7 Ways with Pork Tenderloin

Lean pork tenderloin is a versatile meat that you can grill, broil or stir-fry and feature in a variety of dishes.

  • Grilled Pork Tenderloin
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Fonda Shaia

    The Leanest Cut

    Pork tenderloin comes from the sirloin (the back part of the loin) and is the leanest and most tender cut of pork. It’s a meat that’s very compatible with many flavors and popular in a number of cuisines. Because pork tenderloin is so lean, it’s important not to overcook. Cook it to 145 degrees F or until the pork has a pink tint. Let it stand for 5 to 10 minutes to reabsorb the juices.

  • Pork Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce
    Oxmoor House

    Pork Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce

    A satay is a popular Indonesian-style dish featuring meat that’s cut into thin strips and threaded onto skewers, grilled, and served with a spicy peanut sauce. It’s typically served as an appetizer, but is certainly hearty enough to be a main dish.
  • Grilled Jamaican Pork Tenderloin Salad
    Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Grilled Jamaican Pork Tenderloin Salad

    Take pork tenderloin to the Caribbean by brushing it with a spicy mixture of lime juice, ginger, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg and pepper before you grill. Serve the slices of pork over fresh greens, and top with chopped pineapple and mango.
  • Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
    Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

    Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

    Double your pork pleasure by wrapping strips of bacon around seasoned pork tenderloin before baking. With only three ingredients, it might become your go-to pork recipe for weeknight dinners as well as entertaining.
  • Stir-Fried Pork with Broccoli and Cashews
    Photo: Randy Mayor

    Stir-Fried Pork with Broccoli and Cashews

    Lean strips of pork tenderloin are perfect for a stir-fry because the thin slices of pork cook in less than 5 minutes. Serve the Asian-flavored pork and broccoli mixture over steamed rice for a one-dish meal.
  • Pork Tenderloin with Onions and Dried Cranberries
    Beau Gustafson

    Pork Tenderloin with Onions and Dried Cranberries

    Pork tenderloin is an easy option for a holiday meal. In this recipe, slices of pork tenderloin are browned in a skillet and simmered in a mixture of onions and dried cranberries.
  • Grilled Pork Tenderloin Roulade
    Photo: Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Grilled Pork Tenderloin Roulade

    To make a pork tenderloin roulade, slice the whole pork tenderloin in half lengthwise, but don’t cut all the way through. Flatten out the pork and fill with a mixture of goat cheese, shallots and onion. Roll up the pork, tie with twine and grill for a company-worthy entrée.
  • Pork Pot Pies With Corn Pudding Crust
    Beth Dreiling Hontzas

    Pork Pot Pies With Corn Pudding Crust

    Go rogue and use pork tenderloin in your next pot pie instead of chicken. In place of a traditional pastry pot pie crust, this pot pie is a Southwestern-style dish featuring a corn pudding crust, plus black beans, poblano chiles, cumin, and cilantro.
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