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Pork Tenderloin

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.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword pork tenderloin recipe, pork tenerloin
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 321kcal


  • 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


  • 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.


Pairs perfectly with mashed potatoes and a side vegetable.


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