One-Skilled Honey Applesauce Pork Tenderloin is quick to prepare and is cooked in just one hour! Pork and apples are made for each other, and the addition of honey, mustard, and rosemary makes this dish sing. A great recipe for regular family dinners and even for the Holidays!
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Applesauce Pork Tenderloin
The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required as well as understand the steps and timings involved.
If you are looking for an easy-to-prepare roasted pork dish, this applesauce pork tenderloin should be on your list!
The pork is roasted on top of chopped apples and brushed with a glaze made with applesauce, honey, Dijon, and rosemary.
Pork if not done properly, can be pretty dry and bland – but this recipe is far from it!
The tenderloin is seared first, locking in all the juices and keeping the meat tender. It is then glazed and finished off in the oven which ensures that it is cooked through, but not overcooked.
You should never serve pork raw or rare, so to make sure it is cooked through, use a meat thermometer. Always test the thickest part of the meat which should read 145F (63C) when fully cooked and safe for consumption.
If you don’t have a meat thermometer you can insert a metal skewer into the thickest part and the juices should run clear.
It’s best to remove the pork tenderloin from the oven a few degrees lower as the residual heat will continue to cook the meat while it rests.
And speaking of resting, leave the pork to rest for 5-10 minutes so that the juices redistribute into the meat helping to keep it juicy and tender.
Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe
You may have some of the ingredients for this recipe in your kitchen already – the full list with measurements is found in the recipe card.
For your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients and equipment needed for this recipe have been listed below and linked to Amazon if available online.
- Unsweetened Applesauce – not a common ingredient in the UK, but it is essentially apples that have been cooked then mashed or puréed. Don’t confuse it with the condiment apple sauce! Holland & Barrett sell a no added sugar apple purée which you could use, and in the past, I’ve used a jar of baby food!
- Honey – buy locally produced honey if possible.
- Dijon Mustard
- Fresh Produce – apples, rosemary
- Coconut Oil
- Pork Tenderloin – may also be called pork fillet.
This recipe uses American cups. They’re a handy piece of kitchen equipment to have along with a kitchen food scale. Having both in your kitchen means you’ll be able to make all of the different recipes on my blog as I use both cups and weighted measures.
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How Do I Make Applesauce Pork Tenderloin?
Just check out the recipe card below with full ingredients, instructions, and demonstration photos. You can print the card out too (don’t worry, the pics don’t print to save your ink!).
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 3 Tbsp honey
- 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
- 3 Tbsp fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
- Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1½ lbs / 680g pork tenderloin
- 3 medium firm apples, cored and chopped
- Pre-heat oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
- Combine applesauce, honey, Dijon mustard, and rosemary leaves in a small bowl and stir to combine. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and set aside.
- Heat coconut oil in a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat.
- Generously season the pork with salt and black pepper, to taste. Cook until browned and evenly seared on all sides, approximately 5-10 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and spread half of the applesauce mixture all over the top and sides of the pork. Arrange the chopped apples around the sides of the pork and place the skillet in the preheated oven.
- Roast for 20 minutes, then remove from oven and flip the pork. Brush with remaining applesauce mixture and return to the oven for another 20-25 minutes, or until the pork is cooked through. To test for doneness, use an instant-read thermometer and insert it into the thickest part of the tenderloin. It should read just below 145F (63C) - the temperature will rise several degrees while the meat rests. If you don't have a thermometer, insert a skewer into the thickest part of the pork and the juices should run clear.
- .Remove from oven and cover loosely to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 308Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 251mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 3gSugar: 22gProtein: 30g
This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.
Make It A Meal!
You’ve made the main dish, but what about the rest of the courses?
Here are additional recipes to make a full meal!
- Appetizer: Slow Cooker Pumpkin + Apple Soup
- Side Dish: Apple Butternut Squash Casserole
- Beverage: Sparkling Cranberry Orange Ginger Mocktail
- Dessert: Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cupcakes
There are 500+ Recipes on The Purple Pumpkin Blog for you to enjoy – please feel free to check them out too!