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This low sodium pork tenderloin recipe is a bright & flavorful dinner, roasted with apples, onions, and a honey mustard glaze. It’s a little sweet, a little savory, and makes a fantastic dinner idea any time of year.

We served up this tasty pork tenderloin with low sodium sauerkraut and mashed potatoes for a fantastic meal. If cooking this for guests, a low sodium apple walnut salad would also be a fantastic addition to the table!

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Every time we have pork tenderloin, I absolutely love it, and tell myself that we have to make it more often! Pork tenderloin is juicy and lean, and works so well with all kinds of sauces and flavors. I decided to make a fall-inspired pork tenderloin with onions and the first apples of the season!

Start by marinading the pork in a salt-free marinade (recipe below), the sear it until browned. Bake with apples and onions, or any vegetables you prefer, until the pork is tender, juicy, and cooked to perfection. We gave this a 10/10, and I can’t wait to make it again!

This Low Sodium Pork Tenderloin Recipe Is

  • Bright
  • Fresh
  • Flavorful
  • Sweet & Savory
  • Easy to Make
  • Cooks in About 30 Minutes
  • A Great Low Salt/Low Sodium Dinner Idea!
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How To Choose a Great Pork Tenderloin

When buying your pork tenderloin from the store, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Look for Unseasoned Cuts: When shopping, opt for unseasoned pork tenderloin to have full control over sodium levels (and flavor) in your dish. Pre-seasoned cuts often contain salt & hidden sodium, so always read labels carefully.

Check the Sodium Content: If you have access to nutrition labels, compare different brands or cuts to choose the one with the lowest sodium content. Every milligram counts! We buy meats that have nutrition labels on them so we know exactly what we are getting. That, or buying from a locally sourced butcher, can help reduce preservatives (which can include sodium) in your meat.

Natural Marbling: While pork tenderloin is inherently lean, some minimal marbling can enhance flavor and tenderness.

Size Matters: Pork tenderloin typically comes in 1 to 1.5-pound portions, ideal for serving a family or a small gathering. My recipe below is for a 1.5-pound loin, so if you choose a smaller or bigger one, you may need to adjust cooking times.

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  • Pork Tenderloin – as noted above, try to find a pork tenderloin that has a nutrition label on it so you can see the exact sodium content. And always choose unseasoned meats.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar, gives this sauce a little extra tang which is really fantastic! It’s great as a marinade for this pork, as well as giving the mustard rub a little flavor.
  • Apples – Gives the dish a nice sweetness in each bite.
  • Onions – Which roast around the tenderloin.
  • Whole Grain Mustard – for a really nice flavor and texture. Using a really good mustard makes all the difference, and I like the texture of whole grain mustard in this salad.  The mustard contains the most sodium in this recipe (100mg for 1 teaspoon, so 200mg of sodium total since I use 2 teaspoons). If you can find a lower sodium mustard or Dijon, you can substitute it if you need to.
  • Honey – to add sweetness to the rub
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How Do You Make Low Sodium Tenderloin with Pork?

  1. Marinate the Tenderloin – to a large plastic bag or a bowl, add the pork tenderloin, the apple cider vinegar, the honey, onion powder, and garlic powder. If the marinade doesn’t cover the top of the pork, add enough water to cover. Allow pork tenderloin to marinate for at least an hour, but up to 8. Drain pork.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. In a cast iron skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Once the pan and oil are hot, add the pork tenderloin, and sear until brown on each side.
  3. Once seared, place the pork tenderloin in a 9×9 inch baking dish. Top with a whole grain mustard and drizzle with honey. Add the sliced onions and apples to either side of the dish. Cover with tin foil and bake for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Remove pork from the oven, and check internal temperatures making sure the pork is at least 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Allow pork to cool for 5 minutes before slicing. Drizzle with any juices at the bottom of the dish, and serve with onions and apples.

Low Sodium Dinner Recipes The Family Will Love

This easy low sodium pork tenderloin is low in sodium and couldn’t be easier to make!  Low Sodium cooking does NOT have to be bland, boring, or flavorless… It’s quite the opposite when done right. By building meals around salt free pantry staples and swapping a few ingredients you can make healthier meals for you and your family. 

These salt-free dinners are healthier versions of classics that everyone will love. You can browse all our low sodium dinner recipes. Find your next family favorite!

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Low Sodium Pork Tenderloin

AuthorKelly Jensen
This low sodium pork tenderloin recipe is a bright & flavorful dinner, roasted with apples, onions, and a honey mustard glaze. It’s a little sweet, a little savory, and makes a fantastic dinner idea any time of year.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 325 kcal

Equipment

  • Skillet
  • Baking Dish

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1.5- pound pork tenderloin
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ cup water or more to cover pork
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 onions sliced
  • 2 apples sliced
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Instructions
 

  • Marinate the Tenderloin – to a large plastic bag or a bowl, add the pork tenderloin, the apple cider vinegar, the honey, onion powder, and garlic powder. If the marinade doesn’t cover the top of the pork, add enough water to cover. Allow pork tenderloin to marinate for at least an hour, but up to 8. Drain pork.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. In a cast iron skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Once the pan and oil are hot, add the pork tenderloin, and sear until brown on each side.
  • Once seared, place the pork tenderloin in a 9×9 inch baking dish. Top with a whole grain mustard and drizzle with honey. Add the sliced onions and apples to either side of the dish. Cover with tin foil and bake for 20-30 minutes.
  • Remove pork from the oven, and check internal temperatures making sure the pork is at least 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Allow pork to cool for 5 minutes before slicing. Drizzle with any juices at the bottom of the dish, and serve with onions and apples.

Nutrition

Calories: 325kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 40gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 123mgSodium: 59mgPotassium: 896mgFiber: 2gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 41IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 2mg

*Please note, all nutrition content is estimated based on the ingredients we used, it may vary based on your ingredients. Always check your nutrition labels to verify sodium amounts.

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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Pork tenderloin is an economical choice for me at our grocery store. This recipe has been a wonderful way to prepare it

  2. Everyone loved this meal,the only thing I changed was I put it all in a bag. It turned out to be so tender. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

    1. Hi Sally, that is so wonderful to hear, really glad it was a hit! And I never cooked a tenderloin in a bag before, thanks for letting us know it turned out. Really appreciate the rating and review, thank you!
      – Kelly

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