and put them in a lightly sprayed baking dish. I pour a small amount of the marinade over the pork. I then cook the meat till it reaches an internal temperature of 150-160 degrees. This takes about 30 minutes at 400 degrees. Both of these recipes received rave results and were very juicy and tender!

More Great Ideas - links to cooking tips and recipes

I have found the internet to be a great source of recipes and cooking tips. I don't always follow the recipes exactly. (I love to improvise) but they always give me good ideas and suggestions for ingredients.

One of my favorites below is the slow cooker recipe from Allrecipes

Try It Grilled - grill with corn on cob

I have made this pork tenderloin several times and it turns out great. A wonderful summer meal!

Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 4


  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs pork tenderloin
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons ketchup


  1. 1. Combine the paprika, 2 teaspoons salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, brown sugar,cumin,mustard powder, onion and garlic powder in a bowl. Rub the olive oil all over the pork and then rub on the combined spices. Wrap tenderloin tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate 3-6 hours.
  2. 2. To make the sauce, combine the last three ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring till sugar disolves and then remove from the heat.
  3. 3. Remove pork from refrigerator about 30 minutes before grilling. Cook the pork, turning occasionally until a thermometer inserted in the thickest part register 145 degrees. This takes about 25 minutes. Transfer to cutting board to rest for 15 minutes.
  4. 4. Slice the pork and drizzle with the sauce.

Marinades to Try

pork tenderloin marinades

Here are some marinades I want to try for future recipes

Dijon Honey Mustard

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup soy sauce

1 clove garlic

3 tablespoons dijon honey mustard

salt and pepper to taste

I'd love to hear from you.

Share your Favorite Tenderloin recipe?

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    • smine27 profile image

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      This sure is making me hungry!

    • geosum profile image


      5 years ago

      Great lens. I love tenderloin. New recipes are welcome...

    • StillPlaysWithT profile image


      5 years ago

      I like it simple - just cut into 1/2" thick slices and fried with a little salt.

    • neverasbad profile image


      5 years ago

      Pork tenderloin is great. And even though it comes from a pig, it's actually really lean...and tasty.

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      askformore lm 

      5 years ago

      Fried as small 'steaks' with onions and champignon

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      Tony Bonura 

      5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I love pork of all types. My favorite is probably pork chops cut thick and fried crispy on the outside. But that goes back to my early childhood when pork chops were a lot less expensive.


    • Jogalog profile image


      6 years ago

      I love it with a creamy cider sauce.

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      6 years ago

      I'm supposed to be cutting down on what I eat, have to say this article hasn't helped but I think it's worth it. Its lucky I can't smell the food or I think that would be the final straw.

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      6 years ago

      Excellent lens. Sounds delicious. I usually quickly roast pork tenderloin, with garlic, over thick apple slices, then make a sauce with cider. It's so quick and as you said, looks impressive, without too much preparation and effort.

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      Frankie Kangas 

      6 years ago from California

      Excellent lens. The recipes sound delicious. I've been looking for a marinade recipe for port tenderloin so I'm so glad I stopped by. I'm going to try the Garlic/Soy Marinade this next week. Thanks. Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankster

    • patriciapeppy profile image


      6 years ago

      I'm hungry. What time is dinner?

    • nightbear lm profile image

      nightbear lm 

      6 years ago

      Oh congratulations on your purple star! Wonderful recipes and very pretty lens too. Great job! Blessed

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Love the marinades especially...wonderful recipes for pork tenderloin. Thanks for sharing such good food.

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      6 years ago


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      Holley Web 

      6 years ago

      Congratulations on that lovely Purple Star for Excellence :) I cannot wait to try some of these. I love pork tenderloin!

    • Wednesday-Elf profile image


      6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I love pork, and these recipes look like some delicious ways to fix one of my favorite meats.

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      DesignedbyLisa LM 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe ideas. I'll be trying the pork/apple one tonight.

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      7 years ago

      Pork tenderloin in root beer? Wow.. I am going to have to give that a try!

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      My husband usually cooks this on the BBQ, but maybe I can give him a break and try your oven recipe. Looks yummy.

    • piedromolinero profile image


      8 years ago

      I love your recipe of pork tenderloin with apples and cranberries. Just reading it was already mouthwatering.

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      8 years ago

      The Easy Pulled Pork in root beer

      sounds like a great idea that I will try.

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      8 years ago

      I've nothing against pork, its cholesterol that makes me stay away from it but from the sound of your recipe, I have to say it's worth a try. Can't wait to make your pork and apple and cranberry combo this weekend.

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      8 years ago

      I haven't done much with pork tenderloin, but I love pulled pork made from other cuts. I'm going to buy a pork tenderloin and make this recipe very soon. Sounds super!

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      8 years ago

      I have a stoneware baking pot that is super for pork tenderloin. Keeps the moisture in and seals the flavors of anything I put in there. I love using apples with pork. Will have to add cranberries next time. Great lens!

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      8 years ago

      An absolutely yummy lens, I knew I shouldn't have come in here, but I was sure to wipe the drool off the page before I left LOL Funny, I love apples and I love cranberries, but never thought to put them together with pork, thanks! - Kathy

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      Sherry Venegas 

      8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Yep, I want to try the apple and cranberry version.

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      8 years ago

      Love my pork, I am going to try your apple recipe sounds yummy.

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      8 years ago

      I'm going to try these recipes. They sound de-lish!

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      @jptanabe: The trick to keeping the pork moist is to make sure not to overcook it. You need to use a meat thermometer and cook to 150-160 degrees F. This will leave the meat slightly pink inside.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      9 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Mmm this sounds soooo good! I've not been very successful cooking pork tenderloin, always seem to dry it out, and I'm not a fan of making it all too sweet. But all this apple and cranberry mixture sounds wonderful, I'll just have to try it!

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      Michey LM 

      9 years ago

      This is something I have to try, I like how you present the lens and recipe, it is easy to follow. I use in my Pork Tenderloin aples or quince. Actually I use quince in turkey as well.

      You have a very nice presentation as well fav 5*

      Thanks Michey

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      momto4 lm 

      9 years ago

      This sounds so good! I can't wait to try it!

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      9 years ago

      A simply delicious lens! Yummy.... Why do I visit lenses like this before breakfast? OMG!

      Thanks for visiting my Kevin skinner lens...WOOT!

      God Bless!


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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      9 years ago from United States

      This does sound delicious! I haven't cooked a pork tenderloin in decades and even then I didn't use apples. I am definitely going to try this recipe!

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      Susanna Duffy 

      9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Oooh yum!

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      9 years ago

      Hi Mary Beth, thanks for including my ramp and red potatoes recipe with your yummy and most delicious pork tenderloin recipe -- fyi, we are having a pork butt roast for dinner today! I love pork. Will definitely feature your pork tenderloin as an accompaniment to my ramp and red potatoes! Thanks for the suggestion.

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      Lee Hansen 

      9 years ago from Vermont

      MMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Faved. I love pork tenderloin.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for including your own story in this lens. Personal writing makes for a more interesting page! Welcome again to the Culinary Favorites From A to Z group. Don’t forget to come back and add your lens to the link list so that it will appear on the group page!

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      Faye Rutledge 

      9 years ago from Concord VA

      I'm definitely trying this recipe! It sounds great! Thanks!

    • AppalachianCoun profile image


      9 years ago

      Dried cranberries sound great. Wonderful lens and thanks for the tasty recipe.

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      9 years ago

      This looks delicious! would love to see more...

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      Achim Thiemermann 

      9 years ago from Austin, Texas

      You know how to cook pork right! 5*s and a hearty SquidAngel Blessing for this tasty lens. :-)

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      9 years ago

      Hopefully my keyboard will still work after all the drooling!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      yummy. This sounds great. I also like to cook a pork tenderloin with tomatoes and sauerkraut.

    • GreenEcoBean profile image


      9 years ago

      mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm hungry now

    • MatCauthon profile image


      9 years ago

      Just grilled in charcoal, medium rare... would do. 5*


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