Juicy and Flavorful Ninja Foodi Pork Tenderloin

A mouthwatering pork dinner ready in just 20 minutes! Discover the secret to making a moist and flavorful Ninja Foodi pork tenderloin with a slightly sweet dry rub. Perfect for busy weeknights!

Preparing meaty dinners in an air fryer can be a bit intimidating. Will it cook evenly? Will it achieve that desirable crispy texture? Well, fear not! With the right recipe, you can easily serve up a plate of succulent pork that is just as delicious as anything baked, braised, or deep-fried in oil.

Pork tenderloin, a beautiful and robust cut of meat, is packed with protein. Its flavor profile is mild, but when cooked correctly, it boasts a tender and moist texture. It serves as a blank canvas for various dry rubs or marinades, allowing you to experiment with different flavors.

For this recipe, I like to use a light seasoning blend that adds a subtle teriyaki-like taste. It strikes a delicate balance of sweetness, saltiness, and savory flavors, allowing the natural taste of the pork to shine through.

Did you know that one-third of the pork consumed in the United States comes from Iowa? That means when you purchase pork at your local grocery store, you may be supporting family farms in Iowa or elsewhere in the US. It’s always nice to know where your food comes from and support local producers.

Now, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of making this delicious Ninja Foodi pork tenderloin.

How to Make Ninja Foodi Pork Tenderloin

Before we get started, here’s a printable version of the recipe with ingredient measurements: Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ.

Step One:
In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, salt, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder. Set the seasoning blend aside for now.

Step Two:
Using paper towels, pat the pork tenderloin dry. This will help the meat absorb and hold onto the flavors. Drizzle a bit of olive oil over the surface of the meat and rub it in. Then, generously apply the prepared seasoning blend, ensuring it coats the entire tenderloin.

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Step Three:
Place the seasoned pork tenderloin in the air fryer basket of your Ninja Foodi. Set the air fryer to 400 degrees F and cook for 16-20 minutes. Remember to flip the tenderloin halfway through the cooking time to promote even browning and cooking. Make sure the internal temperature reaches a safe 145 degrees F.

Step Four:
Once the cooking is complete, allow your Ninja Foodi pork tenderloin to rest for 10-15 minutes. This resting period helps the juices distribute evenly throughout the meat. Finally, slice the tenderloin and serve it while it’s still hot and juicy.

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Can You Cook Frozen Pork Loin in an Air Fryer?

While it is technically possible to cook frozen pork loin in an air fryer, I have not personally tried it. Therefore, I cannot guarantee the same results. However, if you decide to give it a go, keep in mind that frozen cuts of meat require significantly more cooking time, potentially around 40 minutes. Ensure you monitor the internal temperature and flip the meat halfway through the cooking process.

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How Long to Cook Pork Tenderloin in a Ninja Air Fryer at 400?

When cooking pork tenderloin in the Ninja Foodi, it shouldn’t take longer than 20 minutes. However, cooking times can vary depending on the size of the cut and the specific air fryer model. To be certain, it’s essential to check the internal temperature of the thickest part of the meat. Pork tenderloin should reach 145 degrees F. Remember to let it rest for a few minutes before slicing.

How Do You Choose a Good Cut of Pork Tenderloin?

When selecting pork tenderloin, keep an eye out for certain qualities. A good cut should have some marbling, meaning there’s a decent amount of evenly distributed fat throughout the meat. The color should be pink or almost red, indicating freshness. Avoid cuts with a fat cap, where all the fat is concentrated in one area. If the meat appears greyish or pale, it may still be safe to consume but won’t be of prime quality. And of course, if it’s greenish, it’s definitely bad!

What Should I Serve With Pork Tenderloin?

Ninja Foodi pork tenderloin pairs perfectly with a variety of sides. Here are some excellent choices:

  • Roasted vegetables like carrots, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, or green beans.
  • Potatoes in any form—roasted, mashed, or baked!
  • Rice
  • Fluffy rolls, sourdough bread, or cornbread.

Feel free to get creative and explore other options. The versatility of pork tenderloin makes it a fantastic main course that can be complemented by a wide range of carbs and vegetables.

Tips For Preparing Pork Tenderloin in the Ninja Foodi

  • Leftover cooked pork tenderloin should be refrigerated and consumed within four days. Alternatively, you can freeze cooked pork for up to three months.
  • When reheating, I recommend using the air fryer for 3-4 minutes at 350F.
  • Pork tenderloin doesn’t require an extensive amount of seasoning. Even a simple combination of salt, pepper, or your preferred spices will be enough to enhance its flavor.
  • Keep in mind that this Ninja Foodi pork tenderloin recipe is specifically designed for boneless cuts. If you have a bone-in pork cut, such as pork loin, use a different recipe tailored for that specific cut.
  • To save time, you can dry-rub the meat up to four days in advance of cooking.
  • Lastly, make sure you’re using pork tenderloin and not pork loin. The two cuts are different, both in terms of appearance and texture.
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Now, fire up your Ninja Foodi and get ready to enjoy a mouthwatering pork tenderloin that will leave your taste buds craving more! Happy cooking!