How many pounds of pork tenderloin do I need to serve four adults. I want to serve generous portions.

  • Posted by: Adianne
  • December 16, 2015


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Adianne December 18, 2015
Thanks for comments. I am going with 1/2 pound per person. I have a lot of nice side dishes. If there are leftovers that will be a bonus for me.
Susan W. December 18, 2015
Little pork tenderloin sliders for lunch the next day. :)
Kristen W. December 17, 2015
Well, I just remembered you said how many people are eating! For four people I'd add an extra maybe 1 - 1 1/2 lbs to the 1/2 lb per person so there's extra on hand in case people want seconds and/or you can have a good portion of leftovers. That makes 3 - 3 1/2 lbs.
Kristen W. December 17, 2015
My butcher always says that 1/2 lb per person is a good standard portion. It's a bit too much for me personally, but I always multiply the number of diners by 1/2, then add some extra - how much extra depends on how many people are eating.
Susan W. December 16, 2015
8 ounces sounds right depending on your guests and the menu. You could increase it to ease your stress and the bonus would be that you'll probably end up with leftovers. If your guests are big meat eaters, ten ounces each will more than cover you. Pork tenderloin will not shrink as much as other fattier cuts. Especially if you are braising it.

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702551 December 16, 2015
Have you ever had/seen a one-pound steak? That's a lot of meat.

Unless these people are trenchermen, I'd say a pound of meat per person is adequate. Pork is good as leftovers, so feel free to increase to 1.5-2 lbs. per person.
Greenstuff December 16, 2015
I was worried that people would think it was way too much if I suggested 1/2 pound per person! But that would be my go-to, hoping for some leftovers.
702551 December 16, 2015
Personally, I'd find a 1/2 pound of pork to be plenty for me, but she did not describe the diners, apart from saying they were adults.

80-year-old little ladies or NFL linebackers? No one knows since she did not share that information nor did she mention how many other dishes would be part of the meal.

That's why I suggested 1 lb. per person. In any case, there will be some weight loss from cooking.

I know my meat appetite is small compared to many others. A 12-oz sirloin steak is probably enough for 3-4 portions for me.

It's really hard to answer these sort of questions when almost no context is given.
pierino December 16, 2015
I also think 1/2 pound per person is about right. It will lose a bit of weight in cooking. Be careful as a tenderloin can dry out unless you use a moist cooking environment like a braise.
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