When you're wondering what to serve with pork tenderloin to bring together an amazing family meal, look no further! There are so many tantalizing side dishes that pair exceptionally well with pork to create memorable dinners!
Pull everything you need together for an satisfying family meal every time!
Slow-roasted pork tenderloin is a classic dish that goes well with a wide variety of side dishes. Not to mention, it’s spectacularly tasty any way you season it!
Whether you’re serving it for a date night or a family dinner, I’m here to make it easy on you.
- Best Pork Tenderloin Side Dishes
- 1. Red Skin Mashed Potatoes
- 2. Dijon Roasted Brussel Sprouts
- 3. Zucchini Squash Casserole
- 4. Vermicelli Rice
- 5. Roasted Peppers and Onions
- 6. Roasted Yellow Squash
- 7. Crockpot Green Beans and Potatoes
- 8. Instant Pot Braised Red Cabbage
- 9. Buttered Peas and Carrots
- 10. Baked Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus
- 11. Sauteed Green Beans
- 12. Boiled Potatoes
- 13. Instant Pot Buttered Cabbage
- 14. Sauteed Onions
- 15. Succotash
- 16. Cucumber Vinegar Salad
- 17. Crockpot Applesauce
- 18. Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes
- 19. Steakhouse Creamed Spinach
- 20. Dauphinoise Potatoes
- 21. Baked Sweet Potatoes
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Best Pork Tenderloin Side Dishes
Here is a flavorful list of some of my favorite side dishes to serve with pork tenderloin. From several different kinds of potatoes to applesauce, it covers a variety of recipes to suit all of your moods and cravings!
Sweet, creamy, buttery, tart…these flavors will hit all of your taste buds and then some!
1. Red Skin Mashed Potatoes
You can never go wrong with a good old pot of mashed potatoes. Throw in some cream and cream cheese for a rich, smooth mash that will have you reaching for seconds.
Add some butter and roasted garlic, and you’ll a match made in heaven with your roasted pork tenderloin! For the cheese-lovers in your life, you can even throw in some smoked cheddar or Parmesan for a little something extra!
2. Dijon Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Brussel sprouts are a noteworthy vegetable when you’re looking for a savory side dish to any pork dinner. Roasting vegetables brings out all their natural sweetness and flavor!
When you combine that with some salty bacon and toss it all together with a sweet and tangy sauce made of brown sugar, Dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, etc. you get magic.
There are even some crushed red pepper flakes to give it a kick!
3. Zucchini Squash Casserole
Zucchini squash casserole makes zucchini into a pan of buttery, cheesy deliciousness topped with Panko. It’s something everyone from the pickiest to the most adventurous eater in the family will appreciate.
Italian herbs add an earthy blend to balance out the creaminess, making this a perfect side to have with pork tenderloin.
4. Vermicelli Rice
Is it rice? Is it pasta? Who cares? It’s a simple, yet flavorful dish with salt and pine nuts that can complement practically any dish you can come up with!
This neutral carb is anything but bland, and you’ll love serving your vermicelli rice with any pork tenderloin recipe!
5. Roasted Peppers and Onions
For more of a southwestern flair, peppers and onions are an option as colorful as they are tasty! Throw some salt, pepper, paprika, and herbs on these crunchy veggies and roast them for 30 minutes.
You’ll love the result! You could even slice up your pork tenderloins and serve them on tortillas with this mix!
6. Roasted Yellow Squash
I love a fresh yellow summer squash! It’s even better topped with some Parmesan cheese and roasted to perfection.
In fact, squash is a great accompaniment to any meaty main dish. If you’re looking for something that's going to taste amazing with your pork dinner, look no further!
7. Crockpot Green Beans and Potatoes
This dish combines green beans and potatoes with a savory broth, minced garlic, bacon, and onion for an easy, classic side dish. It’s filling enough to almost be a meal in itself, but it’s ideal for anyone who wants dinner on the table when they get back from work.
Cook your pork tenderloin in the crockpot, too, for an even easier dinner everyone will love!
8. Instant Pot Braised Red Cabbage
Pork really lends itself to being paired with sweet side dishes, especially those with apples, and this braised red cabbage is the perfect match!
Cabbage is pressure cooked with apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, nutmeg, allspice, onion, and apple for a tender and mouth-watering vegetable side. I bet you don’t see this every day!
9. Buttered Peas and Carrots
Keep it basic, or elevate this dish with optional add-ins. Vegetables with a butter sauce are amazing. Add some onions, herbs, broth, or honey to those peas and carrots, and it’s a whole new world!
It’s yet another example of pairing pork tenderloin with a sweeter side. Experiment to find your favorite additions or keep things interesting by changing it up week to week.
10. Baked Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus
These beauties are excellent for impressing dinner guests or celebrating a special occasion. You can serve them up with any hearty main dish, but your tender pork medallion dinner is just made for this side!
It takes a bit of work, but not only are bacon-wrapped asparagus spears a tasty mix of sweet, tangy, salty, and smoky, they look like you’ve had the meal catered!
And there are only four ingredients! Just wrap, cook, and serve!
11. Sauteed Green Beans
No blanching is needed for these tender-crisp green beans! Spring and summer bring all kinds of green vegetables, and garden-fresh options are always a good decision for my family, especially with hearty pork tenderloin.
This green bean recipe is light and simple with just a bit of onion and garlic powder added to your sauté pan. Yum!
12. Boiled Potatoes
To get maximum flavor with minimum effort, try this boiled potato recipe! The key is flavoring the water they’re cooked in with salt, peppercorns, garlic, bay leaves, etc.
In just 15 minutes, you’ll be ready to toss them with melted butter and serve. It’s perfect for picky eaters!
13. Instant Pot Buttered Cabbage
Instant Pots really are a fantastic way to cook cabbage! Just add the chopped cabbage, broth, butter, salt, and pepper into the inner pot and cook for 4 minutes.
Could it get any easier? I really don’t think so. Buttery, tender cabbage will definitely become a regular dish in the lineup with any pork dinner!
14. Sauteed Onions
Cover your pork tenderloin with sauteed onions for an extra delicious main course. All you need is a little oil, salt, pepper, and patience.
The key is to sauté for 10 whole minutes. Sometimes that feels like an eternity, but the results are worth the wait!
If your introduction to succotash was from the Looney Tunes cartoons, you’re in for a surprise! This traditional Native American dish turned southern staple is a delightful combination of sweet corn, butter beans, bacon, bell peppers, and onions.
Mixed up with a bit of garlic, oregano, and paprika it’s a nutritious and filling side. With lots of ways to personalize the dish, everyone will walk away from the dinner table satisfied.
16. Cucumber Vinegar Salad
Cucumber vinegar salad is a light, tart addition to a lunch or dinner. It’s packed full of fresh veggies and herbs! This crunchy, sweet, and chilled dish is ideal for a picnic on a warm summer afternoon.
The sweetness of the sugar dissolved in the tangy white wine vinegar amplifies the flavor of the cucumbers. It’s an ideal option when you’re making a heavier, rich pork tenderloin dish.
17. Crockpot Applesauce
Pork chops and apple sauce! For some reason, apples and pork go together like peas and carrots. 🙂 It just works. This tasty homemade applesauce is exactly what you need for your pork dinner!
With just a few ingredients—apples, water, lemon juice, and cinnamon—this is a simple yet flavorful way to add fruit to your meal. And as an added bonus, it’s very family-friendly.
18. Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes
Cheesy bacon ranch potatoes are as indulgent as it gets! If you’re looking to hit that comfort food zone, cheddar, salty bacon, and onions are a great start. Add some cream cheese for an intensely rich finish.
This incredibly easy-to-make potato side dish is an amazing part of any pork dinner!
19. Steakhouse Creamed Spinach
Here’s another decadent choice. Steakhouse creamed spinach is loaded with creamy, cheesy goodness! Between mozzarella, cream cheese, half and half, and Parmesan, the 1-pound of spinach is only half of the dish.
There’s garlic, butter, onions, and even a hint of nutmeg to enhance the rich taste of this dish. It’s an amazing part of a pork tenderloin dinner, served on the side with some bread or a baked potato.
20. Dauphinoise Potatoes
If you can’t already tell, I’m a big fan of potatoes with pork. Anyway you cook potatoes, they end up being delicious with most main dishes!
Dauphinoise is no exception. These are a classic French potato dish similar to au gratin, covering thinly sliced potatoes with a creamy, cheesy sauce and garlic butter.
The tender, baked potatoes are always amazing with a pork dinner!
21. Baked Sweet Potatoes
A simple baked sweet potato with some butter, salt, and pepper is an easy side that will add tons of color and flavor to your pork dinner. They're quick and easy to make, and they're a hearty side dish to serve with your meal!
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What To Serve With Pork Tenderloin: Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes (+More Great Recipes!)
- 3 lbs russet potatoes (washed and cubed - peeling optional)
- 4 tablespoon olive oil (extra virgin)
- ½ tablespoon dried minced onion (or ½ cup finely diced white or yellow onion)
- ½ teaspoon each, salt & pepper (to taste)
- 6 slices bacon (crisped and crumbled or chopped)
- ⅔ cup sour cream (or Greek yogurt or mayo)
- 4 oz cream cheese (softened, at room temperature)
- 1 ½ cup cheddar cheese (grated, or use colby-jack or a combo with monterey jack or mozzarella)
- 1 package ranch dressing mix
- 2 teaspoon dried parsley (optional garnish)
- Preheat your oven to 400°F (205°C) and grease or line a your 9x13 baking dish with aluminum foil.
- Place the cubed potatoes onto your prepared baking pan and drizzle with olive oil. Add the dried minced onion, salt, and pepper then toss to coat with oil. Cover with a sheet of aluminum foil.3 lbs russet potatoes, 4 tablespoon olive oil, ½ tablespoon dried minced onion, ½ teaspoon each, salt & pepper
- Roast the potatoes at 400°F (205°C) for 30 minutes covered, then remove the aluminum foil and continue roasting your cubed potatoes for 25-30 minutes more or until the potatoes are fork tender.
- Crisp your bacon in a large skillet or non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat, set aside to drain when done then chop or crumble.6 slices bacon
- In a medium-size mixing bowl combine the sour cream (or Greek yogurt, or mayo) with softened cream cheese, grated cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon, ranch mix, and parsley.⅔ cup sour cream, 4 oz cream cheese, 1 ½ cup cheddar cheese, 2 teaspoon dried parsley, 1 package ranch dressing mix
- Combine the tender, roasted potatoes with the cheese mixture until evenly distributed then leave uncovered and return to your oven. Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes.
- Remove from the oven when done and allow to cool for about 5 minutes before serving.
- For crispier roasted potatoes, arrange your potatoes on a baking sheet and roast them for 55 minutes to an hour uncovered (or until tender). Then, transfer into a 9x13 and combine with cheesy goodness to finish as instructed above.
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma's kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!