This Roasted Pork with Apples is all roasted in one dish for an easy, delicious dinner with tons of flavor from a Dijon mustard and thyme sauce. Perfectly cooked pork, tender apples, and tons of flavor. Jump to Recipe
Are you craving tender, juicy, lip-smacking good pork? Well, this recipe for roasted pork with apples will give you the most fork-tender, juicy pork tenderloin you can imagine. And those apples...well, they just make the dish even more special!
Pork and apples make a classic combination that is kicked up a notch in this simple dish of roasted pork with apples. Instead of the classic pairing of pork chops and applesauce, we’re going to use a whole pork tenderloin and cook it with sliced apples, onions, and thyme in the oven.
The resulting dish is delicious roasted pork with tender roasted apples. Some of the apples will break down more than others creating a yummy sauce on the bottom of the pan that can be served over the roasted pork.
Key Ingredients For Roasted Pork Tenderloin
Besides the obvious pork tenderloin, here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this mouthwatering pork roast with apples at home:
- Dijon Mustard: You could also use Whole30® approved mustard if needed. The mustard adds the perfect “tang” that draws out and complements the pork flavor.
- Herbs and Seasonings: Salt, pepper, and fresh thyme come together in a perfect seasoning blend that is both understated and yet elevates the flavors in this dish to their full potential.
- Apples: You could slice them, but I like to chop them so that they cook down into almost an applesauce type of sauce that can go on the pork tenderloin when you serve it. No need to peel them!
- Onion: Slices of onions will cook down with the apples while infusing them and your pork with loads of flavor and tenderizing the meat.
- Chicken broth: This will keep the pork moist and tender. I recommend using the low sodium variety to better control the level of salt in the dish.
Note: For a full list of ingredients and detailed instructions on how to make this roasted pork recipe, check out the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post!
Recipe Tips And Ideas For Roasted Pork With Apples
Here are some ideas for variations you can make to this recipe so that it comes out perfectly every single time!
- Try to avoid overcooking your pork. Overcooking your meat will leave you with unappetizing, dry pork tenderloin. To prevent overcooking, stop roasting your pork when it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees. Use a meat thermometer to double-check that your meat is done.
- Roasting your pork with chicken broth adds flavor and ensures juicy tenderloin. If you want an extra pop of flavor, add 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to the chicken broth as you bake it.
- I recommend using Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, or Ambrosia apples as they will resist turning to mush as they cook and hold their shape and texture.
What To Serve With This Roasted Pork
This pork tenderloin has so much over-the-top flavor that simple side dishes are the perfect pairings to make a complete meal you’ll crave. Here are a few of our favorite side dishes to serve with it:
- Potatoes: In my opinion, our mashed potatoes or butternut squash mashed potatoes are must-have side dishes for this roasted pork with apples.
- Mashed Cauliflower: If you want a low-carb option, try our roasted garlic cauliflower mashed potatoes.
- Vegetables: You can’t go wrong with this parmesan roasted cauliflower or this recipe for roasting almost any veggie you have on hand. I have even made these roasted green beans and they turned out delicious.
- Salad: A green salad is a classic side dish for roasted pork tenderloin. I love serving this pork roast with some healthy kale caesar salad!
Frequently Asked Questions About Pork Roast With Apples
Here are some common questions I get asked by some readers…
Is pork loin and tenderloin the same cut of meat?
Since the names sound so similar, it would be completely understandable to think they are the same cuts of meat. However, that’s not the case.
Pork tenderloin is a long, lean muscle that runs along the spine. Because it’s not a heavily used muscle, it’s very tender. Pork loin comes from the rib section and is often cut into chops or roasts.
Since these two cuts of meat are different, they cannot be cooked the same way.
How do I know when pork tenderloin is fully cooked?
The exact cooking time needed will vary depending on the size of your tenderloin. More important than time, however, is the internal temperature of your tenderloin. Roasted pork tenderloin is fully cooked once it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees.
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Roasted Pork with Apples
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- 1.33 lbs. lean pork tenderloin
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard (or Whole30® approved mustard if needed)
- 1 tbsp. fresh thyme
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- 2 U apples, chopped
- 1 U onion, sliced
- 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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