Hassle-Free Marinated Pork Tenderloin in Air Fryer Recipe

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Prepare to embark on a culinary adventure that will leave your taste buds dancing! The tantalizing aroma of Teriyaki Marinated Pork Tenderloin in Air Fryer will make your kitchen feel like a five-star restaurant.

air fried marinated pork tenderloin, served on a chopping board

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Happy frying!

air fryer marinated pork tenderloin, recipe bite-shot, served on a board

Please be aware that the marinade featured in the picture differs from the one used in the recipe. We’re currently working on processing images and videos for the teriyaki pork tenderloin. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.

Ingredients for Marinated Pork Tenderloin in Air Fryer

Here are all you need to make air fried marinated pork tenderloin.

  • Pork tenderloin
  • Soy sauce
  • Honey
  • Rice vinegar
  • Mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)
  • Fresh ginger
  • Garlic
  • Sesame oil

You can find the exact measurements of the recipe ingredients and customize the serving size in the recipe card after the detailed step-by-step instructions section.

Substitutes

If you can’t find mirin, combine dry white wine and a touch of sugar. It’ll bring that sweet complexity to your teriyaki marinade.

Out of sesame oil? No worries! Substituting with a nut oil like peanut or even a mild olive oil will still give you an incredible depth of flavor.

Needless to say, you can try other marinades, such as:

  • Chipotle
  • Cilantro Lime
  • Smokey BBQ

If you try other marinade flavors, let us know how it goes by leaving a note below.

Recipe Video

Here’s a video of a similar recipe that we’re going for.

How to Cook Marinated Pork Tenderloin in an Air Fryer?

Landing a perfectly cooked Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin in your air fryer might seem like a feat for seasoned chefs, but fear not—this recipe is tailored for culinary rookies!

Step 1: Marinate the pork tenderloin.

Before marinating the meat, make sure you’ve got it well-prepped; more specifically, remove the silver skin:

  1. Lay the pork flat on a chopping board.
  2. Locate the silvery membrane (silver skin).
  3. Lift an edge of the silver skin with your fingers.
  4. Carefully insert a sharp knife under the silver skin.
  5. Saw the blade along the meat’s surface to separate the silver skin.
  6. Pull the silver skin while trimming.
  7. Do it for all the silver skin you’ll see on the pork.

💡 Pro Tip: You can also poke the pork with a fork (hey, that’s a tongue twister). Anyway, doing so allows the marinade to seep deeper into the pork making it more flavorful.

Now:

Whisk together a magical teriyaki marinade in a bowl—soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, mirin, minced ginger, garlic, and sesame oil. Mix until homogeneous.

Place the pork and marinade in a Ziploc bag. Keep it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or overnight if you have extra time. 

I find that the longer you marinate the tenderloin, the more flavorful it becomes. So, plan ahead to make the best pre-marinated pork tenderloin in air fryer.

Step 2: Preheat your air fryer to 400ºF (204ºC).

Preating Instant Pot Vortex Plus Air Fryer to 400°F (204°C).

If your air fryer doesn’t have a preheating option, set your desired temperature then let it cook for 5 minutes without food.

🚨 Important: Reduce the cooking temperature to 380°F (193°C) if you’re using a 4-quart air fryer or smaller. They are hotter due to the heating element being closer to the food.

Step 3: Air fry marinated pork tenderloin for 20 – 25 minutes at 400ºF (204ºC).

The moment of truth has arrived. 

Place your marinated pork tenderloin in the air fryer. Ideally, it shouldn’t touch the sides. Set the temperature to 400ºF (204ºC) and cook for 20 – 25 minutes. Flip halfway through for even browning on all sides.

💡 Pro Tip: To ensure your pork cooks evenly, let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking.

Cook for 20 – 25 minutes at 400ºF (204ºC), flipping halfway through. 

✦ The cooking time differs for everyone because of several factors, such as the pork’s thickness and your air fryer’s size. Hence, for the perfect marinated pork tenderloin, use a meat thermometer.

At the 18-minute mark, insert an instant-read thermometer into the thickest part of the tenderloin. If the temperature reaches 145ºF (63ºC), you can remove the pork from the air fryer.

Then, let it rest at room temperature for a minimum of 5 minutes before cutting into medallions.

💡 Another Pro Tip: You can remove the pork tenderloin from the air fryer at 140ºF (60ºC). The resting time will allow the temperature to reach 145ºC (63ºC). And! The result will be even juicier.

If you prefer your pork more well-done, let it cook until it reaches 160ºF (71ºC).

Step 4: (Optional) Turn marinade into a sauce/glaze.

Making teriyaki sauce in a saucepan.

You’re supposed to throw out the leftover marinade that touched raw meat. However, you can safely reuse it to make the marinated pork tenderloin even better.

While the tenderloin is air frying, place the leftover marinade in a saucepan over high heat until the liquid reaches a boiling point of 212ºF (100ºC). Then, let it cook for a minimum of 5 minutes. Finally, remove from the heat.

That’s your teriyaki glaze!

Step 5: Serve and enjoy!

air fried marinated pork tenderloin, served on a chopping board

Slice the air-fried marinated pork tenderloin into your preferred portions. 

Drizzle with the remaining teriyaki glaze, then serve these succulent medallions with steamed rice or a rainbow of stir-fried veggies. 

Garnish a pinch of sesame seeds, and voilà! You’ve just conquered Marinated Pork Tenderloin in the air fryer. 

The result? 

A mouthwatering dance of sweet and savory flavors that’ll leave you and your taste buds in awe.

If you love this recipe, you might like air fryer bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin as well. Check it out!

Freezing & Storage

Freezing: You can also use this recipe for meal planning. Freeze your (raw) marinated pork tenderloin for up to 3 months. To cook, thaw it first in the fridge overnight. Then, follow this recipe for the air frying instructions.

Fridge: Refrigerate your Air Fried Marinated Pork Tenderloin for up to three days. Reheat swiftly in the microwave or restore its crispness using your air fryer – simply set it to 400ºF (204ºC) for 5 – 7 minutes. For optimal reheating, slice your tenderloin into medallions, promoting thorough and delicious reheating.

prep time10 minutes
cooking time20 minutes
resting time30 minutes
total cooking time1 hour

Hassle-Free Marinated Pork Tenderloin in Air Fryer

courseDinner
cuisineAsian
Elevate your taste buds with the exquisite flavors of Marinated Pork Tenderloin in Air Fryer. Succulent and glazed with a homemade teriyaki sauce, this dish is a delightful balance of sweet and savory.
air fried marinated pork tenderloin, served on a chopping board
5 from 1 vote
number of servings4

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Ingredients
 

  • 1 lb pork tenderloin

Teriyaki Marinade

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon mirin Japanese sweet rice wine
  • 1 teaspoon ginger minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

Instructions
 

  • Make the teriyaki marinade. Whisk together soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, mirin, minced ginger, minced garlic, and sesame oil in a bowl.
  • Prepare the pork. Remove the silver skins of the pork tenderloin. Then, fork the meat to let the marinade seep deeper into the pork.
  • Marinate the Pork. Place the pork tenderloin in a resealable plastic bag and pour the teriyaki marinade over it. Seal the bag and massage the marinade into the pork. Let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes (or overnight for a more intense flavor).
  • Preheat your air fryer to 400ºF (204ºC) for about 5 minutes.
  • Air fry marinated pork tenderloin. Remove the tenderloin from the marinade and let any excess marinade drip off. Place the marinated pork in the air fryer and cook for 20 – 25 minutes at 400ºF (204ºC). Flip halfway through.
  • (Optional) Create a teriyaki glaze while the pork is air frying. Place the remaining marinade in a saucepan and boil over high heat, reaching 212ºF (100ºC). Cook for 5 minutes or until thickened before removing it from the heat.
  • Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the pork. The internal temperature of the pork should reach 145ºF (63ºC). For well-done pork, cook it a few minutes longer until the internal temperature reaches 160ºF (71ºC). Once it reaches your desired temperature, remove it from the air fryer.
  • Once cooked, remove the pork from the air fryer and let it rest for 5 – 10 minutes before slicing.
  • Slice the pork tenderloin into medallions and brush them with the thickened teriyaki glaze.
  • Serve and enjoy the air-fried marinated pork tenderloin with steamed rice, stir-fried vegetables, or a side salad. Then, garnish with sesame seeds and/or chopped scallions.

Notes

  • Considering that cooking time varies depending on the meat’s thickness (and your air fryer’s specs), always check with a meat thermometer if your pork is cooked thoroughly. The pork’s safe internal temperature is a minimum of 145ºF (63ºC).
  • If your air fryer doesn’t have a preheating option, you can set the temperature to 380°F (193°C) and then let it cook for 4 – 5 minutes without food. 
  • You can skip preheating by adding 2 – 4 minutes to your cooking time. Increment gradually to prevent burning the marinated pork tenderloin.
  • I used a 6-quart (air fryer) to test the marinated pork tenderloin. Cooking time and temperature may vary depending on your air fryer and the number of servings you are making. For optimal results, begin with the lower end of the suggested cooking time.

Nutrition

Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 903mg | Potassium: 493mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 2mg
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