How to Cook Pork Tenderloin
Whether grilled or pan-roasted, pork tenderloin can be an easy dinner a perfect recipe for a fancy occasion.
Whether grilled or pan-roasted, there’s a pork tenderloin recipe for every taste and occasion. Choose from a variety of ways to flavor this cut of meat, from marinades and dry rubs, to glazing and brining.
Pork tenderloin is a popular cut of meat from along the top of the rib cage. Its smaller size and lack of excess fat make cooking pork tenderloin easy.
Follow our tips for different ways to prepare, flavor and cook pork tenderloin.
A great way to enhance any cut of meat is by marinating, brining, glazing or using a dry rub.
Marinating pork tenderloin
- Marinades can be as simple as garlic and olive oil. Or, try a more dazzling marinade like our recipe for firecracker marinade or teriyaki marinade.
- Marinate the pork tenderloin in a sealable bag and refrigerate it overnight
- If you have any leftover marinade, bring it to a boil in a small saucepan and reduce heat to a gentle simmer until the marinade is reduced to about 2 tbsp. Stir and then drizzle over the tenderloin before serving.
Dry rub pork tenderloin
- Use a variety of ground herbs and spices, such as parsley, basil and cilantro. The dry rub can be applied hours before cooking the pork tenderloin or even right before cooking time.
Brining pork tenderloin
- Brining is a method to enhance the juiciness of your pork tenderloin. It involves soaking the meat in a saltwater mixture and refrigerating. Add spices and herbs to the mixture to enhance the meat’s flavor.
Glazing pork tenderloin
- You can glaze your pork tenderloin with almost anything syrupy, from barbecue sauce to fruit jam or juice. Just remember, brush it on only after you’ve seared the meat and before you cook it.
Cooking pork tenderloin
Pork tenderloin is one of the easier meats to cook. You can grill it or roast it.
Grilling pork tenderloin
- Always cook the tenderloin over indirect heat. Depending on its size, it usually takes 20 to 30 minutes over medium-high heat.
- Flip the tenderloin every 4 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 135ºF to 140ºF.
- Let the tenderloin cool before serving.
Pan-roasting pork tenderloin
- Preheat your oven to 425ºF and coat an ovenproof skillet with oil.
- Sear the tenderloin over medium-high heat until it’s brown on all sides.
- Roast the tenderloin for 15 to 20 minutes until the internal temperature reads 145ºF.
- Let it cool before serving.
Stuffed pork tenderloin
- To butterfly the tenderloin, trim the silver skin with a thin sharp knife.
- Next, horizontally slice through the tenderloin lengthwise almost all the way through and unfold it open.
- Give the meat a light pounding with a mallet.
- Brush on any type of sauce you like. Try an herb sauce like our recipe for pesto. Or, fill it with a cheese or breadcrumb stuffing, leaving a bare 2-inch border along one edge.
- Starting with the covered side of the tenderloin, roll it toward the bare side and secure with toothpicks or kitchen twine.
- Sear the pork on a skillet over medium-high heat on the non-seam sides until it’s brown.
- Place it on its seam side on the skillet and transfer to an oven preheated to 475ºF and roast for 10 to 20 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 140ºF to 145ºF.
Pork Tenderloin Recipes