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Recipe: Kidney-Friendly Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin

November 16, 2023 Carlos Hernandez Comments Off

Pork tenderloin is a very lean cut of pork, which means it is low in fat. This makes it a more kidney-friendly and heart-healthy choice compared to higher fat cuts of meat. Its leanness, however, presents a culinary challenge—it is very easy to overcook. This slow cooker version reintroduces moisture to the meat making it tender and juicy.

The slow cooker method not only retains the inherent tenderness of the pork tenderloin but also infuses it with flavorsome juices, ensuring a moist and enjoyable dining experience. This approach becomes especially beneficial for those who might find it challenging to prepare lean meats without them turning dry or tough. 

With minimal effort, one can achieve a delightful dish packed with flavor. Its versatility further enhances its appeal—pair it with a medley of roasted vegetables, serve it alongside a wholesome grain, or slice it thinly for a delicious sandwich filling.

How much protein is in Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin?

If you are following a low protein diet, it is crucial to be mindful of portion sizes. A three-ounce portion of this slow cooker pork tenderloin contains 24 grams of protein. While protein is a vital nutrient for the body, people with kidney disease often have to follow a low protein diet to reduce strain on the kidneys.


How do you make Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin?

This recipe is super easy to throw together. You’ll start by adding the ingredients for a spice rub into a small bowl. Coat the pork tenderloin in the spice rub, then sear it in a hot pan until it is browned on all sides. Then, mix together the remaining ingredients in the slow cooker. Add the pork tenderloin and cook on low for about 3 hours. Once it’s done, you’ll have the most flavorful and juicy pork tenderloin ever!



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Recipe: Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin

Makes about 10 servings (3-ounce portion) 


2 lbs Pork tenderloin, trimmed of any visible fat

1 tbsp brown sugar

2 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

 1/2 cup water

1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce

1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth

1 tbsp molasses

2 tbsp olive oil, divided (1 Tbsp is used for searing the pork)

2 tbsp minced garlic

1 tsp Italian seasoning

4 sprigs of fresh rosemary (optional)



In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, black pepper, ground cinnamon, and salt.


Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a large pan over medium high heat. Pat dry the pork tenderloin and rub the spice mixture all over the outside. Sear the pork tenderloin for 2 minutes on each side.


While the pork tenderloin is searing, add the remaining ingredients to your slow cooker and whisk to combine. Place the seared pork tenderloin in the slow cooker.


Cook on low for 3 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 145F. Remove the pork and place on a cutting board. Slice into pieces and serve.


Nutrition facts for one serving: 172 calories, 4 g carbs, 6 g fat, 24 g protein, 154 mg phosphorus, 422 mg potassium, 344 mg sodium


Renal Care 360° Registered Dietitian Bethany Keith

Disclaimer: This blog post is intended for informational purposes only and should not replace professional medical advice. Individuals with polychronic conditions should consult their healthcare team for personalized dietary recommendations based on their specific needs and conditions.