This Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin is a cinch to make. The Prune Sauce is surprisingly savoury and delicious. Regular oven instructions included.
I was a bit unnerved when I realized the large package from Costco that I thought was dates was actually prunes..... I have never had much occasion to use prunes in my cooking and to be honest I think the only prunes that I have ever seen were those stewed prunes. Not very appetizing!
But... I decided to google things to do with prunes and it turns out they are quite well established in some regional French dishes.
The tenderloin recipe and sauce is adapted from the California Prunes site.
And I had just become the proud owner of a new Pampered Chef Air Fryer so I was looking for things to air fry.
My prune purchase turned out to be a serendipitous event after all... because this sauce is really good!
It is slightly reminiscent of plum sauce but not so sugary or candy like. There is an underlying sweetness from the prunes but the spices offset it nicely.
A little does go a long way though. So I didn't want to dredge the vegetables in. I think it works best with a drizzle on the pork and little pool on the side that you can dip your veggies or pork bites in.
Rice was also a great side to round out the meal.
Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin with Prune Sauce
- air fryer
- 1 1.5-2 lb pork tenderloin trimmed of any silver skin
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- salt and pepper for seasoning
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground clove
- pinch of salt
- ¾ cup chicken broth
- ½ cup dried prunes pitted
- 2 tsps apple cider vinegar
Side Stir Fry
- 2 cups snow peas can substitute snap peas
- 1 cup red onion thinly sliced vertically
- ½ large sweet red pepper deseeded and thinly sliced vertically
- 2 teaspoon vegetable oil
- Preheat air fryer to 400 ° if necessary. Preheat oven to 425° if cooking in regular oven.
- Rub the tenderloin with vegetable oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Cook 20 -25 minutes on air fryer setting, turning halfway through. For smaller tenderloin check for doneness after 20 minutes, 25 for larger. Use the same timing if using regular oven. Remove from oven when internal temperature is between 142-145°. (Temperature will rise a few degrees during resting period.
- Allow tenderloin to rest 5 minutes lightly covered once done. Internal temperature should be between 145 ° and 160° for minimum to well-done.
- While tenderloin is roasting heat the chicken broth in the microwave on high for 1 minute. Combine broth and all other sauce ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Side Stir Fry
- While tenderloin is resting, heat 2 tsps vegetable oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add the vegetables and sauté 3-5 until tender crisp.
- Gently reheat prune sauce in microwave (about 1 minute on medium high). Slice pork tenderloin and drizzle with prune sauce. Plate tenderloin with vegetables and rice if desired. Pass remaining prune sauce on the side. It also enhances the vegetables.
Note: My Air fryer is a Pampered Chef one and I absolutely love it! I have not tried others but based on my research the Pampered Chef with its 2 tray and cube configuration is more versatile than others. You can actually do a 2-3 lb rotisserie chicken in it! it toasts, roasts, bakes, reheats, dehydrates besides air frying.
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