Juicy Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Marinade

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air fryer pork tenderloin with balsamic marinade

Perfect Pork Tenderloin in the Air Fryer!

Father’s day is this weekend! Treat the dads in your life with this delicious and amazing balsamic pork tenderloin recipe in the air fryer!

This is another amazing air fryer recipe for you! I seriously love my air fryer (I have the Cosori 5.8QT). So many delicious recipes and a lot of them take half the time in the air fryer. This air fryer pork tenderloin recipe is a must-try!

The pork tenderloin is flavorful with a simple balsamic marinade and cooked to juicy, tender perfection in the air fryer in just 15-20 minutes. I will definitely be making it again!

If you aren’t a fan of balsamic marinade flavor, try this deliciously spiced brown sugar rub instead! 

What is pork tenderloin?

Make sure you have the right cut of pork. Pork tenderloin is like the filet mignon of pork! So tender and juicy, if cooked right. It is a long, narrow, boneless cut of lean pork that comes from the muscle that runs along the backbone. Pork LOIN is not the same, so look for the actual word “tenderloin” on the package.

Pork tenderloin is usually sold in a package with two tenderloins inside. Each tenderloin is usually about 1 to 1 1/2 pounds.

P.S. You can use pork loin to make pork chops in the air fryer too!

Simple Balsamic Marinade Ingredients

balsamic marinade for pork tenderloin

Mix up the super simple marinade right in the bag. The ingredients and prep work are easy. You probably already have them on hand –

  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (or coconut aminos)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

How long to marinate pork tenderloin?

marinate tenderloin in balsamic marinade

Add all the ingredients in a Ziploc bag or bowl. Shake the bag to mix (or whisk to combine). Then add the tenderloin to the marinade mixture and roll it up so it can sit in the marinade for at least 30 minutes.

Pro Tip: The longer you marinate, the better the taste and flavor of the tenderloin. So you can let it marinate for as long as overnight, if possible. I like to let this one marinate for a few hours.

What temperature do you cook a pork tenderloin in the air fryer?

Pork tenderloin cooks better at a quick, high temperature. So, to make air fryer pork tenderloin, you will want to cook it at 400˚F/200˚C.

To help the pork tenderloin cook faster, make sure to preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 400˚F/200˚C.

How long should I cook a pork tenderloin in an air fryer?

Pork tenderloin doesn’t take long to cook, especially in the condensed heat of the air fryer. It only takes about 20 minutes at 400˚F/200˚C. But before you press the start button on your air fryer, there are a couple of things you should know.

Tip 1. Use Parchment Paper

raw pork tenderloin in the air fryer

Cooking a marinated pork tenderloin in the air fryer can get a little messy, so I like to use a piece of air fryer parchment paper in the air fryer basket to help make cleanup a little easier. If you don’t use the parchment paper, use an oil spray or brush the basket with cooking oil to prevent sticking.

Tip 2. Fold the ends

Be sure to fold the smaller, thinner ends of the pork tenderloin into itself so that they don’t dry out during the cooking process.

Tip 3. Flip halfway through

cook pork tenderloin in air fryer

Like all air fryer cooking, be sure to flip the tenderloin halfway through cooking time to ensure that the tenderloin is evenly cooked and juicy. So, cook the tenderloin for 10 minutes on each side.

What temp should I cook pork tenderloin to?

Pork tenderloin is done once it reaches the internal temperature of 145°F/63°C. This brings me to my last tip for air frying perfect pork tenderloin

Tip 4. Use an instant read meat thermometer

Get out your instant read meat thermometer! An instant read food thermometer will help you know exactly when your pork tenderloin is done cooking!  Pork tenderloin is safe to eat once it reaches the internal temperature of 145°F/63°C.

Air Fryer Pro Tip: Cooking time will vary depending on your air fryer and the size of the tenderloin, but it usually takes only 15-20 minutes of cooking time! Plan on letting it rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

marinated pork tenderloin in air fryer

Serving Suggestions

Pork tenderloin makes an amazing dish with one or a few of these favorite side dishes. Combine pork tenderloin with one of these sides and you got the best Father’s Day meal ever!

Final Thoughts

Air fryer pork tenderloin with balsamic marinade is sure to be a family favorite! Easy, delicious, and even the picky eater likes it. I love serving air fryer potatoes with it!

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air fryer pork tenderloin with balsamic marinade

Perfect Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Marinade

The air fryer is awesome for a lot of recipes, including this balsamic pork tenderloin. Cooked to tender, juicy perfection and so easy!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4
Adjust Servings: 4

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 pork tenderloin 1 to 1 1/2 pounds
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  • Remove excess fat and silver skin from tenderloin.
  • Add balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, lemon juice, brown sugar, pepper, kosher salt, rosemary, onion powder, and garlic powder to a gallon-size resealable bag. Shake to mix. Add tenderloin to bag, roll up to keep marinade on pork, and seal. Let marinate refrigerated for at least 30 minutes, or as long as overnight.
  • Preheat air fryer to 400˚F/200˚C. Line air fryer with air fryer parchment paper or spray with cooking oil. Place tenderloin on parchment and air fry at 400˚F/200˚C for 10 minutes. Flip tenderloin, then cook another 5-10 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 145˚F/63˚C. Cooking time will vary depending your air fryer and size of tenderloin.
  • Remove tenderloin when done and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Cut into 1/2-inch slices and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 587kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 95g | Fat: 16g | Sodium: 1325mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g

Recipe Source: Recipe Teacher

Ingredients: Balsamic Vinegar, Brown Sugar, Garlic, Kosher Salt, Lemon Juice, Onion, Pepper, Pork, Rosemary, Soy Sauce
Meal Type: Main Dish, Fall, Father's Day, Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, Winter, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Low Carb and Keto
Categories: Healthy, Meat and Poultry, Air Fryer

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