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The Ninja Foodi Air Fryer oven is my favorite piece of cooking equipment, but this air fryer pork tenderloin is so juicy and flavorful that it even shocked me. I love making air fryer pork recipes and once you start, you won’t be able to stop either!
Pork tenderloin is the filet mignon of pork. It’s a lean, very tender piece of pork. It’s very versatile and succulent. It works with so many different flavors. I make this gorgeous teriyaki pork tenderloin in my crock pot and this hearty, comforting pork tenderloin casserole in my instant pot. Any way you cook a tenderloin, as long as you don’t overcook it, is a winner!
This recipe with raw sugar and brown mustard is going to knock your socks right off. It’s garlicky and sweet and a little spicy. And the air fryer makes the perfect crispy exterior with the perfect juicy interior.
As with any meat, once it’s cooked, let the meat rest or cool down for a few minutes before you cut it so the juices can redistribute and it will stay juicy after cutting.
Pork tenderloin is different than pork loin. They are both delicious, but the tenderloin is an extra kind of special. Make sure you get it if you can. Season it any way you like, but this Italian seasoning mix that we make and use is super wonderful, so make it if you can.
In a 400-degree air fryer, it only takes about 20 minutes to cook. For the best flavor and texture, pork tenderloin should be cooked to between 145 and 150 degrees, followed by a 5-minute rest.
Air fryer pork tenderloin
Ninja Foodi Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin (Sweet and Spicy)
- 1 pork tenderloin, 1-2 pounds
- 2 Tablespoons Raw sugar (or substitute brown sugar if you don't have it)
- 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1-2 teaspoons salt (according to taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons brown or spicy mustard
- Mix all ingredients together except for tenderloin.
- Rub all over the outside of tenderloin and place in a pan that it fits in without bending. A loaf pan or casserole dish would work great.
- Cook at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until the center is 145 to 150 degrees.
Frozen pork tenderloin in air fryer
Can you cook a frozen pork tenderloin in the air fryer? Yes, actually, you can. Just set the air fryer to 350 degrees and cook until the internal temperature is 145-150 like above. It will take longer, 30-40 minutes to cook to the middle when you start with frozen meat.
It may even take a little longer, just rely on your thermometer to tell you when it’s done. Start with the above cooking time and then check it every 5 minutes after. Because like I mentioned before, overcooked pork is dry and tough.
I like to cook it for about 10 minutes and then add the seasonings so they adhere to the meat better. You can put them on from the start as well if that works better for your situation.