Roasted Pork Tenderloin

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  • Only 5 simple ingredients and done in less than 30 minutes. Tender and juicy on the inside, with a flavorful seared outside.

    This dish is so easy and has tons of flavor. It’s one of our favorites! For more pork recipes, check out my 3-ingredient kalua pork, slow cooker sweet pork tacos and pan roasted herbed pork tenderloin.

    plate with sliced pork tenderloin and green beans

    Pork tenderloin is one of our favorite weeknight dinners. It’s super simple to cook and has amazing flavor. Plus it’s ready in less than 30 minutes, which is always a win in my book.

    I love to sear the meat on the stove first, giving the outsides a nice golden color before going in the oven. Then it continues cooking in the oven until it’s perfectly tender and juicy.

    You can serve as-is, or make a simple apricot sauce to pair with it. Then don’t forget the yummy side dishes, like green beans or mashed potatoes. So delicious and comforting!

    Pork loin vs. pork tenderloin

    Although they are often confused for each other, the two types of meat are actually different cuts. Tenderloin is smaller and more narrow, usually weighing in about 1 to 1 1/2 pounds. The pork loin is a bigger and more thick cut of pork, typically as wide as a steak.

    Different cooking methods are also used for the two cuts of meat. Pork tenderloin tends to cook much faster than pork loin, so it’s usually seared on high heat. Pork loin is often slow cooked or grilled.

    seasoning the raw pork tenderloin with a spice rub

    Seasonings

    I like to keep it really simple when seasoning my meat. You could always add in extra spices, but below is my favorite blend.

    TIP: If you let this rub sit on the meat for 5 or 10 minutes before cooking, it gives the salt time to soften and really flavor the meat.

    Cooking time and temperature

    How long to cook in the oven at 400ºF? Because you’re searing the sides of the meat first, it only needs to cook in the oven at 400ºF for about 13-15 minutes.

    What temp should it be cooked to? I remove my meat from the oven once it’s reached an internal temperature of 145ºF on my meat thermometer. It may look a little pink, but as long as it’s 145ºF then it’s ready. It will also continue to cook as it rests.

    searing the pork tenderloin in a cast iron skillet

    How to cook pork tenderloin

    Step 1: Rub seasoning on tenderloin 

    Mix together salt, Italian seasoning and black pepper in a small bowl. Rub mixture over pork and let sit for a few minutes.

    Step 2: Brown pork in skillet

    Heat an oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork and cook until golden brown all over (turning occasionally), about 6-8 minutes total. Then place pan in oven. Add fresh rosemary sprig on top if desired.

    Step 3: Bake in oven 

    Bake uncovered at 400ºF for 13-15 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the pork has reached 145ºF. Then carefully remove from oven with an oven mitt (the handle of the pan will be hot!).

    Step 4: Let rest, then slice 

    Transfer pork to a cutting board and tent with foil. Let rest 5-10 minutes, then slice. Serve and enjoy!

    fork sticking into a slice of pork tenderloin

    Serving tips

    Below are a few sides and sauces that taste delicious with this dish.

    Sides

    Sauce

    • A-1 sauce
    • Apricot sauce (instructions below)
    • BBQ sauce

    Instructions for apricot sauce: Heat chicken broth, apricot jam and a rosemary sprig over medium-heat in a pan. Simmer about 4 to 6 minutes. Slice tenderloin and serve with sauce. Garnish with rosemary if desired.

    plate of sliced pork tenderloin and green beans

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    Pork Tenderloin Recipe

    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: pork tenderloin
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 22 minutes
    Total Time: 27 minutes
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 267.63
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    Only 5 simple ingredients and done in less than 30 minutes. Tender and juicy on the inside, with a flavorful seared outside.

    Ingredients

    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1.5 pound pork tenderloin , silver skin removed
    • 2 tablespoons canola or avocado oil

    Optional: rosemary sprigs

      Instructions

      • Preheat oven to 400ºF. Combine salt, Italian seasoning and black pepper. Rub all over tenderloin and let sit for a few minutes.
      • Heat an oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. Add tenderloin and cook, turning occasionally, until golden brown all over, about 6-8 minutes total. Transfer pan to the oven and top with rosemary if desired.
      • Bake uncovered for 13-15 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the pork is 145ºF. Remove from oven, being careful of the hot pan handle. Transfer tenderloin to a cutting board and tent with foil. Allow to rest 5-10 minutes.
      • Slice tenderloin and serve with sauce if desired.

      Notes

      This dish has great flavor on it own. We also love to serve it with A-1 sauce or this apricot sauce below. 
      Apricot sauce (optional): 
      • 1/2 cup chicken broth
      • 1/2 cup apricot jam
      • Rosemary sprig
      Heat the chicken broth, apricot jam and rosemary over medium heat in a pan. Simmer about 4 to 6 minutes. Slice tenderloin and serve with sauce. Garnish with rosemary if desired.

      Nutrition

      Calories: 267.63kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.42g | Protein: 35.18g | Fat: 13.03g | Saturated Fat: 2.53g | Cholesterol: 110.56mg | Sodium: 669.97mg | Potassium: 668.48mg | Fiber: 0.21g | Sugar: 0.02g | Calcium: 18.19mg | Iron: 1.83mg
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