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Quick and Easy Pork Medallions

Wondering what to cook for dinner tonight? This is a quick 30-minute dinner recipe! Pork medallions are tender pan-fried slices of pork tenderloin with sautéed onions, mushrooms, and garlic in a rich and creamy brown gravy. Pairs deliciously with potatoes, roasted vegetables, noodles, or seasoned rice.

Pork Medallions

I’ve loved this pork medallions recipe because it is one of the easiest ways to cook pork. If you are in a pinch, this is a great recipe to follow with very little prep time.

It’s one of my reader favorites!

Pair this simple recipe with your favorite white wine and have a nice at-home date night!

What cut are pork medallions?

Pork medallions are cut from lean pork tenderloin, which is also called the fillet or gentleman’s cut. It’s a long, thin cut and is not the same as the pork loin. It’s one of the most tender cuts of pork.

The pork tenderloin I found at my local grocery was Hormel brand and they all come in 1.2 to 1.3-pound packages. Hormel sells them in a variety of flavors like peppercorn, teriyaki, lemon garlic, mesquite barbecue, and apple bourbon.

This recipe is meant for the plain or the original style pork tenderloin medallions with no seasonings or sauces added.

This cut is super easy to make and incredibly tasty!

Ingredients for Pork Medallions

Pork

  • Pork Tenderloins, approximately 1–1.5 lbs each
  • Canola or Olive Oil

Gravy

  • Butter
  • Mushrooms
  • Chopped Yellow Onion
  • Minced Garlic
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Chicken Broth
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Rosemary
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper

Optional Thickener

  • Cornstarch
  • Cold Water

Tips For Cooking Pork Medallions

Cooking pork tenderloin medallions can seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some of the best tips and advice that I can give you.

Pork Medallions
  • Pat the Pork Dry By patting the pork pieces dry on all sides with a paper towel it allows them to brown on both sides in the pan. If they’re not patted dry, more pork juices cook out into the pan and they only turn a gray color instead of properly browning.
  • Meat at Room Temperature One of the biggest pieces of advice I can give you is to let your pork medallions sit at room temperature before prepping and cooking. But don’t let them sit longer than
  • Get Your Pan Hot For pork medallions, you need to get your pan very hot before adding them to the pan. This gives it that nice golden brown sear. I like to use a cast-iron skillet for this recipe, but any large pan will work.
  • Don’t Cook for Too Long If you end up cooking longer than 2-3 minutes they will overcook and turn dry very quickly. In this recipe, they are flashed in the hot pan until browned on the outside and then set aside. After making the gravy, they are returned to the pan and will cook through the center with the flavors of the mushrooms, onions, and garlic together.

Pork medallions are a fantastic dish to make; many sides go with this dish. Potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and rice can go really well with pork.

Recipe for Pork Medallions

Here are the exact instructions you will need to complete this pork medallions recipe. To cook pork tenderloin you will need a hot frying pan, oil, and your stove set to medium-high heat. It only takes 2-3 minutes per side to brown them.

Sliced Raw Pork
  • Cut the pork tenderloins down to approximately 2-inch slices, like the above photo.
  • You should get about 8 pieces of meat from each package of pork tenderloin.
  • Place pork in the bottom of the skillet once it’s very hot. Cook the pork on one side for 3 minutes, flip, then cook an additional 3 minutes.
  • Set the pork tenderloin medallions to the side while making the gravy.
  • Sauté the mushrooms and onions in butter and scrape up any browned bits left on the bottom of the pan from the pork. Add garlic. Coat in flour and slowly whisk in chicken broth.
  • Add Worcestershire sauce, and all seasonings and bring to a simmer for 5 minutes.
  • If the gravy does not thicken, add cornstarch + cold water together in a small dish then whisk into the pan while very hot.
  • Add pork back to the pan and allow it to heat through before serving.

What temperature should pork be?

Pork Internal Temperature

The USDA recommends pork tenderloin reach a temperature of at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Using a meat thermometer is the easiest way to check the internal temperature of pork.

Medium-Rare: 145-150 Degrees Fahrenheit

Medium: 150-155 Degrees Fahrenheit

Medium-Well: 155-160 Degrees Fahrenheit

Well-Done: 165 Degrees Fahrenheit

What goes with pork medallions?

Pork Medallions

Final Thoughts

There is really no better way to cook pork tenderloin. This is one of the best ways to cook it quickly and end up with very tender pork slices that can even be cut with just a fork! The gravy for the pork tenderloin is simple and flavorful. This will undoubtedly be a huge hit for the whole family and may end up being a regular weeknight meal!

Try these other tasty pork recipes!

Enjoy!

Pork Medallions

Pork Medallions

Yield: 6-8 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 19 minutes
Total Time: 29 minutes

Pork medallions are tender pan-fried slices of pork tenderloin with sautéed onions, mushrooms, and garlic in a rich and creamy brown gravy. Pairs deliciously with potatoes, roasted vegetables, noodles, or seasoned rice. Makes 6-8 servings.

Ingredients

Pork Medallions

  • 2 Pork Tenderloins, approximately 1–1.5 lbs each
  • 1 tbsp Olive or Canola Oil

Gravy

  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 8 oz Sliced Mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Yellow Onion
  • 1 tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp Rosemary
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper

Optional Thickener

  • 1/4 cup Cold Water
  • 3 tbsp Cornstarch

Instructions

Pork Medallions

  1. Slice both pork tenderloins into equal pieces approximately 2″ wide. Pat each piece dry with a paper towel. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat oil in a large cast-iron skillet or large non-stick pan over medium-high heat and add slices of pork to the pan once hot. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side until they are golden brown. Set aside.

Gravy

  1. Melt butter and add onions and mushrooms. Cook for 5-7 minutes until tender. Add minced garlic and cook for 30-60 seconds until fragrant.
  2. Add flour and coat onion, mushrooms, and garlic. Slowly add chicken broth while continuously stirring until smooth. Add Worcestershire sauce, and all seasonings and bring to a simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. If the gravy does not thicken, add together cornstarch and cold water together in a small dish. Add it to the pan over high heat and stir. Once you have reached the desired consistency, add pork back to the pan and allow it to warm before serving.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 257Total Fat 17.3gSaturated Fat 23gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 25gCholesterol 684mgSodium 841mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 22g

Nutrition is not always accurate.

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Melissa

Wednesday 14th of April 2021

Delicious! Will make again. Next time I’ll probably cut the salt and pepper in half.

Joel Desaulniers

Monday 8th of March 2021

This was awesome recipe very tasty but I will cut the salt and pepper down to half next time . Delicious

Joannah

Thursday 14th of January 2021

This is a real winner. We dislike rosemary so just skipped it and added mushrooms with onions. It was a real hit with my meat loving husband.

Tiffany

Friday 15th of January 2021

Joannah, I'm glad you and your husband enjoyed it! -Tiffany

Antashia

Tuesday 29th of December 2020

These came out great! I will keep this recipe on rotation for my family. My only critique is that I felt 1 Tbsp of Worcestershire was a little much. I ended up adding more water to mellow it out a bit.

Tiffany

Tuesday 29th of December 2020

I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

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