Pan-Seared Pork Tenderloin Medallions


This is a classic way to cook pork tenderloin medallions on a stovetop. Pan-seared pork tenderloin is perfect when sliced and served over salad, roasted potatoes, in a wrap or as a hearty appetizer on its own. You could cook the tenderloin and then slice it, but then you would miss the crispy seared coating that touches every corner of these two-bite wonders. Many big box stores sell pork tenderloins in pairs. Instead of making one for dinner and freezing the second one, try this recipe to set yourself up for delicious, filling, healthy lunches for the week.

Pan-seared Pork Tenderloin Medallions with a simple side salad of greens on the plate
Photo: Diana Chistruga
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 1 (1 pound) pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut into medallions

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • Fresh thyme leaves (Optional)


  1. Heat oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high. Arrange pork medallions in a single layer on a work surface, and press each with the palm of your hand to flatten to an even thickness.

  2. Combine salt, garlic powder and pepper; sprinkle evenly over pork. Add pork to skillet in a single layer; cook just until done, about 3 minutes per side

  3. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with thyme leaves, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

149 Calories
6g Fat
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 3 medallions
Calories 149
% Daily Value *
Protein 21g 42%
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 287mg 12%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 1mg 6%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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