Photo: Yunhee Kim; Styling: Denise Canter
Prep Time
8 Mins
Cook Time
16 Mins
Makes 4 servings (serving size: 3 slices pork and 1/4 of carrots)

Serve this sweet and tangy pork tenderloin for an easy weeknight dinner.  The pork is brushed with a glaze of honey, apple cider and mustard and served with tender baby carrots.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place the carrots and 1/4 cup water in a medium saucepan and bring them to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to simmer. Stir, cover, and let carrots simmer another 10-12 minutes or until they are tender.

Step 2

Meanwhile, prepare glaze by mixing all glaze ingredients together in a small bowl; set aside. When carrots are done, remove from heat, drain, and set aside.

Step 3

Cut tenderloin crosswise into 12 equal slices, and season with salt and pepper. Melt butter in an extra-large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork and cook 2-3 minutes or until nicely browned on the bottom side. Using tongs, flip the pork and cook another 3-4 minutes or until almost cooked through.

Step 4

Add carrots to pan with pork. Stir glaze again, and add it to the pan. Bring mixture to a simmer, and cook until pork is done, about 1-2 minutes. Stir to coat pork and carrots with glaze. Divide pork and carrots among 4 plates. Pour any remaining glaze over pork, and garnish with chives, if desired.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

jschulz's Review

August 18, 2013
Liked this as a nice weeknight meal and on the effort/taste scale found it above average. Great meal for the fall when you have fresh cider you want to use.

Haarrdvark's Review

March 20, 2012
This was really easy to pull together and quite tasty. I would make this again for a quick weekday meal or for guests because you wouldn't be in the kitchen all day.

rcturner525's Review

January 27, 2011
I didn't think this was anything special. It tasted fine as written, but I probably won't make it again. There is a similar recipe that is much better in Joy of Cooking for Pork Tenderloin with a balsamic glaze that involves orange juice.

AhnFelice's Review

July 29, 2010
My hubby and two tots loved this! I modified a bit -- used a whole, small pork tenderloin. Added apricot preserves to the glaze. Didn't have juice so used beer instead. Covered the pan to cook pork through. Am saving this one and will consider for special guests. Also served steamed potatoes with mustard, mayo, garlic, vinegar sauce and steamed corn. Clean plates and seconds.

Jennifer312's Review

January 30, 2010
My husbands first words after a bite of tenderloin "mummmm!" and I couldn't agree more!

kathy999's Review

January 09, 2010
Quick, easy and healthy. Wonderful flavors and presents well. I added a bag of fresh spinach at the end and simmered all until the spinach wilted into the sauce/carrots/meat. Served with a baked potato. It was definitely a hit - husband even asked that I add to my file of

kristinmajor's Review

December 07, 2009
This was a great combination of easy and flavor. I highly recommend it. Parents and three children all enjoyed. Served with brown rice. It is truly as easy as described.

classicalchic's Review

April 25, 2009
The pork was underseasoned for my taste. Next time I will add some cayenne and garlic /or five spice powder...Nice sauce and tastes even better when the glaze darkens a bit on the pork while cooking.

anicake's Review

November 06, 2008
Wow! We just finished dinner minutes ago and we all loved this - even my 7 year old. I am definitely adding this to my permanent recipe rotation. It's quick enough for a weekday dinner, but would be easy to dress it up a bit for a dinner party.