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Air fried Pork Tenderloin Recipe

This Air Fried Pork Tenderloin is so simple and easy to prepare. It is seasoned with a flavorful wet rub that infuses the tenderloin with so much flavor. The Tenderloin is cooked in an air fryer in less than 30 minutes. It turns out crispy on the outside and juicy and incredibly tender.
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Course: Dinner,
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer, Pork Tenderloin, Rub
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 - 10 servings
Calories: 16kcal


  • 2 (1 pound each) pork tenderloin
  • 1 teaspoon avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Preparation Process:
  • The first step is to prepare the wet rub. In a small mixing bowl combine 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1 tablespoon smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 2 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon ground mustard, ½ teaspoon onion powder, ⅓ teaspoon black pepper, and ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper. Then, add 1 teaspoon of oil, combine and set aside.
  • Next, before rubbing the pork's spices, it’s essential to remove the “silver skin,” which is just the meat's thin lining. It is extremely tough, and it has a chewy texture that is not very pleasant.  It also prevents the meat from absorbing all the flavors from the rub.
  • Pat dry the tenderloin and spread the tenderloin with 1 teaspoon of oil. Then, rub the spices mixture over the meat, both sides. Once your meat is completely coated with the rub, place it into the air fryer basket.
  • Cooking Process:
  • For the settings on my air fryer, I place the watts to 1500 and the temperature to 400°F(204°C). Then, I set the cooking time to 20 minutes. It’s important to preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes. Place the basket into the air fryer and start cooking.
  • Place the Pork Tenderloin into the basket and in the air fryer and start cooking.
  • After 20-22 minutes the pork is done. I suggest letting the tenderloin rest for at least 5 minutes.
  • Let’s prepare a delicious sauce for the pork.
  • In a small container combine the avocado oil or olive oil, lime juice, minced garlic, 1 small red onion, salt, black pepper, and oregano.
  • Then, place the mixture in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring the sauce to a simmer for about 5 minutes. Let the mixture cool down and place it in a blender. the sauce is going to look creamy and it is very delicious. l.
  • Serve the pork slices with some sauce (optional) and some air-fried tostones Yum! The sauce compliments the flavor of the pork so wel.


  • The ingredients amounts suggestions for this rub is for two tenderloins ( about 2 pounds in total).
  • If you make just 1 tenderloin (1 pound), use 1/2 of the rub mixture and save the rest for another day. The combinations of these spices can be saved and last longer if the oil is not added. I like to combine those spices and have them ready in a small airtight container.
  • I recommend adding the oil at the time you are going to use the spices.


Calories: 16kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 583mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 483IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg