Pork tenderloin is about as lean as it comes so it's a great healthy option, but it shouldn't be overcooked as it can dry out. Maple and mustard make a sweet-and-savory mahogany-colored sauce. A delicate note of sage gives it a wintery touch. Fresh thyme or rosemary also work if you prefer. Serve with barley, roasted squash and a Pinot Noir.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, February/March 2006
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

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  • Combine 1 tablespoon mustard, salt and pepper in a small bowl; rub all over pork. Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork and brown on all sides, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the pan to the oven and roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 145 degrees F, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes.

  • Place the skillet over medium-high heat (take care, the handle will still be hot), add vinegar, and boil, scraping up any browned bits with a wooden spoon, about 30 seconds. Whisk in maple syrup and the remaining 2 tablespoons mustard; bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook until the sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes.

  • Slice the pork. Add any accumulated juices to the sauce along with sage. Serve the pork topped with the sauce.

Nutrition Facts

185.6 calories; protein 23.8g 48% DV; carbohydrates 9.3g 3% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 0.1g; sugars 6.1g; fat 4.8g 7% DV; saturated fat 1g 5% DV; cholesterol 73.7mg 25% DV; vitamin a iu 6.9IU; vitamin cmg; folate 0.1mcg; calcium 19.7mg 2% DV; iron 1.2mg 7% DV; magnesium 34.3mg 12% DV; potassium 511.8mg 14% DV; sodium 472.1mg 19% DV; thiamin 1.1mg 114% DV; added sugar 6g.

Reviews (44)

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44 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 38
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2019
This is probably the 10th time I have made this with no changes to the recipe and it is always perfect. I usually serve it with rice pilaf and roasted vegetables. Remember to use a meat thermometer and DO NOT overcook, and let the meat rest before slicing. If you happen to have a dinner guest that will not eat pink pork- return a couple of slices to the skillet before serving. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2019
I making this for the third time and have made virtually no substitutions. My husband who has always said he hates pork eats this like a champion! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2018
This was fantastic. I made it in my Instapot. Super quick super easy. Steamed some veggies to go with it and had a healthy dinner in just 30 minutes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2018
Excellent and easy. Would be great for company. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2017
This was very good and nice and easy and quick. Definately a keeper Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2017
This was excellent and super easy. I doubled the recipe and used both pieces of tenderloin in the pack. The only changes I made were to use sf maple syrup and to add fresh thyme along with the sage. I put some of the herbs on the pork when I seared it and then added the rest to the sauce at the very end. I was nervous to use 1/2c cider vinegar but it was delicious. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/26/2017
I followed the recipe as written. The sauce was much too tart. I thought maple syrup would tame the cider vinegar but I just got a sugary taste after adding more than what the recipe called for. I cut the sauce with heavy cream which added a more palatable dimension. Family response: you should have made a pork gravy rather than this sweet and sour stuff. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2017
I don't have an oven safe pan so I used the oven for the entire thing except the sauce (obviously). This recipe truly surprised me. I felt like I was eating a meal cooked by a 5 star restaurant. The sage in the sauce made this whole dish for me. You have to use fresh sage. Do not omit it or use a substitute. I will be making this many times again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2017
easy and tasty! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2017
So easy and so good. I love the sweet tangy taste. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/17/2017
This is a fabulous tasty and easy recipe. I made it this year Easter and we are in love with it. I served it with the Orzo grape salad.. wow! Fantastic Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2017
LOVE this! Delicious fast easy. Wonderful flavor very tender meat great tangy sauce. Definitely putting it into the rotation Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/05/2015
New go-to recipe! My family loves this recipe the sauce is amazing. I sometimes double it depending on what I'm serving this with. It's quick healthy and elegant enough for company. Pros: Quick & Healthy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2015
Amazing! This recipe was so easy and turned out so good... there weren't any leftovers and it was just the two of us I am not ashamed! Simply amazing I served with steamed fresh green beans... will be making again many many times! Pros: Super moist and delicious! Tangy bite to the sauce! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2014
Easy & Delicious This dish was amazing and so easy to prepare. I doubled the recipe because I could't find a 1 lb. pork loin. But my husband and I were happy to have leftovers. I did cut the vinegar in half with water felt like it might be too tangy and it still had that sweet and sour taste. We will definitely make this again. Pros: Fast Prep Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2014
Best ever Pork Tenderloin Can't wait to make this again! It was the most tender moist and flavorful pork tenderloin I have ever had. Pros: Perfect in every way! Tender flavorful! Cons: Someone rang the doorbell while I was making the sauce so I think it evaporated a bit. Still delici Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/06/2014
Loved it! Followed the recipe without changing/adding anything. Everyone really enjoyed the tender pork and the sauce. Pros: simple recipe healthy tastes great Cons: none Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2014
BEST thing I've eaten all week The flavor of this was amazing. I browned the pork about 6 minutes in total and cooked in oven about 12. PERFECTION. I had to use brown sugar instead of maple syrup but otherwise followed recipe exactly. Absolutely delicious. Pros: Delicious quick simple no special ingredients Cons:.... Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2014
Fast delicious tender and lean pork dish Made this exactly as shown. I browned for a wee bit longer under a lid because the oil was splashing and then cooked in the oven for just ten minutes. Make sure you can collect the juice from the loin and add it to your sauce. served over mashed red garnet yams and it was sooooo good. Would add a green vege next time--nothing fancy maybe green beans. Will make this over and over and again and again! Pros: Perfect combo of sweet and tart tender yummy pork dish Cons: A tiny bit too much mustard overall may cut back next time Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2013
Super Yummy! This is so yummy. My 6 year old daughter loves the sauce. This is such an easy recipe and has been added to my list of recipes I use often. Pros: Easy Cons: None Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/16/2013
Quick and delicious This is one of my standard recipes. I probably make this a couple of times a month. I usually stick to the recipe quite closely but find that it takes a little longer to brown the tenderloin before putting it in the oven. Delicious combination of tangy and sweet. Always a hit. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2013
I so wanted to lick my plate! I had my oven on time bake with sweet potatoes in when I got home from work. I had the pork in the oven within 10 minutes. My pan was smoking in the oven so I poured the vinegar in early.. Just added a little water later. Used dried sage instead of fresh which worked out fine. I thought the sauce would be strong but it was actually very subtle and elegant. A meat thermometer will make it come out perfect! Pros: So easy to put together and nothing odd to go out and buy. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
01/14/2013
Somewhat tasty hard to make. I followed this recipe exactly as it said. And then I had to tweak it. After browning the meat on the outside I stuck it in the oven at 425 to bake. When I brought it back out it was still completely bloody in the middle. It took over double the amount of time specified in the recipe to get it done to completion. And of course by then it was dried out. The sauce was a bit too strong for my taste - VERY sharp and I generally like sharp stuff. Wasn't too impressed with this recipe. I won't be making it again. Pros: Lean meat good protein. Cons: Took waaaay too long to do. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2013
Simple and delicious I brined the pork before and it was incredibly tender. Sauce was super delicious and easy but a bit salty. I rinsed the pork after the brine so shouldn't have been any leftover salt on it. I would definitely make this again will just be more spcareful with salt. Pros: Simple and super tasty Cons: Salty modify recipe Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2012
Delish & Super Easy! This is a great main dish and very easy to make. I don't care for strong mustard flavors but the maple syrup in this really sweetened up the mustard. Will definitely make again! Pros: quick and easy great for fall/winter good for company Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/14/2012
Easy to Prepare This is one of those delicious recipes that you can prepare when you come home from work and still eat a reasonable time. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/27/2012
On vacation so my options were limited. I used raspberry mustard and raspberry vinegar and the flavor was awesome.No maple syrup but the sweetness of the raspberry offset the vinegar. Makes a great sandwich the next day-sliced thinly with arugula on good bread. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2012
Absolutely Delicious This dish was absolutely bursting with flavor! It is definitely one of my favorite pork recipes. I cooked the pork chops in 5 min on the Foreman grill and they came out perfect and juicy. I also substituted in Coconut Oil. When I posted pics of my finished product on Facebook everyone said their mouths were watering as is mine just thinking about it. Can't wait to make it again! Pros: Flavorful Healthy Easy to Prepare Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/15/2012
Overall the recipe was delicious. I thought the vinegar overpowered the mustard and maple though. I'll definitely make this again but I'll cut the amount of vinegar. The pork was very juicy and done to perfection. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2011
Fantastic even with substitution This recipe was one of the best I have tried! I used honey instead of maple syrup and dried sage instead of fresh and the results were still tasty. I plan to make this recipe often especially since it's so quick and easy. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Very tasty very tender...just watch the hot skillet handle. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I enjoyed making this dish and my husband enjoyed eating it. It was simple quick and tasty! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
My husband took his first bite and said "WOW". Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Good flavor and easy. Can't ask for much more than that. I will make this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I love this recipe!! The pork always comes out so juicy and the mustard and maple flavors are great complements. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This dish was excellent...and so easy. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Fantastic recipe - it was good enough without the maple glaze! Pork came out perfectly tender in a cast iron skillet. Will make this frequently! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!! Great Father's Day treat this year. It went over ten star!! Ann Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This is so good I have to make sure my husband knows if I want the leftovers because if I don't stake my claim early on he'll eat the entire thing for lunch the next day -- it is truly awesome. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
what a fantastic recipe!! I live in Scotland so had to replace the canola oil with sunflower and kosher salt with sea salt (less required) but the end result was excellent and so easy to make - would recommend - very satisfying dish. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
A new favorite This was wonderful! The pork came out as tender as a beef tenderloin. And it was super easy. Served with some leftover mashed potatoes and steamed green beans and dinner was done. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Delish I was skeptical at first with using cider vinegar for the sauce but it absolutely delicious! The only thing I did differently was to use rosemary instead of sage. A new favorite in my house! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Very good! I made this recipe last night. I thought it was very good but not sure if the sauce was right for my taste. I think the vinegar and mustard just give it too strong of a bite. Although I loved how the tenderloin came out it was perfect! Will make again but with some differences. Thanks for a good recipe! Pros: Tenderloin was juicy Cons: Mustard tang over powering Read More