Smothered Pork Tenderloin in Apple Cider Gravy

This Smothered Pork Tenderloin in Apple Cider Gravy is the best meaty main dish for dinner. It’s special enough for an intimate dinner party but also makes a quick and cozy weeknight meal!

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Smothered Pork Tenderloin

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I love a good stick-to-your-bones, meat-and-potatoes dinner. And this roasted pork tenderloin truly delivers! The pork loin comes out perfectly juicy and delicious. The gravy is so good you’ll feel absolutely no shame when you drown your entire plate in it as you simultaneously contemplate filling your tub with it (Who me? Never!).

I originally started dreaming this recipe up as a quick and tasty weeknight meal. I make a lot of pork tenderloin, particularly on weeknights. It’s a cut of meat that’s pretty quick and easy to throw together and it always stays so tender!

Since I has some delicious apple cider hanging out in the fridge, I figured why not throw it into the gravy? And I know that some of you are shaking your heads at the thought of something sweet invading your gravy. But do me a favor and try to keep an open mind. The cider actually helps balance out all of the deliciously savory flavors and adds a nice amount of depth. The saccharine fruitiness that can often overpower some sauces is simply not there.

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Tips for how to cook pork tenderloin smothered in gravy

  • While olive oil is typically my go-to oil for cooking, for this recipe I use canola or vegetable oil because you’ll be searing the tenderloin over high heat and it has a higher smoke point.
  • I left the seasoning amounts to taste, but I always give it a nice sprinkle.
  • The amount of cornstarch I use give you a nice, thick gravy but if you want it a bit thinner, feel free to halve it.
  • If apple cider isn’t available, you can always substitute apple juice.
  • This recipe is designed to be made in a cast iron pan. But if you don’t have one, it’s ok, just be sure to get a nice sear on it and allow a bit more baking time if needed since other types of pans don’t conduct heat as well as cast iron.
  • I cook my pork to 145 degrees and then rest it for 5-10 minutes in a foil tent to redistribute the juices (it will continue cooking a bit more).

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Frequently asked questions about making pork tenderloin recipes

  • How long do you cook a pork tenderloin in oven? This one goes for about 20 minutes. No all ovens are different so start temping around 15 minutes and when the internal temperature at the thickest part of the tenderloin reaches 145 degrees you can pull it and rest it.
  • What do you serve with this pork tenderloin? I personally love it with mashed potatoes since the gravy is so delicious and a green veggie of some sort.
  • Why sear the pork tenderloin? It locks in the flavor and also reduces the baking time.
  • Can pork be served pink? Yes, it’s ok if it’s a little pink which is why I pull it at 145 degrees.
  • Can I double the recipe for a crowd? While this isn’t the ideal dish for feeding a crowd though could always double or triple it by transferring into a large baking pan, just know that it may take longer to cook.

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Smothered Pork Tenderloin in Apple Cider Gravy
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Resting time
10 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

This Smothered Pork Tenderloin in Apple Cider Gravy is the best meaty main dish for dinner. It’s special enough for an intimate dinner party but also makes a quick and cozy weeknight meal!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pork tenderloin
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Jessy Freimann, The Life Jolie
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 pork tenderloin (mine was around 1 lb. - 1 1/4 lb.)
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • Dried thyme, to taste
  • 1 14.5 ounce can low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 Tablespoons corn starch (you can cut this to 1 Tbsp. if you want a sightly thinner gravy)
  • 1 10.5 ounce can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 packet dry onion soup seasoning
  • 1/2 cup apple cider (or apple juice if cider is not available)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a cast iron skillet, heat oil over medium high. 

  2. Pat pork tenderloin dry and season with salt, pepper and dried thyme to taste.

  3. When the pan is hot, sear the pork on all sides. Keep a close eye on it because cast iron tends to move things along faster than regular pans. You want it to have a nice brown sear without burning it.

  4. While the pork sears, in a separate bowl whisk broth into cornstarch until combined. Then whisk in mushroom soup, onion soup seasoning and apple cider to combine. Set aside.

  5. Once each side is seared, dump broth mixture over the pork and bake for around 20-25 minutes or until the thickest part of the pork reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees.

  6. Remove the pork from the pan and let it rest under a foil tent for 10 minutes. Slice and serve with gravy immediately.

Recipe Notes

I use a cast iron pan that I can transfer directly into the oven. You can also use a regular saute pan and then transfer the pork into an over-safe baking dish before pouring the broth mixture over it and baking. If you don't use cast iron, make sure you account for a little extra cooking time as regular pans tend to go a bit slower than cast iron.

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This Smothered Pork Tenderloin in Apple Cider Gravy is the best meat main dish for a holiday dinner when you have a small group of people to feed and also makes a quick and cozy weeknight meal! This recipe is so easy but tastes fantastic and comes together quickly!

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30 Comments

  • Reply
    Kyle
    November 30, 2016 at 11:07 am This dinner looks right up my alley & perfect for the holiday season. I love the addition of apple cider. Pork & apple go so well, I'm sure that's amazing! Kyle recently posted...Pizza BurgerMy Profile
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      Jessy
      December 2, 2016 at 10:13 am Thank you! Apple cider always has my heart!
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    Platter Talk
    November 30, 2016 at 11:24 am Your right. This is a perfect "small group" dinner party idea. You have made this delicious entree so simple and tasty! Love the cidar and sage additions. Platter Talk recently posted...Fall Shepherd’s Pie, Featuring Butternut SquashMy Profile
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      Jessy
      December 2, 2016 at 10:13 am Thank you! We live in a small home that cannot accommodate a large amount of people so I'm always trying to think of small group ideas!
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    Tracy | Baking Mischief
    November 30, 2016 at 11:29 am Pork tenderloin is such a great cut of meat. I'm always looking for new ways to prepare it, and I LOVE the looks of this! Apple cider in gravy is such an interesting flavor pairing, it sounds amazing, and I can't wait to try it. Pinning!
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      Jessy
      December 2, 2016 at 10:12 am Thank you- I was initially worried that the cider would be too sweet but it definitely isn't! This is now in our regular rotation!
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    Julie
    November 30, 2016 at 11:47 am This looks like a great dish for entertaining n the Fall season with the use of apple cider.
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      Jessy
      December 2, 2016 at 10:11 am Thank you- I love quick entertaining meals!
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    Ashley - Forking Up
    November 30, 2016 at 11:55 am I always buy pork tenderloin on sale, and do the same boring things with it. I need to try this!
    • Reply
      Jessy
      December 2, 2016 at 10:11 am I hope you enjoy it!
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    Justin
    December 6, 2016 at 9:23 pm 1/2 what of apple cider
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      Jessy
      December 6, 2016 at 10:59 pm Yikes- thanks for the heads up on that typo. It's 1/2 cup. I just fixed it :)
      • Reply
        Justin
        December 7, 2016 at 2:19 am That's what I thought. Will be making tonight.
        • Reply
          Jessy
          December 7, 2016 at 5:08 pm Enjoy :)
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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)
    December 6, 2017 at 9:50 pm My mouth is watering over this smothered pork tenderloin!!
    • Reply
      Jessy
      December 7, 2017 at 3:23 pm It tastes even better than it looks!
  • Reply
    alyssa | everydaymaven
    December 7, 2017 at 2:16 am Great dinner idea!
    • Reply
      Jessy
      December 7, 2017 at 3:22 pm Thank you!
  • Reply
    Megan @ MegUnprocessed
    December 7, 2017 at 8:45 pm Great video!!
    • Reply
      Jessy
      December 10, 2017 at 7:47 pm Thank you Megan!
  • Reply
    Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen
    December 7, 2017 at 9:33 pm These photos are beautiful!
    • Reply
      Jessy
      December 10, 2017 at 7:47 pm Thanks Lindsay :)
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    Jennifer
    December 8, 2017 at 10:15 am Will be making this one for sure!! Looks delicious!
    • Reply
      Jessy
      December 10, 2017 at 7:46 pm Enjoy Jennifer! :)
  • Reply
    Leia
    December 8, 2017 at 3:10 pm This looks like a winner of a dinner for sure!!
    • Reply
      Jessy
      December 10, 2017 at 7:46 pm It's become a go-to for us!
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    Carolyn
    December 8, 2017 at 6:15 pm This sounds divine!
    • Reply
      Jessy
      December 10, 2017 at 7:45 pm Thanks Carolyn!
  • Reply
    Richa Gupta
    December 10, 2017 at 12:16 pm The recipe looks amazing for a great dinner!
    • Reply
      Jessy
      December 10, 2017 at 7:44 pm Thank you Richa!

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