Tender and succulent seared pork medallions, with a lemony white wine sauce, are elegant enough for entertaining but easy enough to prepare for every day meals. 

Recipe Overview

Why you’ll love it: The pork is tender and delicious, never tough and dry. The sauce is amazing!

How long it takes: 40 minutes
Equipment you’ll need: meat mallet, skillet
Servings: 4

Pork medallions in a black frying pan with sauce.
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Using a meat mallet or a rolling pin to flatten meat into a thin, even thickness is one of the best ways to cook quick dinners. And quick dinners are what I’m all about here at Rachel Cooks. I am always looking for ways to make cooking easy and fun, so that you can prepare healthy delicious dinners without stressing out.

How does flattening meat with a mallet help you get dinner on the table quickly? It’s all about cooking time. Thin slices of meat which are uniform in size cook faster. It’s that simple. A quarter-inch thick medallion of pork tenderloin or chicken breast will cook in a matter of minutes. A quick sear on both sides (about 5 to 6 minutes total time) is all it takes.

Top it with a delicious sauce. Once the meat is cooked, you can add any manner of sauces. Today we’re cooking a lemon garlic sauce but we also just love creamy Tuscan mushrooms with both pork and chicken. Or make delicious baked chicken Parmesan. The chicken bakes in less than 20 minutes!

A side benefit: You have a good excuse for hammering something! You’re also tenderizing the meat by breaking down the connective tissue that can make meat tough. That’s actually two side benefits. 

I’m excited to bring you this pork medallions recipe. Quick and elegant, with a white wine and lemon pan sauce, pork tenderloin medallions are nothing short of a dream. You’re going to love them!

Pork with lemon garlic sauce garnished with parsley.

How To Slice Pork Tenderloin Medallions

On a cutting board, use a sharp knife to cut the tenderloin in ½ inch slices. Lay plastic wrap over the slices and, using a meat mallet, rolling pin, wine bottle, or even the heel of your hand, gently pound each slice into ¼ inch thickness.

Tip: Instead of plastic wrap, you can use waxed paper, parchment paper, or a zip top bag.

How To Make Pork Medallions

Cook the pork. After you’ve established who’s boss and you’ve pounded your pork tenderloin slices so they are tender and thin, a hot skillet and a quick sear will get you started. Once the pork is cooked, set it aside to rest while you prep the white wine sauce.

Make the sauce. In the same skillet, briefly sauté chopped shallots until they’re tender; add garlic and sauté briefly. Add a little flour to brown for a minute, then add white wine to deglaze the pan and reduce. You’re almost there now. 

Next you’ll add a cup of chicken broth to simmer and thicken for about 5 minutes. Finally, stir in a tablespoon of butter, lemon zest, lemon juice, and fresh parsley. Briefly return the pork to the pan to coat it with the sauce.

Serve. Pork tenderloin medallions with lemony white wine sauce are perfect served with rice, or even better, creamy risotto. I love them with baked spaghetti with spinach. Round the meal out with roasted green beans or Brussels sprouts, or a fresh salad.

Pork medallions with sauce and parsley.

Cooking Pork Safely

Pork is considered fully cooked when the internal temperature reaches 145°F. You can use an instant read thermometer to ascertain the temperature. However, since these pork medallions are only a half inch thick, it’s a little more difficult to get an accurate reading.

Don’t have an instant read thermometer? Take a look at your pork. Use a sharp knife to cut one in half if you need to. The pork should be mostly white with a hint of pink. The juices should be clear or faintly pink. This is medium rare, perfect for pork. Allow the pork to rest for a few minutes, and serve. Allowing the pork to rest for at least 3 minutes is important because the meat continues to cook just a bit longer and the juices settle down. 

Cooking Tip

Don’t cut into all of the medallions. Cutting them before they have a chance to rest will allow all the juices to come out and they’ll become dry.

If you see dark red in the center of your medallion or the juice is bloody, the pork hasn’t finished cooking, Return it to the pan and cook a bit longer. 

Try not to overcook the pork. In the past, it was recommended that pork be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. This is considered well done. The pork will be completely white all the way through, but it will be rather dry and tough. The USDA has changed its recommendation to 145°F in recent years. The pork should be tender and juicy.

Pork with light brown sauce and parsley.

FAQs

What part of the pig are pork medallions?

Pork medallions are usually cut from the tenderloin which is a narrow muscle that runs along the backbone. It’s boneless, averaging about one pound in weight.

Are pork medallions the same as pork chops?

No, a pork chop usually has a T-shaped bone (the rib) and is cut from the loin of a pig, perpendicular to the spine.

Storage & Reheating Tips

Refrigerate/Freeze: Cooked pork tenderloins, wrapped well, will keep in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. You can also freeze them for up to 3 months.

Reheat: To serve, place on a plate, cover to prevent spatters, and gently reheat in the microwave until warmed through. Try not to overheat the medallions. Alternatively, place cold pork medallions in a skillet and gently reheat over low heat.

Pork in black skillet, with sauce, garnished with parsley.
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Recipe

Pork Medallions with Lemon Garlic Sauce

4.28 from 36 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Tender and succulent seared pork medallions, with a lemony white wine sauce, are elegant enough for entertaining but easy enough to prepare for every day meals. 
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Ingredients 

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 pound pork tenderloin
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup unsalted or low-salt chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest (from 1 lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, (more for garnish)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Instructions 

  • Slice pork tenderloin into 8 pieces of equal thickness. Place each piece between two layers of plastic wrap and use a mallet or a rolling pin to pound into a thickness of about ½ -inch. Season each piece with salt and pepper. 
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork to pan in a single layer (you will likely have to do this in batches depending on the size of your skillet) and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until internal temperature reaches 145ºF. Remove from pan and place on a plate and cover with foil. Repeat with remaining pork. 
  • Reduce heat to medium and add shallots to the same pan (add another ½ to 1 teaspoon olive oil if pan is too dry) and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until translucent. Add garlic and continue to cook for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add flour, and cook while stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
  • Add wine and increase heat to medium-high. Simmer wine until reduced by about half, about 2 minutes. Add chicken broth slowly while stirring, and continue to cook until thickened slightly, about 5 minutes. 
  • Reduce heat to low. Add lemon zest, lemon juice, parsley, and butter. Stir until butter is melted. Return pork to pan to coat in lemon-garlic sauce. Serve immediately, sprinkled with additional parsley if desired.

Notes

  • Cooked pork tenderloins, wrapped well, will keep in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. You can also freeze them for up to 3 months.
  • To reheat, place in skillet and warm over low heat or gently microwave in 30 second increments. Try not to overheat the pork.

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Nutrition

Serving: 2slices, Calories: 229kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 81mg, Sodium: 371mg, Potassium: 562mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 175IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 22mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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18 Comments

  1. Roberta Buchanan says:

    5 stars
    I made this last night. My notes say it was the second time I made it. However, I don’t remember making it several months earlier. Last night I found myself with all of the ingredients for the recipe in my refrigerator, garden, or pantry. So, I made it, and it was delicious. I served it with mashed potatoes and a salad. I also thought about serving it with parslied noodles, but the instant mashed potatoes were faster. Maybe next time. Also, maybe next time I’ll try it with capers as someone suggested. That sounds good, too!

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      Oh I bet it would be great with noodles too. Thanks for taking the time to leave a review!

  2. Frances says:

    5 stars
    This is a winner, have made it twice now and it is a favorite. The pork is so tender and really don’t even need a knife. The sauce is great. Thank you

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      So glad you like it! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review, it really means a lot to me!

  3. Elizabeth Molinaro says:

    I didn’t have parsley, so I subbed capers (I love capers!) The recipe is well-written and easy to follow. The flavors were well-blended at the end of cooking and the lemon flavor came through beautifully.  Served with roasted asparagus and mashed potatoes left over from an early Easter lunch on Saturday. I think this could easily be served with buttered, parslied egg noodles, or a good mixed rice blend. 

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      “The recipe is well-written and easy to follow” is one of the best compliments you can give me! I’m so glad to hear that you liked it…that sounds like such a yummy dinner! (I love capers too!)

  4. Janet says:

    Going to make this tonight, does it need a little sweetener with all the lemon? Like the idea below of capers.

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      I don’t find it needs sweetener, but you could add a touch of honey. Did you like it?

  5. Gillian Kerr says:

    First time I made this and it was delicious 

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      I’m so glad to hear it! Thanks for taking the time leave a comment!

  6. Rob says:

    Excellent version of a dish we’ve made before – love the sauce! I’ll double the sauce next time we make this (and add capers too). This recipe is much easier than a precious one I’ve tried and much healthier as well. Enjoying your site! Keep up the great work

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      Thank you so much for the kind words! So glad you liked this recipe and it made your life easier, that’s one of my biggest goals! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment!

  7. Dianne LeRoy says:

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was excellent! Love the flavor and that it does not have breading. It’s definitely on my list to make again sometime.

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      So glad to hear it! Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment, it means a lot!

  8. Sabrina says:

    great dish, good tip too about doneness, out of fear I’ve traditionally cooked longer maybe up to 160 degrees would be better at a lower temperature, thank you

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      So glad it was helpful to you and you liked this recipe! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment!

  9. denise says:

    looks really delicious

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      Thanks Denise!