Pork tenderloin is a lean and tender cut of meat. It is also one of the most popular meats on the market. There are very few dishes that can compare or are as appetizing as a perfectly pan seared pork tenderloin.
1. Spice rubbed and pan seared pork tenderloin
This recipe involves two different cooking techniques. First, the pork tenderloin is pan seared and then finished off in the oven. What makes this recipe unique is that the pork tenderloin is rubbed in your own personal favorite spice mix.
The oil and butter mixture in which the tenderloin is seared, locks in the flavor from the spice mix and ensures a perfect sear before the tenderloin goes into the oven.
2. Pan seared pork tenderloin medallions with thyme
A simple mix of salt, pepper, and garlic powder coats the pork tenderloin medallions while it sears in a skillet over medium-high heat. The tenderloin is garnished with thyme leaves, which adds a depth of flavor.
This recipe is easy to follow and ensures a perfectly seared pork tenderloin. The meat is the star of the show in this recipe. And the results are juicy, and perfectly seared pork tenderloin medallions.
3. Simple pan seared pork tenderloin
Chef Marty Lyons demonstrates the steps to creating the perfect sear on pork tenderloin in this recipe. In this recipe, you will learn to combine complex flavors to make the perfect date-night dinner.
Caramelized onions deglazed with a spiced apple cider reduction, roasted root vegetable hash, braised cabbage, and yellow beets bring this recipe to life and elevate it to fine dining class.
4. Pork tenderloin medallions with blistered broccoli rabe
Broiled broccoli rabe gives off a charred flavor that helps to elevate the flavor profile of this dish. With only two main components, the broccoli rabe and the pork tenderloin, in this dish, you can still expect a very diverse flavor profile. The spice rub on the pork tenderloin is simple, making sure the emphasis is on the meat more than anything else.
5. Bacon stuffed pork tenderloin
Natasha from Natasha’sKitchen is known for her amazing recipes. The filling includes mushrooms, bacon, fresh garlic and herbs, as well as onions, and it brings this pan-seared pork tenderloin to life. The pork tenderloin is butterflied and the filling is added. Before serving, the tenderloin is glazed in its own juices. It’s a simple and inexpensive recipe that will feed a small group.
6. Pork tenderloin with mushroom and onion
This simple recipe couldn’t be any easier to make. The mushrooms and onions serve as a side dish for the star of the show, which is the pork tenderloin. This recipe is bursting with flavor and only requires a few ingredients. The flavor profile of each element on the plate plays off very well against each other. The pearl onions offer a slightly tart yet refreshing element to the entire dish.
The chef imparts flavor to this pork tenderloin with a mixture of butter and oil. Star anise offers an unusual twist to the standard pan-seared pork tenderloin recipe but also a flavor profile that is unmatched. TThe star anise creates a subtle liquorice flavor in the pork tenderloin. The tenderloin is basted with the oil and butter mixture, which creates even more flavor.
8. Pork tenderloin with apricot jam
Apricot jam and crushed red pepper create a flavor mix of sweet and spicy. The spice rub is mixed in with the apricot jam and then heated up. The pork tenderloin is coated in this sticky mixture before it is placed in an oven-proof skillet and pan seared over medium-high heat. After the pork tenderloin achieves a beautiful sear on the exterior, it is placed in the oven to finish.
9. Pork tenderloin diablo
The pork tenderloin is started off with a simple coating of salt and pepper spice mix. Diablo means spicy. And that’s exactly what this recipe delivers. Horseradish, cayenne pepper, and Dijon mustard are mixed in with the juices of the pork tenderloin and chicken stock to create the most mouth-watering sauce that dresses the pork tenderloin. The sauce can be made in five minutes.
10. Pork tenderloin with red wine cherry sauce
While the pork tenderloin will always be the star of the show, we can’t help but fall in love with this decadent cherry sauce. The flavor is a combination of tart and sweet. Merlot or cabernet is used to create the sauce and cherries offer a fruity taste to this cherry sauce. It is a slightly more complex recipe to prepare but the outcome is worth the effort.
11. Pork tenderloin with creamy mustard sauce
A simple mix of salt, pepper, and mixed herbs coat the pork tenderloin before it is seared in the pan. The tenderloin is seared with tomatoes in the skillet to create a unique flavor. The sauce is made by deglazing the pan with a dry white wine. Dijon mustard and double cream combine with the deglazed sauce in the pan to create the creamy mustard sauce.
12. Fennel crusted pork tenderloin
The tenderloin is butterflied to reduce the cooking time. Fennel seeds, coriander, worcestershire sauce, and minced garlic are combined to create the rub that the tenderloin will be cooked in. Broth is added to the pan after the tenderloin has been seared and the bits that remain in the pan are scraped together to create the sauce that will be poured over the tenderloin.
13. Honey garlic pork tenderloin
The pork tenderloin is rubbed with a spice mixture consisting of garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper and seared over medium heat. Soy sauce, honey, and cider vinegar combine to create the sauce that the pork tenderloin will be roasted in. The flavor profile of this recipe is a combination of sweet, savory, and slightly tart. The spices and sauce combine beautifully to create the glaze.
14. Easy pork tenderloin medallions with pan sauce
This recipe calls for pork tenderloin medallions, but the entire pork tenderloin can be prepared before cutting it into medallions as well. The pan sauce is what makes this recipe so delicious. Bits are scraped from the pan after cooking the pork tenderloin with chicken broth. A few pieces of butter are added to help thicken the sauce and parsley gives a different flavor to the sauce.
15. Pork tenderloin with creamy white wine sauce
The sauce may very well be the star of the show in this recipe. While it states that it is a creamy white wine sauce, it is in fact a creamy white wine and mustard sauce that is dripped over the pork medallions. The pork tenderloin can be cooked whole or cut up into medallions.
16. Rhonda’s pan seared pork tenderloin
Rhonda takes a different turn on the spice mixture in this perfectly seared pork tenderloin recipe. By adding cumin and brown sugar to the spice mix, the pork tenderloin takes on a different flavor altogether. Cumin in the spice mix gives the pork tenderloin more of an earthy flavor, while the brown sugar ensures a beautiful crust on the exterior of the pork tenderloin.
17. Pan seared pork tenderloin with mustard and smoked paprika
In this recipe, the pork tenderloin is rubbed with both the smoked paprika and mustard before it is seared in the skillet over medium to high heat. The paprika creates a rich and smokey flavor while the mustard creates a strong, spicy, and slightly bitter taste. The two flavor profiles marry well to create a mouth-watering pork tenderloin. Serve the tenderloin with roasted squash and garlic green beans.
18. Garlic butter and herb pork tenderloin
The herb mixture in this recipe creates an earthy flavor combined with the rich, salty, buttery flavor of butter. But these aren’t the only elements to this delicious dish. Other ingredients that elevate the flavor profile include chili powder, smoked paprika, lemon juice, and thyme. The ingredients come together beautifully and the pork tenderloin is finished off in the oven covered in aluminum foil.
19. Pan seared pork tenderloin with smokey bacon hollandaise
Don’t be surprised by this combination. Hollandaise sauce actually complements a well seared pork tenderloin very well. It’s the combination of the bacon and the creamy hollandaise sauce that truly elevates this dish and makes it more gourmet. There are a few familiar elements, such as paprika, dry mustard, and lemon juice. But the bacon and hollandaise sauce absolutely transforms this dish.
20. Cocoa cherry pork tenderloin
Chocolate-covered candies are the inspiration behind this amazing dish. The pork tenderloin is rubbed in a savory cocoa rub and served with a cherry sauce. It’s the play on sweet and savory that makes this dish stand out. Chili powder, chipotle pepper, and cumin give the spice rub an earthy flavor. Salt is added separately to the pork tenderloin and not with the spice mix. This is an important step.
21. Bacon wrapped pork tenderloin
While bacon does feature in a few of these recipes, this is a whole new take on adding bacon. The bacon is wrapped around the pork tenderloin before it is seared over medium to high heat in a skillet coated with oil. While the recipe skips pan searing, it is actually advised to include this step to ensure the bacon is crispy enough.
22. Pan seared pork tenderloin with bourbon glaze
The bourbon glaze is the key to bringing this recipe together. It is considered the star of this recipe. The sauce is sweet and tangy as well as filled with amazing flavor. The great part is that you will not be limited in your choice of bourbon. It is up to preference. In addition, the bourbon creates more of an intense flavor.
23. Twice cooked pork tenderloin
Much like the previous recipe, the sauce is the star in this recipe. The pork tenderloin is seared in the pan and finished off in the oven using a basic spice rub. The sauce is created by mixing lemon juice, the scrapes off of the pan, cream, mustard, and calvados. The recipe calls for the tenderloin to be cut into medallions, which is optional.
24. Pan seared pork tenderloin with mustard sauce
This recipe is a slight twist on the pan seared pork tenderloin with pan sauce. The sauce includes, among other things, shallots and garlic. The pork tenderloin is seared in the pan/skillet over medium-high to create color and crust. The pork tenderloin is also finished in the oven and drizzled with the sauce.
Pork tenderloin is an amazingly lean and tender cut of meat. It is such a versatile cut of meat that can be prepared using a myriad of ingredients to elevate the dish. When seared properly in the pan with the right spice mix, this is a delicious meal that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
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