Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin is my favorite way to quickly cook pork tenderloin. A smoky sweet spice rub is rubbed on the pork to create a layer of flavor. The pork is then cooked in the air fryer to create a juicy, tender pork with a crispy outside layer. Pair this with your favorite salad and vegetable for a delicious meal!
AIR FRYER PORK TENDERLOIN
One of my favorite kitchen appliances is my air fryer.
It is not only easy but creates a tender and very flavorful piece of pork.
The spice mixture that is rubbed on the pork before cooking mixes sweet and spicy flavors to create so much flavor.
I also love that eating 20 – 30 grams of protein per meal helps fuel your body and may help you feel fuller.
That being said, every 3 ounces of pork is packed full of 22 – 24 grams of protein depending on the cut.
Pork tenderloin is one of the leaner cuts of meat.
You might be surprised to learn that pork tenderloin is as lean as boneless, skinless chicken breast.
You can pair this pork with your favorite side dishes.
WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THIS AIR FRYER PORK TENDERLOIN RECIPE?
PORK TENDERLOIN: I used a 1.25 to 1.75 pound pork tenderloin in this pork recipe.
If you find that your pork tenderloin is too long to fit in the air fryer you can cut it in half or you can try to curve it to fit the basket.
OLIVE OIL: This helps the rub stick to the pork before you air fry it.
BROWN SUGAR: The brown sugar adds a nice sweetness to the rub with the spices.
SPICES: OREGANO, SMOKED PAPRIKA, CHILI POWDER, GARLIC POWDER
HOW DO YOU MAKE AIR FRYER PORK TENDERLOIN?
It is so easy to make pork tenderloin in the air fryer!
PREHEAT: Start by preheating the air fryer to 400 degrees F for 5 minutes.
MIX THE SPICES: In a small bowl mix all of the dry ingredients together and whisk.
SILVER SKIN: Trim the pork tenderloin of the silver skin.
Rub the spice mixture over the pork tenderloin on both sides.
Be sure not to overcook or it will become dry.
Remove the pork from the air fryer and place on a cutting board and let the pork tenderloin rest for 5 minutes.
Slice the meat and serve.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PORK LOIN AND A PORK TENDERLOIN?
Pork loin and pork tenderloin are two different cuts of pork and come from different parts of the animal.
They also look different- pork tenderloin is thinner and smaller than pork loin. Pork loin is wider and much bigger.
A pork loin can weigh up to 5 pounds while tenderloins are usually around 1 to 2 pounds.
TIPS FOR COOKING PORK TENDERLOIN
TEMPERATURE: Pork should be cooked until 145 degrees F.
This ensures that it is not dry and you get a juicy pork tenderloin you need to make sure it has a slight blush of pink.
I find in the air fryer that cooking it until about 140 degrees F works well because the temperature rises once it sits for a few minutes.
AVOIDING DRY PORK: Avoiding dry pork is so important. The best way to do this is by making sure you don’t overcook the pork.
I suggest using a meat thermometer and checking towards the end of the cook time. I also find that adding a layer of spices to the pork helps create a crust that holds the juices in the pork.
SPICES: Pork is a great base for all kinds of spices. I love adding a dry rub that mix a sweet and spicy flavor combination.
You could try onion powder, Italian seasoning as part of your spice rub. I also like to pair barbecue sauce with pork from time to time.
METHOD OF COOKING: I love cooking pork in the air fryer. It helps the pork stay juicy but has a nice crispy crust on the outside.
To make pulled pork I suggest reading How to Cook Pork Tenderloin in the Slow Cooker.
The slow cooking method helps the pork be tender enough to pull it apart and create pulled pork.
OTHER AIR FRYER RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE:
- 1.25 to 1.75 pound Pork tenderloin
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 3 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
- Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F for 5 minutes.
- In a medium bowl mix all of the dry ingredients together and whisk.
- Trim the pork tenderloin of the silver skin.
- Use your hands or a brush to coat the pork with the 1 tablespoon olive oil.
- Rub the spice mixture over the pork tenderloin on both sides.
- Place the pork tenderloin in the air fryer and air fry at 400 degrees F for 18-20 minutes or an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. Be sure not to overcook or it will become dry.
- Remove the pork from the air fryer and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Slice the meat and serve.
A pork loin will cook for about 12-14 minutes per pound. So, for example:
1.5 lb pork loin = 18-21 minutes
3 lb pork loin = 36-42 minutes