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Indiana Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches

Indiana Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches topped with a creamy corn relish. The pork is wonderfully crispy, but the corn relish is the real show stealer.

Indiana Pork Tenderloin Sandwich with corn relish on a plate.

I don’t do a whole lot of cooking from Cooking Light magazine, but every now and then they have a recipe that absolutely makes my mouth water. Like this one.

Crispy pork cutlets topped with a creamy corn relish, all on a fresh, soft bun. This is one heck of a sandwich!

Where Did The Pork Tenderloin Sandwich Originate?

The pork tenderloin sandwich if thought to have originated at Nick’s Kitchen in Huntington, Indiana near Fort Wayne in the early 1900s. It is typically made from fried pieces of pork loin that have been pounded thin, similar to wiener schnitzel. It is usually served with lettuce, pickles, ketchup mayonnaise, and mustard, but Indiana also has really delicious corn so I think a corn relish is a great non-traditional way to serve it.

Tenderloin sandwich on a bun.

Start with Pork Tenderloin

To make this delicious Indiana Pork Tenderloin Sandwich, you start with a pork tenderloin, slice it into pieces (maybe 1-inch thick or so) and then pound them to flatten them down to 1/4-inch thickness.

Note: Traditionally this sandwich is made with pork loin and you can use it if you prefer.

Super Crispy Coating

They are then coated with Wondra, dipped in egg, and then coated with Panko crumbs.

Wondra is an “instant flour” that is sometimes used to thicken gravies because you really don’t have to worry about it causing the gravy to get lumps since it is so finely ground.

Wondra can also be used to help develop an extra crispy coating on fried foods. You can find it in the flour section in a container shaped like an oatmeal container, only thinner. You can also order Wondra Flour online.

Indiana Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches Recipe Tip

If you don’t have Wondra and don’t want to purchase it, I think it would be fine to use all-purpose flour.

Careful not to overcook the pork and the meat will be nice and tender, not at all chewy. If your pork pieces are smaller than your buns, just put 2 to 3 pieces per bun.

Now if you just went and put these crispy pieces of pork on a bun slathered with mayo, you would have yourself a delicious fried pork sandwich.

Indiana Pork Tenderloin Sandwich with creamy corn relish.

But this Indiana Pork Tenderloin Sandwich recipe goes one step further. The corn relish. Oh my goodness. Fresh corn mixed with cream cheese, red bell pepper, red onion, cayenne pepper, plus a little vinegar to heighten the flavor. It’s so, so good.


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Indiana Pork Tenderloin Sandwich on a plate.

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Indiana Pork Tenderloin Sandwich with Creamy Corn Relish

Indiana Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches

Crispy pork cutlets topped with a creamy corn relish, all on a fresh, soft bun. This is one heck of a sandwich!
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 16 minutes
TOTAL: 31 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels, about 2 ears
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 pork tenderloin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 3 tablespoons Wondra
  • 1 1/4 cups panko crumbs
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 green leaf lettuce leaves
  • 4 buns


  • Melt butter in a small pan and add corn, diced red pepper, and red onion. Saute until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Add cayenne pepper, milk, vinegar, and cream cheese. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly, to melt the cream cheese. Remove from heat and stir in parsley. Let cool to room temperature.
  • Pound pork between 2 pieces of plastic wrap to about 1/4-inch thickness. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • In a shallow dish, whisk together eggs and water. Place the Wondra on a plate and the Panko crumbs on another plate.
  • Coat both sides of pork in Wondra, dip in egg mixture, and then coat with Panko crumbs.
  • Place 2 tablespoons of oil in a nonstick pan and heat over medium-high heat. Add half of pork to pan and cook about 4 minutes per side, or until bowned and cooked through. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate. Add remaining oil to pan and cook remaining pork.
  • To serve, place a lettuce leaf on bottom of each bun, top with 2 or 3 slices of pork and corn relish.


Calories: 500kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Sandwich
Cuisine: American

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Recipe adapted from Cooking Light

Originally posted April 22, 2015.

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14 thoughts on “Indiana Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches”

  1. Bernard Ber

    Very nice sandwich. I’d think maybe some jalapeno in that corn relish would kick it up a notch. Thanks for mentioning it.

    1. At first I thought the sauce was a mayonnaise based one, but it’s made from cream cheese! Which is even better, looks very appetizing. Good share!

  2. Lea Andersen

    Well, this one is a must-try. My kids love sandwiches, I remember making them your Dr. Pepper pulled pork and they loved it so much! My only problem is they are not into corns and I wonder if I can change this one, any substitute suggestion?

  3. At first I thought the sauce was a mayonnaise based one, but it’s made from cream cheese! Which is even better, looks very appetizing. Good share!

  4. Well, this looks delicious! I can’t wait to make a version of the corn relish topper. I’ll skip the rest of the recipe as it’s not even remotely like an Indiana pork tenderloin which is quite specific in both ingredients and preparation technique. Maybe if the “Indiana” part were removed from the title of the recipe, it would be less misleading?

  5. Your specialty is clearly “drool food”…as in I drool every time I see something, like this! I don’t know if the version from Cooking Light looked this good. I don’t think I would’ve missed it otherwise. It is great and I love cooking with pork tenderloin. Plus, corn on anything works for me. Hope you’re having a nice week.

  6. Oh my gosh! This looks like the king of all sandwiches! The pork looks so crispy and sounds amazing with the corn relish!

  7. Jessica @ Sweetest Menu

    What a burger! WOW! I have never had crumbed pork before but it looks wonderful!

  8. Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    I have never seen anything like this before — such a great idea! I love Cooking Light 🙂

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