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Breaded Pork Tenderloin Recipe

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The Breaded Pork Tenderloin Recipe is a classic Midwestern sandwich! Juicy, pan fried pork tenderloin only needs a few simple ingredients for a great sandwich with tons of flavor.


breaded pork tenderloin sandwich on bun



Like any other good Iowa girl, my childhood is steeped in this sandwich.

I remember eating this sandwich as a child, most notably at the Iowa State Fair, where they served the most delicious breaded pork tenderloin I have ever had – piping hot, super thin, and bigger than your whole head. My Grandfather often teased me that a girl as tiny as I was would never be able to finish a sandwich that large. And he was right, of course, but that never stopped me from doing my best to try.  


What is a pork tenderloin sandwich?

The breaded pork tenderloin sandwich is a pork tenderloin cutlet that has been butterflied, pounded to super thin, coated in breaded and then pan fried to golden brown perfection. 

There are three hard and fast cardinal rules about the breaded pork tenderloin sandwich:

  1.  It must HUGE, at least twice the size of the bun.
  2.  It must be a super thin and tenderized portion of tenderloin, no other cut of meat will do!
  3. Pickles and Mustard. That’s it.


How to Make A Breaded Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich is an easy recipe  to prepare, and SO DELCIOUS!!! 

  1. Use a meat mallet to flatten and thin a pork tenderloin cutlet to a large oval. 
  2. Place the pounded tenderloin cutlets into the egg wash and allow to sit in the fridge and marinate for 8 hours. This will help to tenderize and infuse flavor into the pork.
  3. Then coat the tenderloins in the breading.
  4. Fry the pork tenderloins in a hot cast iron for  few minutes to get them crispy and golden.
  5. Serve on a bun with a pickle and enjoy!


Whether  you live in the Midwest and need a fix of breaded pork tenderloin, or you have never been to the Midwest – you need to try this recipe! 


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Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich

Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich

The Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich is a classic Midwestern sandwich! Juicy, pan fried pork tenderloin only needs a few simple ingredients for a great sandwich with tons of flavor.

Prep Time 8 hours 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 30 minutes


  • 1 pound pork tenderloin

Wet Batter:

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 eggs
  • garlic powder to taste (just sprinkle some in there)
  • a few shakes of paprika


  • 1 cup panko
  • 1 cup super-fine crushed saltine crackers
  • 1 cup flour

To Serve:

  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 1/4 cup mustard
  • 1/4 cup pickle slices


To Prepare Marinade:

  • In the morning, prepare the wet batter and pour into a glass 9x13 baking dish (with a lid).
  • Tenderize the pork tenderloins (beat the crap out of them, you want them super thin!).
  • Place the pork chops into the batter, turning to coat, and place in the fridge to marinate for AT LEAST 8 hours. Yes, really. Do not short change it here!

To Prepare Breading:

  • When ready to cook, combine the breading in a cake pan or pasta dish.
  • Remove each tenderloin from the marinade and place in the dry breading, lightly pressing the coating into it.
  • Dip the tenderloin back into the marinade and turn to coat.
  • Coat the tenderloin with another coating of breading.

To Cook:

  • Place a large dutch oven or cast iron skillet on the stovetop and cover the bottom with canola oil.
  • Heat until 350 degrees (the oil needs to be HOT).
  • Fry for three minutes on each side, or until nice and golden brown.
  • Place on a bun with pickle and mustard and ENJOY!!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving:Calories: 798 Total Fat: 17g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 194mg Sodium: 1061mg Carbohydrates: 106g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 32g Protein: 52g
THE Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich (la bella vita)


  • Reply
    Nicole @ I am a Honey Bee
    December 26, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    don't you love it when you go to write a post and you realize that you only have a few pictures or that you took 30 of them but they were on the wrong setting and are blurry! oh blogging…

    your sandwich looks great!

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    Kristy Lynn
    December 26, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    oooh! from one SRC pork poster to another, this 'lil sandwich is gorgeous. Just… Gorgeous!

    Also: High five for living more fully, passionately, soulfully, and purposefully.

    One more thing: Good job on the panko. Much crispier than regular bread crumbs..

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    December 26, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Omygoodness, my mouth just watered, this sandiwch looks so good. I can't blame you for only taking one photo before digging in.

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    December 26, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    I adore pork tenderloin sandwiches! I skip the mustard myself and go with ketchup, breaking a cardinal rule LOL but they are delicious and yes, huge and thin!

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    Kudos Kitchen
    December 26, 2011 at 10:08 PM

    I am completely drooling at your pork tenderloin sandwich! To me is doesn't matter that it's the only photo, it certainly grabbed my attention!!! Nicely done and hello from another SRC member ๐Ÿ™‚

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    December 26, 2011 at 11:57 PM

    I've never had a pork tenderloin sandwich before but this sounds so delicious! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    December 27, 2011 at 4:42 AM

    Well, I must say that your one and only pic has my mouth watering! I'm always looking for different ways to cook pork and this is a new one for me. Can't wait to try it!

  • Reply
    December 27, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    I completely love that blog. Roz has some amazing recipes on offer. Those pork tenderloins look delicious.

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    Kate @ FoodBabbles
    December 27, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    Yummy!! This sounds fantastic and is making me hungry ๐Ÿ™‚ Great recipe pick!

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    December 28, 2011 at 2:43 AM

    There is seriously nothing better than a good sandwich. Your sandwich definitely sounds like it would be a winner to my taste buds! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy New Year!
    ~avril ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Kelley @ The Culinary Enthusiast
    December 28, 2011 at 4:37 AM

    This sounds like a good week night dinner. I love pork tenderloin too!

  • Reply
    December 28, 2011 at 10:46 PM

    Yum that sandwich looks so tasty!!! Sounds good too ๐Ÿ™‚ Nice post!

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