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

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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.

Pair it with some easy mashed potatoes from scratch in the Instant Pot and slow cooker.

This recipe can also be made as a healthy crockpot 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?

Yes, you can totally make this in the crockpot, I would nestle the pork on top of the apples for cooking. Then, put the applesauce mixture over it. Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness as it will depend on the size of your slow cooker and tenderloin.

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.

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made with love, Deanne
Yield: 4 servings

One-Skillet Pork Tenderloin Recipe with Apples

roasted pork tenderloin with apples and rosemary

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 Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

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

  1. Place oven rack in center position and pre-heat oven to 350°F.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Remove from oven and cover loosely to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

TO MAKE AS A FREEZER MEAL

  1. 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

  1. Thaw overnight. Season pork tenderloin with salt and pepper.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 473Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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Cyd

Wednesday 19th of May 2021

I tried this today and it was a hit! Didn’t change a thing except cooked in the oven for less time. I suggest to start checking at about 25-30 minutes total time in oven. This will definitely go on the rotation.

Deanne Frieders

Thursday 20th of May 2021

Great suggestion, Cyd! So glad you liked it, thanks for stopping by.

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Sunday 6th of October 2019

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

Edyta

Sunday 6th of October 2019

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

Candice

Sunday 6th of October 2019

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

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