15 Best Pork Tenderloin Recipes

These easy Pork Tenderloin Recipes are FULL of flavor and come in all varieties: slow cooker, instant pot, on the grill or in the oven! Something for all tastes!

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Hey friends! I’m back with a collection of some of my favorite pork tenderloin recipes — it’s one of our most well-loved proteins here because it is inexpensive and so easy to cook!

Pork tenderloin is one of our favorite cuts of meat because it is lean, easy to cook (and easy to cook well), moist and tender, and it can be paired with a wide variety of flavors.

First, make sure that what you’re cooking is a pork tenderloin and not a pork loin — there’s a big difference in preparation!

What is the difference between a pork tenderloin and a pork loin?

While pork tenderloin and pork loin are both lean, boneless cuts of pork, that’s about where the similarities end.

A pork tenderloin and pork loin are cut from totally different parts of the pig, and need to be cooked differently.

Pork tenderloins are usually right around the 1lb mark for each piece. A pork loin is much larger, and thicker, and can range anywhere from a couple pounds to 5 pounds in size.

Because of this size difference, it’s not always wise to try to swap one for the other in these recipes. The seasoning blends, sauces and glazes would likely be excellent on either, but the cooking techniques are completely different for each.

If you’re looking for how to cook pork loin, check out this Slow Cooker Pork Loin recipe.

See more detailed information on the different cooking methods for a tenderloin down below these recipes.

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Our favorite Pork Tenderloin recipes:

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Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin Recipe
This Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin Recipe is one of my favorite ways to make pork tenderloin in the oven! It's made with juicy pork smothered in a sweet and savory honey garlic sauce!
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Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin with Garlic Herb Rub
This Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin has a garlic herb rub that gives it INCREDIBLE flavour! Simply cook it in the pressure cooker with some chicken broth or add an easy 4 ingredient honey balsamic glaze to make it extra special. An easy dinner recipe that is healthy, too! Cook from fresh or frozen. 
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Close up of sweet and sour pork in a frying pan.
Sweet and Sour Pork
This easy homemade Sweet and Sour Pork recipe is made with onions, bell peppers, pineapple chunks, garlic, ginger, super crispy pork, and a delicious sweet and sour sauce! This dish is a flavor bomb with every bite, it is so irresistible!
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grilled pork tenderloin sliced
Grilled Pork Tenderloin
This Grilled Pork Tenderloin is so juicy and flavorful thanks to the best pork tenderloin marinade! Tips for grilling, baked pork tenderloin and slow cooker. 
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Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin with Honey Balsamic Glaze
This Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin is covered in an easy garlic herb rub and drizzled with a honey balsamic glaze! Everything cooks together in the crock pot with minimal effort and maximum flavour. It is moist, tender and perfect over pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes!
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crock pot pork tenderloin with cranberry sauce in slow cooker
Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry Sauce
This Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry Sauce is an easy slow cooker meal or a fancy holiday dinner — you decide! The BEST pork tenderloin recipe. 
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pork medallions with mushroom gravy.
One Skillet Pork Medallions Recipe
Pork medallions bathed in a rich, savory mushroom gravy is deceptively easy to make at home – all in one skillet!
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sliced pork tenderloin in white baking dish topped with chopped parsley.
Garlic Brown Sugar Roasted Pork Tenderloin
This easy Roasted Pork Tenderloin recipe is quick and easy but so flavorful! It’s made with a garlic herb rub that is perfect on any meat or vegetables! 
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Honey Balsamic Pork Tenderloin
This delicious Honey Balsamic Pork Tenderloin is perfect for a fancy dinner party, but it's quick enough for a simple weeknight dinner too! With a perfect balance of sweet, savory, spicy, and tangy flavors, it's always a hit!
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instant pot pork tenderloin and potatoes
Instant Pot Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin and Potatoes
This Instant Pot Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin and Potatoes is an easy one pot meal with just 5 minutes prep and completely ready in 40 minutes! The honey garlic sauce is perfectly sweet and savory.
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herb garlic pork tenderloin and potato foil packets.
Grilled Herb Crusted Potatoes and Pork Tenderloin Foil Packet
Pork loin is grilled alongside potatoes in this Grilled Pork Tenderloin Foil Packet. An easy summer meal perfect for busy weeknights!
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chili dijon pork tenderloin on sheet pan with potatoes and green beans.
Sheet Pan Chili Dijon Pork Tenderloin with Potatoes and Green Beans
Sheet Pan Chili Dijon Pork Tenderloin with Green Beans and Potatoes all baked on ONE PAN! Tangy, sweet and spicy and SO melt in your mouth tender!
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Asian Pork Tenderloin Recipe (Slow Cooker) from The Food Charlatan.
An easy and healthy slow cooker pork tenderloin recipe with Asian vibes and a ginger glaze that gets caramelized under the broiler. Bring on the crusty topping.
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slow cooker korean pork tacos.
Slow Cooker Korean Pork Tacos
Pork tenderloin slow cooked in bold Korean BBQ spices makes a delicious, moist, shredded filling for tacos! Top these Slow Cooker Korean Pork Tacos with a simple broccoli slaw for an easy weeknight meal! I
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overhead image of pork souvlaki.
Greek Pork Souvlaki (Souvlaki Recipe) | The Mediterranean Dish
Pork souvlaki, the traditional Greek dish of tender, juicy grilled pork skewers, is made weeknight friendly thanks to this souvlaki recipe.
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What is the best way to cook pork tenderloin?

Because it is small and tender cut of meat, it is easily adapted to most cooking techniques. It can be cooked quickly at high temperature and still be just as moist as it is cooked low and slow in the slow cooker.

The cooking method you choose for your pork tenderloin will depend largely on your preferences and the time you have, so I’ve included recipes for all methods in the list below.

Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin recipes:

Although pork tenderloin doesn’t need to be cooked in the crock pot to come out juicy and tender, it is certainly a handy option when you have a busy day, or need something for Sunday lunch (since it doesn’t require a long cook time in the slow cooker).

Pork Tenderloin recipes for the oven:

Pork tenderloin can be cooked relatively quickly in the oven, usually around 350-400 degrees F for 20-30 minutes.

The most important thing to note is not to overcook it, as that will dry it out and it will not be as good. The best way to ensure you cook it to the optimal temperature of about 150-160 degrees F (depending on your preference) is by using a meat thermometer — yes, you need one! Yes, they’re worth the $10 you might spend on one to have perfectly cooked meat every time.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin:

And the same goes for grilling pork tenderloin. You will likely cook it around the same temperature (or maybe a little higher) for about the same amount of time (maybe a little less).

Be sure to keep off any glazes with sugar until the last 10 or so minutes as they may burn, and keep an eye on that meat thermometer!

Meet Ashley

My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Michael Long says

    This great..We eat alot PORK here at home… and I’m tired of fixing it the same,
    Again, Thank You very much..,.

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