30 Minute Roasted Pork Tenderloin Recipe
How to cook the best, juiciest pork tenderloin in under 30 minutes. Jump to the Easy 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 or herbs and pork tenderloin (also called pork fillet outside the US).
Say goodbye to dry and flavorless pork chops. With a few simple tricks, you can make juicy and tender pork chops with very little fuss.
No-Fail Method for the Best Pork Tenderloin
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 the most succulent roasted pork tenderloin.
WATCH: We use the same method when making our Perfect Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Onions. Click over and watch us do it in the video.
You 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 the Pork
Pat the pork dry — meat that is not dry won’t sear — then season with salt and pepper.
Step 2: Brown in a Skillet
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 are golden brown. It’s at this point that you could add your favorite spices or fresh herbs — adding them after searing keeps them from burning and becoming bitter.
Step 3: Finish in the Oven
Finish cooking the pork in the oven. We keep the oven temperature high and roast the pork for 15 to 20 minutes. Cook pork until an internal thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers between 145 and 150 degrees F. 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.
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. Our recipe calls for three 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
Roasting the pork on top of a bed of vegetables is excellent, too. Try our Juicy Pork Tenderloin with Peppers and Onions.
Recipe updated, originally posted January 2012. Since posting this in 2012, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne
30 Minute Roasted Pork Tenderloin Recipe
The spice blend you use is up to you; we love using a spicy steak spice blend or fresh herbs like rosemary and thyme. We love to serve this pork over polenta or mashed potatoes.
You Will Need
2 (1 to 1 1/2-pound) pork tenderloins (also called pork fillet)
Salt and fresh ground black pepper
2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
1 to 2 tablespoons seasoning blend/rub of your choice, fresh or dried
3/4 cup wine, broth, apple cider or a combination
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- Prepare Pork
- To Finish
Heat oven to 425 degrees F.
Trim each tenderloin of any silver skin (this can be tough when cooked. Use a small sharp knife and slide the blade under and outward to remove it). Pat pork dry with paper towels. Then generously season with salt and pepper.
Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large cast-iron skillet or heavy-bottomed oven-safe frying pan over medium heat.
Add the pork tenderloins and cook, occasionally turning, until browned all over, about 2 minutes per side. Scatter the seasoning blend or herbs over the pork.
Roast 10 to 15 minutes or until an internal thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers between 145 and 150 degrees F.
Transfer pork to a large plate and cover with aluminum foil. Let rest about 10 minutes.
While pork is resting, place the skillet back over medium heat. Add the apple cider and simmer until reduced by half. Add butter then serve drizzled over pork.
Adam and Joanne's Tips
- Pork tenderloin doneness: We cook our pork to 145 degrees F. This means the pork will be barely pink in the middle, safe to eat, and ultra juicy. You can cook pork tenderloin to anywhere between 145 degrees F and 160 degrees F. Just keep in mind that keeping it as close to 145 degrees F will result in the juiciest, most tender piece of meat.
- Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.
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