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Caramelized-Onion Pork

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Place the pork in a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with onion mixture.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing.
Nutrition Facts
3 ounce-weight: 191 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 207mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 vegetable.

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  • nicoleg
    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
    Mar 25, 2014

    I agree that the onions are a nice touch.

  • Metalchick36
    Dec 4, 2012

    Very good and easy to make.

  • GingerDG
    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
    Sep 13, 2011

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

  • Pearl1
    Aug 9, 2011

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

  • MystiDawn53
    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
    Aug 10, 2009

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

  • yourdime2
    Jan 26, 2009

    Super excellent. Easy, fast, moist pork, delicious