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Danish Pork Tenderloin Medallions

Dinner, PorkTove Balle-PedersenComment

Danish pork tenderloin medallions or mørbradbøffer med bløde løg as it is called in Danish, is a classic in the Danish cuisine. These medallions are eaten at dinner or as a part of the big Christmas- and Easter lunches. 

Danes are known to eat a lot of pork. In fact Denmark is the country in the world with the largest pigs to people ratio. In 2011 Denmark had over 3 times as many pigs as people. Oink Oink.🐖 

Serves 3


  • 1 pork tenderloin
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced 
  • olive oil and butter for frying
  • salt and pepper


Peel the onions and thinly slice them. Heat a skillet with olive oil over medium high heat, cook the onions until translucent and light golden brown. You can add a splash of water when the onions has got the color you desire. Season the onions with salt and pepper.

Trim the tenderloin of silverskin and any excess fat. Cut the tenderloins into 1½-inch thick medallions. Flip each medallion onto a cut side and give each medallion a light press down with the palm of your hand to flatten it slightly. Season the medallion with salt and pepper.

Heat the oil and butter in a large sauté pan over high heat. When the butter is melted and foaming add the medallion and sear until nicely browned, 2 to 3 min. Flip and cook the other side until the meat is well browned. Reduce the heat and cook the medallions for 3-4 minutes on each side, until they are just a little under well done. You want the medallions to be very pale pink inside, and the juices running clear. Make sure not to overcrowd the pan, this will cause the meat to boil rater than searing. 

Serve the medallions with the onions on top. Normally you will serve medallions with a skillet-sauce and boiled potatoes and vegetables. 

This time I served them with butter seared mushrooms and a salad of green beans and sugar snaps.