23 Delicious Side Dishes For Pork Tenderloin

Juicy, succulent, flavorful, there is really nothing more luxurious than a well roasted pork tenderloin.

If you’re planning on cooking this delicious meat for your family, then you want to make sure that you prepare the best possible side dishes to accompany it, to accentuate the taste of the tenderloin itself. 

23 Delicious Side Dishes For Pork Tenderloin

If you’ve found yourself wondering what side dishes would work well when paired with this meat dish, we’ve got the answers. Simply keep reading below, as we take a look at some tasty side dishes to pair with your pork. 

1. Buttered Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Why not start out with a dish that will accentuate the gorgeously sweet taste of your meat. This roasted sweet potato recipe is absolutely delicious, not to mention incredibly easy to make.

No need to fuss over this dish, simply pop them in the oven whilst the tenderloin is cooking. 

2. Air Fryer Green Beans 

The air fryer has now become a staple in many households, and rightly so. It’s so convenient to use, as well as being much healthier. Whip up these air fryer green beans to go with your pork tenderloin in a flash.

This is especially great if the oven and stovetop are otherwise occupied. The freshness of the green beans will also counteract the richness of the pork. 

3. Yorkshire Pudding

This side dish originates in England, where it is still considered a highly popular meat accompaniment today. It’s gorgeously fluffy and light, as well as having a sweet taste that resembles that of a pancake.

Make sure to oil your tray well before attempting this recipe so that it rises properly. 

4. Creamed Spinach

If you’re a fan of all things creamy and delicious, then this is the perfect side dish for you. It’s a good way to get your vitamins and minerals, all under the guise of a thick, luxurious sauce.

It’s also a great way to use up any wilting spinach that you may have lying around in the refrigerator that needs using up. 

5. Miso Roasted Carrots

A rather peculiar twist on the traditional roasted carrots that we find on our plates. This miso recipe is incredibly tasty, with a mixture of crunchy nuts and flavorful spices.

Either pulse the nuts in a grinder, or you can simply chop/crush them. Your family will appreciate the deviation from the regular boring old roasted carrots. 

6. Beer Braised Cabbage

We all love a bit of cabbage on our plate, it’s deliciously juicy and fresh. This recipe devilishly combines it with beer, so give it some added depth of flavor.

The result is a positively delicious side dish that is both innovative and delicious. 

7. Blisses Out Crispy Cheesy Broccoli Gratin 

Broccoli is one of those vegetables that is famously difficult to get the kids to eat. This recipe is the solution to that problem.

It allows your kids to get all the vitamins that they need, whilst simultaneously providing them with a gorgeously crispy, cheesy gratin. Thank us later! 

8. Spinach Souffle 

If you feel like making something a little fancier this week to accompany your pork tenderloin, then why not try this gorgeous spinach souffle recipe.

Many people shy away from making a souffle because they’re afraid that the process will be too difficult. This recipe makes it incredibly easy, however, and leaves you with a delicious souffle that is as soft as a cloud. 

9. Cheesy Garlic Duchess Potatoes 

These are probably the most aesthetically pleasing side dishes on our entire list.

Gorgeously creamy, fluffy, and perfectly piped into little swirls, these with both delight and impress your guests, as you produce a side dish that you could easily find in a five star restaurant. 

10. 3 Ingredient Roasted Dijon Potatoes

If you want to make some roast potatoes as a side accompaniment for your dish, but feel like you should spice things up a little and deviate from your regular roasts, then try this recipe.

It uses a zingy dijon mustard to give it a gorgeously tangy taste, and the best thing about it is that it only takes a few minutes to prepare. 

11. Duchess Baked Potatoes 

The name of this dish sounds positively regal, and everyone is sure to be bowing down to these potatoes once they try them.

Just like the traditional mashed potatoes we all know and love, this recipe creams them beautifully with garlic, eggs, and sour cream.

It takes things one step further, however, and bakes them in the oven until they’re golden and crispy. Absolutely to die for! 

12. Turnips With Garlicky Breadcrumbs And Parmesan

If you feel like trying something a little different, then you should try this turnip recipe as a side dish (See Also ‘Christmas Side Dishes‘).

It uses the less well known root vegetable to give a tasty yet mild taste, that will not overpower that of your meat, but will provide a nice addition to your meal. 

13. Greek Salad

If you really want the meat to be the focal point of your dish, and don’t want anything too overpowering deviating from it, why not create a traditional Greek salad to go on the side.

This recipe is made with fresh tomatoes, lemon juice, oregano, and extra virgin olive oil. All of the goodness that you would expect from the world’s most famous salad. 

14. Garlic Knots

Garlic goes deliciously with pork, and these garlic knots are no expectation. They are small morsels of tender bread that have been absolutely slathered with garlic and butter, then maked in the oven until golden.

They’re really easy to prepare too, just use some ready made pizza dough. 

15. Cheesy Brussels Sprout Bake 

This casserole-like bake is super yummy. It’s made with fresh, tangy brussels sprouts that have been topped with a load of cheese, then covered in crispy pieces of bacon.

Even the pickiest of eaters are sure to love these. If you have vegetarian guests, simply remove the bacon and you’re all set. 

16. Grilled Asparagus

Asparagus goes well as a side dish for so many things, it is truly an incredibly versatile dish. This recipe shows you how to prepare them to get all the goodness from their flavors.

You can finish them off with some parmesan cheese or lemon juice to give a bit of added zest. 

17. Garlicky Plantains 

Another recipe on our list that is absolutely brimming with garlicky goodness. This recipe can also be made ahead of time, and will save you fussing about in the kitchen when you have guests to cater to.

Simply soak them in garlic water, dry, and leave them at room temperature until you’re ready to cook. 

18. Crushed Potatoes With Oyster Bar Butter

Oysters? I bet you think that we’ve lost our minds serving up an oyster side dish here. Rest assured, however, there are no actual oysters used in this dish.

Instead, the butter slathered on these potatoes is gorgeously flavored with tangy worcester sauce, herbs, and lemons. 

19. Southern Style Cornbread

We all know that cornbread is the ultimate comfort food, and this recipe takes it to new heights. Baked indulgently in bacon fat in a cast iron skillet, this cornbread is sure to fill you up with soft, fluffy goodness.

If you’re still trying to perfect your cornbread recipe, take a look at this one, you won’t regret it. 

20. Bourbon Glazed Carrots

Another interesting and delicious recipe to spice up your carrots, this one uses a buttery, brown sugar glaze, that is packed with bourbon, to give an incredibly deep and rich flavor.

This gives the meal a slightly fancier touch, and is sure to leave your guests asking about the recipe. 

21. The Best Dinner Rolls 

Sometimes with a meat based dish, you simply can’t beat some good old fashioned dinner rolls. They’re served in so many restaurants, and are great for filling your guests up.

This recipe provides you with incredibly soft, fluffy and flavorful rolls that will please all who try them. 

22. Bang Bang Cauliflower

Perhaps you are somebody who is following a ketogenic diet, or you’re just trying to cut down your carb intake. If this is the case, then this cauliflower recipe is absolutely perfect for you.

It is not only incredibly easy to make, but also tasty, with lots of flavorful spices added to brighten it up. All of the deliciousness without any of the guilt. 

23. Mashed Butternut Squash

Why not finish off our list with another hearty, creamy, dish? This recipe makes a perfect side dish when the weather begins to grow colder outside.

Truly heartwarming, this mashed squash is packed with butter, to give it a velvety smooth texture that you simply won’t be able to resist. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What Should I Eat With Pork? 

There are so many great things that you can pair with pork to bring out its delicious flavors, we’ve already covered lots of them on our list, but for some additional ideas, take a look below. 

  • Cheese grits casserole
  • Garlicky mashed cauliflower
  • Couscous 
  • Baked polenta
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Cherry farro salad

What Is The Difference Between A Pork Tenderloin And A Pork Loin? 

Those of you who have not cooked a pork tenderloin before may be confused about the difference between this cut of meat, and a pork loin.

The answer is that a pork loin is simply just a larger cut of meat than a pork tenderloin. Pork tenderloin also tends to be completely without any bones, whereas pork loin can either be boneless, or with the bone still attached.

Pork loin also takes far longer to cook in the oven because it’s much larger in size, and is a good option if you’re serving lots of guests. 

What Wine Goes Best With Pork Tenderloin? 

If you’re having some friends over to share your pork tenderloins, or you’re just planning a romantic dinner for you and your partner, it might be nice to find the right wine pairing to go with this meat.

The best kind of wine to pair with pork tenderloin is one that is medium to full bodied, to compliment its richness. Try a Pinot Noir, a classic wine that goes excellently with pork. 

How Many Servings Are There From A Pork Tenderloin? 

If you’re planning on cooking a pork tenderloin, then you may be wondering how many people it will serve. It is safe to presume that a cut of pork tenderloin will adequately serve three people.

Any more than this, you can either opt to purchase more, or simply get a loin instead. 

Which Herbs Go With Pork? 

If you’re looking to marinade your pork tenderloin before cooking to get the most out of the flavors, you probably want to know which are the best herbs to use for the marinade.

You will be pleased to know that pork actually goes very well with a variety of different herbs, some of these include rosemary, basil, thyme, as well as a few select spices.

It’s a good idea to also use an all-purpose seasoning for your meat too. 

Can You Make Pork Tenderloin Into Pulled Pork? 

If you want to make some pulled pork out of your tenderloin cuts, then you might be wondering if this section of the meat is the best for doing this.

You can indeed, use pork tenderloin for this type of recipe, but shoulder and butt are normally used for pulled pork (see also ‘The 20 Best Side Dishes For Pulled Pork Sandwiches‘). 

Final Thoughts

There are so many great recipes out there that you can use to accompany your pork tenderloin. It can seem difficult to think of some interesting ideas at first, especially if you’ve been making the same side dishes for years.

Thankfully there are lots of different side dish recipes on our list, so you’re bound to find one that appeals to you and caters to your specific requirements. 

23 Delicious Side Dishes For Pork Tenderloin

23 Delicious Side Dishes For Pork Tenderloin

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