What to Serve with Pork Tenderloin

Wondering what to serve with pork tenderloin? Look no further!

From roasted vegetables and potatoes to homemade bread and salad, there are plenty of options that will bring out the delicious flavors of pork tenderloin. With these ideas, you’ll never have a boring meal again!

Pork tenderloin is versatile and easy to prepare; it can be quickly seared, baked, grilled, or even stir-fried to perfection. With its subtle yet distinct flavor, tenderloin pairs well with a wide variety of side dishes, from salads and vegetables to grains and starches.

Whether you’re cooking for a special occasion or a casual dinner, pork tenderloin is a surefire way to please any meat lover.

Teriyaki pork tenderloin on a baking sheet.

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What are some different flavors of pork tenderloin?

The flavor varieties are endless and so are the sides. You’ll want to choose the perfect side dish based on the seasoning or marinade used on the tenderloin. Here are a few of our favorite flavors:

  • Honey Mustard
  • Garlic Herb
  • Balsamic Glazed
  • Cranberry Orange Glazed
  • Apple Cider Vinegar and Brown Sugar
  • Maple Dijon Mustard Marinated
  • Bourbon Soy Sauce Glaze
  • Teriyaki

What is the best temperature for baking pork tenderloin?

The best temperature for cooking pork tenderloin is between 350°F and 375°F. Using these temperatures will ensure that the pork is cooked through without drying it out or overcooking.

Close up view of pork tenderloin on a fork.

What is a safe internal temperature for pork?

Pork should always be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 145°F as measured by a meat thermometer inserted into the center of the tenderloin.

Is pork tenderloin the same as pork loin?

No, the cuts are different but the side dishes work for either.

Pork tenderloin is a small, long piece of meat from the muscle that runs along the backbone. While pork loin is cut from the back just below the shoulder blade. The flavor is similar but pork tenderloin tends to be leaner than pork loin.

Both cuts lend themselves well to grilling or roasting and can be served with a variety of side dishes such as roasted vegetables or mashed potatoes.

What to Serve with Pork Tenderloin?

Here are some of our favorites! The possibilities are endless and you can always serve 1, 2 or even 3 of these delicious side dishes.

Our Coconut Jasmine Rice takes about 30 minutes to prepare making it a great side dish option. It’s light, flavorful, and full of coconut flavor.

This rice pairs well with teriyaki pork tenderloin, honey soy tenderloin, or any tenderloin using a soy based marinade or sauce. Make this rice on the stovetop while the pork bakes in the oven. Super simple and dinner is done!

Top down view of a serving dish filled with coconut jasmine rice.

Mashed sweet potatoes make a fantastic side dish. They work especially well with pork. They’re earthiness pairs well with both sweet and savory flavors, so feel free to pair these potatoes with your favorite tenderloin.

These mashed potatoes take just over 30 minutes to prepare. Perfect if you’re baking up a prepackaged tenderloin. Use the savory flavors in our recipe or swap those for brown sugar, butter, or a dollop of cinnamon butter.

The finished mashed potatoes in a bowl.

This cornbread recipe is fluffy, moist, beautifully golden, and whipped up with creamy buttermilk, sour cream, and creamed corn. Not only is it perfect for pairing with a warm bowl of chili or ham and potato soup, but it makes a great side dish for pork tenderloin.

The simple flavors of this cornbread taste great with garlic herb tenderloin, honey mustard tenderloin, maple and dijon mustard pork tenderloin, as well as, so many others.

Close up view of cornbread on a plate.

You can’t go wrong with a side dish made of vegetables sauteed in bacon. Fresh green beans with garlic and bacon make a quick and easy pairing for almost any pork dish, especially pork tenderloin.

This green beans recipe skips the blanching and goes straight to pan frying, so you’ll have them on the table in no time. Serve them with any flavor pork tenderloin. They taste especially good with teriyaki or honey soy varieties.

Side view of green beans with bacon on a serving platter.

Cinnamon apples aren’t a “Fall only” recipe. They also pair wonderfully with pork tenderloin. Spiced with the flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and sweet brown sugar, cinnamon apples are a good addition to any pork dinner.

Now for the big question. Are they a side dish or dessert? 🙂

Sliced apples cooked in cinnamon in a white bowl.

If you’re looking for a bread-y side to go with your veggies and pork, these dinner roll won’t disappoint.

They’re warm, soft, fluffy, and fantastic topped with a smear of butter. Make a batch ahead of time so they’ll be ready to serve when the tenderloin hits the table.

Freshly baked dinner rolls in a baking pan.

Warm, creamy, and packed with plenty of mushrooms and peas, this mushroom risotto makes a filling side dish option for your favorite pork tenderloin.

Made using Arborio rice, baby Bella mushrooms, fresh garlic, thyme, and Parmesan cheese this recipe tastes wonderful with pork.

The creamy rice and mushrooms in a bowl.

For the ultimate Fall meal, roast some butternut squash cubes as a side for your next tenderloin. This butternut squash recipe is sweet and savory with the perfect blend of dried herbs then roasted until crisp-tender and caramelized.

Close up of a platter of roasted butternut squash with a serving spoon.

Sautéed Mushrooms and Onions are quick, easy, and so flavorful! They’re simmered in a flavorful combination of white wine, Worcestershire sauce, and savory seasonings making them a great pork pairing option.

Serve them on the side or piled on top. Either way, you can’t go wrong.

Top down view of seasoned mushrooms and onions on a plate.

We’ve saved the best for last! Crispy on the outside and fluffy in the center, these roasted potatoes make a great pork pairing! Add your favorite seasonings and plate these next to any flavor pork tenderloin.

You can’t go wrong with a simple meat and potatoes dish!

Close of view of potatoes on a gray dish.

Looking for Other Side Dish Ideas?

⭐️ For more information about pork tenderloin (tips, more side dish options, and storage) check out our teriyaki pork tenderloin recipe!

Collage showing side dish ideas for pork.

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  1. Thank you for the way you post the recipes! (The way the amounts are written in the directions) That’s super helpful!