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Pork Tenderloin

close up overhead shot of pork tenderloin garnished with seasonings and sliced on a white tray
Pork tenderloin is one of the juiciest pork dishes out there. It is full of flavor, easy to cook, and will quickly become a family favorite. Once you master the basics of the recipe there are loads of different ways to adapt it too including with a honey glaze or a balsamic one.
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  1. INGREDIENTS FOR PORK TENDERLOIN
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS PORK TENDERLOIN RECIPE
  3. STORAGE
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Pork tenderloin is one of the juiciest pork dishes out there. It is full of flavor, easy to cook, and will quickly become a family favorite. Once you master the basics of the recipe there are loads of different ways to adapt it too including with a honey glaze or a balsamic one.

If you are looking for ideas for dishes to serve with this baked pork tenderloin, a perfect side vegetable would be Glazed Carrots–these have that little bit of sweetness that works perfectly with the pork. Or you could try easy, creamy Scalloped Potatoes.

close up shot of pork tenderloin garnished with seasonings and sliced on a white place served with broccoli

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Parmesan Pork Chops | Instant Pot Pulled Pork


INGREDIENTS FOR PORK TENDERLOIN

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You will need:

  • 24 ounce pork tenderloin, about 1.5 pounds
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 3 tbsp salted butter, cut into 1 tbsp squares
  • 1⁄4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

Pork: This recipe definitely works best with tenderloin but if you cannot get it and still want to try it, you can use pork loin instead. You will probably find you need to extend the cooking time so just use your meat thermometer and the temperature guide below to help. The key to this easy pork tenderloin is to get the right cut of meat and to make sure you prepare it just as the recipe shows. You may even get leftovers for the next day –but don’t count on it!

Seasoning: you could also swap the ingredients in the seasoning to change the flavor of the dish. Something like a honey mustard glaze could work well with a little soy sauce and garlic. Or you could add some lemon juice to the existing herb rub.

HOW TO MAKE THIS PORK TENDERLOIN RECIPE

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and set it aside.

STEP TWO: Pat the pork tenderloin dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle the seasoning mixture on all sides and the end then rub with your fingers to ensure evenly spread.

pork tenderloin process shot of pork sprinkled with seasoning

STEP THREE: In a large skillet over medium heat, add olive oil. Once it is hot and shimmering, add the pork tenderloin and sear until browned on all sides. Once browned, remove from the skillet and place on the baking sheet.

pork tenderloin process shot of pork being cooked in hot oil

STEP FOUR: Place three squares of butter evenly on the top of the pork and wrap in the foil tightly around the sides, top, and edges.

pork tenderloin process shot of pork with butter slices wrapped in aluminum foil

STEP FIVE: Place in the oven and leave to roast for 20 to 30 minutes or until the internal temperature is between 145 to 160 degrees when the meat thermometer is inserted into the center of the meat.

PRO TIP: Use the following guide to cook your pork. For medium-rare keep the internal temperature between 145 to 150 degrees. For medium keep the internal temperature between 150 to 155 degrees. For medium-well keep the internal temperature between 155 to 160 degrees. For well done keep the internal temperature between 160 or more degrees.

pork tenderloin process shot of pork temperature guide

STEP SIX: When the pork is at the desired temperature, remove it from the oven and sprinkle with parsley then tent with aluminum.

STEP SEVEN: Leave to rest for 5 minutes before slicing against the grain to serve.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: If you do manage to have any leftover pork tenderloin, keep it in the fridge until you are ready to reheat it. Use an airtight container and finish it within 3 days. The best way to reheat pork tenderloin is to reheat it in the oven. Put the oven to 350 degrees, wrap the leftovers in foil and bake until hot to the touch.

close up overhead shot of pork tenderloin garnished with seasonings and sliced on a white tray

Pork tenderloin is a classic and once you have mastered getting the meat to the right level of done-ness, it is one you will make often. Plus, there are loads of ways to change up the ingredients and enjoy new flavors to your favorite pork dish.

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close up overhead shot of pork tenderloin garnished with seasonings and sliced on a white tray

Pork Tenderloin

5 from 2 votes
Pork tenderloin is one of the juiciest pork dishes out there. It is full of flavor, easy to cook, and will quickly become a family favorite. Once you master the basics of the recipe there are loads of different ways to adapt it too including with a honey glaze or a balsamic one.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 24 oz pork tenderloin
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 3 tbsp salted butter cut into 1 tbsp squares
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley finely chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Set it aside.
  • In a medium bowl combine garlic powder, salt, pepper, dried parsley, and onion powder. Whisk to combine.
  • Pat pork tenderloin dry with paper towels. Sprinkle seasoning mixture on all sides, and on the ends of the pork too. Rub into pork with your fingers to evenly distribute seasonings.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat add olive oil. Once olive oil is hot and shimmering add the pork tenderloin and sear pork until browned on all sides. Once browned on all sides and ends , remove from the skillet and place on aluminum foil.
  • Place 3 squares of butter evenly spaced on top of the pork tenderloin and wrap aluminum foil tightly around the sides, top, and edges.
  • Place in the oven and let roast 20 to 30 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches between 145 to 160 degrees in the middle of the tenderloin when tested with a meat thermometer.
    TIP: Use the following guide to cook your pork. For medium-rare keep the internal temperature between 145 to 150 degrees. For medium keep the internal temperature between 150 to 155 degrees. For medium-well keep the internal temperature between 155 to 160 degrees. For well done keep the internal temperature between 160 or more degrees.
  • When the pork tenderloin reaches the desired temperature remove it from the oven, sprinkle fresh parsley over the top, and tent with aluminum foil.
  • Allow meat to rest for 5 minutes before slicing against the grain to serve.

Notes

Pairs perfectly with mashed potatoes and a side vegetable.

Nutrition

Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 133mg | Sodium: 751mg | Potassium: 735mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 594IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2mg
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