Tenderloin Basics

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.

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

Pork tenderloin has a mild flavor, so it’s best when prepared with an added spice rub, marinade, stuffing or flavorful sauce. To keep the tenderloin juicy, cook to an internal cooking temperature of between 145° and 160° F, followed by a 3-minute rest.

How to cook pork tenderloin

Pork tenderloin is an ideal protein as it can be prepared in so many delicious ways and is flavorful, lean and easy to cook. Whether you are looking for a quick weeknight dinner or something a little extra special, pork tenderloin is the perfect choice.

Pork tenderloin offers so many benefits it wins high praise from home cooks, family, and guests. It can be impressive with simple seasonings and roasted, grilled or sautéed, or used as an ingredient in a variety of recipes. It is a mild, lean and tender cut which comes from the full pork loin and typically weighs around ¾ to 1½ pounds.

Easy and Delicious

Pork tenderloin is hassle-free as it doesn’t take long to cook. If grilling, pork tenderloin takes only 20 minutes on a direct medium-hot grill (400°F) or a few minutes more if roasting in the oven. Cook the pork tenderloin to a 145-160 degree internal temperature for best results.

Recipes to Love

Pork tenderloin is a perfect canvas for many flavors and can be marinated for a few hours or overnight. It marries well with spice rubs, is a delicious addition to pizzas, salads or noodle bowls, can be sliced and stuffed or served as medallions.

Here are a few favorite pork tenderloin recipes.

Spicy Cranberry Pork Tenderloin This tender, juicy pork tenderloin is served with an oh-so-good sweet and spicy cranberry sauce.

Sautéed Pork Tenderloin Medallions with Lemon-Garlic Sauce – Garlic, lemon juice and olive oil combine for this quick and fresh dish – yum!

Thai Pork Noodle Bowl – Be internationally inspired! Slice tender grilled Thai-marinated pork chops and top a bed of peanut noodles made with garlic, lime juice and soy sauce.

Pork Tenderloin and Sausage Flatbread – Pork tenderloin, Italian sausage and melted parmesan flatbread is a tasty idea for pizza night.

Pork Quinoa Salad with Cherries and Balsamic This pork tenderloin, kale, dried cherries, balsamic and almond salad makes a fresh and easy meal.

Meat Counter Tips

Tenderloin can be soaked in marinade from a couple of hours to 12 hours or more in the refrigerator.

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