This is our favorite baked pork tenderloin oven recipe. It requires zero marinating time! Piercing the tenderloin with a fork allows the seasoning to penetrate deeper and you don’t have to marinate the meat for hours. The quick prep makes this a perfect option for unexpected company or a hungry family.
Pork tenderloin is also reasonably priced (we paid $18 for 4 tenderloins at Costco), and I think it’s just as satisfying as steak! If you haven’t tried it, you must! It’s also easy to double or triple the recipe to feed a crowd because it always disappears fast and leftovers taste just as good the next day sliced into sandwiches or served as a side. I’m confident this baked pork tenderloin will become a go-to family favorite for you. Instructions are below, and you can also watch my video about How to Make Pork Tenderloin.
About Pork Tenderloin Ingredients
You will create your dry rub for pork tenderloin with just salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and ground coriander. If you don’t have coriander, you can omit it and the recipe will still work. I love finding recipes where all of the ingredients are already in my pantry!
How to Make Roasted Pork Tenderloin:
- 1 tsp sea salt or to taste
- 1/2 tsp black pepper freshly ground
- 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 2 Tbsp olive oil (extra light) or vegetable oil, or avocado oil*
- 1 1/2 lb Pork Tenderloin
- Preheat oven to 400˚F with the rack in the middle.
- Trim tenderloin of fat and any silver skin and pat dry with a paper towel. Pierce pork loin all over with a fork and rub with 1 Tbsp oil.
- Combine your seasonings and sprinkle onto the tenderloin then use your hands to rub the spices into the tenderloin until evenly coated.
- Heat 1 Tbsp oil over med-high heat in a large oven-safe pan (cast iron or a dutch oven will work). Once oil is hot, add pork and brown on all sides (6 minutes total).
- Place in the oven and bake uncovered at 400˚F for 13-15 min, flipping the tenderloin over halfway through baking. Bake until center of pork registers at least 150˚F then transfer to a cutting board and let meat rest 5-10 min. Slice into rings and serve.
What Color is Cooked Pork Tenderloin?
The USDA now recommends letting the tenderloin get to 145˚F and letting it rest at least 3 minutes. With a perfect pork tenderloin temperature of 145˚F, the meat will still be slightly pink in the middle.
I highly recommend a digital (instant read) thermometer like this one will help you achieve the perfect doneness.
*Oil used should have a high smoke point.
**Pork tenderloin is very juicy and does not need a sauce, but it is also really good served with A1 or BBQ sauce.
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