Apple-Pecan Pork Tenderloin

I’ve been looking for new pork recipes to experiment with. I found this recipe on Pork, Be Inspired, and it is definitely a winner!

apple-pecan pork

Start with two sliced apples. I used Empire apples (because that’s what I had), and because I like their slightly soft texture for cooking. This Pampered Chef apple wedger is perfect for this kind of thing – it slices an apple into 10 wedges, and then all I had to do was halve the wedges for perfectly-sized slices.

slice apples

In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Then add 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg. (I have a nutmeg problem. I added way more than that. Nutmeg to taste.)

apple spices

Add the apples to the skillet, and toss to coat. Cover the skillet, and cook the apples for 2-3 minutes.

toss apples

You’re looking for this – a little softness to the apples, and a little bit of syrup forming in the bottom of the skillet. Remove the apples from the skillet, and set them aside.

cooked apples

While the apples are cooking, slice 1 pound of pork tenderloin into 1/2 inch thick medallions.

In the same skillet, melt another 2 tablespoons of butter. When it’s nice and bubbly like this…

bubbly butter

Add your pork tenderloin slices to the bubbly butter.

add pork

After about 2-3 minutes, flip the tenderloin slices over. Top with the apples and another 1/4 cup of brown sugar (I used 1/8 cup of Splenda Brown Sugar Blend instead).

add apples

Then add 1/2 cup of chopped pecans.

add pecans

Cover the skillet and cook for another 4-6 minutes.

cover and cook

That’s it! Quick and easy, and a one-skillet meal! I will say that the Empire apples came out a little over-cooked in this dish. So, either use a firmer apple, or cook the apples a little less in the first step.

apple-pecan pork

Other than that, it was a big hit! Farmer Doc said “that’s too pretty to eat,” but he ate it anyway. And then had seconds.

Here’s your printable:

apple-pecan pork recipe card

{Affiliate links were used in this post. Also, I have a nutmeg addiction.}

Want to read this article on your own time?
Sign up to get updates delivered directly to your inbox!


  1. I’m allergic to apples, pecans and nutmeg. Also the potato and the green beans. haha. :) It really looks very yummy though!

  2. Sounds like it’s pork, cinnamon, and butter for you! 😉

  3. gah…….that actually sounds very good….mmmm!

Comments are closed