This recipe for Pork Tenderloin with Apples is the perfect way to welcome in fall. A delicious one-pan dish that is quick and easy to make, yet bursting with flavor thanks to the addition of crisp autumn apples and delectable caramelized onions.
Pork tenderloin has long been a go-to main course in our house. It pairs so well with a wide array of flavors, it's easy to make, and it's one dish that satisfies the whole family. I find pork tenderloin to be especially versatile; it works equally well served as a quick midweek meal or a special occasion main course.
This recipe boasts amazing flavor. The combination of Dijon mustard, brown sugar and fresh thyme creates a fabulous marinade that makes the pork a superb balance of sweet and savory. Cooked to perfection alongside sweet apple slices and caramelized onions, this pork tenderloin really is the quintessential fall meal!
Tips for Making Pork Tenderloin with Apples
- Want to make quick work out of slicing your apples? This apple corer gives you 16 perfectly uniform slices in one swift motion. A must-have when making apple pies, turnovers and cobblers too!
- Allow the pork to rest for a full 10 minutes prior to slicing and serving to lock in the juices.
- Cooking this pork tenderloin in a cast iron skillet like this one ensures it turns out nicely browned on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside.
What are the Best Apples to Cook with Pork Tenderloin?
You'll want to select a variety of apple that holds its shape during cooking. Most apples recommended for baking will also work well in this recipe, such as:
- Granny Smith
I think that some of the sweeter varieties pair especially well with the saltiness of the pork, so I like to use Honeycrisp or Golden Delicious apples.
Pork Tenderloin with Apples Serving Suggestions
Pair this delicious pork tenderloin with my Gruyere Scalloped Potatoes, or Brown Butter Sage Potato Stacks. If you happen to have leftovers, turn the Pork Tenderloin with Apples into a decadent grilled cheese sandwich using a sharp cheddar or any cheese.
More Fantastic Fall Recipes
A comforting fall meal that is delicious to eat and easy to make.
- 1 pork tenderloin about 1 ½ pounds
- salt and pepper
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons apple juice or water
- 2 large apples sliced into wedges
- 2 medium sweet onions sliced into wedges
Preheat oven to 400F.
Season the pork with salt and pepper on all sides.
In a medium bowl mix together brown sugar, Dijon mustard, garlic, thyme and apple juice.
Put pork in the bowl with the brown sugar mixture, turning to coat.
Cover and refrigerate for at 30 minutes or overnight.
Pour oil into a large oven-proof skillet and bring it to medium heat on the stovetop.
Place pork in the pan turning every 2-3 minutes until browned on all sides (about 8 minutes total).
Add apples and onions.
Transfer the skillet to the oven and let it roast 20-25 minutes, occasionally stirring the apple and onion mixture and turning the pork.
Remove the pork to a platter and tent with foil.
Let rest 10 minutes.
Slice and serve the pork with the apples, onions and juices from the skillet. Goes well with rice, mashed or roasted potatoes.