5-Ingredient Cajun Pork Tenderloin Recipe Cooks in About 20 Minutes by Donna John

5-Ingredient Cajun Pork Tenderloin Recipe Cooks in About 20 Minutes

Take one bite of this sweet and spicy Cajun pork tenderloin and you’ll want to say, “Laissez les bon temps rouler!” Let the good times roll! With only five ingredients, this flavor-packed pork recipe will be on repeat for family dinners

Slice or chop any leftovers for pork tenderloin sandwiches or your favorite fried rice recipe. You could also cook two pork tenderloins at a time and freeze one for later.

Fun Fact: Eating pork on New Year's Day is said to bring luck and progress. This succulent pork tenderloin recipe will bring you flavor for days!

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 to 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 to 30 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1 1/2 - 2 pounds pork tenderloin
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning (I use Tony Chachere’s)
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Combine the Cajun seasoning and brown sugar.
  2. In another bowl, combine apricot preserves and Dijon mustard.
  3. Put the tenderloin in a baking pan lined with foil (makes cleanup easier) and sprinkle with salt. Rub the brown sugar mixture all over the meat.
  4. Cook in a preheated 400-degree F oven for about 20 to 25 minutes, brushing often with the apricot-Dijon mixture, until it reaches 140 degrees F. 

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Donna John
You could also wrap this in bacon. Simple wrap the bacon around the pork tenderloin after coating it in the seasoning mixture. Use toothpicks to secure. Brown it on all sides in a skillet before putting it into the oven.
Elisa Schmitz
This sounds fantastic, Donna John ! Let the good times roll, for sure!
Candy Stephens
I'm actually headed to the grocery store tonight and planned to pick up pork, ethos is perfect!
Donna John
Let me know how you like it. I'm addicted to these ribs right now: food: 5-Ingredient Juicy Brown Sugar Pork Ribs Recipe: Your Ticket to Flavortown I use country ribs. Can't explain it, but they just do it for me. :-)
Candy Stephens
Confession.......I got the stuff and didn't make it right away. But I did last night and will definitely be making it again! I *might* have failed to read the directions and just mixed the wet and dry ingredients together, but it was still so good! And my leftovers today at lunch were the envy of the office! (I roasted fresh green beans and cubed sweet potatoes as my side. Next time, I'm throwing it all in my beloved electric pressure cooker!)
Donna John
Glad you liked it. I'm always nervous when someone tries a recipe I like. Phew! :-) Next you've got to try these: food: 5-Ingredient Juicy Brown Sugar Pork Ribs Recipe: Your Ticket to Flavortown My FAVE. The rub is so good. I've used it on pork chops, too. Candy Stephens
Marianne Clyde
I'm always looking for a good apricot glaze for pork. Thanks.
Holly Budde
Yum!! i just bought a pork tenderlion and was wondering if I could find a new way to make it. Its On!!
Donna John
As cheap as they are, you've gotta buy them! I have three in my freezer I need to cook. Let me know how it turns out! Holly Budde
Sounds yummy! Is it ok to use pork loin instead?
Donna John
Sure! You may have to cook it a bit longer. kelleelola

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