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Balsamic Pork Tenderloin

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Balsamic Pork Tenderloin is a simple and very flavorful recipe for pork tenderloin. This pork tenderloin recipe uses very minimal ingredients and everyone will think you spent all day in the kitchen putting this one together. Perfect for a simple weeknight dinner or use it to impress those special guests.

sliced pork tenderloin drizzled with balsamic vinegar

Pork tenderloins are fairly inexpensive and usually come two to a package so they are perfect for feeding the whole fam, or even meal planning. Make both and serve one for dinner then use the rest for simple meals throughout the week! This pork tenderloin recipe is one of my favorites to make because it can be ready and on the table in just 30 minutes! Who doesn’t love that on a busy weeknight?!

pork tenderloins seasoned on a white plate

Pork Tenderloin Oven Recipe

To make this simple and flavorful pork tenderloin oven recipe with a balsamic glaze, start by preparing the tenderloins. Remove them from their packaging and pat dry with a clean paper towel on all sides.

Make a simple spice rub by combining sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika. Sprinkle the spice mixture on all sides, pressing it into the tenderloin as you go.

browning pork tenderloins in a cast iron pan

Now let’s get to cooking this deliciousness!! Over medium high heat, heat 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil in a cast iron pan or another oven safe pan. This pork tenderloin is going to start in the pan and then finish cooking in the oven.

Brown the tenderloin on both sides, about 2-3 minutes per side. Add in 2 teaspoons of minced garlic and cook and stir until fragrant.

making balsamic glaze

 Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Once the tenderloins are browned on both sides add in the simple balsamic glaze. To make the glaze combine the balsamic vinegar, soy sauce and honey. Pour this over the pork tenderloins just before baking into the oven. This sauce is so simple but adds so much flavor. The sauce with simmer and thicken as it cooks in the oven, making it perfect for drizzling over the tenderloin when it is done cooking.

two pork tenderloins in a cast iron pan

Place the glazed pork tenderloin into a 350ºF oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, until cooked to desired doneness.

What temperature to cook pork tenderloin to?

I like to think of pork tenderloin as a red meat, you can cook it so that it is still pink on the inside, or cook it all the way through so that it is white throughout. Just like beef, the tenderloin will be a bit more tender if cooked where it still has a bit of pink in the center.

slicing a pork tenderloin on a wooden cutting board

It is recommended to cook pork to an internal temperature of 145ºF. The best way to check to temperature is with an instant read thermometer. I use Thermoworks thermometers, I have found them to work the fastest and most accurate. (The following are affiliate links)

This is the thermometer that I use:

To check the temperature place the thermometer probe into the thickest part of the tenderloin, as soon as it reaches 145ºF remove the it from the oven.

Let the pork rest for 3-5 minutes before slicing into 1/2 inch slices.

drizzling balsamic glaze over sliced pork tenderloin

Just before serving, drizzle the balsamic glaze from the pan over the sliced pork. Pour the sauce into a bowl to serve with the pork so people can add additional sauce as desired. It is so good, you might even want to double the sauce!!!

sliced pork tenderloin drizzled with balsamic vinegar

Balsamic Pork Tenderloin Recipe

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Balsamic Pork Tenderloin

This simple Balsamic Pork Tenderloin recipe is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or impressing guests. Ready in just 20 minutes and full of delicious flavor!!
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time27 minutes
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: 30 Minute Meal, American
Keyword: Balsamic Pork Tenderloin
Servings: 6
Calories: 26kcal


  • 2 1 1/2-2 pounds pork tenderloins
  • 1-2 olive oil
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced

Spice Rub

  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika

Balsamic Sauce

  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey


  • Preheat oven to 350ºF
  • Prepare the pork tenderloin by patting dry with a paper towel
  • Combine the ingredients for the spice rub and sprinkle on all sides of the pork tenderloins, patting the spices in with your hand.
  • Heat an oven safe skillet or cast iron pan over medium high heat. Pour in the olive oil and brown the pork tenderloins for 2-3 minutes on each side. Add the garlic and cook and stir for 30 seconds until fragrant.
  • Mix together the ingredients for the balsamic glaze and pour over the pork tenderloins.
  • Transfer the pan to the oven and cook for 20-25 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 145ºF, check using an instant read thermometer
  • Allow to rest 3-5 minutes before slicing. Spoon the balsamic glaze over the top of the sliced pork tenderloin.


  • If you do not want the tenderloins to be pink in the center, you can cook them to an internal temperature of 165ºF


Calories: 26kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 725mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 42IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
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Balsamic Pork Tenderloin is a simple and very flavorful recipe for pork tenderloin. This pork tenderloin recipe uses very minimal ingredients and everyone will think you spent all day in the kitchen putting this one together. Perfect for a simple weeknight dinner or use it to impress those special guests.

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glazed pork tenderloin

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