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If you’re craving something delicious, juicy, and downright irresistible, you must try one of my all-time favorite recipes: Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin.

air fryer pork tenderloin on a white plate

This dish is a true testament to how versatile and handy an air fryer can be in your kitchen. Making an air fryer pork tenderloin is really one of my favorite ways to ensure a flavorful pork tenderloin every time.

This recipe takes a tender cut of pork, marinates it in a simple yet yummy blend of spices, and then cooks it to perfection in an air fryer, creating a dish that’s bursting with savory flavor.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. The air fryer is a game changer in any kitchen! With this recipe, you’re going to turn a simple pork fillet into a wonderful meal that the whole family will devour. 

My husband is a meat man and he’s particular about how it’s cooked. I’ve had tons of success, though, with recipes like this. It’s so great to have an easy way to cook pork that turns out so great every time.

For this recipe, we will brush on the seasonings along with some butter and let them marinate for just a few minutes. Butter does a lot for air-fried meat like this. It’s a big part of why we consistently get that juicy air fryer pork tenderloin. I’m a fan of butter anyway, but in this case, it’s key.

I love how the garlic, paprika, and rosemary blend with the butter and the meat here. You’ll know what I’m talking about once it starts cooking! It will fill your home with a wonderful, flavorful aroma.

This air fryer pork tenderloin is incredibly simple to prepare, and the best part is it requires minimal effort yet delivers maximum flavor.

Some of our other favorite pork recipes we have on our site include: St Louis Ribs in Slow Cooker Recipe (Honey Chipotle), Baked Cuban Sandwiches, and Homemade Breakfast Sausage.

air fryer pork tenderloin on a white plate

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  1. Quick and Easy: You only need about 40 minutes from start to finish. Perfect for a weeknight dinner!
  2. Simple Ingredients: No complex or hard-to-find ingredients here. All you need is pork tenderloin and a handful of pantry staples.
  3. Great Taste: The combination of the air fryer’s hot air and the flavorful marinade gives you a pork tenderloin that’s juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST FOR THE FULL RECIPE CARD):

  • Pork Tenderloin
  • Butter
  • Garlic Cloves
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Dry Rosemary
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
ingredients needed to make air fryer pork tenderloin

HOW TO MAKE AIR FRYER PORK TENDERLOIN:

  1. Mix melted butter, minced garlic, smoked paprika, rosemary, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl.
  2. Then, brush both pieces of meat with the prepared mixture and let it rest for 15 minutes.
marinating pork for air fryer pork tenderloin
  1. Preheat the Air Fryer to 400F. Then, arrange pork tenderloin inside. Depending on the size of your Air Fryer, you may need to work in batches.
  2. Cook for 14-16 minutes, flipping it halfway through or until an instant meat thermometer inserted into the center registers 145ºF.
  3. Remove the pork from the air fryer and let it rest for about 5 minutes before slicing. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a moist and tender final product.
  4. Slice and serve with mashed or roasted potatoes on the side.
how to cook air fryer pork tenderloin

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

WHAT TEMPERATURE DO I COOK PORK TENDERLOIN TO?

The ideal internal temperature for pork tenderloin is 145°F as indicated by an instant-read thermometer.

It gets you a juicy pork tenderloin every single time! Nobody wants dry pork, right?

WHAT TO SERVE THIS WITH?

Put this tenderloin together with your favorite side dishes. Some great options include roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a simple green salad.

I’m a fan of stuffing, personally, and I think it goes perfectly with this pork!

air fryer pork tenderloin on a white plate

HOW TO REHEAT AIR FRYER PORK TENDERLOIN?

Reheat it in your oven at a low temperature, or gently warm it up on the stovetop with a bit of butter. You can also use the microwave, heating in 20-30 second increments to prevent drying.

Just heat it till warm enough to enjoy. The last thing you want is to cook it all over again and turn your wonderful pork tenderloin into a hockey puck. Ha!

ANY ADDITIONS?

Most definitely. Pork is really versatile so here are some suggestions.

  • Add a sprinkle of brown sugar for a sweet twist.
  • Add a dash of soy sauce to the marinade for an umami kick.
  • A squeeze of lemon juice can add a fresh and zesty flavor.
  • Sprinkle a bit of chipotle or chili powder to the marinade for a spicy kick.
  • Brush your cooked tenderloin with barbecue sauce for a smoky, sweet finish.
  • Add a splash of balsamic vinegar to the marinade for a tangy twist.
  • Try adding a sprinkle of onion powder to the marinade for a deep, savory flavor.
  • Add a dash of garlic powder to the marinade for extra garlicky goodness.
  • Top the cooked tenderloin with fresh parsley or cilantro for a bright, fresh finish.

ANY SUBSTITUTIONS?

Sure thing! I’ve got a few lined up for you.

  • Substitute butter with extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil.
  • Swap smoked paprika with regular paprika or chili powder.
  • Replace dry rosemary with thyme or Italian seasoning, you can also use fresh herbs.
  • Use sea salt instead of table salt.
  • Substitute black pepper with white pepper for a slightly different flavor profile.
  • Swap fresh garlic with garlic powder if that’s what you have on hand.
a pair of tongs grabbing a piece of air fryer pork tenderloin

HOW TO STORE:

Refrigerator: Store leftovers in a sealed bag or airtight container.

Properly stored, cooked pork tenderloin can typically be refrigerated for up to three days.

Freezer: Wrap the cooled pork tenderloin tightly in aluminum foil or place it in a freezer-safe container. It can be frozen for up to three months.

DANA’S TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • Preheat your air fryer first for the best results.
  • Use an instant-read thermometer to check the internal temperature of the meat and ensure it’s cooked perfectly.
  • Add the marinade ingredients to a large zip-top bag for easy clean-up.
  • Don’t forget to let the pork rest after air frying. This lets the juices redistribute, ensuring a juicy pork tenderloin.
  • Try different ways of serving your pork, like slicing it thin for sandwiches.
  • Feel free to experiment with the marinade ingredients to suit your taste buds.
close up of air fryer pork tenderloin

This Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin is a game-changer. The marinade ingredients infuse the pork with a unique flavor while the air fryer does all the hard work, giving you a mouthwatering meal in less time.

Whether you’re new to cooking or an experienced chef, this recipe is sure to impress. So grab your apron, fire up your air fryer, and let’s get cooking. This one is going to knock your socks off!

If you’ve tried this AIR FRYER PORK TENDERLOIN, let me know how it turned out in the comments! You can follow me over on PINTEREST, INSTAGRAM OR FACEBOOK to find some more of our mouthwatering recipes! 

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Juicy Marinated Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Author Dana at ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Wait Time 15 minutes
If you’re craving something delicious, juicy, and downright irresistible, you must try one of my all-time favorite recipes: Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin.
Servings 4 servings

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Mix the melted butter, minced garlic, smoked paprika, rosemary, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl.
    2 tablespoons salted butter, 2 garlic cloves, 2 teaspoons smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ tsp black pepper
  • Then, brush both pieces of pork with the prepared mixture and let it rest for 15 minutes.
    2 pork tenderloins
  • Preheat the Air Fryer to 400*F for 5 minutes. Then, arrange pork tenderloin inside. Depending on the size of your Air Fryer, you may need to work in batches.
  • Cook for 14-16 minutes, flipping it halfway through or until an instant meat thermometer inserted into the center registers 145ºF.
  • Remove the pork from the air fryer and let it rest for about 5 minutes before slicing. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a moist and tender final product.

Notes

  • Preheat your air fryer first for the best results.
  • Use an instant-read thermometer to check the internal temperature of the meat and ensure it’s cooked perfectly.
  • Add the marinade ingredients to a large zip-top bag for easy clean-up.
  • Don’t forget to let the pork rest after air frying. This lets the juices redistribute, ensuring a juicy pork tenderloin.
  • Try different ways of serving your pork, like slicing it thin for sandwiches.
  • Feel free to experiment with the marinade ingredients to suit your taste buds.

Nutrition

Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 179mg | Sodium: 761mg | Potassium: 1040mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 670IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 3mg
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Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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