Roast Pork Tenderloin w/ Apple Sage Jus

Roast Pork Tenderloin W/ Apple Sage Jus

Details

An inexpensive yet fancy family meal that everyone will surely love. Pork tenderloin is first brined for extra flavor and moisture, cooked to perfection and served with a delicious apple sage sauce.
  • Serves: 8 to 10
  • Active Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
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Steps

Step 1: Trimming and Brining the Pork

• 3 whole pork tenderloins
• 8 cups water
• 3/4 cup kosher salt
• 1/4 cup brown sugar
• 15 whole black peppercorns
• 3 bay leaves
• 6 garlic cloves
• 3 tbsp maple syrup (optional)

Method

To prepare the pork tenderloin, first remove the silver skin.

Next, prepare the brine. Place the salt and sugar in a bowl, along with 2 cups of hot water. Stir to dissolve. Crush the garlic and add it to the brine along with the peppercorns, bay leaves, maple syrup
and the remaining cold water. Pour the brine over the pork tenderloin and place into the refrigerator for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Remove the tenderloins from the brine, pat dry and place in the refrigerator until ready to cook.

Step 2: Preparing to Roast

• 1 tbsp unsalted butter
• 1 tbsp olive oil
• freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

Method

Preheat over to 375° degrees.

Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat and add the butter and oil. Season the pork tenderloins with the pepper. Next, add the tenderloins to the pan and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Once the pork is fully browned on all sides, transfer to a baking sheet and place into the oven for approximately 20 minutes, or until it is cooked to your desired doneness.

Note: Don’t clean the pan. It’ll be used in the next step to build the sauce.

Step 3: Making the Sauce

• 2 medium onions
• 4 cups granny smith apples
• 1 cup apple cider
• 1 cup white wine
• 2 cups chicken stock
• 1/4 tsp sea salt (or to taste)
• 1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
• 1 1/2 tbsp water
• 1/4 cup fresh sage
• 1 tsp grapeseed oil
• 1 tbsp unsalted butter
• 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
• 1 tbsp unsalted butter (optional)

Method

While the pork is in the oven, slice the onions. Peel, core and wedge the apples into 1/4" -inch to 1/2" -inch wedges.

Add the oil and butter to the same pan used for the pork, once hot, add the onions and fry for a few minutes until they start to caramelize. Then add the apples and saute for another 2 minutes or until the apples also start to caramelize.

Next, add the white wine, apple cider, chicken stock and simmer for about 5 minutes. While that is simmering, chop the fresh sage and set it aside.

To thicken the sauce, mix cornstarch and water together to form a slurry. Slowly add it to the sauce. Add just enough to get the desired consistency. You may not need it all (or you may need a bit more) to get the proper consistency.

Season to taste with salt and pepper and add the butter. Reduce the heat to very low. You can also hold this sauce in a double boiler until ready to serve.

When ready to serve, add the chopped sage and gently mix to combine.

Step 4: Finishing the Pork

Method

The pork is ready when it is still a bit pink in the middle. To test for doneness, use a meat thermometer. For medium doneness, the pork should be between 135° and 140° degrees Fahrenheit. For well done, cook the pork to 165° degrees Fahrenheit.

Let the pork rest for at least 15 minutes before slicing and plating. Slice the pork against the grain into half-inch slices. Place about 3 slices onto each plate and pour over some of the apple sage sauce over top.

Chef's Notes

It is very quick to make and your family or guests will think there are dining in a five-star restaurant.

Brining the pork for 1 1/2 to 2 hours will make a world of difference for this dish, which will leave the pork flavorful and moist. It is, however, an optional step. Try it both ways to see for yourself.

The sauce is best with home made chicken stock. Other low-sodium, store-bought chicken stock can be used, but the sauce will be considerably lighter in color and texture.

This pork tenderloin is even delicious without the sauce and can also be served with apple sauce or caramelized onions.

Serving suggestion: Soft Herb Polenta and Sauteed Green Beans.

72 Comments

  • Soraya S
    Soraya S
    Prepare esta receta, y esta muy buena, solo que no puse la hierba que se le agrega al final de la salsa de manzana, porque no la encontre en los ingredientes. La acompane con unas rodajas de pinas que ase junto con la carne de cerdo. Gracias, esta muy buena.
  • Daria H
    Daria H
    I made this for a recent dinner party and it not only tasted fabulous, but the presetation was spectacular - everyone was wowed by it.
  • Glenda I
    Glenda I
    I love to entertain, but also like spendng time with my guests. If there are any steps that can be completed ahead of time, they would be appreciated. How about the sauce for instance, right up until the cornstarch? Could the tenderloins be seared and set aside for roasting later? Thank you
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    The brining can be done 1 or 2 days in advance and yes the pork tenderloins can be seared ahead and then refrigerated. Just bring them to room temperature again before cooking them in the oven. I don't think I would make the sauce ahead, as the apples and onions would suffer a bit. But you can slice the onions, but I would wait to slice the apples. The polenta is a good one to make ahead. If you go to the recipe for polenta there are even tips for making it ahead. The green bean recipe also has tips for making them ahead. You can blanch them and place into an ice bath and even prepare the mise en place for them. I am all for having fun when guests arrive so I hope that helps.
  • Sheila P
    Sheila P
    My family loved this. I did not review any of the prep before comments, but plan to make this for a dinner party in a week, and didnt want the smell of the browning in the house. Now I will be able to prep the day before. Cant wait to serve this to my guests. Served with a garlic/chesey mashed potato(not on site) and the roasted carrots with balsamic vinegar(on site). Dinner was a hit, and my fiance wants me to stop working and just stay home in the kitchen. I would love to, but dont want to just eat mac and cheese. Thanks for this recipe and this site. I look forward to trying many new dishes, and entertaining many times over in my new kitchen, with this new found site. S
  • Cecily W
    Cecily W
    Can this recipe be adapted for a pork loin roast? I bought one at the store the other day because it looked fantastic and was at a good price, but I'm at a loss as to what to do with it.
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    You sure could use this recipe for the roast. The only difference would be that the cooking time will just be a bit longer. Cook the loin to the same temperature as the pork tenderloin and make sure to let it rest for at least 15 minutes or so before slicing it. I think this would be a great thing to do with the pork loin, as pork and apples are the best of friends! Hope this helps - dawn
  • Michelle K
    Michelle K
    I'm in Canada, so to me apple cider is an alcoholic beverage (think Strongbow) - but I know that it means something else in the States. Which version are you looking for in this recipe? and if you're using the US meaning, can I substitute apple juice? many thanks
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    This recipe is referring to the apple cider that is like strong apple juice (not like Strongbow cider)...and yes you sure could use apple juice instead.
  • Dimitra A
    Dimitra A
    When brining a day or two in advance, does the pork remain in the brine or do you brine for 2 hours then remove the pork, pat dry and store in the fridge? Thanks for the clarification!
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    Definitely do not leave in the brine. Remove it and store in the refrigerator. For more details and to learn the basics of brining, watch the lesson on How to Brine. Good luck!
  • Helen B
    Helen B
    This pork tenderloin recipe is definitely one of my favourites. It never fails to WOW our family and guests alike. Thanks so much for sharing your expertise with us all. Your recipe site is a winner. Go Canada Go! Helen B
  • Matthew B
    Matthew B
    The recipe looks great - what would be a suitable red? I'm thinking Pinot Noir - but I would love to hear your thought and if you have any specific suggestions. Thank you, Matthew
  • Kimberley S Rouxbe Staff
    Kimberley S
    Hi Matthew, I am no pro with wine selections, but I do love to drink it! :) I often turn to my trusty book called “What to Drink with What You Eat" by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page. It breaks down the wines that pair well with particular foods and highlights the grapes that go best. For this dish, they recommend a light-bodied Pinot Noir or Zinfandel. Your instincts were right. Hope this helps! Happy Cooking!
  • Marc D
    Marc D
    Step 3: "While the pork is cooking in the oven, peel, core and slice the onions. Next peel and wedge the apples into 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch wedges." Are onions and apples reversed in these two sentences? The pork is brining now. I'm excited for my christmas dish!
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    Sorry about that...the order is correct (as per the video); however the words were a bit mixed up. The text has been fixed now...slice the onions and then peel, core and wedge the apples. Thanks for keeping us on our toes :-) Enjoy your dinner and don't forget to let the pork rest before you slice it. Happy Cooking!
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    There is no true substitute for sage as it has a very unique taste; however if you find any you can either just leave it out or maybe use a bit of fresh thyme instead.
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    So glad that you liked the pork. Brining really does make a difference. To answer your question, the significant difference between a marinade and brine is that salt is the key element of a brine. Brining also involves osmosis to exchange the liquid from the brine with the moisture inside the meat. Marinating on the other hand uses acidity to break down (denature) the texture of the meats surface. For more information on brining I suggest watching the cooking school lesson on How To Brine. Cheers!
  • Matthew M
    Matthew M
    most excellent recipe...had friends over and we killed the pork...added smoked mozarella to the polenta...great flavor combination with the apples and the pork...ate with a wonderful bottle of albarino...made for a good night...
  • Siew eng Y
    Siew eng Y
    I am embarrassed to say that I did so many things differently, yet my pork turned out wonderful! Went to the supermarket a couple of hours ago and bought butterfly pork steaks for dinner. I didn't have time to brine the pork, merely seasoned it with salt and pepper and pan fried the pork using the flip often method which I learned from this website. Couldn't find fresh sage and cider vinegar, hence I had to make do with whatever ingredients I had on hand, i.e. half a bottle of white wine, chicken stock, onions and Fuji apples. And to my amazement, it turned out well! The pork was tender and juicy and the sauce was slightly tangy and light. I am sure this dish will taste phenomenal with brining and the addition of fresh sage and vinegar. Will definitely prepare it again when I get hold of all the ingredients listed in the recipe!:)
  • Rob W
    Rob W
    I didn't notice any Kosher salt being added during "Step 3: Making the Sauce", although the text indicates 1/2 tsp Kosher salt. Can someone clarify?
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    The salt is used more "to taste" in the sauce. We recommend letting the sauce reduce first and then taste it for seasoning (salt). For more info on pan sauces, watch the cooking school lesson on How to Make Pan Sauces. Cheers!
  • Rob W
    Rob W
    Thanks so much for the clarification, Dawn. :-)
  • Rob W
    Rob W
    In "Step 3: Making the Sauce" I noticed that the text recipe calls for grapeseed oil. Only a few days ago, I believe the recipe indicated to use olive oil. Is grapeseed oil absolutely essential for this sauce, or would it be OK to substitute olive oil? Thanks for your help.
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    Any neutral flavored oil that has a high smoke point will do. So in short, yes olive oil will also work. Cheers!
  • Jorge A
    Jorge A
    This is probably not the proper place for this question. I would like to make Tripe a la Mode de Caen. I have tried this dish in Wash. DC and found it delicious. The recipe that I have calls for calves foot. Cannot get it around here. Any good substitutes? Also I would like recommendations for French cookbooks. I have 2 vols. of Julia, Paul Bocuse, etc. Any others/ Jorge
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    I would start a new thread (one for the first question and one for the second question) instead of asking it here as this is a thread about this particular pork dish and these questions will get lost in here. Cheers!
  • Rob W
    Rob W
    What type of white wine do you recommend using for the apple sage jus?
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    Essentially you are making a pan sauce so really you can use which ever you like. For more information, I encourage you to watch the cooking school lesson on How to Make a Pan Sauce. Cheers!
  • Grace P
    Grace P
    Right now I'm living in Romania and they don't seem to have cornstarch here. Is there something that I can use as a substitute?
  • Kimberley S Rouxbe Staff
    Kimberley S
    Here is a good link that provides plenty of substitutes. Cheers!
  • Jon G
    Jon G
    Hi! I was planning on brining the pork tonight and cooking it tomorrow. Unfortunately I forgot it in the fridge and left it in the brine for 4 hours! Is there any way to save it, or am I doomed to pork that will be too salty? Thanks! Jon
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    If you have done a high salt solution then yes indeed it may be too late for Mr. Pork; however if you did a lower salt solution then you maybe okay. Your best bet is to cut off a small piece of pork (do not salt it any further, of course) and then just cook it and try it to see if it tastes too salty. Hope this helps Jon - cheers!
  • Erik G
    Erik G
    Seven at night, crazy week and we remember that we have pork tenderloin in the fridge that has to be cooked tonight. Rouxbe! Found this recipe and sorry to say, did not brine the pork, it would be too late. It still came out moist and delicious, restaurant quality. The sauce was perfect, just the right touch of sweetness. We had a side of a quinoa salad. I really think that I am starting to get this cooking thing...lol.
  • Cathy B
    Cathy B
    I made this dish and it turned out beautifully. However, I brined the pork for 2 hours and when I tasted it alone, it was a bit salty. I will make a note to try 1 1/2 hours next time. Also, I'm not sure if I was supposed to reduce the sauce before thickening it? I did simmer it hard for almost 10 minutes before adding the cornstarch slurry. I ended up adding just as much again to make it more of a gravy type sauce. Whatever I did or didn't do well this time, the resulting dish still tasted wonderful!
  • Kimberley S Rouxbe Staff
    Kimberley S
    Yes, you should reduce the sauce by about half (Step 3 from 1:25 to 1:30) before thickening it with the cornstarch. By reducing the sauce, you will concentrate the flavors. This is a pan sauce, so it is worth reviewing the lesson on How to Make a Pan Sauce. Once you understand these key steps in building a pan sauce, you won't have to question yourself when you tackle another recipe. Glad you enjoyed your dinner! Cheers!
  • Keith L
    Keith L
    I made this last night for dinner. The end result was good but the road getting there was a bit rocky. My tenderloins were quite big so they took quite sometime to brown. I had to deglaze several times as the sucs burned. The sauce took quite awhile to reduce as well. I thought I was in for a complete failure but somehow it all came together right at the end. It was quite salty though so next time I may only brine for about a hour. Plus I added salt to the tenderloins before browning so I will omit that step next time as well. Just can't seem to keep my sucs from burning. Heat was at medium high to medium so I don't think it's heat control it's more the length of time I feel. All in all another learning experience and a great dish!
  • Kimberley S Rouxbe Staff
    Kimberley S
    Nice work, Keith! Keep on practicing and making tweaks to suit your tastes - it'll get easier and easier. Cheers!
  • Gordon F
    Gordon F
    I would like to make this with just one tenderloin. If I make all the brine and sauce will the unused portions keep in the frig or freezer for use with something else at a later date? Thanks.
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    Personally, I would just cut down the whole recipe as you will not have the same ratios. Meaning you won't get the same amount of sucs from the pork to make the sauce if you only cook one tenderloin. Cheers!
  • Paulina R
    Paulina R
    Can I do this recipe with leg pork instead of tenderloin?
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    Yes, you can replace the pork tenderloin with leg of pork. You will of course have to adjust the roasting time as the leg will obviously take a lot longer than a tenderloin to cook. Cheers!
  • Rosie G
    Rosie G
    Wow, this turned out fantastic! I'd have to say it's the best of all the recipes I've tried so far! I will definitely make this a lot!
  • Thien H
    Thien H
    Thank you Rouxbe for an incredible video recipe! Was a huge hit!
  • Denise C
    Denise C
    This was delicious! I have never brined pork before but will from now on! It is just my husband and me so I cut the recipe in half and it worked well. Two questions: I had to use almost double the amount of cornstarch to thicken my sauce. Could this be attributed to the fact that I live at a high altitude (Denver)? My second question is that I forgot to buy fresh sage. I was going to try and substitute dried sage but after I finished and put the meal on the table, I realized I forgot to put in the dried sage!!! Can the dry be substituted for the fresh? Even without the sage it was awesome. Moist and delicious. Thanks Rouxbe!
  • Kimberley S Rouxbe Staff
    Kimberley S
    Not sure that altitude plays a factor into the thickening of the cornstarch. My only guess is that you need to make sure the sauce comes to a boil so it activates the thickening power. If you didn't bring the heat high enough, it won't thicken to it's potential. In terms of dried vs. fresh sage, that is fine...it's usually 1 tsp dried = 3 tsp fresh (check out the Herbs lesson for more information). Hope this helps! Cheers!
  • Fern V
    Fern V
    I freeze my sage when I bring it in from the garden and do not thaw before use and this works for me if you were to buy it I am sure you could freeze what you do not use for another time. I do not throw anything away. This is a great recipe for pork as we are pork producers and any pork recipe is my favorite. My main thing is DO NOT OVERCOOK your pork for flavor and tenderness. I love this cooking school. Fern
  • Denise C
    Denise C
    I made this again for my husband and a dinner guest. This time I actually remembered to buy fresh sage. WOW! I thought it was good before but with the sage it was awesome!!! I also got the cornstarch mixture right this time. My husband and guest were thrilled with the dish. Another Rouxbe hit!!!!
  • Rick A
    Rick A
    I made this this weekend for my wife. Her general reaction to food that I make is "It's good". That's it. She is more of a food for sustenance kind of person. I'm really trying to expand her palette as well as mine. So I scaled this down for one pork loin. Served it with fresh mashed potatoes and steamed baby carrots. Also I made a fresh sun dried tomato and basil bread to go with it. Wow. I got an "OMG honey this is awesome." The flavor of the fresh sage and granny smith apples really work together. I will def. be making this again. Thanks Rouxbe for the inspiration.
  • Douglas R
    Douglas R
    Great recipe with amazing flavor. I ran into trouble with browning the loin though. I just bought an all-clad frying pan and I brought it up to temperature using the water bead method. When I added the olive oil and then the butter, the butter browned and blackened almost immediately. I switched over to canola oil - recognizing I am probably sacrificing some flavor - which didn't burn as fast, but it was still a challenge to find the exact temperature where the loin browned on all four sides, and the sucs didn't burn. Was the water bead method too much heat for the butter?
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    When pan frying, it is best to use a fat with a high smoke point. Olive oil can smoke quickly and butter can burn easily. If the oil that you add starts to smoke, then your pan is too hot. Make sure to review the lesson on Pan Frying. Also, practice makes perfect so keep at it. Cheers!
  • Harry L
    Harry L
    Made this dish but used pork loin chops and sccaled the sauce back for two. No leftovers, served with sauteed carrots and brown rice. Just great.
  • Eunice B
    Eunice B
    I'm hearing "add the maple syrup" in the audio but don't see it listed in the ingredients or see it in video... My imagination? how much would you use?
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    Good catch! I usually add a few tablespoons of maple syrup to the brine, but it is optional. It just gives the pork a little extra hint of flavor and sweetness. Cheers!
  • N M
    N M
    Hi Dawn, I just tried this recipe and it turned out excellent! I did a minor modification to the sauce by adding 1 tbsp of brown sugar which I thought balanced the tartness of the green apples... The brine made the meat very moist and extremely flavourful, the maple syrup in the brine was definitely the secret ingredient that gave it that extra depth of flavour. I did have one problem though, once I pulled out the tenderloin, I did pat dry it, however, when I put into the pan to sear, a lot of moisture from the brine came up and there was a fair bit of steaming going on... Because of that, I didn't get a great sear as I normally would say on pork chops/chicken that wasn't brined... Given that when you brine, you're soaking in water, how is it possible to get a good sear?? Do I have to physically squeeze excess water out like a towel? What am I missing here? In either case, this was an excellent meal, the in-laws were impressed, great recipe and great technique to make it a memorable meal! Thanks for any tips to address the above issue and it will be perfect!
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    It's hard to say exactly what went wrong but it sounds like perhaps maybe the meat was not pat dry well enough or perhaps your pan was not hot enough before you started searing the meat. See the lesson on "Searing" for more detail on this. Next time, maybe try air drying the pork for a couple of hours before cooking it. Or perhaps just try patting it drier. No need to squeeze the meat out like a towel though. This would only damage the meat. You may also find it helpful to watch or review the lesson on "Brining", In particular, topic 8 - "After Brining | Preparing Meat for Cooking". Hope this helps. Glad you enjoyed your dinner. Cheers!
  • Beverly B
    Beverly B
    The recipe calls for three tenderloins, but I am only using one tenderloin. Will the brine ingredients be the same?
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    You might want to just do half a recipe for the brine. For more information, you may also, want to check out the lesson called "How to Brine". Cheers!
  • Björn K
    Björn K
    Didn't find any apple cider for the sauce, but I expected it to be an alcoholic drink anyway so, being in Belgium, I switched it for a Lindemans Apple beer. From the comments above it turns out the cider shouldn't be alcoholic so apple juice would have been a more natural choice, but no matter. It tasted delicious. Just added a teaspoon of sugar to the sauce to counter the beer's slight tartness, otherwise everything was the same. The meat itself was divine. Brining is an amazing technique, one of my favourite things I've learned from Rouxbe.
  • Brooke  S
    Brooke S
    Hi Rouxbe, After several years of membership, I'm encouraging myself to really learn the techniques in your recipes. I do have a couple of questions. 1) Removing the silver skin was a little trickier than you made it appear. My tenderloin seemed to have more white strands in various places around the meat (which looked more like marbling), while yours was clearly the silver skin you were referring to. I am curious how you know when you are removing the silver skin and when you are removing fat. 2) My jus was also much lighter in color. I did use store bought low sodium Pacific chicken stock. I'm guessing that this is because I didn't make a dark stock. How much additional flavor am I losing here because my jus was lighter? Does browning the onions for longer result in a darker sauce, too? 3) I also had to use about three times the corn starch to get my sauce to thicken. It was wonderful, but just wanted to check in to see if that was normal. I love cooking, everyone loved the dish. I know that there are little tweaks and changes that I can make along the way to improve in my cooking, and I'm interested in how to improve this dish even more so it becomes better and better. Thanks Rouxbe! Brooke
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    First off let me say congratulations on a job well done. Now lets see if I can't answer your questions. 1) Removing the silver skin should generally not be that difficult. But it will get easier with practice. It sounds like perhaps you were trimming off more than the silver skin. Silver skin is that tough white, opaque connective tissue around the meat. Basically, it is the fascia around the muscle. 2) The jus that you made was likely darker due to the fact that you may have had less sucs and/or you used a lighter stock. Darker stock = darker sauce. As for how much flavor you are loosing because you had a lighter stock and used a store-bought stock — for those that make their own stock they would say you are missing "a lot" of flavor. But you would have to do a comparison and see for yourself. The best way to really know the power of a good stock is to make your own and then compare it to your regular store-bought stock. Lets just say that I could drink a cup of homemade stock, but I can't say the same for most store-bought stocks. Browning the onions can lead to more color but you just have to be careful you don't burn them as this will impart an bitter taste into the sauce. 3) Again, it's the store-bought stock. I lacks the gelatin that homemade stock contains (due to the fat and connective tissue). For more information on this be sure to watch the lesson on "How to Make a Pan Sauce". Keep up the great work and the practicing Brooke. Hope that helps. Cheers!
  • Dwayne C
    Dwayne C
    My tenderloin was quite salty, almost overpowered the sauce. Should I brine for less time, or cut the salt, or both? Sounds like the brining helps keep the moisture in and it did accomplish that.
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    Yes, depending on the size of the tenderloin, the type of salt used and the amount of time the meat was brined, you may need to either decrease the amount of salt and/or decrease the bring time. As for brining helping to keep the moisture in, it still comes down to the cooking of the meat and the type of meat used. Hope that helps. Cheers!
  • Diogo B
    Diogo B
    If I want to measure the salt by weight rather than volume for the brine, how much should I use?
  • Ken R Rouxbe Staff
    Ken R
    Hi Diogo- I would suggest a 5% brine solution. 50 grams of salt per liter of water. Good luck! ~Ken
  • Diogo B
    Diogo B
    Can the sauce be done when the pork tenderloin is still in the oven? Will it hold for one hour or so? I also thought about making the sauce and keep warm until the pork tenderloin is ready and them finish the jus with butter and sage. Will it work? Once I made a pan sauce and let it rest for about two hours and it got thinner. Thank you very much!
  • Diogo B
    Diogo B
    Also, does the pork tenderloin need to be tempered before roasting it?
  • Jason M
    Jason M
    Could you please address the benefits of using a nonstick vs. SS pan for this particular recipe? I have watched the classes on pan searing, and would've expected you to use SS but it seems like nonstick was chosen.
  • Ken R Rouxbe Staff
    Ken R
    Hi Jason- Either style pan would work here, and I'm unsure why a nonstick pan was chosen in this particular video. If you had the choice, I would suggest a SS pan as it will yield better color in most cases. ~Ken
  • Samora B
    Samora B
    Like some others, my tenderloins also ended up quite salty and the sauce did take more time to reduce than expected. I also substituted apple cider for apple juice and used vegetable oil with the unsalted butter instead of olive as the recipe required. At the end of all that, it ended up quite good! I carried it to a potluck dinner where somebody else did pork chops and the difference that the brining made was quite clear. Mine was definitely more tender and juicy. Thanks Rouxbe!
  • Jennifer A
    Jennifer A
    As another home cook did, I accidentally brined my tenderloins for four hours. (Note to self: do NOT take a nap without an alarm set while brining!!) I just cut off a small piece of meat from each loin and cooked it to see how badly over-brined my pork was. They are pretty salty, but not so much I couldn't finish the small pieces I had cooked. I am hoping that the sauce will help tone down / balance out the salinity of the pork (can't afford to toss these and do it all over, unfortunately). I am planning on making the polenta as a side, as was suggested. I'm hoping the polenta might help balance the palate when eating the completed dish. Of course if I were cooking in a restaurant I would not try to salvage my error. But thankfully I am not, and since cooking seems to be almost as much about knowing when/where/how to fix mistakes on the fly, I was hoping someone could let me know if my ideas to balance the overall dish are in the right direction, and/or if there are other ways to help salvage the meat when one makes this kind of mistake.
  • Ken R Rouxbe Staff
    Ken R
    Hi Jennifer - Great questions. I think the first part about over salting is something that you can adjust for a bit next time you make this dish. The specific size of the tenderloin relates to the time it takes to brine so my suggestion is to simply add a bit less salt and maybe a bit less overall time. The idea of serving the dish in a way to minimize the saltiness is smart. A starchy food like polenta is a good base to offset the saltiness and also to accommodate a sauce. I'll also add a note about the recipe, the chicken stock in particular. Note that this is assuming you use unsalted stock. Many store-bought or commercially available stocks can be quite salty. ~Ken

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