This quick and easy oven pork tenderloin dish, cooks entirely in the oven, with a simple sauce of apricot jam, Dijon mustard and balsamic vinegar, that cooks up to tons of flavour!
Prep Time: 5 minutes • Total Time: 40 minutes
You'll love how easy this pork tenderloin recipe is and the fact that it cooks up entirely in the oven. It's a perfect weeknight meal! No pan searing necessary. Simply place the pork into an oven-safe dish, pour over the easy sauce and bake for 30-35 minutes. So easy!
And speaking of the sauce, it's a wonderful combination of apricot jam, Dijon mustard and balsamic vinegar. The result is so full of flavour, it will quickly become your favourite quick and easy pork dinner.
Pork Tenderloin - be sure to remove the silverskin and any visible fat from the pork before using, for best results and even cooking.
Apricot Jam - any apricot jam will work here, I especially like the Bonne Maman Apricot Jam, as it is chunky (and not all of them are).
Dijon Mustard - this would be the first choice, if you have it. If not, a grainy Dijon mustard would also work here. If all else fails, yellow prepared mustard may work, though I would use a bit less.
Balsamic Vinegar - balsamic vinegar adds both flavour and acidity here. If you don't have balsamic, a teaspoon of Worcestershire might be a decent substitute.
So easy! Simply mix up the simple sauce ingredients. Prepare the pork tenderloin, by removing the silverskin and any visible fat. Season with a bit of salt and pepper. Place into a cast iron or other oven-safe pan. Pour the sauce over the pork. Cook in a 375F oven for 30-35 minutes, or until the pork reaches 145F when tested in the thickest part of the pork.
This dish cooks up with a lovely, flavourful sauce that is especially suited to serving with a rice or grain, such as quinoa. Add a green veg and it's a wonderful meal.
A cast iron skillet works perfectly for this dish, but any oven-safe baking dish will work here.
Be sure to cook the pork until it reaches 145F internal temperature. Allow to rest a few minutes before slicing.
If you are cooking for a crowd, you can do two pork tenderloins and just double the sauce ingredients.
Apricot Mustard Pork Tenderloin
- 1 1/2 lb. pork tenderloin, approximately
- 1/2 cup apricot jam
- 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
- 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/8 tsp dried thyme leaves, or a bit more fresh thyme leaves
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Prepare the sauce by mixing together all the sauce ingredients. Set aside.
- Remove silverskin and any visible fat from the pork tenderloin. Pat dry and season with some salt and freshly ground pepper. Place into an oven-safe baking dish and pour the sauce over the pork.
- Cook in pre-heated oven for about 35 minutes, or until the pork reaches 145F, when tested in the thickest part of the pork with an instant read thermometer. Cooking time will vary depending on the exact size of your pork tenderloin.
- Allow the pork to rest a few minutes, before slicing. Spoon some of the pan sauce over the slices. Nice served with rice or grains, such as quinoa.
Nutritional information provided for general guidance only and should not be relied upon to make personal health decisions.