My Oven Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Apples is the perfect fall food also known as comfort food.
An easy recipe for a hearty Baked Pork Tenderloin with apples makes a good entree. Our tenderloin is basted in flavorings then drizzled with Maple syrup.
There is something about Autumn that makes me want to cook with apples, sit around a bonfire and visit a corn maze!
If Fall is your favorite too, you also enjoy adding Fall foods to your menu. They offer a little more of that comfort food flair as the summer heat fades into cool crisp Autumn evenings.
Ingredients for Baked Apple Pork Tenderloin Easy Recipe
- 2-3 lb Pork Tenderloin
- Light brown sugar
- Yellow Mustard
- Maple Syrup
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste (I prefer cracked black pepper in a Peppermill)
- Apples (I prefer Honeycrisp)
- Sweet onion (I use Vidalia)
- Optional: 1 tbsp. crushed Thyme and a few Thyme sprigs for decoration
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The apple onion mixture baked around the pork loin makes this weeknight dinner one of my favorite things in Autumn.
Baked Pork Tenderloin with Apples
Preheat oven temperature to 350°
In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar and mustard until well blended and set aside.
Peel the apples and cut them into big pieces. Peel and cut the onions into thick pieces. The apples and onions both will shrink while cooking which is why we cut them into large pieces.
Place pork tenderloin into a baking dish or large ovenproof skillet with the fat side up.
Cover the outside of the meat with the brown sugar and mustard mixture.
Then sprinkle with salt and pepper. I prefer using Cracked black pepper in this dish.
Sprinkle with crushed fresh thyme if desired.
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Place the apples and onion slices around the pork tenderloin and drizzle all with the maple syrup lightly. Then cover with a tent of aluminum foil.
Bake on the center rack for about 50 minutes to an hour. Use a good instant-read thermometer, like this one, to test for doneness. Pork is done when the center of the pork registers an internal temperature of 145°.
Remove the foil tent for the last 10 to 15 minutes of baking time to allow the outside to brown.
Allow the meat to rest on the counter for 10 minutes before you slice pork so the juices won’t all escape once you slice. You will have fork-tender pork ready for a weeknight meal or special occasion.
Serve and enjoy. See our list of side dishes to serve with pork below.
Use a sharp knife to slice the roast pork loin roast for serving. Be sure to pile a nice heaping helping of the apple-onion mixture onto the meat for great classic fall flavors.
Best apples to cook with pork
Because the pork is the savory part of the meal, I recommend using sweet apples to compliment the flavors.
My personal preference is Honeycrisp. Golden Delicious and Cameo are also good choices of sweeter apples to cook with pork.
If you would like to use both sweet and tart apples for a good combination of flavor profiles then try adding one of these to the dish. Granny Smith apples, Braeburn, or Jonagold.
- 2-3 lb Pork Tenderloin
- 1/4 Cup Packed light brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp. Yellow Mustard
- 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 2 large Apples (I prefer Honeycrisp)
- 1 Med. sweet onion (I use Vidalia)
- Optional: Thyme sprigs for decoration when serving
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Stir together the brown sugar and mustard until well blended.
- Place the pork tenderloin into a baking dish fat side up and cover with the brown sugar and mustard mixture
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper and crushed thyme if using.
- Peel and cut the apples and onions into big slices
- Place the sliced apples and onions around the pork tenderloin in the baking dish
- Drizzle the maple syrup over the apples and onions then lightly over the pork tenderloin
- Cover with a tent of aluminum foil
- Bake on the center rack for about 50 min. to an hour. Pork is done when the internal temperature reaches 145°. Check with a meat thermometer. Remove the foil tent for the last few minutes of cook time.
- Remove from the oven and allow to rest 10 minutes before slicing.
- Serve and enjoy
Allowing meat to rest a while before slicing keeps the juices in the meat.
Yellow mustard works fine when blended with brown sugar to baste pork. If you prefer Dijon, that is fine too.
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The apples and onions make the perfect combination of fall flavors to this roasted pork tenderloin dish. Print the recipe and surprise your family with this dish.
This easy recipe uses simple ingredients and is easy enough for even a beginner cook to prepare. It’s a great recipe for those learning to cook.
Side Dishes to serve with pork tenderloin
The Apples and onions count as one of the side dishes to serve with this meal.
Candied Yams go well with pork, and my recipe for Southern Candied Yams is the best.
Green Beans. Heat your favorite canned green beans or if you are feeling fancy, make these.
Boiled cabbage is always one of our choices for a side dish with pork, especially in the Fall.
Homemade mashed potatoes always go well with most meats including pork tenderloins.
More Fall Recipes with Apples and Pork
It seems like apples and pork go together like peanut butter and jelly. We love both of those flavor combinations. This recipe for Crockpot Maple Glazed Apple Pork Chops is a seasonal constant in our Fall meal planning.
Pork, apples, and cabbage make a nice Fall meal too. So we stuffed this pork tenderloin with apples then surrounded it with cooked cabbage. We used a little kitchen secret for baking this tenderloin.
Everything is better with bacon, right? Since we also subscribe to that belief, we wrapped pork tenderloin with bacon then slow-cooked it to perfection in this recipe for Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin wrapped with bacon.
One of our most popular Crescent Roll recipes in the Fall is these Homemade Crescent Apple Turnovers. Quick and easy dessert for a weeknight treat.
Three ingredients and a Crockpot with a couple of hours and you can enjoy these Apple Dumplings. Top yours with a dollop of vanilla ice cream for a restaurant-quality dessert.