Caramelized-Onion Pork Recipe
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Caramelized-Onion Pork Recipe

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We live in a farming community, and one of our main crops is onion. When I competed in a cooking contest at the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onion Festival, I was flabbergasted when I won the top three prizes. This was the first-place recipe. —Nell Cruse, Ontario, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min. + standing
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min. + standing
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 pork tenderloin (1 pound)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

3 ounce-weight: 191 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 207mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 1g fiber), 25g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 vegetable.


  1. In a large skillet, cook onion and sugar in oil over medium-low heat until onion is tender and golden brown, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Place the pork in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with onion mixture.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 160°. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Caramelized-Onion Pork in Taste of Home October/November 2004, p8

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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nicoleg 71945
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2014

"Been making this for years. Love it. I rub the pork with salt and pepper and let sit for a bit. Great company dinner, yet easy enough for every day."

lisa53202 112013
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2014

"I agree that the onions are a nice touch."

Metalchick36 150132
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2012

"Very good and easy to make."

GingerDG 122196
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2012

"I have been making this receipe ever since I saw it published in a Taste of Home magazine many years ago. It is easy, tried and true! Pork always comes out tender and the onions add that something special yet so simple."

s_pants 118968
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2011

"Very tasty! Make sure the onions stay on the pork while baking or else they get burnt."

Pearl1 71944
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2011

"My family loved this recipe. The onions make the pork extra special!"

MystiDawn53 59739
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2009

"Easy and delicious! I took it Company a step further and carmelized a thinly sliced Granny Smith apple along with the onion-company perfect!"

gigi509 71917
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2009

"Very very nice! You are right, it makes a very moist and tasty pork. I recommend it."

MY REVIEW 206411
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2009

"Super excellent. Easy, fast, moist pork, delicious"

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