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Pineapple Pork Tenderloin

Whether you make pineapple pork tenderloin on the outdoor grill, or inside in the oven…just make it.

The pineapple gives the pork a wonderful flavor that you’re going to flip over!

Pineapple pork tenderloin on a platter with juice and herbs.

This easy dinner recipe is super simple to make and takes only 6 ingredients!

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Pineapple Pork Tenderloin is available at the end of this post. OR you can hit the “jump to recipe” button (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe. 

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The ingredient list:

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Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

What is the proper internal temperature for cooked pork?

As recommended by the National Pork Board, pork is safe to eat when the internal temperature reaches 145-degrees Fahrenheit, followed by a three-minute rest.

Fresh or canned pineapple?

You can either use fresh pineapple that you slice yourself or feel free to use canned pineapple if that’s what you have in the pantry.

Pineapple pork tenderloin will still be delicious no matter which direction you choose to go, so please don’t fret if you don’t have a fresh pineapple sitting on the counter.

How long will it take to make pineapple pork tenderloin from start to finish?

Approximately 40-50 minutes, but it really will depend on if you’re cooking the pork indoors in the oven, or outdoor on the grill where the cooking temperature may be harder to control.

The pork tenderloin photos shown were cooked on the outside grill, and in a disposable aluminum foil roasting pan.

How to turn an outdoor grill into an outdoor oven:

My simple brick method is one I’ve been using for many years. It works like a charm for cooking food in a baking dish on the grill just as you would in the oven.

By using the bricks, you can elevate the food without fear of direct flame coming into contact with the dish, which can result in burning or overcooking.

Also, depending on the dish used, direct contact with an open flame is very dangerous and may result in severe breakage or explosion of the dish itself.

See below for photo examples of my easy brick method of outdoor cooking…

How to make pineapple pork tenderloin:

  • Prepare and slice the pineapple if not using canned.
  • Layer some slices in the bottom of a 13 x 9 pan.
  • Place the pork tenderloin on top of the pineapple slices.
  • Drizzle the pork liberally with teriyaki sauce.
  • Season the pork with salt and pepper.
  • Slice onions and place over the pork tenderloin.
  • Place more pineapple slices over the pork and onions.
  • Roast in a 375-degree oven (or on the outdoor grill) for approximately 35-50 minutes, until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 145-degrees on an instant-read thermometer.
  • Once the pork has reached the proper internal temperature remove and allow it to sit for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
  • To serve, spoon the juices from the pan over the pork and enjoy!
Vertical overhead closeup photo of a sliced pineapple pork tenderloin with onions and fresh cilantro.

This simple pork tenderloin recipe would be a perfect dinner recipe for any night of the week, but also keep it in mind for summertime entertaining…especially if you’re throwing a luau!

For more delicious food to serve at a luau, check out the following recipes:

*Aloha Pineapple Cheese Ball (pictured below and showcased in the featured video)

“This super cute Aloha Pineapple Cheese Ball will be the hit of your next summer party. It’s really easy to make and is crazy delicious too!”

Overhead vertical photo of a pineapple cheeseball with crackers, flowers, and colorful napinks

*Tropical Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes (pictured below)

“Travel to the tropics with these fun, festive, and extremely delicious twice-baked sweet potato boats featuring coconut and lime flavors.”

Twice Baked Sweet Potato Boats with Coconut and Lime

*Coconut Macadamia Nut Cookies (pictured below)

Coconut Macadamia Nut Cookies are just what you’re craving when you need a little something sweet, and a little something rich and buttery.

*Luau Recipe Roundup (pictured below)

“Today’s Luau Recipe Roundup for brings you plenty of great recipes so you can throw a whopper of a luau for tons of people, or for a small and intimate gathering.”

*Pineapple Pork Tenderloin (pictured below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!

Vertical title text collage of pineapple pork tenderloin slices with onions and cilantro.

Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s easy dinner recipe for pineapple pork tenderloin (oven or grill method).

Yield: 8 servings

Pineapple Pork Tenderloin

Overhead photo of pineapple pork tenderloin on a platter with fresh cilantro.

Whether you make pineapple pork tenderloin on the outdoor grill, or inside in the oven...just make it. The pineapple gives the pork a wonderful flavor that you're going to flip over!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1-1½ pound pork tenderloin
  • 15 slices (approximately) pineapple (1 fresh, or 2 large cans)
  • 1 large sweet onion, sliced
  • ¼ cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1½ teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Prepare a 13x9 baking dish by spraying with cooking spray.
  2. Preheat oven to 350-degrees, or prepare an outdoor grill by heating to medium/high.
  3. Layer a few slices of pineapple on the bottom of the dish.
  4. Place the pork tenderloin pieces on top of the pineapple slices.
  5. Drizzle the teriyaki sauce evenly over the pork tenderloin.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Lay the slices of onion over the seasoned pork tenderloin.
  8. Top with the remaining pineapple slices.
  9. Place in a preheated oven for 40 minutes, or until an instant-read meat thermometer reads 145-degrees. OR place on top of two bricks on an outdoor grill, cover, and cook until an instant-read meat thermometer reads 145-degrees.
  10. Once the pork reaches 145-degrees remove it and allow it to rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
  11. Slice and serve the pineapple pork tenderloin by spooning the pan juices over the top, if desired.

    Notes

    *NOTE - cover the pork with aluminum foil if it's getting too dark before it is completely done cooking, and return it to the oven (or grill). Be aware that if cooking this on the grill, the cooking process may take a little longer.

    Turn your outdoor grill into an outdoor oven by placing two aluminum foil-covered bricks on the grates of the grill, and place the dish on top of the bricks for indirect cooking.

    Nutrition Information

    Yield

    8 servings

    Serving Size

    2 thick slices

    Amount Per Serving Calories 147Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 62mgSodium 793mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 0gSugar 3gProtein 23g

    The nutritional information and calorie count provided is intended as a guideline only and has been provided by third-party software.

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    India

    Tuesday 28th of April 2020

    I actually have everything to make this except the teriyaki sauce. Any suggestions on what I could use to replace that? Thanks for your help!

    Renée

    Tuesday 28th of April 2020

    Hi, India! You can actually make your own teriyaki sauce by whisking together 1/3 cup soy sauce, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, ¼ teaspoon ground ginger, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, pinch black pepper, ½ teaspoon rice vinegar (or other vinegar), and ¼ cup water. I hope this helps. Enjoy the pork tenderloin. I know you're going to love it! Take good care, Renee

    Jessica Formicola

    Monday 27th of April 2020

    I made this for dinner last night and my whole family devoured it! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

    Renée

    Monday 27th of April 2020

    My pleasure, Jessica!

    Ashley F

    Monday 27th of April 2020

    The flavors of pineapple and pork are so good together! Love how tender this cooks up!

    Renée

    Monday 27th of April 2020

    It really is the best. Glad you liked it, Ashley!

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