This air fryer pork tenderloin is the best way to cook it and yields the most juicy and tender meat in just 15 minutes.
When it comes to pork tenderloin recipes, cooking it in the air fryer is my absolute favorite.
This air fryer pork tenderloin recipe yields the most juicy and moist meat, and the flavor is phenomenal!
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Why this recipe works
- Quick to prepare. There is no marinating needed so the entire cooking time is less than 15 minutes!
- Versatile. The beauty of this cut of meat is how easy it is to customize and flavor with a plethora of options. I like to douse it in umami sauces, add some breading, or even season it with a pre-made spice blend.
- Healthier. Air frying pork cuts down on the use of oil considerably (at least 80%!) without affecting the flavor.
- Perfect every time. What we love about this recipe is just how foolproof it is. If you’ve ever been fearful of over-cooking lean cuts of meat, this cooking method is a game changer!
From the seasonings to the sauces, this recipe uses pantry staple ingredients. Here is what you’ll need:
- Pork tenderloin. Not to be confused with a pork loin, the tenderloin is longer, thinner, and has a slightly silver skin when cooked. I like to get mine from a butcher but you should easily find it at any mainstream grocery store.
- Olive oil. Just a little oil to help the seasoning stick and also trap the juices in so you are left with super juicy meat.
- Dijon mustard. Mustard is the perfect pairing with pork and coating it with some of it takes the flavor to another level.
- Honey. Adds a sweet and sticky element to the pork and balances out the savory flavors. It also gives it the gorgeous caramelization. If you prefer a granulated sweetener, brown sugar will work but you will need to increase the oil by an extra tablespoon to compensate.
- Spices. I like to keep things simple to let the pork shine, so use some paprika, chili, and garlic powder.
How to cook pork tenderloin in the air fryer
With barely any prep time and no marination needed, this is one foolproof and hands-off recipe.
Season the pork: Using a sharp knife, remove the skin of the pork and rub some oil over it. Mix all the seasonings, mustard, and honey in a bowl. Rub the spice mixture over the pork to coat well.
Air fry the tenderloin: Place the tenderloin in the air fryer and cook the pork for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through. Remove from the air fryer once the exterior is sticky and glistening and when the internal temperature reaches at least 160F.
Rest and serve: Finally let it rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Tips to make the best recipe
- Let the meat rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving. This traps the juices inside longer, which yields more juicy pork tenderloin.
- Do not stuff your tenderloin in the air fryer otherwise the pork won’t cook evenly. If my tenderloin won’t comfortably fit in the air fryer, I slice it in half and cook it in two batches.
- Always use a meat thermometer to check whether the pork is done or not. Fully cooked pork tenderloin needs an internal temperature of 160F.
What to serve with this dish
I always treat the pork as the main protein source of family dinners, then add side dishes around that.
To store: Place leftover pork in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to five days.
To freeze: Place the cooked and cooled tenderloin in a ziplock bag and store it in the freezer for up to 6 months. Thaw it overnight in the fridge before heating it up.
Reheating: You can reheat portions in the microwave for 20-30 seconds or in the air fryer.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Pork is done when its internal temperature is 160 degrees Fahrenheit or 72 degrees Celsius.
Yes, if you’d prefer to bake the tenderloin, preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Place the seasoned pork on a greased baking sheet and bake for 40-45 minutes, flipping halfway through.
Yes! Frozen pork tenderloin in the air fryer works very well. Just be sure to thaw the meat completely before seasoning it.
Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin
- Season the pork with salt and pepper.
- In a small bowl, whisk the remaining ingredients. Coat the exterior of the pork tenderloin with it.
- Add the pork into an air fryer basket and air fry at 200F/400F for 15 minutes, flipping halfway through.
- The pork tenderloin is fully cooked when it reaches an internal temperature opf 145F.
- Let the pork rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
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