Pork Tenderloin Biscuits

| February 25, 2018 | 12 Comments

Pork Tenderloin Biscuits

Pork Tenderloin Biscuits recipe, as seen on Taste of
Follow our easy, step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe on how to make Pork Tenderloin Biscuits. These are an old Southern favorite, and so quick and easy to make. Have some for breakfast, freeze some for later. Printable recipe included.


Pork Tenderloin Biscuits, slider.
Southern Pork Tenderloin Biscuits Recipe

Pork Tenderloin Biscuits have long been an old Southern favorite for breakfast.  While the fast food places of today don’t seem to carry them, the local Mom & Pops Restaurants know they are a good seller.

A hot and buttery Buttermilk Biscuit with a good sized portion of fried pork tenderloin is a great way to start the day. You really don’t need anything else to go with it, unless you require a morning cup of coffee.

Growing up, we raised a few hogs many years. I remember we kept several in a pig pen down by the edge of the woods on the back side of our garden plot. The further away from the house the better it seems. Something about the aroma of the pen I think. Smile.

If the weather was going to be good and cold on Thanksgiving, Daddy would plan for the “hog killing” that would be bad news for the pigs but it meant we would have a good amount of pork in the freezer for the coming cold months of winter. We were always grateful.

The process would start out early in the morning, with several neighbors helping out along with the family. I could give you a rundown of the day, but I’ll save that for later.

Mama would get the tenderloin once Daddy had removed it, and would head to the kitchen to prepare a mid-morning treat for those involved in the days work.

Biting into one of her homemade Buttermilk Biscuits with a piece of that just fried tenderloin on the inside was something that made you forget how cold it was, or how hard the grownups had been working that morning. It was just a special treat to a long workday, and the first of many meals from the mornings work that would be enjoyed for months to come.

Thankfully, Mama did teach me how to make her biscuits, but we no longer have to go through all that work to be able to enjoy a good hot tenderloin biscuit. I can ride across town and purchase one, or if I’m more inclined, I can whip up a pan of biscuits and fry up my own tenderloin in just a few minutes.

I’ll enjoy one or two while they’re good and hot, then I’ll wrap the rest and place them in the freezer for a quick breakfast biscuit later on. And, I’ll always think about how it was when we got them as fresh as you could get them.

Tenderloins are readily available in grocery stores throughout the South. It’s quick and easy to prepare, but it can go wrong real fast if you overcook it. It’s a great meal to share with family and friends.

So, if you’re ready to give it a try, check out my recipe for Mama’s Buttermilk Biscuits here on Taste of Southern, head on over to the kitchen, and… Let’s Get Cooking!


Pork Tenderloin Biscuits, you'll need these ingredients.
How To Make Pork Tenderloin Biscuits: You’ll need these ingredients.

Before we move forward, let me share a few thoughts with you on fresh pork tenderloin.

There is a distinct difference between “Pork Loin” and “Tenderloin” when shopping for it at your favorite grocery store. Tenderloins usually come two to a cry-o-vac style package with each tenderloin weighing about one pound a piece. Pork Loin on the other hand will be much larger, weighing 3 to 5 pounds each.

Pork Loins make for a good “pork chop biscuit” but tenderloins are what we’re working with in this particular recipe.

You may also see several single tenderloins in packages that have been marinated or flavored. While those are very good, we’re working with a plain tenderloin here. Thank you for listening.


Pork Tenderloin Biscuits, rinse the tenderloins.
To begin, rinse the tenderloin under some cool running water. I’ve got both here, but I will only be using one in this recipe for tenderloin biscuits. I’ve posted another recipe using the other tenderloin here on Taste of Southern. You might like that one as well.

Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Apples Recipe.

I also have a recipe that uses the larger “Pork Loin.” You can view that one at the link below.

Pork Roast with Gravy Recipe


Pork Tenderloin Biscuits, remove the silver skin.
Carefully cut away the thin silver skin with a sharp knife.

This is best done with a dry tenderloin on a cutting board. The silver skin is a thin layer, silver looking in color. Just slip the point of your knife under one end of the silver skin, then slide the blade underneath, cutting it away without cutting into the tenderloin itself.


Pork Tenderloin Biscuits, remove the sinew.
You’ll also want to cut away the thicker “sinew” that will usually be at one end of the tenderloin. This piece is tough and would be difficult to chew. It also will shrivel while cooking and cause the tenderloin to shrivel up.

Do the same thing here, slip the point of your knife under one end of the sinew, push the knife away from you as you slide the blade underneath the layer of sinew and remove it.


Pork Tenderloin Biscuits, trimmed and ready to cook.
Here’s the trimmed and ready to slice tenderloin. Notice the right end is thinner than the left in this photo. If you were going to roast this, or even brown it in a skillet, it’s best to tuck the thin end under itself and secure it with kitchen twine. This would allow both ends to be about the same thickness and would help it to cook more evenly.

But, we’re going to pan fry this one.


Pork Tenderloin Biscuits, slice the tenderloin.
With a sharp knife, slice the tenderloin into pieces that are about 1 to 1 1/2 inch thick.


Pork Tenderloin Biscuits, place in plastic.
Place a couple of slices of the tenderloin between pieces of plastic wrap, or get that ziploc type bag that has been hanging around on your counter for the past several days and finally put it to some good use. I totally forgot why I had this bag out, but it came in handy. Smile.


Pork Tenderloin Biscuits, pound the slice flat.
We want to flatten the slices. I found my measuring cup to be good and sturdy, so I used the bottom of it to pound the tenderloin medallions into much thinner pieces. The edge of a heavy saucer, or bottom of a sturdy coffee cup will also work. Wait… What? They have a “meat mallet” that can be used for this? Who knew?  No, I don’t have one of those in my kitchen. Use it if you have one. Smile.

The slices need to end up being just about 1/2 inch thick or slightly thinner. The thinner they are, the easier they are to chew when cooked.


Pork Tenderloin Biscuits, add some flour.
Place about 1/2 cup of flour, doesn’t really matter if it’s plain or self-rising, in a small bowl or on a plate.


Pork Tenderloin Biscuits, add a slice of tenderloin.
Place a slice of tenderloin on the flour.


Pork Tenderloin Biscuits, add a little black pepper.
Add a dash of black pepper to taste.


Pork Tenderloin Biscuits, add a little salt.
Add a dash of salt to taste.


Pork Tenderloin Biscuits, shake off excess flour.
Coat both sides of the tenderloin in the flour, then shake off any excess flour.


Pork Tenderloin Biscuits, place the tenderloin in a hot skillet.
You’ll need a skillet, with about 1/4 inch of cooking oil just under Medium heat.

Carefully place the slice of tenderloin in the hot skillet.


Pork Tenderloin Biscuits, fry for 2 to 3 minutes.
You can easily get a couple of slices in the skillet at one time. Just don’t over crowd the pan.

Fry the tenderloin on each side for about 2 to 3 minutes. The thinner you have it, the quicker it will cook.


Pork Tenderloin Biscuits, turn and fry the other side.
Turn the slices over and let the other side fry for 2 to 3 minutes.

When the bubbling starts slowing down and gets quieter, the slices are probably done.

Repeat this process until you have fried up all the slices. When done, remove them from the pan and let them drain on a plate that has been lined with a couple of layers of paper towel.


Pork Tenderloin Biscuits, enjoy.

Place a piece of fried tenderloin, or maybe even two, between a sliced Buttermilk Biscuit.

I must admit, I like mine with just a little bit of Duke’s Mayonnaise. That’s some mighty good eating in my book. While you could add a fried egg, maybe some cheese, I prefer to enjoy mine just like you see them pictured above. I might have even enjoyed two of them after all the pictures were taken. Just saying. Smile.

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Southern Pork Tenderloin Biscuits Recipe, as seen on Taste of

Pork Tenderloin Biscuits

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 26 minutes
  • Yield: About 8 servings. 1x
  • Category: biscuits
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Follow our easy, step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe on how to make Pork Tenderloin Biscuits. These are an old Southern favorite, and so quick and easy to make. Have some for breakfast, freeze some for later.



  • 1 lb Pork Tenderloin
  • ½ cup Self Rising Flour
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Cooking oil


  1. Rinse tenderloin under cool running water. Pat dry.
  2. Carefully remove any silver skin or sinew from the tenderloin.
  3. Slice about 1 to 1 ½ inch thick slices.
  4. Place slices between plastic wrap or in a plastic food storage bag.
  5. Pound the tenderloin to flatten. About ½ inch thick.
  6. Place flour in a small bowl or on a plate.
  7. Add the tenderloin.
  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Dredge both sides of tenderloin in the flour. Shake off any excess flour.
  10. Add about ¼ inch of cooking oil to skillet.
  11. Carefully place floured tenderloins in hot skillet.
  12. Brown on each side, about 2 to 3 minutes each.
  13. Remove from skillet when done, place on paper towel to drain.
  14. Serve tenderloin slices between a hot buttermilk biscuit.
  15. Enjoy!


If you have any leftovers, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and freeze them for later. A minute or so in the microwave should do it.

Keywords: pork tenderloin biscuits, breakfast, made from scratch, dukes mayonnaise, southern


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Category: Breakfast, Main Dishes, Pork, Sandwiches

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  1. Living in North Carolina, I guarantee any restaurant that doesn’t have pork tenderloin biscuits is not worth going into.
    Thanks for your easy recipe.

  2. Linda Pelfrey says:

    has anybody out there ever got up to go to school and look at maybe a fifty gallon drums filled with with water getting ready to boil and two hogs in the pen ready for killing. when getting home from school and looking in the freezer part of refrigerator and a big hogs head looking back “lol” ready for making a whole lot of “souse meat” GOOD OLD DAYS

  3. Priscilla Swayngim says:

    Are you one of my long lost cousins? Just last week I was remembering “hog-killing time” from my childhood. It was exactly the same as yours..the extended family all gathered at our house, even the buttermilk biscuits and fresh tenderloin with gravy. My, my, my. The homemade sausage, curing the hams. We used everything but the snout and the curly tail. Anyone for hogshead hash, brains and eggs, liver mush .

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Cuz Priscilla, Maybe we are in deed related. Who knows? Sounds like you had a great childhood as well. Aren’t we blessed to have been able to experience and enjoyed such? Great memories. Smile. Have you seen my recipe for the Livermush Sandwich? I have yet to do the brains and eggs, but it will probably show up here one day. I’ve had hash, but don’t recall it being hogshead hash. I must have missed something. Smile. Thank you for sharing your memories with us. I do appreciate your visits and trust you will stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  4. Mary Cook says:

    Hello from neighboring Virginia, DO NOT CHANGE A TEENSY, WEENSY THING ABOUT YOUR NEWSLETTERS! They are a welcomed brightness in many a persons day that wish the letters were even longer. The memories,places,people,foods,happenings etc.
    of which you write, bring to the forefront many of our own that have been setting on the backroads of our memories for many a year. It rather feels good to know others had such in their lives as well. Young ones of today need to hear of those times, about the foods grown, harvested, enjoyed and sustained and the times around them.You do a GREAT job with that! Keep On Keeping On.
    God bless you, Steve and give you many more words to write.
    Mary in Virginia

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Mary, You’re just too kind. Thank you for your comments and compliments, and for making my day. I’m truly honored and grateful for your support. It’s great to know that you enjoy my ramblings of a Newsletter. I do appreciate your visits to Taste of Southern and hope you’ll visit with us again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  5. don clancy says:

    I have enjoyed loin chops very much thank you for your receipes

  6. Sandra Lowry says:

    Sounds and looks delicious! It’s about 6:30 p.m. as I am reading this and I just finished a pork chop sandwich for supper. We definitely have the same taste in food! Thank you for all your stories, recipes and the great directions you share with us. I always learn something from your newsletters. Today I learned about cutting that silver skin off a tenderloin and I thank you for that!
    Have a great week.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Sandra, I’m glad I can help. You make the effort worthwhile, and I’ll always be thankful and grateful for your support. It’s always great to hear from you and I love it when you stop by. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  7. Jim Hall says:

    Steve, thanks so much for the step-by-step! I remember how delicious my Mom’s tenderloin biscuits were. She was one of those cooks who made delicious food and rarely had a recipe to follow. I have spent hours trying to perfect some of her best recipes & had forgotten how much we used to enjoy her tenderloin biscuits! I’ll be making a batch when my brother comes home for a visit!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Jim, Hope you brother is coming for a visit soon. Smile. I love a tenderloin biscuit. I appreciate your comments and hope you’ll give it a try. Let me know how they turn out for you and be sure to stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

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