French Onion Pork

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This French Onion Pork is a delicious, quick and easy weeknight dinner recipe.

French Onion Pork

I’m all about flavor when it comes to creating a good dinner recipe.  My family gets tired of having the same old thing for dinner, so I like to change things up and surprise them with new and flavorful options!  And I definitely like to focus on recipes that are easy to make too- especially with the hectic beginning of the school year!

This is another recipe I’ve created using Smithfield’s line of already marinated pork.  It’s so easy to work with their products because you get to work with pork that already has a base of great flavor because it’s conveniently pre-seasoned.  There is no extra prep or time needed to marinate the pork because it’s already done! You should be able to prepare this dinner in about 30 minutes.

ingredients for French Onion Pork

This dinner is reminiscent of French Onion Soup! You’ll be using the Smithfield Marinated Pork, and then you’ll make some caramelized onions, bringing all the flavors together with Swiss cheese and garlic toast.

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making caramelized onions

Caramelized onions are the absolute best.  They take about 25 minutes to make, but they’re completely worth it (I promise!) You can get those going in a pan, and then prepare the rest of the meal while those are cooking.  Onions are placed into a skillet with a little bit of olive oil, and then they are left to saute over medium heat until they begin to soften up. Then you’ll add a tiny bit of sugar and salt and continue to cook until they are browned and caramelized. They just need stirring every so often.

making garlic toast

While your onions are cooking, you can get to work on the garlic toasts.  Baguette slices are topped with garlic butter and toasted in the oven broiler.  That’s it!

Making French onion pork

Next you’ll cook the pork.  The already marinated pork tenderloin has a ton of flavor, so you don’t need to add any additional flavor to it at all.  It’s simply cut into medallions and sauteed in a little bit of oil until browned on both sides.  It cooks up very quickly since you’re cutting the pork into smaller pieces.

French Onion Pork

To finish up the dish, the caramelized onions are spooned on top of the cooked pork.

French Onion Pork

Swiss cheese is sprinkled on top with some thyme leaves too.  The lid is placed onto the skillet at this point- giving the cheese a chance to melt.  That’s all you do to prepare this meal.  It’s such an easy dinner recipe, and it’s full of fabulous flavors.

French Onion Pork with Garlic Toast

To serve, plate a couple of pork medallions topped with that melted cheese. Add the garlic toast, and you’re good to go.  It’s an impressive dinner!

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French Onion Pork

Sauteed pork medallions topped with caramelized onions and Swiss cheese. Amazing!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Course Main Course
Cuisine French
Keyword french onion pork



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large sweet onions, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated white sugar
  • pinch of kosher salt


  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes
  • 12 baguette slices


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • One 27.2-ounce Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Herb Fresh Pork Loin Filet
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss or Gruyere cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme



  • In a large skillet, heat oil and add onions. Saute onions until they are softened. Add the sugar and salt. Continue to saute and stir often until the onions have reduced greatly and are lightly browned and caramelized- total cooking time for the onions should be 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the onions from the pan and set aside.


  • While the onions are cooking, prepare the toasts. Preheat your oven broiler. Combine butter, garlic powder and parsley in a small dish. Spread the butter on the baguette slices. Put the baguette slices on an oven-safe baking sheet or foil pan and toast for about 3 minutes, just until golden.


  • Slice the pork filet into 1/2-inch slices. Heat oil in the skillet, and add pork. Cook about 3 minutes on each side, just until cooked through. Place caramelized onions on top of the pork. Sprinkle cheese on top. Turn off the heat. Put lid on the skillet and give it a few minutes to melt the cheese.
  • Plate individual servings of the French onion pork with two slices of garlic toast.


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  • Suzy wrote:

    This is such a genius idea! I bet it tasty amazing! Adding this to our menu plan this week!

  • Lindsay Cotter wrote:

    Easy and delicious! A total win for dinner!

  • Becky Hardin wrote:

    OH I totally need this in my life like yesterday!! Looks so good.

  • Lisa Bass wrote:

    Oh wow, so delicious! We are always looking for new ways to prepare pork.

  • Laura Reese wrote:

    This recipe is so good.

  • Lauren wrote:

    I’m making this on Saturday for my family! Thanks for a delicious recipe!

  • Courtney wrote:

    This pork was out of this world delicious – it’s one of our new staples!

  • Stephanie wrote:

    I love pork with caramelized onions! Such a delicious dinner!

  • Taylor wrote:

    This is SO delicious! Love those caramelized onions!