Recipe Details

Awesome Pork Tenderloin

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 - 8


Cook to 145 F with 3 minute rest


2 pounds pork tenderloin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 sticks butter
1 8-oz package fresh mushrooms, sliced, OR 1 8-oz can, drained
4 cloves garlic, peeled
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Cooking Directions

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Sprinkle salt and pepper evenly over pork, place in a 9x13-inch baking pan and set aside.
Melt butter with garlic in a medium saucepan, add mushrooms, bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer, uncovered 5 to 6 minutes or until just tender, stirring frequently. Add vinegar to mushroom mixture, spoon over pork, placing some of the mushrooms on top of the pork. Roast 20-27 minutes, uncovered or until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit, followed by a 3-minute rest time. May baste occasionally, if desired. Makes 1 cup mushroom sauce total.

Serves 6 to 8

Serving Suggestions

Lynn Corsaro of Florence created this recipes to win first place at the Colorado State Fair. Serve with seasoned couscous and steamed snow peas.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 292 calories
Protein: 24 grams
Fat: 21 grams
Sodium: 313 milligrams
Cholesterol: 108 milligrams
Saturated Fat: 12 grams
Carbohydrates: 2 grams
Fiber: 0 grams

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About the Cut: Tenderloin

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.

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About the Cooking Method: Roasting

COOKING BASICS: 1) Preheat oven to 325 to 350 degrees F. (for pork tenderloin, roast at 450 degrees F.). 2) Trim much of the exterior fat from the roast; if roast has no fat cover, rub the surface with 1 to 2 teaspoons of oil. Season roast with herbs and other seasonings, if desired. 3) Place roast on rack in shallow roasting pan. 4) Do not cover; place in oven and roast to an internal temperature of 150 to 155 degrees F. for medium doneness. 5) Remove roast from oven. Allow it to "rest" for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing. This resting period allows juices to redistribute. Internal temperature will rise approximately another 5 degrees F.

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Buying, Handling & Storage Tips

Sealed, prepacked fresh pork cuts can be kept in the refrigerator 2 to 4 days.  If you do plan on keeping the raw, fresh pork longer than 2 to 3 days before cooking it, store it well-wrapped in the freezer.

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Butcher's Tips

Pork tenderloin makes an elegant entrée for a small dinner party but also can be roasted or grilled whole for quick weeknight dinner. When sliced crosswise (like a loaf of French bread), the resulting medallions also may be sautéed.

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Awesome Pork Tenderloin
by anonymous 06/30/2014
First tenderloin I had ever fixed. My husband said it was the best he had eaten.

simple and DELICIOUS!!!
by anonymous 02/23/2014
Everyone in our house loves this. Great for company too! I use at least 8 cloves of garlic sometimes more

by anonymous 07/17/2013
Easy and fabulously delicious !!! Brought it to a potluck and it disappeared in no time. A new family favorite !!

awsome pork tenderloin
by anonymous 06/07/2013
this was absolutely delicious everyone raved about it

by anonymous 10/27/2011
 We love this recipe. The kids love it all, even the mushrooms!

1-1/2 sticks of butter!
by MJ 09/01/2011
Am I reading this recipe correctly? It calls for 3/4c of butter. Sounds like ways too much. 

by Karla 05/17/2011
 Very Good! Great Flavor!!

by GrumpyD 04/18/2011
 Our favorite pork tenderloin recipe!

easy & delicious
by Dave Cullison 03/27/2011
 I'm a basic cook and I made this for my wife and I. We are planning on having it again.

by sheila pridgen 11/22/2010
It really is awesome & easy too!

Awesome Pork Tenderloin
by BrendaGee 04/04/2010
Good recipe- good flavor