Delicious Pork Tenderloin Recipe with Merlot Mushroom Sauce

Welcome to my kitchen, where I’m excited to share with you one of my absolute favorite recipes: Pork Tenderloin with Merlot Mushrooms. This dish is the perfect centerpiece for a cozy dinner party, a romantic evening in or just about any occasion that calls for something special.

What I love most about this recipe is how versatile it is. The succulent pork tenderloin pairs perfectly with the earthy richness of the merlot mushroom sauce, and together they make a hearty and satisfying meal that’s sure to impress. Whether you’re an experienced cook or just starting out, it’s an easy dish to prepare that looks and tastes amazing.

My family and friends always look forward to having this dish at our get-togethers, and I’m confident that it will become a staple in your cooking repertoire as well. So, let’s dive into the ingredients and step-by-step instructions, and get ready to create something truly special.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Pork Tenderloin with Merlot Mushrooms
Pork Tenderloin with Merlot Mushrooms

Are you looking for a recipe that will impress your dinner guests without requiring hours of preparation? Look no further than this Pork Tenderloin with Merlot Mushrooms recipe.

Not only is this recipe quick and easy to make, but it’s also packed full of flavor. The tender pork tenderloin is perfectly seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic before being baked to perfection. And let’s not forget the star of the show – the merlot mushrooms. Sautéed in butter and olive oil with garlic and a splash of red wine, these mushrooms add a depth of flavor that takes this dish to the next level.

But perhaps the best part of this recipe is its versatility. Whether you’re serving it for a weeknight dinner or a fancy dinner party, this dish is sure to impress. Serve it up with your favorite side dish for a delicious meal that’s sure to please even the pickiest eaters.

So why settle for boring, bland dinners when you can spice things up with this Pork Tenderloin with Merlot Mushrooms recipe? Your taste buds (and your dinner guests) will be sure to thank you.

Ingredient List

“Satisfy your cravings with this delicious Pork Tenderloin with Merlot Mushrooms!”

Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients you’ll need to make this delicious pork tenderloin with merlot mushrooms recipe. Don’t worry, most of these ingredients are kitchen staples, so there shouldn’t be any need for a special trip to the store. Here is what you’ll need:

  • 1 package pork tenderloin, trimmed of fat (about 1 ½ – 2 pounds)
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup Merlot or other dry red wine
  • 1 package button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 portabella mushroom cap, sliced thin
  • Optional: ½ teaspoon garlic powder for extra flavor

These ingredients come together to form a delicious and hearty meal that is perfect for any occasion. Now that we know what we need let’s move onto the recipe itself.

The Recipe How-To

“Add elegance to your dinner table with this exquisite dish.”

Now that we’ve talked about why you’re going to love Pork Tenderloin with Merlot Mushrooms, let’s dive into the recipe! As with any recipe, it’s important to read through all the instructions and ingredient list before starting.


For this dish, you will need:

  • 1 package pork tenderloin, trimmed of fat
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 pound button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 cup Merlot wine
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Season the pork tenderloin with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Add the pork tenderloin and sear on all sides until browned, approximately 7 minutes total.
  5. Remove the pork from the skillet and set it aside on a plate.
  6. In the same skillet, add 1 tablespoon of butter and another 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  7. Add the mushrooms and cook until they release their moisture and become browned in spots (8 minutes).
  8. Add the minced garlic to the mushrooms and cook for another 30 seconds until fragrant.
  9. Pour in the Merlot wine and simmer until reduced by half (5 minutes).
  10. Stir in balsamic vinegar and remove from heat.
  11. Place the seared pork tenderloin back into the skillet with the mushrooms and sauce.
  12. Cover with foil or an oven-safe lid and bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes, or until fully cooked through (with an internal temperature of at least 145°F).
  13. Once finished cooking, remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.


This dish pairs well with roasted potatoes or steamed green beans.

Enjoy your Pork Tenderloin with Merlot Mushrooms meal!

Substitutions and Variations

“The perfect pairing of juicy pork and flavorful mushrooms, all in one plate.”

If you’re looking to add or substitute ingredients in this recipe, there are several options that can work. Here are a few to consider:

– Mushrooms: This recipe calls for button and portabella mushrooms, but you could also use shiitake, cremini, or any other variety of mushroom that you prefer.

– Wine: In this recipe, the red wine is important for flavoring the mushroom sauce. Merlot is a great choice, but you could also use another red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir.

– Pork Tenderloin: If you don’t have pork tenderloin on hand, this recipe would also work well with boneless pork chops or even a pork loin roast.

– Vegetarian Option: To make this dish vegetarian, simply omit the pork tenderloin and add extra mushrooms. You might also consider adding some diced potatoes or other vegetables to bulk up the dish.

– Gluten-Free Option: This recipe is already gluten-free as written, but if you want to make it even more so, be sure to check all of your ingredients for hidden sources of gluten.

Overall, this recipe is very adaptable and forgiving. You can play around with different ingredients and flavors to create a dish that is uniquely yours. Have fun experimenting and see what works best for you!

Serving and Pairing

“Experience an explosion of flavors with every bite of this savory dish.”

With its tender flavorful meat and rich merlot mushrooms, this pork tenderloin recipe pairs perfectly with a variety of sides for a hearty and delicious meal.

To complement the savory flavors of the dish, consider serving it alongside roasted root vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, or sweet potatoes. Alternatively, a healthy serving of sautéed spinach or Brussels sprouts would also make a great side.

When it comes to wine pairing, there’s no better match for this pork tenderloin than a red wine. The merlot used in the recipe makes it an excellent pick to serve alongside the dish – the full-bodied flavors will only heighten your experience while enjoying this pork loin.

For those who enjoy sweet wines, consider pairing this dish with a Zinfandel or Pinot Noir. Or if you prefer something on the dryer side, try a Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon.

Now it is time to serve your Merlot Mushroom Pork Tenderloin and enjoy a luxurious and satisfying dining experience!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Tender, juicy pork and earthy, fragrant mushrooms bathed in wine – heaven on a plate.”

This recipe for Pork Tenderloin with Merlot Mushrooms is a perfect one to make ahead for easy weeknight dinners or entertaining guests. The good news is that both the pork tenderloin and the mushroom sauce can be made in advance, so you don’t need to stress about cooking everything right before serving.

If you choose to make this dish ahead of time, simply follow the instructions up to the point where you cook the pork tenderloin in the oven. Once cooked, allow your pork tenderloin to cool, and then cover it and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it. The mushroom sauce can also be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the fridge.

When you’re ready to reheat your pork, start by preheating your oven to 350°F. Then place your reserved pork tenderloin medallions onto a baking sheet, cover them with foil, and bake them for about 10 minutes until they are heated through.

To reheat your mushroom sauce, pour it into a small saucepan and heat it up over medium heat. You may want to add a splash of water or broth as you reheat it, just to thin it out slightly.

Overall, this recipe is incredibly convenient when it comes to making it ahead of time and reheating it later for quick meals. So feel free to make extra portions and keep them in the fridge or freezer for later use.

Tips for Perfect Results

“The perfect recipe for a romantic dinner or a special occasion.”

One of the keys to making a delicious pork tenderloin with merlot mushrooms is to pay attention to the small details. Here are some tips to ensure that your dish turns out perfectly every time:

1. Trim the pork tenderloin: Before cooking your pork tenderloin, be sure to trim off any excess fat. This can affect the texture of the meat and make it tough.

2. Let the meat rest: Once you’ve taken your pork tenderloin out of the oven, let it rest for at least 5-10 minutes before slicing it. This will help lock in the juices and create a more tender cut of meat.

3. Season well: Don’t be afraid to season your pork tenderloin with fresh ground pepper, salt and garlic powder on both sides before cooking. This will enhance the flavor and create depth in the final dish.

4. Use good quality wine: The wine you use can greatly affect the end result of the dish. Use a good quality Merlot wine for this recipe for best results.

5. Sauté mushrooms separately: Sautéing button and portabella mushrooms separately before adding them to the sauce helps maintain their distinct flavors and textures that add depth to the overall dish.

6. Keep an eye on the sauce: As you simmer your merlot mushroom sauce, keep a close eye on it as too much heat or too little time can cause it to break, ruining its creaminess.

7. Pair it right: When serving this pork tenderloin with merlot mushrooms, pair it with a full-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon for an elevated dining experience.

By following these tips, you’ll create a delicious pork tenderloin recipe that is sure to impress your guests every time.


Now, let’s move on to the frequently asked questions about this pork tenderloin with merlot mushrooms recipe. These questions range from cooking times to possible ingredient substitutions, so I’m here to clear up any confusion and ensure that you have all the tools you need to make a delicious meal.

Does Merlot go with pork tenderloin?

When it comes to pairing wines with grilled pork tenderloin and roasted beet-cranberry sauce, I recommend opting for medium-bodied or full-bodied wines like merlot or zinfandel. These types of wines complement the flavors of the dish perfectly.

Should a pork tenderloin be covered or uncovered in the oven?

To maintain the succulent quality of a pork tenderloin dish, it is recommended to cover it during baking. This technique will prevent the meat from becoming dry and will result in a flavorful and tender meal for your guests to enjoy.

How does Gordon Ramsay cook pork tenderloin?

To prepare a delicious pork tenderloin dish, first, wrap it carefully with sage leaves and speck before placing it in the refrigerator to chill for about 10 minutes. Afterward, heat a non-stick frying pan and add a touch of extra virgin olive oil. Once hot, sear the pork for approximately 5 minutes before removing it from the heat and adding a dollop of butter. Finally, transfer the pork to the oven and cook for approximately 10 minutes until it’s fully cooked through.

How do you cook pork tenderloin so it is not tough?

Cooking pork tenderloin requires a delicate touch as it can easily dry out if overcooked. To achieve the perfect texture, it is important to reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit, without going above it. The result will be a succulent, slightly pink center and a velvety texture that is sure to impress.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this pork tenderloin recipe with merlot mushrooms is a must-try for any foodie out there. The combination of tender pork medallions with earthy and savory mushroom sauce will surely satisfy your taste buds. With just a few simple ingredients and easy steps, you can create a gourmet-type meal in the comfort of your own home.

Not only is this recipe delicious, but it is also versatile when it comes to pairings. You can serve it with anything from roasted vegetables to creamy mashed potatoes. It’s also perfect for entertaining guests or celebrating a special occasion. Imagine serving your guests this mouth-watering dish and impressing them with your culinary skills.

Moreover, if you’re a fan of red wine, then this recipe is definitely for you. The addition of merlot to the mushrooms adds depth and richness to the dish. And guess what? You don’t have to be a sommelier to know how to pair it with wine. A bottle of red will complement it perfectly.

So what are you waiting for? Get your ingredients ready and cook up this delicious pork tenderloin with merlot mushrooms recipe tonight! Trust me, your taste buds will thank you, and who knows, you might even become the next top chef among your friends and family.

Pork Tenderloin with Merlot Mushrooms

Pork Tenderloin with Merlot Mushrooms Recipe

This dish is full of flavor, one of my favorites.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine French
Calories 308.3 kcal


  • 1 package pork tenderloin, trimmed of fat
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup merlot

For The Mushrooms

  • 1 (8 ounce) package button mushrooms or (8 ounce) package portabella mushrooms, halved
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • reserved stock
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup merlot or 1/2 cup cabernet sauvignon wine
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper


  • Rub the minced garlic into the tenderloins and sprinkle with the salt and pepper.
  • Heat the olive oil in a non-stick pan and sear the tenderloins on both sides until browned.
  • Place tenderloins in a shallow baking pan and add the wine to the saute pan and simmer for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the tbsp of butter and heat until just melted.
  • Pour the half of the sauce from the saute pan over the tenderloins, reserving the rest of the sauce for the mushrooms.
  • Bake the tenderloins at 350 for 30-35 minutes.
  • During the last 5 minutes of baking, heat 2 tsp butter and the reserved sauce in a saute pan.
  • Add 2 tsp minced garlic and the mushrooms and saute on high heat until golden brown.
  • Add the 1/2 cup Merlot and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Season with the salt and pepper.
  • Serve the mushrooms on the side or slice the pork tenderloins and serve a small amount of the mushrooms on top the tenderloins.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 247gCalories: 308.3kcalCarbohydrates: 4.2gProtein: 28.2gFat: 16.2gSaturated Fat: 5.5gCholesterol: 94.7mgSodium: 476.5mgFiber: 0.8gSugar: 1.5g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Easy, Meat, Oven, Pork
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