Breaded Pork Tenderloin Where the Breading Doesn't Fall Off

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“I love breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches! But every time I make them, the breading falls off in the pan. But last night I had such a great success, I wrote down what I did and will follow this way...I think the key is do not fry them right away after they're coated...let them sit at least 10-20 minutes. My measurements are approximate as I just dump and guess. I guess I just got lucky last night. After they were breaded (uncooked), I had to do something else for a bit. I came back and put them in the pan and it fried up nicely without a bunch of bald spots on my tenderloins. Preparation time includes a 20-minute 'pause' before cooking the breaded loins. You could probably bread them the night before and stick them in the fridge if you have space. Give it a try and let me know!”
5 huge sandwiches

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 5 slices pork tenderloin, tenderized
  • 12 cup cornmeal
  • 12 cup flour
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs, very fine
  • 2 tablespoons italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage


  1. Mix all the dry ingredients together (corn meal, flour, bread crumbs, seasonings).
  2. Don't dip the tenderloins into any milk or egg, just dip it in your dry ingredients and coat both sides. Push the dry ingredients into the tenderloin best you can. The natural juices provide enough moisture to get the breading to stick.
  3. Lay breaded tenderloins on a plate or wax paper for 10-20 minutes to sit.
  4. Then fry in heated oil. It will take about 3-5 minutes per side, depending upon the thickness of the tenderloin. You may sprinkle tenderloin with salt while frying, if desired.
  5. Serve on toasted bun with mayo, loads of pickles (my favorite), mustard, ketchup, lettuce, or whatever you desire.

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