How to Make Pork Tenderloin

Best Ways to Cook Pork Tenderloin

Publish Date October 31, 2022 2 Minute Read

We think it’s time you get better acquainted with pork tenderloin. Not only is it naturally the leanest cut of pork, but its mild taste means it goes well with spice rubs, marinades and sauces in just about every flavor profile. Learn a little more about this succulent cut, then check out the recipes below to try it for yourself.

Pork Tenderloin vs. Pork Loin

The tenderloin, which is found under the topside of the backbone, is often referred to as the filet mignon of the pig. It’s usually relatively small, around 1 lb. and 12” long, and, as its name clearly suggests, has an incredibly tender texture.

The pork loin is a large cut of meat that runs along either side of the backbone, from just below the shoulder down. This large section is typically further divided into the smaller pork chops and roasts you see at the market. How long to cook pork loin depends on its size and the temperature of your oven, but you always want to make sure the meat reaches a safe internal temperature of 145°F to 160°F.

How to Cook Pork Tenderloin dinner in under 30 minutes

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How to Cook Pork Tenderloin

Pork tenderloin can be prepared in a variety of ways and flavors. Here are a few things you can do before cooking that that’ll bring out the best in your meat:

  1. Using a knife, remove the sinew, also known as the silver skin, from your tenderloin. This is the membrane that may be covering the meat.
  2. To ensure your pork tenderloin is as juicy as possible, let it rest in a brine. To create the brine, dissolve about four tablespoons salt into about 4 cups of water. Submerge the pork tenderloin in the salt water, then refrigerate it at least 30 minutes.
  3. After removing the pork tenderloin from the brine, rinse it off, pat it dry and season it with your preferred herbs and spice spices.

From oven oven-roasting to grilling, here’s a quick guide to cooking times:

  • How long to cook pork tenderloin in oven at 350°F: Placed in a baking dish and cooked uncovered, a pork tenderloin will take around 20-27 minutes at 350°F.
  • How long to cook pork tenderloin in oven at 400°F: Placed in a baking dish and cooked uncovered, a pork tenderloin will take around 18-20 minutes at 350°F.
  • How to grill pork tenderloin: Grill the pork tenderloin over direct heat for 2-3 minutes on all sides, then move it to indirect heat for 20-30 minutes, turning occasionally. (For a great grilled pork tenderloin marinade, check out this Rosemary-Lemon Grilled Pork Tenderloin recipe.)
  • How long to cook pork tenderloin in the air fryer: For air fryer pork tenderloin, set your appliance to 400°F and let the meat cook 20-22 minutes.

Always use an instant thermometer to ensure the pork is cooked to a safe internal temperature of 145°F.

Pork Tenderloin Recipes

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