Recipe Details

Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Asian Dry Rub

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4


Cook to 145 F with 3 minute rest


2 pork tenderloin, (1 pound each), trimmed
1 tablespoon light brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

Cooking Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a medium baking pan with foil.
Stir together brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon, salt, black pepper, cloves, and cayenne pepper in small bowl. Rub pork with brown sugar mixture.
Place pork in prepared pan and roast for 15-18 minutes or until the pork’s internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F. Remove from oven, cover loosely with foil, and let stand for 3 minutes. Cut into slices.

Reserve 1 pork tenderloin to use for making Baked Pork Egg Rolls, if desired.
Makes 4 servings, plus leftovers

Serving Suggestions

Serve the sliced pork tenderloin with brown rice tossed with thinly sliced scallions and fresh chopped cilantro. Steamed bok choy or broccoli drizzled with a tiny bit of Asian sesame oil make quick and easy side dish options.
Reserve 1 pork tenderloin to use for making Baked Pork Egg Rolls, if desired.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 140 calories
Protein: 24 grams
Fat: 2.5 grams
Sodium: 210 milligrams
Cholesterol: 75 milligrams
Saturated Fat: 1 grams
Carbohydrates: 4 grams
Fiber: 0 grams

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About the Cut: Tenderloin

The tenderloin comes from the full pork loin. As the name indicates, the tenderloin is one of the most tender cuts of pork. Typically, pork tenderloin weighs between ¾ and 1 ½ pounds.

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About the Cooking Method: Roasting

COOKING BASICS: 1) Preheat oven to 325 to 350 degrees F. (for pork tenderloin, roast at 450 degrees F.). 2) Trim much of the exterior fat from the roast; if roast has no fat cover, rub the surface with 1 to 2 teaspoons of oil. Season roast with herbs and other seasonings, if desired. 3) Place roast on rack in shallow roasting pan. 4) Do not cover; place in oven and roast to an internal temperature of 150 to 155 degrees F. for medium doneness. 5) Remove roast from oven. Allow it to "rest" for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing. This resting period allows juices to redistribute. Internal temperature will rise approximately another 5 degrees F.

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Buying, Handling & Storage Tips

Sealed, prepacked fresh pork cuts can be kept in the refrigerator 2 to 4 days.  If you do plan on keeping the raw, fresh pork longer than 2 to 3 days before cooking it, store it well-wrapped in the freezer.

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Butcher's Tips

Pork tenderloin makes an elegant entrée for a small dinner party but also can be roasted or grilled whole for quick weeknight dinner. When sliced crosswise (like a loaf of French bread), the resulting medallions also may be sautéed.

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Great, but cook time is way off
by anonymous 02/12/2013

I followed directions exactly and after 15 minutes it was nowhere near 165 degrees. Be aware your cook time will be longer! Maybe my tenderloins were thicker than usual, they were 1lb each?


Note from Carma @PBI:

Thank you for your review. Please note that National Pork Board's and USDA's cooking recommendations for pork tenderloin is to cook to 145F as measured by a meat thermometer and followed by a 3-minute rest.  The usual cooking time for a one pound pork tenderloin in 425F oven is about 15-20 minutes. Also the two pork tenderloins need to have some space between them on the pan during cooking. It is good to note though that ovens may vary slightly and these are recommended guidelines.

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by anonymous 01/06/2013
 Quick and Delicious

So good!
by anonymous 09/24/2012
 Served this with an asian cabbage salad, and it was perfect. My family loved it!