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Braided Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin

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In this recipe, we will discover the delightful world of air fryer pork tenderloin, beautifully presented as a braided masterpiece. This dish perfectly combines succulent pork tenderloin, savory seasonings, and a creative braiding technique that enhances the flavor and adds elegance to the holiday dish.

The magic of the air fryer ensures that the pork stays tender and juicy, while the mesmerizing braiding adds a visual charm that will wow your guests. So, let’s dive into the process and discover the secrets to creating an unforgettable holiday dish that will leave your guests speechless.

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Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin Braids

As you begin your culinary adventure, you’ll see that this air fryer pork tenderloin braids recipe is relatively quick and easy to prepare. This makes it an excellent choice for busy holiday gatherings and allows you to create a stunning presentation that will wow your family and friends.

The star of our show, pork tenderloin, is a lean and tender cut of meat that serves as a blank canvas for many flavors. We’ll infuse this recipe with a harmonious blend of herbs and spices, creating a savory seasoning that will permeate every bite.

The art of braiding the tenderloin not only brings an element of surprise but also helps to distribute the flavors so that each bite is just as delicious as the last. Mastering this technique is easier than it may seem at first glance, and it promises to be a conversation starter at your holiday feast.

To achieve the perfect result, we’ll enlist the help of a trusty air fryer, a versatile kitchen appliance that allows you to achieve the perfect crispy crust without using a lot of oil.

How to Prepare the Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin

First things first. Let me show you how to braid the tenderloin easily. Now, you can skip this step if you wish, but the magic is in the presentation of this dish. You might want to give it a try! I promise it’s really simple.

Here are the simple instructions on preparing this wonderful air fryer pork tenderloin.

Step 1

Start by cleaning the pork tenderloin of excess fat and silvery skin. Pat the meat dry with paper towels. Cut the tenderloin into three equal pieces lengthwise, reaching the edge about 1/2 inch—season with salt and pepper.

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Step 2

Combine olive oil, keto syrup, tamari, and dry spices in a small bowl.

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Step 3

Rub this flavorful mixture evenly over the tenderloin. Leave to marinate for at least 15-20 minutes or, for best results, place in the refrigerator and marinate for several hours to allow the flavors to combine. Preheat the fryer: While the pork is marinating, preheat the fryer to 400°F (200°C) for about 5 minutes. Lay out the parsley as pictured.

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Step 4

This is where it gets fun!

Braid the pork and parsley into a braid. Secure the ends with toothpicks. See the image below. Brush the braid with the remaining marinade and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Place the prepared pork tenderloin braid in the preheated basket of a deep fryer.

Cook at 400°F (200°C) for 20-25 minutes or until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 145°F (63°C) for medium rare or desired doneness. The braid may be flipped midway through cooking.

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Final Step

After cooking, remove the braid from the fryer and let it rest for a few minutes. This resting time allows the juices to be redistributed, ensuring the juiciness and tenderness of the dish. Slice your beautiful braid, and it’s ready to be the star of your holiday table.

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Equipment Needed

You’ll only require a quality air fryer, as I’m sure your kitchen is already stocked with mixing bowls!

You can check out this one over on Amazon if you don’t already have one.

List of Ingredients

It’s good to see that the majority of the ingredients on this list are herbs and spices! Oh! And of course, let’s not forget the pork tenderloin.

1 ½ pounds (680 g) pork tenderloin

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon pepper mix

1 teaspoon dried coriander

1 teaspoon pork spice mix

1 teaspoon granulated garlic

Salt and black pepper to taste

1 tablespoon soy sauce (tamari sauce for the keto diet)

1 tablespoon of honey (keto syrup for the keto diet)

1 bunch of parsley

1 teaspoon of sesame seeds

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Braided Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin

Beautiful and succulent air fryer pork tenderloin, perfert for your next holiday gathering or when entertaining at home.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 272kcal
Author: Iva Ursano

Equipment

  • Air fryer

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds 680 g pork tenderloin
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper mix
  • 1 teaspoon dried coriander
  • 1 teaspoon pork spice mix
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce tamari sauce for keto diet
  • 1 tablespoon of honey keto syrup for keto diet
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds

Instructions

  • Instructions:
  • Start by cleaning the pork tenderloin of excess fat and silvery skin. Pat the meat dry with paper towels. Cut the tenderloin into 3 equal pieces lengthwise on reaching the edge about 1/2 inch. Season with salt and pepper.
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  • In a small bowl, combine olive oil, keto syrup, tamari, and dry spices.
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  • Rub this flavorful mixture evenly over the tenderloin. Leave to marinate for at least 15-20 minutes or, for best results, place in the refrigerator and marinate for several hours to allow the flavors to combine. Preheat the fryer: While the pork is marinating, preheat the fryer to 400°F (200°C) for about 5 minutes. Lay out the parsley as pictured.
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  • Braid the pork and parsley into a braid. Secure the ends with toothpicks. Brush the braid with the remaining marinade and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Place the prepared pork tenderloin braid in the preheated basket of a deep fryer. Cook at 400°F (200°C) for 20-25 minutes, or until internal temperature of pork reaches 145°F (63°C) for medium rare or desired doneness. The braid may be flipped midway through cooking.
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  • After cooking, remove the braid from the fryer and let it rest for a few minutes. This resting time allows the juices to redistribute, ensuring the juiciness and tenderness of the dish. Slice your beautiful braid and it’s ready to be the star of your holiday table.
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Notes

This recipe is versatile and can be adapted to your preferences. Feel free to experiment with different seasonings and herbs. You can add a layer of sauteed mushrooms, spinach, or even a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese to enhance the flavor and texture further. 
To make this keto, use this Keto honey instead of regular honey.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 341mg | Potassium: 692mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 36IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 2mg
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Iva discovered the keto diet back in 2020 and has experimented with it, off and on. She recently took over this site and shares experiences, her knowledge and some yummy recipes. She also runs a women only website Women Blazing Trails.

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