Oven Roasted Pork Tenderloin
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Just 6 pantry seasons completely transform the humble pork tenderloin into a meal that’s one of our family’s top 5 favorites. I’ve made this Oven Roasted Pork Tenderloin for well over a decade now, and it turns out perfectly every time.
Disclaimer: This post was created in partnership with Hy-Vee (Columbia).
“I would make this again! The spices were perfect. Just delicious!” – Holly
Reasons We Love This Recipe
As one of the most popular freezer meals on Thriving Home, this pork tenderloin recipe is requested over and over by my family.
- Fast and easy. Mix up a rub, cover the pork tenderloin with it, and pop it in the oven. Done in 30 minutes or less.
- Unbelievably delicious. Even though the rub is simple, it packs a big flavor punch.
- Kid-friendly. This is one most kids will go for. Mine like it dipped in ketchup. 🤷🏻♀️
- Affordable. People often overlook what an economical cut that pork tenderloin is.
- Healthy. Pork tenderloin is a lean cut of meat and a good source of protein.
- Can be baked or grilled. Learn more about how to grill pork tenderloin here .
Watch and see how easy this weeknight meal is to make.
The ingredients couldn’t be easier, too.
Start with the star of the show: pork tenderloin. Be sure to find one that is NOT in a marinade.
Then, gather what you’ll need for the rub:
- Garlic powder
- Dried oregano
- Ground cumin
- Ground coriander
- Ground thyme
Where to Get Your Ingredients
We suggest grabbing all your ingredients for overnight oats at your local Hy-Vee. If you have this store nearby, you know what a gem you have under your nose–especially if you’re a parent who knows all of these hacks!
Hy-Vee is a “one-stop shop” for anything you might need, from high-quality ingredients to grab-and-go meals to their pharmacy and much more. I especially love their Health Market selection.
How Long to Cook Pork Tenderloin
It’s important to not over cook pork, like most of us have done over the years. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a dry, tough dinner. Yuck!
Several years ago, the USDA lowered their safe cooking temperature recommendation for pork, which means we don’t have to overcook it anymore! Pork tenderloin is done at 145°F, so be sure to use an internal meat thermometer to get it just right.
We suggest cooking your pork tenderloin at the high temp of 450°F for a short time, only about 20-25 minutes. It’s essential to use an internal thermometer to remove it at the exact right temp (140-145°F).
Side Dish Ideas
This delicious pork tenderloin recipe can be served with a variety of side dishes. Here are some ideas to get you started…
Variations for Serving This Pork Tenderloin
While you can certainly enjoy the pork slices “as is”, here are a few ideas to dress it up.
- Offer BBQ sauce on the side for dipping the pork tenderloin in.
- Spread some Chimichurri sauce on top of the pork; you can find recipes online or in either of our cookbooks.
- Use leftover sliced pork for BBQ pork sandwiches. Serve warm on toasted buns or bread with BBQ sauce.
- Chop up the leftover pork and use in quesadillas, tacos, or on top of your favorite salad.
Can You Freeze Pork Tenderloin?
Oh yes! Pork tenderloin is a great meal to take to others or to take on vacation, too. In fact, it comes together so easily, we included it in our 1 Hour Freezer Prep Sessions!
Our tests showed that freezing cooked pork tenderloin doesn’t work well. It tends to become dry and overcooked when rewarmed. So, we recommend using these freezing instructions:
Freeze It For Later:
Rub the seasoning on all sides of the pork tenderloin and place in a freezer bag. Seal, label, and freeze.
Prepare From Frozen:
Thaw the meal using one of these safe thawing methods. Then either bake it with the instructions below or grill the pork tenderloin using our 7-6-5 Method.
How to Grill Pork Tenderloin
Grilling pork tenderloin is another easy and fast way to enjoy this meal. Use our popular Grilled Pork Tenderloin recipe.
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Oven Roasted Pork Tenderloin
This Oven Roasted Pork Tenderloin recipe is one of our family’s top 5 favorites! Turns out perfectly every time and pleases all the palates.
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
- 1 teaspoon salt
- About 1 1/4 pounds pork tenderloin
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or avocado oil
Tip: Grab all of the ingredients at your local Hy-Vee.
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Make It Now:
- Preheat the oven to 450° F.
- In small bowl stir together garlic powder, oregano, cumin, coriander, ground thyme, and salt until well combined.
- Place the pork tenderloin on a rimmed baking sheet.* Rub the seasoning on all sides of the pork tenderloin, pressing so the seasoning adheres well. (Freezing instructions begin here.)
- Bake until it reaches an internal temp of 140-145°F. This will take about 25 minutes, depending on the size of your pork tenderloin. Note: It will still be slightly pink inside!
- Cover with foil and let it rest for 5-10 minutes so the juices redistribute. (The temperature will also rise another 5°F during this time.) Slice on an angle and serve.
*Tip: Cover the sheet pan with parchment or foil for easier clean up.
Freeze For Later: Follow Steps 2-3. Place the seasoned pork tenderloin in a gallon-sized freezer bag, squeeze out the air and seal tightly, and freeze for up to 3 months.
Prepare From Frozen: Thaw the meal using one of these safe thawing methods. Place the pork on a rimmed sheet pan and follow Steps 4-5.
Pan-Searing Option: If you’d like, you can sear the pork on all sides before baking. (I never do this step because the recipe is so easy and delicious without it.) Here’s how: Heat 1 tablespoon avocado oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until it’s shimmering. Carefully place tenderloin in the hot pan using tongs and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side, until the meat is browned evenly. Then, bake until internal temperature reaches 140-145°F.
How to Grill Pork Tenderloin: Use our popular Grilled Pork Tenderloin recipe.
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