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One-Skillet Pork Tenderloin Recipe with Apples {Freezer Friendly}

roasted pork tenderloin with apples and rosemary
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A lean and healthy pork tenderloin recipe with apples, honey and rosemary. Easy prep simple ingredients for a weeknight meal or a special occasion dinner!

Baked pork tenderloin is an awesome, family friendly cut of meat. I love pork tenderloin because it’s lean, it cooks quickly, and is extremely versatile.

Today, we’re making this applesauce pork tenderloin that turns out a juicy tenderloin choked full of flavor!

And, since it’s a one-skillet dinner, that means you’ll save time in the dishwashing department later.

This recipe can also be made as a freezer meal which is music to my meal planning ears!

What’s the difference between a pork tenderloin and a pork loin?

According to the Pork Checkoff, “loin roast is typically sold in pieces weighing between two to four pounds. The term roast simply refers to a large cut of pork.

The tenderloin comes from the full pork loin. As the name indicates, the tenderloin is one of the most tender cuts of pork. Typically, pork tenderloin weighs between ¾ and 1 ½ pounds.”

Now, what does that mean to us cooking at home in our kitchens?

To me, this means leave the pork loin for a bigger gathering or a Sunday dinner when there’s more time to cook.

And use the pork tenderloin for weeknight meals.

Fast is our friend around here!

Ingredients for a pork tenderloin recipe with apples

Simple ingredients don’t have to mean boring recipes!

One of my favorite books to reference when trying new recipes is The Flavor Bible. This book shows all sorts of combinations of herbs, spices, vegetables and meats.

The combination we’re using for this pork tenderloin is a combination of honey, rosemary and Dijon mustard – all good pairings with pork!

roasted pork tenderloin medallions

How to make one skillet pork tenderloin recipe with apples

Step 1: Make the applesauce mixture

Mix the applesauce, honey, Dijon mustard, and rosemary in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper.

Step 2: Sear the pork

This is going to add a nice color to the tenderloin and texture, too.

Step 3: Spread with half of the applesauce mixture

And then cook in the oven with the apples. Flip the pork and baste with the remaining applesauce. Cook until a temperature of 145-160 degrees F. Let it rest for several minutes to keep it moist and juicy!

one pan pork tenderloin with apples

Can I make this pork tenderloin recipe in the slow cooker?

I haven’t tried making this recipe in the slow cooker (yet) but if I did, I would nestle the pork on top of the apples for cooking. If you do try it, report back and let me know!

At what temperature is my pork tenderloin cooked?

Pork tenderloin should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 – 160 degrees F. Use a digital meat thermometer to check the temperature, then let the pork tenderloin sit for five minutes.

Other pork tenderloin recipes:

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Deanne

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One-Skillet Pork Tenderloin Recipe with Apples

A lean and healthy pork tenderloin recipe with apples, honey and rosemary. Easy prep simple ingredients for a weeknight meal or a special occasion dinner!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pork tenderloin recipe with apples
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 473kcal
Author: Deanne Frieders

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1.5 tsp dried rosemary chopped
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1.5 lbs. pork tenderloin
  • 3 medium firm apples cored and chopped

Instructions

TO MAKE FRESH

  • Place oven rack in center position and pre-heat oven to 350°F.
  • Combine applesauce, honey, Dijon mustard, and rosemary in a small bowl and stir to combine. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Generously season the pork roast with salt and black pepper, to taste. Cook until browned and evenly seared on all sides, approximately 5-10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and spread half of the applesauce mixture all over the top and sides of the pork. Arrange the chopped apples around the sides of the pork and place in the pre-heated oven.
  • Roast for 20 minutes, then remove from oven and flip the pork. Brush with remaining applesauce mixture and return to the oven for another 20-25 minutes, or until the pork is cooked through.
  • Remove from oven and cover loosely to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

TO MAKE AS A FREEZER MEAL

  • Label a quart sized freezer bag. Combine applesauce, honey, Dijon mustard, and rosemary in the bag. Store pork tenderloin separately.

TO COOK FROM A FREEZER MEAL

  • Thaw overnight. Season pork tenderloin with salt and pepper.
  • Heat olive oil in a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Generously season the pork roast with salt and black pepper, to taste. Cook until browned and evenly seared on all sides, approximately 5-10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and spread half of the applesauce mixture all over the top and sides of the pork. Arrange the chopped apples around the sides of the pork and place in the pre-heated oven.
  • Roast for 20 minutes, then remove from oven and flip the pork. Brush with remaining applesauce mixture and return to the oven for another 20-25 minutes, or until the pork is cooked through.
  • Remove from oven and cover loosely to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Notes

If you have fresh rosemary, substitute the dried rosemary for 2 tablespoons fresh. Use any extra for garnish.
Make sure to check the weight of your pork tenderloin. A single 1.5 pound tenderloin will take longer to cook than 2 smaller tenderloins of the same weight.
 
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5 Comments

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    Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    October 6, 2019 at 8:35 am

    5 stars
    This would be the perfect meal for my family! Pork and apples are a wonderful combination.

  • Reply
    Sue
    October 6, 2019 at 9:38 am

    5 stars
    Apples and Rosemary is one of my favorite combinations, this is going on the menu plan for this week!

  • Reply
    Candice
    October 6, 2019 at 10:18 am

    5 stars
    The perfect holiday season dinner… Such a showstopper, easy to make, delicious flavor combination, and love your freezer tip, too!

  • Reply
    Edyta
    October 6, 2019 at 10:51 am

    5 stars
    Pork and apples are like a match made in heaven. I love all the flavors in this recipe. I will be making it often.

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    Eden | Sweet Tea and Thyme
    October 6, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    Pork and apples are so classic together! This is such a perfect fall dinner.

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