Hands-down our favorite way to prepare a juicy, flavorful spice-rubbed pork tenderloin. Try this pork tenderloin recipe and you’ll find yourself coming back to it over and over.
I’ve needed to blog this recipe for a long time. I have made this spice rubbed pork tenderloin more times than I can count. I’ve made it for my family, I’ve made it for extended family, and I’ve made it for friends.
It is hands-down our favorite pork tenderloin recipe. A close second is probably the pork tenderloin with roasted grapes that I made way back in the early days of my blog. I also really like this recipe for pork tenderloin with apples and onions, perfect for fall. And if you’re looking for a really quick way to prepare pork tenderloin, try these pork medallions with lemon garlic sauce.
I recently chatted with you all about how much we love pork. (Remember my bourbon-plum BBQ pulled pork?) I’m happy to be teaming up with the Ohio Pork Producers to chat about pork a little more and finally share this recipe with you.
In that earlier post, I mentioned the changes the National Pork Board recently made to the names of the different cuts of pork. I also mentioned this handy guide that will help you the next time you wander on up to the butcher’s counter.
(If they’re on top of things — my butcher looked at me like I was crazy when I asked him for a New York pork roast for the BBQ pulled pork. But they’ll catch on soon. Hopefully.)
When you’re cooking pork, it is of utmost importance not to overcook it.
For perfectly cooked pork, you want to stop cooking at 145 degrees, removing the pork from the oven, and then let the meat rest at least 5 minutes so that it can come to 160 degrees. You’ll be left with juicy, delicious pork like this pork tenderloin.
About this pork tenderloin recipe
Just a few more quick things about this spice rubbed pork tenderloin recipe. It’s super easy. Mix up two teaspoons of each of the spices (only get one measuring spoon dirty!), rub on, sear, bake, rest, serve. It’s pretty enough to serve to guests and it’s easy enough to be on your menu every week.
This recipe is also Whole 30 compliant, keto and paleo friendly, and because pork tenderloin is so lean, it’s a healthy choice for anyone. A three ounce serving of pork tenderloin is less than 150 calories and contains 22 grams of protein. And it’s delicious!
Wondering what to serve with spice rubbed pork tenderloin?
Here’s a few of my favorite side dishes that would pair perfectly with this easy pork recipe:
- Sautéed Mushrooms with Wine and Garlic
- Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
- Stovetop Scalloped Potatoes (so easy!)
- Crock Pot Carrots with Cinnamon Glaze
- Green Beans with Bacon, Garlic, and Onion
- Sautéed Mushrooms with Garlic Butter
- Instant Pot Baked Potatoes or Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes
- Bruschetta Orzo Pasta Salad
- Cauliflower Rice
- 3 lb. pork tenderloins (2 tenderloins, each 1 1/2 pounds), fat trimmed and silver skin removed
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
- 2 teaspoons cumin powder
- 2 teaspoons coriander
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- Preheat oven to 450°F.
- In a small bowl, mix together garlic, oregano, cumin, coriander, thyme, salt and pepper. Using your hands, rub this all over pork tenderloins.
- In a large oven safe skillet over medium high heat, heat olive oil. When it is hot, add pork tenderloins and sear on all sides, or about 10 minutes (2-3 minutes per side — you want a nice brown color).
- Transfer to preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes or until cooked to 145°F. Let meat rest for at least 5 minutes (should be 160°F at that point) prior to slicing and serving.
- Please feel free to customize the spice mixture to your own liking. If you're a garlic fan, increase the amount of garlic. If you like a little more heat, add cayenne red pepper.
This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Ohio Pork Council and the Ohio Soybean Council. All opinions are, as always, my own. We love pork and we love this recipe. This post also contains an affiliate link.