Recipe: Pork Tenderloin with Blueberry Sauce

10 Mar

Whenever we mix meat with fruit, (turkey/cranberries, pork/cranberries, chicken/apples), we call it “meat candy”. If there were ever a recipe to embody the full meaning of that term, it is this one. Herb crusted pork loin, wonderfully juicy and flavored just right, topped with fresh blueberries and a sweet sauce. Win.

Pork Tenderloin with Blueberry Sauce

Recipe adapted from The Food Network


  • 1.5 lb pork tenderloin
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped rosemary leaves
  • 2 tbsp ground thyme (or fresh, if you want)
  • 2 tbsp ground sage (or fresh, if you want)
  • ½ tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp raspberry vinegar
  • ¼ cup white cooking wine


  1. Tie pork loin with 4 pieces of cooking string at equal intervals along length. (This helps the pork hold it’s pretty round shape.) Rub pork with 1 tbsp olive oil. Combine herbs, salt, and pepper on a plate. Roll pork in the herbs, using all herbs and covering entire pork surface.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine blueberries, sugar, vinegar, and cooking wine, bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer until reduced.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  4. Heat remaining oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat and brown all sides of pork. Place in over for 15-20 minutes, or until pork reaches 150 degrees F.
  5. Transfer pork to a cutting board (juices may seep- make sure you have a plan for them) and cover loosely with aluminum foil, allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  6. Slice pork, serve with blueberry sauce dribbled over the top.

The whole she-bang takes about 45 minutes, and serves four comfortably.

Price watch:

½ off porn tenderloin: $5

2 packages blueberries (out of season): $5

Herbs/liquid estimate: >$2

Total eat at home meal for 4: Approx $12

Download .pdf file of this recipe HERE.


11 Responses to “Recipe: Pork Tenderloin with Blueberry Sauce”

  1. Sheryl March 10, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    Looks delicious! I’ll be trying this tonight as I just happen to have a pork tenderloin on hand and some blueberries. Thanks Shellina.

    • chefshellina March 10, 2011 at 9:29 am #

      Hey no problem! It’s great, and reheats well. Enjoy! 🙂

  2. tonyarohr March 10, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment! Took a look around at yours and the first thing I saw was this amazing looking pork with blueberry sauce! Looks so good! I like your tips on saving money. I have been (and still am) raising four children with my husband, with one income…and a pastors income to boot! There are so many ways for us to save at the store…thanks for giving us more ideas! I will be back!

    • chefshellina March 10, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

      Awesome, Tonya! Can’t wait to get to know you better. 🙂

  3. Sophie March 11, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    Oh, this looks real interesting. I’ll definitely be trying this out soon! 🙂

    • chefshellina March 11, 2011 at 9:14 am #

      The first time I combined meat and fruit, I was really freaked out about it. The whole time it was cooking, I remember watching it and saying to my husband, “Get ready, this could be gross.” However, as you can tell, we were pleasantly surprised. Let me know how yours turns out! 🙂

  4. auburnfreaks March 14, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    This looks tasty! I like the idea of the blueberry sauce. My kids would rather eat fruits than veggies, and I sometimes make a cherry sauce for pork tenderloin.

    • chefshellina March 14, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

      You know, I’ve also made a similar recipe with cranberry chutney. SO GOOD. Nothin like meat candy. 😉

  5. brieana March 18, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    this sounds great i think i might try it soon with chicken!

    • chefshellina March 18, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

      It would work awesome with chicken- just don’t cook the chicken quite as long as the pork so it doesn’t dry out.


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