Pork Tenderloin with Cumberland Sauce

Total Time
Prep 0 mins
Cook 15 mins

My favorite pork tenderloin recipe! "Glossy and burgundy-colored, this traditional English sweet-and-sour sauce turns a scrap of pork into an elegant entree."

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat 2 tsp oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Season pork lightly with salt and pepper and cook for 4 to 5 minutes per side, or until brown on the outside and no longer pink but still juicy inside.
  3. Transfer to plates or a platter and keep warm.
  4. Add remaining 1 tsp oil to the skillet.
  5. Add onions or shallots and cook, stirring, until softened, about 30 seconds.
  6. Add wine and bring to a boil, stirring.
  7. Boil for 5 to 6 minutes, or until reduced to about 1/3 cup.
  8. Dissolve cornstarch in lemon juice and whisk into the sauce.
  9. Cook, stirring, until thickened and glossy.
  10. Remove from heat and stir in jelly, sugar and mustard.
  11. Taste and adjust seasonings with more salt and pepper, if needed.
  12. Spoon the sauce over the pork.
  13. Serves 2 with side dishes, and doubles easily.
  14. Note from Julie: I used black-currant jelly and the sauce was wonderful. I wouldn't describe it as sweet-and-sour - you'd have to taste it for yourself to know what I mean. But I used this recipe the first time I ever cooked pork tenderloin and it's become a recipe I use again and again as a favorite!
  15. Posted to Gail's Recipe Swap by Liz LA, who got it from Eating Well Magazine.


Most Helpful

This was a great tasting recipe. I changed it abit by roasting the pork whole rubbed with dijon mustard @350° for 30 mins. Made the sauce while it was roasting. Sliced the pork tenderloin in to medallions when going to the plate. Our company asked for the recipe also.

Mike B. February 24, 2003

I've made this a couple of times. I prefer the black current to the red. A few sliced mushrooms were good too. A very good recipe.

Steingrim May 13, 2002

I made this tonight and liked it a bunch. Nicely stepped, easily followed, all traits of a good recipe. Unfortunately, DW was in one of her 'moods' ("'David' is nice, Mike, but the hands are too big"). I vetoed her opinion and gave it 5 stars. I refuse to change my rating under duress of a person who claims my seafood lasagne is too "fishy". Really nice recipe, really.

SpicyDoc February 02, 2006

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