thick slices of air fried pork tenderloin on a board

Ninja Foodi Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin

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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 slices on a cutting board with fresh thyme

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.

slices of air fried pork

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.

My Ninja Foodi Air Fryer is the best piece of kitchen equipment I’ve ever gotten. It’s a game changer and it will be for you too. I love it and use it all the time! I love simple dinner ideas!

Air fryer pork tenderloin

pork tenderloin sliced on a board with fresh herbs
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Ninja Foodi Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin (Sweet and Spicy)

Sweet, tangy, spicy pork tenderloin flavorful and crispy on the outside and moist and tender on the inside.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer pork tenderloin, crock pot pork tenderloin, sweet and spicy pork
Servings: 6
Author: Christina


  • 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.

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  1. Maybe I missed something in the directions for air frying a pork tenderloin….regarding the part about using a loaf pan or a casserole dish has me confused. I never knew those could be used in an air fryer. Most air fryers aren’t big enough. Just curious how that works. Thanks!

    1. Hi Lisa!
      This recipe is instructions for using an air fryer oven. I’m not sure about inserts or pans for a regular air fryer since mine that I create the recipes with is the air fryer oven by Ninja Foodi. I hope that helps clear it up. Thanks for reading!