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Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin

Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin is marinated in a Dijon mustard-glazed oil then cooked to tender and juicy perfection.

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Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin on a white plate cut into medallions

Air fried pork tenderloin is the perfect quick cooking weeknight dinner. Marinate it overnight or the morning of and it’s ready to go in the air fryer when you get home!

That means you have a full air fryer tenderloin recipe ready to go in under 30 minutes after marinating!

I used a Smithfield pork tenderloin, but any brand of tenderloin will work.

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Pork Tenderloin Vs. Pork Loin

Pork tenderloin is often confused for pork loin because of its similar name. This recipe calls for pork tenderloin.

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If you have pork loin, use this air fryer pork loin recipe.

Pork tenderloin is the muscle that runs alongside the backbone and is essentially a long and thinner piece of boneless pork. It’s often known as pork filet.

Pork loin is a wider piece of pork from the animal’s back. It may be sold bone-in or boneless. This is the typical cut of meat you need when making a pork roast.

How to Cook Pork Tenderloin in the Air Fryer

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

STEP ONE: Mix the olive oil, soy sauce, garlic, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, and salt and pepper in a bowl.

Marinade ingredients mixed in a bowl with a whisk to the side

STEP TWO: Add marinade and pork tenderloin to a plastic Ziploc bag making sure the marinade is on the entire tenderloin. Let it marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, but up to 5 days.

Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin Marinating in a Ziploc bag

STEP THREE: Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees.

STEP FOUR: Remove the pork tenderloin from the marinade and carefully place it in the air fryer basket or air fryer oven.

Raw marinated pork tenderloin in air fryer

STEP FIVE: Air fry pork tenderloin in the air fryer for 22 to 25 minutes, flipping halfway. It is done cooking when the thickest part reads at least 145 degrees with a meat thermometer.

STEP SIX: Let the meat rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Cook marinated pork tenderloin in air fryer

What To Serve with Air Fried Pork Tenderloin

Sliced air fryer pork tenderloin on a cutting board

Tips to Make the Best Pork Tenderloin Recipe in the Air Fryer

  • Marinate the pork tenderloin for up to 5 days in the fridge — marinate it for at least 30 minutes for full flavor
  • Gently pull the pork tenderloin out of the air fryer as soon as it hits 145 degrees F with an instant-read thermometer — overcooking the meat will make it tough
  • Let the pork rest for 5 minutes before slicing to allow it to reabsorb the juices
  • Cook air fryer tenderloin and potatoes at the same time using this air fryer diced potatoes recipe or add the pork in after 25 minutes of cooking air fryer baked potatoes

What Temperature Should You Cook Pork Tenderloin at in the Air Fryer?

Air fry pork tenderloin at 400 degrees F to get a nice browning on the top of the pork while keeping the inside juicy and tender.

Closeup of air fryer pork tenderloin medallions on a white plate

Variations to Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin

  • Skip the marinading process and use half of the marinade to rest the tenderloin in while preheating the air fryer and baste the rest on after it’s done cooking
  • Swap the marinade out for a homemade dry rub or seasoning mix that includes chili powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper
  • Use a store-bought spice mixture for pork like this Happy Belly Pork Spice Rub I’m obsessed with
  • Use a balsamic vinegar marinade to switch up the flavor profile

How Long to cook Pork Tenderloin in air Fryer

Air frying pork tenderloin takes just 22 to 25 minutes to cook depending on size.

If using a frozen pork tenderloin, it can take upward of 38 minutes to cook.

Closeup of sliced air fried pork tenderloin on a cutting board

How To Cook Frozen Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin

Since frozen meat is rock solid, it’s important to measure your frozen meat to ensure the pork tenderloin will fit.

  1. Place the frozen pork tenderloin in a cold air fryer.
  2. Turn your air fryer to 330 degrees and cook for 33-38 minutes, flipping it halfway until the pork reaches 160 degrees. If using the marinade above, baste the pork tenderloin on both sides halfway through cooking. I use this basting brush to evenly spread it on top.
  3. Remove the pork tenderloin from the air fryer and enjoy!
Pork tenderloin on a white serving plate sliced into coin-shaped pieces

How to Reheat Pork Tenderloin in an Air Fryer

Store leftover pork in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days, reheating it with the directions below.

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees.
  2. Slice the pork into medallions, if not already.
  3. Place the pork tenderloin slices in the air fryer and cook for 3-4 minutes, until heated thoroughly, and enjoy!

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Yield: 2 servings

Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin

Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin on a white plate cut into medallions

Pork tenderloin is marinated in a dijon mustard sauce and air fried into a flavorful dinner.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 57 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pork tenderloin
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Remove the pork tenderloin from its packaging and place aside.
  2. Mix the olive oil, soy sauce, garlic, brown sugar, dijon mustard, and salt and pepper into a bowl then add to a Ziploc gallon bag.
  3. Add the pork tenderloin to the bag, close it, and cover it with the marinade. Marinate the pork for 30 minutes, but up to 5 days while refrigerated.
  4. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees.
  5. Remove the pork tenderloin from the bag and place in the air fryer. Cook for 22 to 25 minutes flipping halfway through until it hits 145 degrees internally.
  6. Let the air fryer pork tenderloin rest for at least 5 minutes, slice into medallions, and enjoy!

Notes

How to Reheat Pork Tenderloin in the Air Fryer:

1. Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees.

2. Cook pork tenderloin for 3 to 5 minutes, until heated thoroughly and enjoy!

How to Cook Frozen Pork Tenderloin in the Air Fryer:

1. Place frozen pork tenderloin in the air fryer and turn it to 330 degrees.

2. Cook the pork tenderloin for 33 to 38 minutes, until it reaches 145 degrees at its thickest point, flipping and basting the marinade above halfway through cooking then enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 604Total Fat: 56gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 46gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 1693mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 14g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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21 thoughts on “Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin”

  1. My husband and I just finished eating this marinated pork tenderloin for dinner, and it was fantastic. I also have a Cosori air fryer like the one you have an am a novice. I followed the directions exactly but cooked it for a shorter period of time since my tenderloin looked smaller. I cooked it for a total of 19 minutes and it was cooked perfectly. It was juicy, tender and so full of the marvelous flavor from the marinade. Thank you for the recipe and this wonder site that I have come to depend on.

    Reply
    • So glad you loved it, Susan! I love that you have come to have an eye for knowing exactly how long to cook the food in there. It sounds like you’re less than a novice than you think now. 🙂

    • One pound is perfect with these directions. Just make sure this is a pork tenderloin, not a pork loin (a pork tenderloin will look long and skinny whereas a pork loin is a square).

  2. I made the marinade and placed the tenderloin in the refrigerator last night. This morning it’s clumpy and congealed.
    I’m supposing I need to scrape it off before placing it in the air fryer?
    *sorry so dumb* 🙄

    Reply
    • Hi Missy, not a silly question at all! It sounds like the oil started hardening up in the fridge, which can happen occasionally. It is completely safe to eat and does not need to scrape off. You can let it sit out for a few minutes before cooking to help re-liquefy it or just use it as is and the oil will turn back to its normal state.

      Think of it like Jello. It gels up in the fridge, but melts at room temperature again.

  3. I made this and it was great. I don’t think you need that much olive oil though. I used 1 tsp garlic oil and it turned out excellent. Mine was done at 18 min.

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  4. Sounds delicious… I can’t wait to try this one!!!
    Thanks for all of the tips!
    I’m just waiting to find tenderloins on sale!

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  5. I got an air fryer for Christmas and used a marinated Smithfield pork tenderloin. Cooked it at 400 for about 25-30 minutes. Absolutely delicious. The edges were slightly crispy and the inside was juicy and tender. Can’t wait to use my air fryer for other meals.

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  6. We have made this for dinner at least once every two week for the last several months. It is cooked perfectly at 17 minutes in my 7 qt Go Wise which gets it to a perfect 145 degrees. Serve it with puréed cauliflower (instead of mashed potatoes) and whatever other vegetable I have in the freezer (usually peas). Tonight we had it with the cauliflower and fresh corn on the cob. There is just no way to mess this up unless it gets overlooked and ends up dried out. Thank you for this nice piece of perfection.

    Reply
    • I am so glad to hear that you have enjoyed this recipe! It’s one of my favorite go-to recipes for dinner. I also love the idea of switching mashed potatoes for puréed cauliflower, it sounds delicious!

  7. I just made a Smithfield roasted Garlic and herb in my Gourmia double drawer air fryer. Took a few extra minutes but so easy! Kroger sea salt and black pepper frozen red potatoes in the other side. So much better than turning on the oven with a 110° feels like temperature outside! Thanks so much!

    Reply
    • That sounds delicious! I’m glad you were able to cook your pork tenderloin in the air fryer successfully, it always beats heating the oven in this weather. You are so welcome, I’m happy my recipe helped!

  8. Hi, just wondering why your pork tenderloin recipe cooks at 400° whereas your pork loin recipe cooks at 370° in an air fryer? Isn’t 400° too high? Regardless thanks for your recipes!

    -Husband learning to cook for wife

    Reply
    • A pork loin is a much thicker and shorter piece of meat than a pork tenderloin which is thinner and longer, so they have different cooking times and temperatures.

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