How to Cook Pork Tenderloin
For lean white meat that's diet friendly and packed with nutrition, it's hard to top pork, especially the tenderloin. Follow this recipe for how to cook pork tenderloin and you'll end up with a dish that melts in your mouth. This method calls for so few ingredients, you might worry that the meat will be bland, but good pork tenderloin needs little more than a sprinkle of salt and a dash of pepper to bring out its naturally sweet flavor.

Browning the pork tenderloin seals the juices and creates an attractive and flavorful crust. Once your pork is browned on all sides, put your frying pan in the oven and continue cooking the tenderloin for about 15 minutes. What could be quicker or easier?

The old rule about cooking pork until it's gray inside doesn't hold anymore. Today, pork is considered just fine if it's slightly pink in the center. Use a meat thermometer to make sure it registers 155 degrees F, then take it out of the oven and let it rest. While resting it will cook some more.

Transcript
Hey everyone! I'm Judith with recipe.com and today I'm gonna be showing you how to make a Roasted Pork Tenderloin. This is a really lean and flavorful pork recipe. So, what we're gonna need is about 1-pound of pork tenderloin which we've trimmed of fat, right here. We have 2 tablespoons of olive oil. We have 1/4 teaspoon of freshly grounded black pepper, and we have 1/8 teaspoon of salt. Now, we have preheated our oven into 400-degrees Fahrenheit and we have here our large skillet. So, we're gonna put that on medium-high and we're gonna put our olive oil in there to get it nice and hot. Now, let's get our pork tenderloin, right here-- beautiful as it is and all we're gonna do is season it with salt and pepper, so we'll turn it on both sides. Once that seasoned, we are gonna put our tenderloin into our skillet. The oil is heated up there and we wanna brown the tenderloin for about 5 to 8 minutes and we'll turn as we go. So, we're not trying to cook the pork tenderloin through, we just wanna get a nice color to it, so make sure you turn it periodically. We are gonna get it a nice brown and then the rest of the cooking will be done in the oven. So, we'll gonna be coming back when that's all nice and brown. So, our tenderloin is nicely browned on all sides as you can see here. So, we're gonna take that off the heat and we're gonna transfer our skillet now into the oven. So as I said, we've preheated the oven to 400-degrees Fahrenheit and it's gonna go in there for about 10 to 15 minutes. Or if you want to check with an Instant-Read Thermometer, it should read about 155-degrees Fahrenheit. So, that's what we'll do and we'll come back in about 10 to 15 minutes. So, we've taken our roasted pork tenderloin now out of the oven and was in there for 15 minutes at 400-degrees Fahrenheit and that is ready to serve. It's nice and golden brown, lots of flavor in there. So, all that you can do now, you can just slice it very thinly and it's now ready to serve-- maybe you can serve that with an ice cream [unk], broccoli, or green beans. Maybe some mashed potato and your favorite, maybe apple sauce or cranberry sauce, and that's it. That is how you make your Roasted Pork Tenderloin. Well, thanks for watching everyone. For more great recipes and savings, go to the recipe.com.
What You'll Need
  • 2   teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1   pound pork tenderloin, trimmed

  • 1/4  teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 1/8  teaspoon salt


Step By Step
1
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle pork with pepper and salt. Add to the pan and brown on all sides, 5 to 8 minutes.
2
Transfer the pan to the oven; bake until the pork has just a hint of pink in the center and an instant-read thermometer registers 155 degrees F, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer the pork to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes. (The internal temperature will increase to 160 degrees during resting.) To serve, cut the pork into thin slices.


Baked sweet potatoes, rice pilaf and sesame noodles are complementary sides that go very well with roasted pork tenderloin. Simple, steamed vegetables with a spritz of lemon and a dab of butter are really all you need to complete a meal that will wow family and friends without being high in calories (only 158 calories per serving of pork).
If you want a sweet side dish to go with your tenderloin, try sauteing peeled and cored apple slices in butter, or dusting peaches with brown sugar and broiling them for a few minutes.
To add a bit of heat to your pork tenderloin, consider mixing some prepared horseradish with sour cream to taste. Spoon this "rocket" sauce down the center of your tenderloin slices.
The fun part about this recipe is that once you've mastered how to cook pork tenderloin that's juicy and tender, you can experiment with sauces, salsas and chutneys to add color and zip to your perfectly prepared medallions of pork. Or you can simply drizzle a thin ribbon of real maple syrup, balsamic vinegar or teriyaki sauce over the pork slices for the slightest hint of sweetness and to enhance presentation.
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