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Honey Mustard Pork Tenderloin

Quick and easy
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time18 minutes
Marinate8 hours
Course: Main, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: honey dijon pork tenderloin, pork tenderloin in the air fryer
Servings: 6
Calories: 280kcal


  • 2 lb pork tenderloins
  • 3 tsp kosher salt divided
  • 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbs oil


  • Season two 1–1½-lb. pork tenderloins all over with 2 tsp kosher salt and 2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper and transfer to a large bowl or resealable bag. Add the thyme leaves and finely grate or crush 4 garlic cloves over the pork.
  • Mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup Dijon mustard, 1/4 cup honey, 1 tsp. onion powder, and red pepper flakes in a small bowl until just combined. Season with remaining ½ tsp. kosher salt. Pour half of honey-mustard sauce over pork and turn to coat. Reserve remaining honey-mustard sauce for serving. Cover or seal bag and let marinate, refrigerated, for at least 1 hour and up to overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 425F/220C.
  • Heat 2 tbs oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high. Remove pork from marinade and let excess drip off. Sear pork, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, 6–8 minutes.
  • Transfer skillet to oven and roast, flipping pork halfway through, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 140°F/70C 14–18 minutes. Transfer pork to a cutting board and let rest at least 5 minutes before slicing 1/2-inch thick. Serve drizzled with reserved honey-mustard sauce.
  • For air fryer--browning in the skillet is optional but it does produce a better color. Air fry at 400F/200C for 18-20 minutes. Test with instant read thermometer.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 1357mg | Potassium: 646mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 22IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg