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Marinated Air-Fryer Pork Tenderloin With Garlic Butter

Marinated Air-Fryer Pork Tenderloin With Garlic Butter

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This air-fryer pork tenderloin recipe is all about bringing a rich, savory flavor to your table with minimal effort. Whether you’re a beginner in the kitchen or a seasoned cook, you’ll find this recipe a breeze.

In just 30 minutes, you can transform a simple pork tenderloin into an impressive and delicious main course, perfect for any day of the week.

Air-Fryer Pork Tenderloin Recipe


  • 2 lb pork tenderloin
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 tsp each of dried basil, oregano, thyme, parsley, and sage (or 2 tbsp Italian Herb Seasoning Blend)
  • Optional: 1 bottle of this Italian Salad Dressing for marinating
  • Fresh pomegranate arils for garnish (optional)


Optional Marinating:

  • If desired, marinate the pork in Italian dressing for 12-24 hours to enhance the flavor.

Make the Garlic Butter:

  • Mix minced garlic with butter to create your garlic butter mixture.


  • Combine garlic, basil, oregano, thyme, parsley, and sage in a bowl. (Alternatively, use Italian Seasoning.)
  • Rub this herb blend onto the pork, followed by a generous seasoning with sea salt and pepper.


  • Preheat the air-fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Place the pork in the air-fryer, optionally covering it loosely with foil.
  • Halfway through the cooking process (after about 10-12 minutes), turn the pork and add the garlic butter mixture on top.
  • Continue cooking until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit, typically in 20-25 minutes total.


  • Let the pork rest for about 5 minutes after cooking. This step allows the juices to be redistributed, ensuring the meat remains juicy.


  • Optionally, garnish the sliced pork with fresh pomegranate arils for added color and a hint of tangy sweetness.


  • Serve the warm pork tenderloin, ideally with a side dish of your choice.

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Storing and Reheating Tips:

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
  • For longer storage, freeze for up to three months.
  • Reheat in the air-fryer or oven after thawing in the refrigerator overnight.

Recipe Variation Ideas for Air-Fried Garlic Butter Pork Tenderloin

1. Spicy Twist: For those who love a bit of heat, add a spicy kick to your pork tenderloin. Mix in some red pepper flakes or a dash of cayenne pepper into your seasoning blend. Alternatively, you can rub the pork with a spicy marinade, like chipotle or sriracha, before cooking.

2. Citrus Infusion: Brighten the flavor profile by adding citrus elements. Marinate the pork in a mixture of orange juice, lemon zest, and a touch of honey. This will give a refreshing and slightly sweet tang to the dish.

3. Herb Crust Variation: Create a herbaceous outer crust by coating the pork in a mix of finely chopped fresh herbs (like rosemary, thyme, and parsley) mixed with breadcrumbs. This adds a delightful texture and a burst of fresh flavors.

4. BBQ Style: For a BBQ twist, slather the pork with your favorite barbecue sauce during the last few minutes of air-frying. This will create a sweet and smoky glaze that’s irresistible.

5. Mediterranean Influence: Incorporate Mediterranean flavors by using a mix of sun-dried tomatoes, olives, feta cheese, and Greek seasoning in the rub. Serve with a side of tzatziki sauce for a refreshing complement.

6. Asian Fusion: Give your pork tenderloin an Asian flair. Marinate it in a mixture of soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and a hint of sesame oil. After cooking, glaze it with a blend of hoisin sauce and honey for a sweet and savory finish.

7. Stuffed Tenderloin: Elevate the dish by stuffing the tenderloin. Make a filling with ingredients like sautéed spinach, mushrooms, and cheese, or a sweet and savory combination of apples, onions, and bacon. Butterfly the tenderloin, fill it, then tie it up before air-frying.

8. Creamy Sauce: Serve the pork with a creamy sauce. A simple garlic mushroom cream sauce or a Dijon mustard cream sauce can add a luxurious touch to the dish.

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