Pork Medallions in Mushroom Marsala Sauce that I first shared over at The Weary Chef may sound fancy, but this dish is actually very simple to prepare. Pan seared thick-sliced pork tenderloin medallions simmer in a buttery mushroom marsala sauce until tender and take less than 40 minutes start to finish.
Besides butter, the basic ingredients for the sauce are shallots, mushrooms, and Marsala cooking wine. This pork dinner is extremely tender and is delicious served with a side of mashed potatoes or noodles.
This recipe is impressive enough to serve at your next dinner party, yet easy enough for a weeknight meal!
Pork Medallions in Mushroom Marsala Sauce
Given the choice between pork and chicken, which would you consciously choose as the healthier option? I’m betting that most of you would go with the chicken.
However, would you make that same choice if you knew that pork tenderloin actually has less calories, fat, and cholesterol than a skinless chicken breast? Seriously, pork really is the “other white meat” and is a delicious dinner option!
In this Pork Medallion recipe you can use actual Marsala wine, but I found that the flavor is just fine with the cooking wine from the grocery condiment aisle—and it’s cheaper, too.
Pork tenderloin often comes packaged with two pieces, which should be around two pounds and enough for four to six servings. (If you are only cooking for two, half the recipe and freeze the other tenderloin.)
- Slice each tenderloin into thick slices, about one-and-one-half inches each and then flatten slightly with your palm. Season each side with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Heat olive oil and butter in a large non-stick skillet until the butter is melted and foamy. Quickly sear the pork medallions until lightly browned.
- Add more butter and shallots to the pan and sauté until the butter melts. Add mushrooms and cook about three minutes.
- Sprinkle with flour sand stir well. Add Marsala and chicken broth and cook until bubbly.
- Add the pork medallions back to the pan and simmer until done and tender.
Make Chicken Marsala instead!
Simmering the meat in the sauce makes them extremely tender—no need for a knife and absolutely delicious! If you haven’t cooked with Marsala before, you must try it! Let the pork slowly simmer while you prepare sides—wild rice or mashed potatoes are especially delicious with the Marsala sauce. This meal is easy enough to prepare for a weeknight dinner, but it’s also perfect for a special occasion dinner as well.
This dish works equally well with chicken breasts—just be sure to slice the chicken a bit thinner and adjust the cooking time to make sure the chicken is cooked completely through.
More pork loin and pork chop recipes!
- Chili-Orange Glazed Pork Tenderloin
- Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Blueberry Salsa
- Orange-Mustard Glazed Pork Chops
- Maple Dijon Oven-Roasted Pork Tenderloin
- Magic Pork Chops
- Baked Pork Chops
- Pork main dish recipes
- 2 lb. pork tenderloin
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 shallots, diced
- 8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1/2 cup Marsala cooking wine
- 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, (may use Italian parsley)
- Trim any excess fat from the tenderloins and slice into thick slices (about 1-1/2 inch). Press each slice/medallion with your palm to flatten it slightly. Season with salt and pepper.
- Heat the olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a large non-stick skillet until the butter is melted and foamy. Sear half the medallions until lightly browned, about 2 minutes on each side. Transfer to a plate and sear remaining meat. Remove the rest of the medallions to the plate while you prepare the sauce.
- Add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter to the pan along with the shallots and a pinch of salt. Sauce until the butter melts, then add the mushrooms and cook about three minutes. Sprinkle with a tablespoon of flour and stir well. Add the Marsala and chicken broth and stir until bubbly. Add the pork medallions and parsley and cook another 4-5 minutes or until the pork is firm to the touch and just slightly pink in the middle.
This recipe was adapted from Fine Cooking.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 396Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 126mgSodium: 489mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 42g
Sheila Thigpen, author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook, is a recipe developer, food photographer, and food writer. She spent 20+ years as a business manager in the publishing industry before she retired in 2018 to focus on her passions — cooking, photography, and writing. Living near the beautiful Smoky Mountains, Sheila and her husband have two adult daughters and two fine sons-in-law, are active in their church, love to travel, and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. Follow Sheila on YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!