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How to Sous Vide Pork Tenderloin

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 9 hours 18 minutes
Servings 2 servings

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Perfectly tender, moist, and juicy–this sous vide pork tenderloin recipe will convince you there’s no other better way to cook your pork!

Pork tenderloin slices on a light grey plate.

What is Sous Vide?

“Sous vide” literally translates to “under vacuum” or “under pressure.” In the culinary world, it refers to a method of cooking where you vacuum-seal food (most commonly meat or fish) and immerse the bag in water that is being circulated and temperature controlled by a precision cooker

Pork Tenderloin Sous Vide Recipe 

Pork tenderloin is delicious, but can be SO hard to cook to tender, moist perfection. I sometimes avoid recipes with it for this very reason. Seasoned simply, this method of sous vide cooking puts the tender back in tenderloin and delivers a perfectly cooked protein every time! 

Why Sous Vide Pork Tenderloin?

Sous vide is a foolproof way to achieve the most consistent cook on your meat with an uber-tender texture. The low temperature, slow cooking method helps the pork tenderloin maintain its moisture resulting in a really juicy, flavorful piece of meat.   

Pork Tenderloin Sous Vide Ingredients 

Raw, pork tenderloin on an epicurean cutting board with a jar of sea salt and pepper grinder on a marble surface.

You won’t believe the delicious flavor you’ll achieve with this recipe with just these 3 simple ingredients. 

  • Pork Tenderloin – to start, you’ll need a one-whole pork tenderloin (about 1 pound).
  • Salt – the seasoning is kept super simple, you just need ½ of a teaspoon of salt and…
  • Pepper – a ¼ teaspoon of pepper. 

*Plus about 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil, ghee, or avocado oil to finish the tenderloin in a cast iron pan after it’s cooked.

Ingredient Modifications

This recipe is written for simple (yet effective) seasoning with salt and pepper, but there are loads of alternative ways you can add extra flavor to the meat. 

  • Use a marinade – use a balsamic and rosemary, maple dijon, or sesame and ginger marinade to infuse extra flavor in the dish. Add a ¼-½ of a cup of the total marinade in the recipe here.
  • Balsamic dijon – spread a tablespoon of dijon mustard, a ¼ cup of balsamic vinegar, and a sprig of rosemary to the bag.
  • Brine – use this method to brine your pork tenderloin to impart a great depth of flavor and super tender meat. Then drain the brine and sous vide. 

Supplies Needed for this Recipe

How to Sous Vide Pork Tenderloin

You’re just a few steps away from deliciously tender pork! To make your sous vide pork tenderloin, you’ll:

  1. Season and vacuum seal – to start, season your pork tenderloin with salt and pepper and add to the bag. 
  2. Sous vide – set your precision cooker to 140℉ and cook the pork tenderloin for at least one hour (maximum 4 hours).
  3. Reverse sear – once finished cooking, remove the pork tenderloin from the bag. Heat a cast iron grill pan over high heat. Once it is piping hot, add your fat of choice (ghee, olive oil, or avocado oil are great for their high smoke point) and sear for 2-3 minutes per side, until a crust forms. 
  4. Rest – remove from heat to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes. 
  5. Serve and enjoy! – slice, serve, and enjoy!
Raw pork tenderloin on rectangle cutting board.
Raw pork tenderloin in vacuum sealed bag.
Pork tenderloin cooking sous vide style.
Pork tenderloin in a vacuum sealed bag sitting next to a pair of tongs on top of a white and blue striped towel.
Sous vide pork tenderloin seared in a cast iron grill pan.
Pork tenderloin slices on a cutting board with butcher knife.

Sous Vide Pork Tenderloin Temp

The recommended water temperatures (depending on the desired doneness you’re looking for) are:

  • Medium-Rare: 130℉ 
  • Medium: 140℉ 
  • Medium-well: 150℉ 
  • Well-done: 160℉ 

How Long to Sous Vide Pork Tenderloin

You want to cook your pork tenderloin for at least an hour, up to 4 hours, with a minimum internal temperature of 145℉. You can check with a meat thermometer to ensure it has reached a safe temperature. Cassy found that 140℉ was the perfect temperature for getting a perfectly medium cook on the tenderloin (keeping it super juicy and tender on the inside), and the reverse sear after brought it up to the safe temperature of 145℉.

Can you over cook pork tenderloin sous vide?

Since the temperature is under continuous control and the meat is cooked low and slow, it is very difficult to over cook the pork tenderloin using this method. This is arguably the best part about cooking sous vide style!

Can I sous vide pork tenderloin ahead of time?

Cooking sous vide is a great way to prepare your pork tenderloin ahead of time. Then, when you’re ready to serve, give it a quick sear in the pan to reheat and brown before you serve it. 

Pork tenderloin slices on a light grey plate.

Can you Sous Vide Pork Tenderloin from Frozen?

Yes, you can sous vide pork tenderloin from frozen. Just adjust the cooking time, adding one hour to be exact. A tip for using this method is to freeze the pork tenderloin in the vacuum sealer bag with the marinade. Then when you’re ready to cook, plop the bag into the water with the precision cooker, and it’s ready to go! 

What to Serve with this Sous Vide Pork Tenderloin Recipe

This pork tenderloin recipe is great with a side of creamy mashed potatoes and balsamic roasted brussel sprouts or atop a kale and butternut squash salad. For an ultimate easy side, try these simple oven roasted green beans

How to Store and Reheat Leftover Sous Vide Pork Tenderloin

To store your leftover sous vide pork tenderloin, place it in an airtight container in the fridge and consume within 3-5 days. To reheat, you can pop it in the microwave, or my preferred method is to give it a quick heat in a cast-iron skillet. 

Sous Vide Pork Tenderloin Recipe

By: Cassy Joy Garcia
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Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 9 hrs 18 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Perfectly tender, moist, and juicy–this sous vide pork tenderloin recipe will convince you there’s no other better way to cook your pork!

Ingredients  

  • Pork tenderloin whole (about 1 pound)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoons fat of choice for reverse sear

Instructions

  • Season your pork tenderloin with salt and pepper and add to the bag.
  • Set your precision cooker to 140℉ and cook your pork tenderloin for at least one hour (maximum 4 hours).
  • Once finished cooking, remove the pork tenderloin from the bag. Heat a cast iron grill pan over high heat. Once it is piping hot, add your fat of choice (ghee, olive oil, or avocado oil are great for their high smoke point) and sear for 2-3 minutes per side, until a crust forms.
  • Remove from heat to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Slice, serve, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

The recommended water temperatures for cooking sous vide pork tenderloin are:
• Medium-Rare: 130℉ 
• Medium: 140℉ 
• Medium-well: 150℉ 
• Well-done: 160℉ 
Cook at temp for 1-4 hours. 
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