Pork Tenderloin Recipe - A True Canadian Maple Mustard Classic That Will Wow Your Guests

Impulsive Culinarian’s Succulent Maple Mustard Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Rub Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Thyme, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Oregano, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Dry Mustard Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper


Remaining Ingredients
  • 1 lb Pork Tenderloin, trimmed
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Dairy Free Margarine
  • 1 Shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 Garlic Clove, finely minced
  • 1/4 cup White Wine
  • 2 tbsp Real Maple Syrup
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard


  • Preheat oven to 400°F
  • Take out a 12″ cast-iron skillet with an oven-safe cover
    • If you have no oven-safe cover, prepare a piece of tinfoil that is just big enough to cover the skillet and set it aside
  • Place the skillet over medium-high heat
  • Combine rub ingredients in a medium-sized plate or shallow bowl
  • Cut the trimmed tenderloin in half to make 2 equally-sized 1/2 pound pieces
  • Coat both pieces completely with the rub mixture
  • Add olive oil to the hot skillet
  • Sear the tenderloin on one side for no more than 2 minutes
  • Flip the tenderloins over, cover, and place in the oven to finish cooking for exactly 10 minutes
  • Remove the skillet from the oven
  • Set tenderloins aside in a medium dish and cover, then set aside to rest
  • Reserve the skillet juices in a heat-safe bowl and set aside
  • Place skillet over medium heat
  • Add margarine to the skillet
  • Add chopped shallot to the skillet and saute until transparent (around 1 to 2 minutes)
  • Add minced garlic to the skillet and saute until fragrant (around 20 to 30 seconds)
  • Add white wine to the skillet and reduce by half (around 2 minutes)
  • Add maple syrup and mustard to the skillet and whisk with a fork to combine, stirring while it reduces slightly (2 minutes)
  • Add pork juices from rested tenderloin to the skillet
  • Add reserved pan drippings to the skillet
  • Whisk together well and continue stirring while the sauce reduces (2 minutes)
  • When the sauce is just thickened enough, remove skillet from the heat and set aside
  • Season with salt & pepper to taste
  • Slice tenderloins into nice 1/2 inch slices and arrange on a serving platter
  • Pour maple mustard sauce over the pork slices
  • Garnish with fresh sprigs of thyme / oregano and serve immediately
Pork tenderloin in a fresh herb rub, seared in a cast iron skillet and ready for the oven

Pork tenderloin in a fresh herb rub, seared in a cast iron skillet and ready for the oven

True Canadians Must Make This Recipe At Least Once In Their Lives

Enjoying moist pork tenderloin smothered in a richly satisfying maple mustard sauce is simply a rite of passage for any true Canadian home chef. This succulent main dish is an instant crowd-pleaser and conversation piece that is sure to impress your guests at any special occasion.

As a welcome change of pace from the standard chicken or ham main course, oven-roasted pork tenderloin in a fragrant savoury herb rub is a comforting and memorable dish that I sincerely hope you will try for yourself!