This recipe has been a good friend for a long time.
And why not?!! It is SO simple to prepare and get on the table on a busy night. It’s naturally gluten free, keto, low carb, paleo and Whole30 friendly…so it makes this skillet meal perfect for so many!
Pork tenderloins are naturally tender and lean and so simple to cook. They have long been one of my preferred cuts, and the kids love them too!
In this preparation, a simple pan fried pork medallion gets drizzled in a flavorful lemony pan sauce. But of course, if you are my kids…you like your medallions au naturale – no sauce for you!
How do I know my pork tenderloin is cooked? Can it be pink inside?
The easiest way you can ensure any of your meats are cooked to perfection is to use a meat thermometer. I keep my instant read thermometer on hand for all sorts of kitchen tasks!
Pork should be cooked to 145 degrees.
There will be a slight pink hue in the center, not to worry! It’s perfectly safe!
Stove top pork tenderloin serving suggestions:
To make this a complete meal, consider some of these options:
- Dairy Free Scalloped Potatoes
- Simple Sautéed Broccoli, or check out how to blanch broccoli perfectly every time!
- Cauliflower Mash
- Quick Oven Roasted Cauliflower
- This fried cabbage is lightening quick!
- Vegan zucchini fries are delish and good for you!
What some additional easy pork recipes?
Looking for some additional simple ways to prepare a pork tenderloin? Here a few ideas!
- Char Sui Pork is a delicious Asian preparation of a pork tenderloin! Marinated and grilled to perfection!
- Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin @ Wonky Wonderful
- These pork chops with apples are a perfect way to marry a classic flavor combo!
- How about some pan-fried pork chops? Ready in a flash!
Stove Top Pork Tenderloin Recipe:
Come back and leave a comment if you try this easy recipe!
Pork Tenderloin Diane - Gluten Free & Paleo
A perfect one skillet pork tenderloin recipe that is ready in in under 20 minutes!
- 1 pound pork tenderloin cut into 5 or 6 two inch thick diagonal pieces
- 2 teaspoons lemon pepper or more to taste
- 2 tablespoons cassava flour or rice, or tapioca starch, or any light starch or flour you have on hand!
- 2 tablespoons ghee or butter
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce gluten free
- 1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
- 1 tablespoon minced parsley optional
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper to taste
Using a meat mallet (or rolling pin or heavy skillet), flatten each piece of tenderloin to 1/2". thin even pieces.
Sprinkle surfaces of pork with lemon pepper, then your choice of flour...this really just a sprinkling to gave it added crunch, but you could forgo the flour altogether if you'd like: I just like the texture it provides!
Heat ghee or butter in heavy cast iron skillet over medium heat; brown pork evenly, about 3 minutes on each side. I like to wait and flip the them when I see the cooked pork color creeping up the sides of the piece.
Remove to serving platter, keep warm, turn heat to low.
To the pan, add lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and mustard to skillet. Cook, stirring with pan juices, until heated through. Pour sauce over medallions, sprinkle with parsley and serve.
Yes!!! What a yummy recipe. I love the lemon pepper in here! This is a must make entree for sure!! Perfect for Fall!
I love the lemon pepper in here! This is a must make entree for sure!! Perfect for Fall!
Carol Little R.H. @studiobotanica says
My favourite combinations with pork tenderloin are similar – such great flavours. May I ask your fave brand of lemon pepper? I ‘ve never found it a brand that is “real food” ? Must try with a little cassava flour.. I tend to forgo any ‘breading’ but this would change it up for a nice crispy ‘finish’.
Tessa Simpson says
I like Simply Organic brand Carol!! Alternately you could zest and finely chop some fresh lemon peel and mix with some garlic powder and black pepper!
Yum! this looks so good! We love pork tenderloin, going to make this soon!
This is such a great fall dish. I’ve never made pork on the stovetop, but excited to try this recipe!
ChihYu Smith says
I love pork diane. It’s so flavorful and delicious. I can’t wait to make it for my husband!
Lindsey Dietz says
I’ve never cooked a pork tenderloin on the stovetop! Thanks for teaching me something new!
Kari - Get Inspired Everyday! says
This looks so good! And that sauce too, such a perfect meal for entertaining as well because it looks awesome!
Wow, your pork tenderloin sounds really amazing! I have never cooked it this way. Agree with adding a coating to improve texture and that sauce of yours much be so delicious!
Megan Stevens says
Oh my goodness, yum! Love the texture of these and the pan juices, and I love pork! Yummy Worcestershire + Dijon!! … 🙂
This looks so flavorful! My family will love it.
linda spiker says
Pork tenderloin is so good but for some reason I always forget about it! Thanks for the delicious reminder!
I never tried sprinkling my pork with flour to give it a little crunch! What a great trick. I’ll have to try next time.
Emily Sunwell-Vidaurri says
My husband and youngest love pork tenderloin. I love that your version has that nice flavorful crust on it. So easy to make too!
Renee Kohley says
I would never think that I could make a pork tenderloin on a weeknight so fast! Great tips – thank you!
Joni Gomes says
Pork tenderloin was my favorite as a child!! This recipe is bringing back major yummy memories 🙂
Hi Tessa. I’m linking to this recipe in next week’s menu plan. May I have permission to use your photo?
Tessa Domestic Diva says
Of course Linda! Goes without saying…!
Tessa Domestic Diva says
It always seems something so simple couldn't be all that great…but sometimes simple = magic!! Glad you liked it, a super easy any night meal!!
This dish is deceptively delicious! I love the intensity of the sauce/glaze! Even my non-pork tenderloin liking husband enjoyed it. I will maket this again.