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Caramelized Pork Tenderloin

This is the best pork tenderloin recipe! It is a little bit savory and a little bit sweet, and best of all, tastes grilled even though you made it on the stovetop. —Debi Arone, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 pork tenderloin (1 pound)
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Montreal steak seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  • Cut pork into 4 pieces and pound with a meat mallet to 1/4-in. thickness. In a shallow bowl, mix brown sugar, garlic and steak seasoning. Dip pork in brown sugar mixture, patting to help coating adhere.
  • In a large skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add pork; cook 2-3 minutes on each side or until tender.
Nutrition Facts
3 ounces cooked pork: 236 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 585mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 0 fiber), 23g protein.

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  • rhonda90402
    Oct 28, 2020

    Do you slice the pork tenderloin into four pieces vertically or horizontally?

  • Kimosaabe
    Oct 28, 2020

    So Meredith, apparently you’re a steak seasoning genius. A legend in your own mind. Sad. The recipe was just fine with Montreal steak seasoning. Recommended.

  • Meredith
    Sep 30, 2020

    Could be better with different seasoning than the Montreal steak.

  • Tabitha
    Apr 22, 2020

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  • shannondobos
    Apr 8, 2020

    This is the perfect mix of salty and sweet goodness... My entire family loved it! I love that it only used a few ingredients. It was a bit of a challenge to get the brown sugar mixture to adhere, but that was the only issue. It still turned out great!

  • tammycookblogsbooks
    Dec 22, 2019

    Very good! I kept a 3 to 4 pound pork roast whole, sprinkled the spice mixture over the top, and baked it in the oven.

  • Remenec
    Dec 30, 2018

    I made this for Christmas Eve, and my family loved it! It has just the right amount of spice. Will be making this again.

  • Theresa
    Apr 2, 2018

    made this for Easter, everyone loved it. I doubled if not more the "rub" and let it all marinade for around 5 hours.

  • BobbysChicagoBAbe
    Aug 9, 2017

    This was excellent and oh so easy! I did what someone else suggested, and just sprinkled and then patted the mix onto the pork. And when I flipped them, did the same thing. I only have one question, what sauce were you marinating these in, meaganteal?

  • meaganteal
    Sep 27, 2015

    We loved this!! So glad we made it. We actually marinated the pork in the sauce all day, then smoked it on the smoker. I also made the Rice with Summer Squash for TOH. My hubby hates rice and he loved that as well. Served with mashed potatoes and warm garlic bread. So good!!