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Dutch oven pork tenderloin with orange (AIP, paleo, whole30)

Stove top pork tenderloin cooked in a Dutch oven with orange juice.
5 from 7 votes
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine French
Servings 4 servings
Calories 685 kcal


1 Dutch oven


  • 1 pork tenderloin (the one I had when writing down this recipe weighted 500g (1.1 pounds))
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 500 ml freshly squeezed orange juice  (quantity will vary according to the size of your pork tenderloin and of the Dutch oven you're using please see notes above for more explanations)
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot  (see notes below for substitutions)
  • 3 oranges
  • Pinch of sea salt


  • Put a Dutch oven on medium high heat and pour the olive oil in it.
  • When the olive oil is hot, put the pork tenderloin in the Dutch oven and cook it for about 2 minutes on both sides until it gets a golden color.
  • Pour the orange juice in the Dutch oven. As explained above, the quantity of orange juice will vary according to the size of your pork tenderloin and the size of your Dutch oven.
  • Then let it cook on medium high heat (the orange juice should be on the verge of boiling but not boil completely) for about 20-25 minutes. At half the time, flip the pork tenderloin on the other side.
  • In the meantime, using a knife, peel the oranges raw and slice them. Add the orange slices to the Dutch oven at the end of the cooking process (for about 5 minutes only).
  • To make sure that the pork tenderloin is cooked, slice it in the middle and look at its colour: it should NOT be pink.
  • Once the meat is cooked remove it along with the orange slices from the Dutch oven (leave the orange juice in the Dutch oven). And set them on a plate.
  • Take a seperate bowl and transfer the arrowroot in it. Using a ladle or a very large spoon take about ½ cup (125ml) of orange juice out of the Dutch oven and pour it slowly over the arrowroot while whisking. Once the arrowroot is well combined to the orange juice, transfer the bowl content to the Dutch oven and mix the 2 juices together (I find that this method avoids getting lumps rather than if you pour the arrowroot directly in the Dutch oven).
  • Pour part of the orange juice over the meat and put the rest in a sauce boat. Et voilà! Serve immediately with cauliflower rice (if you are on AIP, paleo or whole30) or serve with rice (if you are not on any of those diets).
    Bon appétit!


If you are not cassava intolerant, you can use tapioca flour instead of arrowroot. Both are AIP, paleo and whole30 compliant. If you are not on the AIP, paleo nor whole30 diets you can use potato or corn starch instead of arrowroot.
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.

Nutrition facts per serving

Serving: 200gCalories: 685kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 95gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 295mgSodium: 237mgPotassium: 2210mgFiber: 3gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 480IUVitamin C: 115mgCalcium: 81mgIron: 5mg
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