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Pineapple Cilantro Pork Tenderloin

A fresh new way to dress up your pork tenderloin. This pineapple cilantro pork recipe will have your mouth watering. If you’ve never tried the flavor combination of pineapple, cilantro, and jalapeno.. you’re in for a treat!
5 from 5 votes
Course Pork, Protein
Cuisine Healthy
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 191 kcal


  • 2 pork tenderloins 1200 g
  • ¼ cup fresh or canned pineapple chunks 70 g
  • ¼ a white onion or ⅓ cup diced 50 g
  • ½ cup cilantro 15 g
  • ½ -1 whole jalapeno depending on how spicy you like it 16 g
  • 6 cloves garlic minced (or frozen dorot cubes)
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar or other vinegar 30 g
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil 15 g
  • 2 tsp kosher salt and
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes


  • Start by trimming any fat or silver skin off of your pork tenderloins. Add them to a large ziploc bag.
  • Blend or food-process the remaining ingredients to form the marinade. If it’s too thick to come together, add a little more vinegar. Pour marinade over the pork tenderloins making sure to move the pork around in the bag so it’s evenly dispersed. Leave on the counter to marinate for at least an hour before cooking or store in the fridge if you’ve got more time. It’s great overnight for more flavor!
  • Pull it out of the fridge 30-60 minutes before you cook to bring it to room temperature. Sprinkle the tenderloins all over with a good fresh pinch of kosher salt and place in a preheated air fryer at 400 degrees. Cook for about 20 minutes, turning half-way through. Check the temperature at 17 minutes or so and pull when you’ve reached an internal temp of 145!*
  • Let it rest for 10 minutes before you cut so you don’t lose all the juices! Then slice into thin slices against the grain. We love this drizzled with my jalapeno avocado dressing. YUM.


Pork tenderloin is much more tender than “pork loin”. So make sure you buy the right one! You want it to be a little pink inside at 145 and it is so delicious and still blows my mind that it’s so lean. Don’t overcook!
The problem with air-frying of course, is space! I can only fit one tenderloin in at at time, so if you’re doing both, you’ll have to do one at a time. If it’s for meal prep, it’s worth it since it’s SO easy. But otherwise, don’t be afraid to use the grill or oven!
Grill directions: Sear over high heat for a couple of minutes per side to get some good color, then turn down to medium heat and cook for 10-15 minutes until you reach an internal temp of 145.
Oven directions: Bake at 400 for about 20 minutes, until it reaches 145. You won’t get the pretty color you get grilling or air frying. But it’s still delicious. You can also sear on our stove top first for the color and char on the outside, and finish for 10-15 minutes in the oven.
And you can find the recipe for my jalapeno avocado dressing here!
MFP: Lillie Eats and Tells Pineapple Cilantro Pork Tenderloin


Serving: 116gCalories: 191kcalFat: 5gProtein: 32gCarbohydrates: 4g
Keywords air fryer, cilantro, jalapeño, pineapple, pork tenderloin, protein

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