How to cook juicy pork tenderloin in under 30 minutes. Jump to the Simple Roasted Pork Tenderloin Recipe or read on to see our tips.
We like simple recipes. That’s why this roasted pork recipe is a favorite around here — You need a hot pan, spice rub and pork tenderloin (also called pork fillet outside the US).
Here, we’ve seasoned our pork with one of our favorite dry rubs. It’s called Adoro and is from our local spice and tea shop. It is a zesty blend of red pepper flakes, garlic powder, salt and various other seasonings. If you can’t find this blend, use one you have already.
How to Make the Best Pork Tenderloin without a Recipe in Under 30 Minutes
Pork tenderloin is lean and has almost no fat. So keeping it moist and juicy can be tricky. That is, unless you know these steps for juicy roasted pork tenderloin.
WATCH: We’ve also shared these tips in our Perfect Roasted Pork Tenderloin Recipe Video. The video shows you how we make our pork tenderloin with apples and onions. It’s delicious!
You really don’t need a specific recipe for this, only the steps for cooking it best. The flavors are up to you — we’ve given a few suggestions below.
Step 1: Season
Pat the pork dry — meat that is not dry won’t sear — then season with salt and pepper or your favorite spice rub.
Step 2: Sear
Before roasting, we always sear the pork on all sides first. After seasoning, throw it into a hot pan — we love our cast iron skillet for this. Sear all sides until they’re golden brown.
Step 3: Finish in the Oven
Finish cooking the pork in the oven. We keep the oven temperature high and roast the pork for 10 to 15 minutes.
Cook pork until an internal thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers between 145 and 150 degrees F (63 and 65 degrees C). That will mean that the pork will be juicy and slightly pink in the middle. If you’re not a fan of the pink, cook a little longer, but be careful not to overdo it.
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: In our recipe for Lemon Chicken, we use the same method: Season, sear, and then finish in the oven until cooked through. It makes chicken that’s perfectly cooked and juicy with crispy skin.
Step 4: Make a Quick Pan Sauce
To do this, using the same skillet you cooked the pork in, add about 3/4 cup of liquid. You could use apple cider (that is what we did), wine, chicken stock, vegetable stock or even beef broth. Cook that liquid until reduced by half then add a tablespoon of butter.
You may already have a bunch of half-used spice rubs in your pantry, here are a few suggestions for how to use them in this recipe. Basically, this recipe calls for 3 things: pork, spice rub, and a deglazing liquid for making the pan sauce.
- A Spicy rub with pepper, garlic, maybe some chipotle + Apple Cider, Apple Juice or Cranberry Juice
- Chicken Seasoning + Chicken Stock
- Steak Seasoning + Red Wine or Beef Broth
- Rosemary or Thyme Blends + Dry White Wine, Dry Red Wine, Beef Broth or Chicken Stock
Recipe updated, originally posted January 2012. Since posting this in 2012, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne
- 2 (1- to 1-1/2-pound) pork tenderloins (also called pork fillet)
- 2 tablespoons dry spicy seasoning blend/rub of your choice
- 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup apple cider
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- Heat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
- Trim each tenderloin of any silver skin (this can be tough when cooked, just use a small sharp knife and slide the blade under and outward to remove it). Pat pork dry with paper towels. Then, roll in seasoning blend/rub.
- Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large cast iron skillet or heavy-bottomed oven-safe frying pan over medium heat. You will know when the pan is ready when the oil shimmers.
- Add the pork tenderloins and cook, turning occasionally, until evenly browned all over. This should take about 2 minutes per side.
- Roast 10 to 15 minutes or until an internal thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers between 145 and 150 degrees F (63 and 65 degrees C).
- Transfer pork to a large plate and cover with aluminum foil. Let rest about 10 minutes.
- While pork is resting, place the skillet over medium heat, add apple cider and simmer until reduced by half. Add butter then serve drizzled over pork.