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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 four 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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  • 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!!

  • justmbeth
    Jun 25, 2014

    Family loved this! I made 2lbs of pork so I doubled the brown sugar mix. However, the double mix only lasted for 1/2 the pork! For the 2nd half of pork, I sprinkled the brown sugar mix on than patted in instead of dipping. That seemed to regulate the amount used. If you do double the brown sugar mix, you may need to decrease the garlic if you are not a big garlic fan, which thankfully we are. This one is definitely a keeper.

  • ms11145
    May 17, 2014

    Family seemed to like the seasoning okay. To be honest, I had to ask them NOT to drown the pieces in other meat sauce so they could just taste the meat to give an opinion. They did like the sweetness.

  • Peggie0203
    Apr 28, 2014

    Very good! I used finely diced bell peppers instead of garlic, as per preference, and used half olive oil, half butter to raise the burn temp a bit. I finished it in the oven, as I had a bit of extra time.I will certainly make this again.

  • bjsilve0
    Apr 15, 2014

    Too much seasoning for too little meat. It was easy to make but just not very good.