25 Healthy Pork Tenderloin Recipes

We’ve dived into 5 easy techniques that let you marinate, roast, grill, stuff, or slice-and-dice your way to 25 easy, healthy dinners.

Pork Tenderloin 25 Ways

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Pork Tenderloin 25 Ways

This lean, quick-cooking cut is the chicken breast of the pork world. It stands up to bold flavors and is so versatile it can move from down-home casual to elegant to global, as our collection of recipes show.

Watch: How to Trim Pork Tenderloin

Argentinean Pork Recipe

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Marinate/Rub: Argentinean Pork

Since tenderloin is already tender, the point of marinating is to impart great flavors into what can be a bland cut. Marinating can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 24 hours. The marinating process in this recipe takes just an hour.

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Variations: 
If you like Greek yogurt try: Indian-Spiced Pork with Raita
If you like avocado try: Tequila Pork with Tomatillo Guacamole
If you like dark sesame oil try: Soy-Ginger Sesame Pork

Spanish Pork with Apple-Citrus Salsa Recipe

Photo: Nina Choi

Marinate/Rub: Spanish Pork with Apple-Citrus Salsa

Pimenton, used in the marinade, is a Spanish paprika made from peppers that have been slowly smoked and dried over oak fires. If pimenton is not available, use Spanish smoked paprika. Garnish this smoky pork with lime wedges and cilantro leaves, if desired.

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Spicy North African Pork Tenderloin Recipe

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Roast: Spicy North African Pork Tenderloin

Roasting tender pork at high heat browns the exterior, adding deep, savory flavor, but leaves the interior juicy and rosy pink.

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Variations: 
If you like maple syrup try: Roasted Pork Tenderloin and Maple-Glazed Apples
If you like goat cheese try: Pork Tenderloin with Tangy Grape Salad
If you like butternut squash try: Roast Pork with Potatoes and Butternut Squash

Baja Pork Stir-Fry Recipe

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Slice/Dice: Baja Pork Stir-Fry

Slices, strips, and cubes are the perfect building blocks for the cook in a hurry.

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Variations: 
If you like pecans try: Pecan-Crusted Pork Noisettes
If you like saffron try: Tagine-Style Pork with Squash and Pearl Onions
If you like sauerkraut try: Choucroute

Vietnamese Salad Recipe

Photo: Nina Choi

Slice/Dice: Vietnamese Salad

Serving pork on a bed of light and fresh salad will make for a divine presentation. Slicing speeds up the cook time substantially in this recipe.

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Hungarian Goulash Recipe

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Slice/Dice: Hungarian Goulash

This recipe is warm and savory. It cooks for a little less than 1-1/2 hours but hands-on time is less than thirty minutes. This dish features a variety of diced and sliced flavorful ingredients that come together in a wonderful way.

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Apricot-Glazed Pork Kebabs Recipe

Photo: Nina Choi

Grill: Apricot-Glazed Pork Kebabs

Cooks from the American South to Southeast Asia know that when pork hits the grill—often with a sweet or spicy sauce—something magical happens. Serve this grilled pork recipe with a summer salad of nectarines, tomatoes, and mint. Brown rice pilaf completes the meal.

View Recipe: Apricot-Glazed Pork Kebabs

Variations: 
If you like peanuts try: Pork-Satay with Peanut Sauce
If you like barbecue sauce try:  Barbecued Pork Tenderloin

Tacos Al Pastor with Grilled Pineapple Salsa Recipe

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Grill: Tacos Al Pastor with Grilled Pineapple Salsa

Grilling the pineapple brings out an unexpected tang that works amazingly with the pork. If you want to tame the spice, seed the jalapeño and chop it, or simply omit it. Serve with fresh lime wedges for a rustic presentation.

View Recipe: Tacos Al Pastor with Grilled Pineapple Salsa

Grilled Pork Salad Recipe

Photo: Nina Choi

Grill: Grilled Pork Salad

Escarole, a variety of chicory, tastes less bitter than its cousins, frisée and endive. Apples are also abundant this time of year, so substitute your favorite red-skinned variety if you prefer a sweet-tart note. The grilled pork plays off all the flavors present in the salad and results in one divine meal. 

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Cheese and Pear Pork Recipe

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Stuff: Cheese and Pear Pork

Stuffing a butterflied pork tenderloin makes for an easy prep-ahead meal, yet the results look impressive enough for special occasions. Serve with a spinach, pear, and parsley salad.

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Variations: 
If you like balsamic vinegar try: Pepper Pork
If you like fresh herbs try: Pork Roulade

Pork with Figs and Farro Recipe

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Stuff: Pork with Figs and Farro

Farro is an ancient wheat grain. If you can't find it, substitute wheat berries for the stuffing.

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Pork Tenderloin with Orange Compote Recipe

Photo: Nina Choi

Stuff: Pork Tenderloin with Orange Compote

Citrus and pork tenderloin make a delicious combination. Stuffing the pork allows for each forkful to be packed with all the flavors present in the dish. Serve with couscous and fresh green beans.

View Recipe: Pork Tenderloin with Orange Compote

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