Panko Crusted Tenderloin is a nice alternative to a traditional baked tenderloin because of the added crunch from the Panko Crumbs!
Panko Crusted Pork Tenderloin is very easy to make and delicious! I buy an unseasoned tenderloin and lightly salt and pepper; then, I pour a sauce over the tenderloin, and roll it it panko crumbs. Next, just place it on a lightly oiled baking dish uncovered, and bake at 375ºF until the internal temperature reaches 165ºF.
What Kind of Sauce Do I Use for the Tenderloin?
You can use any sauce you want! I’ve used teriyaki sauce, and served it with fried rice and vegetables. I’ve also used only a bit of oil, and added parsley, rosemary and thyme to the Panko crumbs, and served it with steamed vegetables. Another popular option is to season the tenderloin and Panko crumbs with Italian seasonings, and serve it with a bed of pasta and San Marzano sauce.
How Long Do I Cook the Tenderloin?
Generally speaking, about 15 minutes per pound, however, this guideline is for ovens that work well, which mine doesn’t. I cook the tenderloin(s) — there are often two to a package–for about 40 minutes, uncovered. The best way to determine the doneness is by using a meat thermometer. The middle of the pork tenderloin should register 165ºF at a minimum.
Do I Need to Let the Tenderloin Rest After Baking?
Yes. Once you remove the pork tenderloin from the oven and confirm the internal temperature is 165ºF, then place a foil “tent” over the tenderloin for about 5 minutes. This allows the juices to realign which ensures a moist tenderloin.
Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, this Panko Crusted Pork Tenderloin is a winner every time!
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 2 pork tenderloins (they generally come 2 to a pkg.)
- 2 cups Panko Crumbs plain or seasoned (see recipe notes)
- salt & pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 375ºF
Lightly oil an oven proof baking pan
Lightly season pork tenderloins with salt and pepper
Coat tenderloins with oil or sauce (see recipe notes)
Place a sheet of wax paper on the counter; add the panko crumbs (and seasonings if desired)
Roll each tenderloin in the panko crumbs, coating all the tenderloin
Place tenderloin in baking dish and bake for 30-40 minutes, uncovered
Check internal temperature with meat thermometer to ensure meat is at 165ºF
Remove from oven and tent with foil for about 5 minutes; serve
- If you want to add a flavor to the pork tenderloin, try coating it with a sauce, then rolling it in the panko crumbs
- Another idea is to add savory herbs to the panko crumbs: parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, or the traditional Italian seasonings