Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin with Apple Slices Recipe

Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin with Apple Slices Recipe

How to Cook Pork Tenderloin So It Turns Out Juicy?

Cooking pork tenderloin could be very tricky as it is very important to not overcook the meat.  If tenderloin is overcooked it becomes dry and hard to chew.

I searched and tried many recipes off the internet.  All dishes looked so good and yummy at the pictures and yet I always ended up with dry tenderloin that was not really appealing to consume.  At one point I stopped using suggested cooking times and tried to figure out my own times and means of cooking.   I figured, after trying baking, bbq-ing, boiling, steaming and so on, that the best way to prepare tenderloin is in slow cooker.

I am not by any means suggesting that my way is the only way nor am I dismissing any other ways of cooking pork tenderloin. I am simply sharing my observations and experience.

So, here we go.

Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin with Apple Slices Recipe


  • 2 pieces of port tenderloin, about 1 pound each
  • 1 large semi-sweet apple (sliced in circles) – or 2 smaller ones
  • olive oil
  • 3-4 table spoons of any tomato sauce
  • green onion (I used only the white ends of the stems)
  • salt, pepper, spices (I like using paprika a lot)
  • Wash meat and dry with paper towels.  Slice each tenderloin almost to the end but do not cut pieces off completely.  Make cut about 1 inch (2-2.5 cm) apart.


  1. Slice apples in circles, each one should be around 5 mm wide.

2. Insert apple slices into cuts of tenderloin.

Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin with Apple Slices Recipe

3. Sprinkle some salt and seasoning on the meat.

4. In the separate small bawl mix about 3-4 table spoons of olive oil, add a bit of salt, seasoning, and spread all over tenderloins using a brush.

5. Put some olive oil on the bottom of slow cooker, spread onions and a bit of tomato sauce.  Place tenderloin into slow cooker, add about 3/4 of a cup of water and cover with the lid.

6. Set slow cooker on High for 2.5 hours.  I figured that 1.5 hours of cooking on High setting is enough for 1 pound of tenderloin.  This time I cooked 2 tenderloins around 1 pound each and 2.5 hours on High setting was enough to cook through the meat and leave it juicy and moist.  Serve it with pasta, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles.

What to Serve with Pork Tenderloin

Although I just mentioned simple sides to serve with tenderloin, I decided to add more choices below. You can click on each dish and get the full recipe.

Here are some great ideas for what to serve with pork tenderloin that are simple and sure to please everyone at the table.

Classic Mashed Potatoes

White plate of mashed potatoes on the grey background

Mashed potatoes are a classic side that pairs beautifully with pork tenderloin. The creamy texture of the potatoes balances the tender meat perfectly. You can keep it simple with just butter and milk or add garlic, cheese, or herbs.

Roasted Vegetables

Overview of a dish with assorted roasted vegetables.

Roasted vegetables are another great option to serve with pork tenderloin. Vegetables like carrots, Brussels sprouts, and bell peppers bring color and a variety of flavors to the plate. Simply toss them in olive oil, salt, and pepper, and roast until tender and slightly caramelized.

Green Beans

Green beans are a quick and easy side dish that goes well with pork tenderloin. You can steam them for a healthy option, or sauté them with some garlic and almonds for added flavor and crunch. They add a nice, fresh element to the meal.

Apple Salad

An apple salad is a refreshing side that complements the savory taste of pork tenderloin. The sweetness and crunch of the apples, combined with a light vinaigrette, create a delightful contrast. Adding some nuts or cheese can give the salad more depth and texture.

Sweet Potato Fries

For a twist on the classic potato side, try sweet potato fries. They offer a sweet and savory balance to the pork tenderloin. You can bake them for a healthier option or fry them for extra crispiness. Sprinkle with a bit of sea salt and they’re ready to serve.


Coleslaw is a simple and tasty side dish that works well with pork tenderloin. The tangy, creamy dressing pairs nicely with the rich flavor of the pork. You can make it with traditional cabbage or mix it up with different vegetables like carrots and red cabbage.

Rice Pilaf

Rice pilaf is a flavorful and versatile side that complements pork tenderloin. Cooked with broth and mixed with herbs, nuts, or dried fruits, it adds a rich and savory element to the meal. It’s also an easy way to make your meal more filling.

Caesar Salad

A Caesar salad is another great choice to serve with pork tenderloin. The crisp romaine lettuce, creamy dressing, and crunchy croutons offer a nice contrast to the tender pork. Add some shaved Parmesan cheese for extra flavor.

Grilled Asparagus

Grilled asparagus is a simple yet elegant side dish for pork tenderloin. The slightly charred flavor from the grill adds a nice touch to the meal. Drizzle with a little lemon juice and olive oil for a fresh finish.

Garlic Bread

Garlic bread is a crowd-pleaser that goes well with many dishes, including pork tenderloin. The crispy, buttery bread with a hint of garlic is a delicious way to round out your meal. It’s easy to make and always a hit.

Fresh Fruit

For a light and refreshing side, serve fresh fruit with your pork tenderloin. Slices of watermelon, pineapple, or a mix of berries can add a sweet and juicy element to the meal. It’s a simple way to add a healthy touch to your plate.

Baked Beans

Baked beans are a hearty and flavorful side that pairs well with pork tenderloin. The sweet and savory beans add a comforting element to the meal. They’re also easy to prepare and can be made ahead of time.


Couscous is a quick and versatile side dish that complements pork tenderloin. It cooks in minutes and can be flavored with herbs, lemon, or vegetables. It’s light and fluffy, making it a great base for soaking up the juices from the pork.

Spinach Salad

A spinach salad is a nutritious and tasty side that goes well with pork tenderloin. Fresh spinach leaves, sliced strawberries, nuts, and a light dressing make for a refreshing and healthy addition to your meal.


A recipe of delicious pork tenderloin layered with apple slices and made in slow cooker. Useful tips on how to cook juice tenderloin are also included.

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