Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin

Slices of pork tenderloin on a white round plate.

Dinner couldn’t get easier with this Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin. A quick marinade and air fry makes the juiciest, most flavorful pork around.

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I love an easy dinner. I especially love an easy dinner that could double as a fancy one. Marinate it for a few hours then air fry for 15 minutes and dinner is on the table.

The pork becomes nice and crisp on the outside while the interior becomes nice and juicy.

A few slices of pork tenderloin on a white plate with broccoli.

Ingredients for Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin

This short and sweet ingredient list will have dinner on the table fast. Here’s what you will need:

  • Pork tenderloin: This recipe uses a pork tenderloin around 1 pound. If you use a bigger or smaller pork loin you’ll need to adjust the air fryer time.
  • Dijon mustard: I like the sharpness the dijon mustard brings to the marinade. If you don’t have any, you can sub in yellow or spicy mustard.
  • Balsamic vinegar: Adds a delicious sweetness to the marinade.
  • Olive oil
  • Brown sugar
  • Garlic
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
4 slices of pork loin and broccoli on a white round plate.

Marinate the Pork Tenderloin

The marinade consists of a handful of pantry staples and just takes a few minutes to whip up.

Whisk together the olive oil, dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, garlic, kosher salt and pepper. Add the pork tenderloin and turn it around to coat it.

You can marinate the pork for as little as 15 minutes or up to overnight if you plan ahead.

Pork loin in marinade in a glass container.

Time to Air Fry

Once the pork is done marinating, it’s time to air fry. Remove the pork from the marinade and place in your air fryer.

Set the fryer for half the time then flip and cook again. Depending on the size and thickness of your pork tenderloin, it may take more or less time to cook.

Raw marinated pork tenderloin in the air fryer.

I recommend starting with the least amount of time then check the temperature with a digital meat thermometer. For pork, aim for 145 degrees F.

It’s important to let the pork tenderloin rest for about 5 minutes after it’s done cooking. This allows the juices to redistribute and keeps the pork juicy.

Air fryed pork tenderloin in the air fryer.

Why I Adore This Recipe

There are so many things to love about this recipe:

  • It is SO simple to make yet is super impressive. This is a great option for date-night in or last minute dinner guests.
  • Done in less than 20 minutes (not counting the marinating time)
  • The super flavorful marinade uses pantry staples
  • The air fryer creates a delicious crispy exterior that is so perfect with the tender, juicy interior
Close up shot of slice of pork tenderloin.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is this good for in the refrigerator? This will be good in the fridge for 3 days. If you aren’t going to eat it in time, place in a freezer bag and freeze for up to 2 months.

What if my tenderloin is too large for my air fryer? You can cut it in half and then air fry it. The times and temperature will stay the same.

How do I ensure I don’t overcook the pork tenderloin? I always use a digital meat thermometer, especially for pork recipes which tend to overcook quickly. This will ensure you get the perfect cook every time.

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Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin

Dinner couldn't get easier with this Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin. A quick marinade and air fry makes the juiciest, most flavorful pork around.
Prep Time1 hour
Active Time15 minutes
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer pork tenderloin
Yield: 4 servings
Author: Meghan Payne-Hensley


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound pork tenderloin


  • In a bowl, whisk together olive oil, dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, garlic, salt and pepper. Add pork tenderloin and turn to coat. Marinate in the fridge for at least 15 minutes or up to overnight.
  • Remove pork tenderloin from the marinade and place in the basket of your air fryer. Air fry at 400 degrees for 7 minutes. Flip pork and air fry another 7 minutes. Check the temperature of the pork at this point. You want it to be 145 degrees F. Add up to 4 minutes of cook time to reach the proper temperature. Once done, place pork on a cutting board and allow it to rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

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