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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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
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 usinga 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!
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!