Super Easy Pork Tenderloin with Garlic and Rosemary

Juicy, savory pork tenderloin made easy!

When it comes to quick-and-easy dinners, chances are you think chicken. The truth is, there’s nothing wrong with chicken! It’s easy, it’s tasty, it’s versatile, and you can make a huge variety of healthy, delicious meals with it. Then again, because it’s so easy and such a natural go-to, it can be pretty easy to accidentally fall into a chicken rut. Try mixing things up with our Super Easy Pork Tenderloin recipe.

I used to shy away from pork tenderloin in the past, especially when the only thing on my mind was putting together a quick-and-easy dinner. Tenderloin just seemed too complicated when the chicken was right there. Fortunately, this simple recipe proves that prepping a pork tenderloin dinner can be just as easy and painless as your favorite go-to chicken recipe. This Super Easy Pork Tenderloin with Garlic Rosemary recipe makes juicy, tender pork a weeknight reality.

Don’t Forget to Prep Ahead

The most complicated thing about this recipe is that it requires a bit of forethought. It does require two hours of (non-active) prep. That means it’s not the kind of dinner you’d to want to throw together on a whim when you get home late from work.

That being said, this recipe is an excellent choice for a busy weeknight dinner if you plan ahead! The pork needs to marinate for at least two hours before cooking, but it’s one of easiest meals to prep-up the night before. Our recipe says two hours of marinating time, but you could let sit overnight. If anything, the extra time would only make your pork that much juicier and more tender.

Prepped ahead, this Super Easy Pork Tenderloin with Garlic Rosemary is a great option for busy weeknights. Everybody knows the hardest part of making dinner is deciding what to make in the first place. If you’ve prepped this pork tenderloin the night before, the hard part is already over! When you get home from work, you’ll have dinner planned, prepped, and ready to go. All you have to do is cook it up and bring it to the table.

Cooking and Serving Tips

Once the pork has marinated, cook the tenderloin in a large skillet over high heat until it’s golden brown on all sides. This is a crucial first step in the cooking process because it helps the pork get a perfectly crispy exterior. Contrast that to the juicy, tender inside and you have a winner!

Then, place the seared pork on a lined baking sheet and bake it for 45 minutes (or, until it’s cooked through). The final step requires some patience, but it’s worth it: Let the pork sit for another 15 minutes before slicing and serving. This will help it stay juicy and tender!

This Super Easy Pork Tenderloin recipe proves that a delicious, elegant meal doesn’t have to be complicated! A simple pork tenderloin is easy enough to cook that it could become a regular fixture in your weeknight meal rotation. Enjoy!

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Chef Nichole

Nichole has a culinary degree from Great Lakes Culinary Institute and has worked in the culinary industry for 10 years. She also has the knowledge to write recipes using the most nutritious, fresh, and balanced ingredients. Nichole enjoys creating healthy and tasty recipes anyone can prepare, no matter their cooking skill level.

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    1. The temperature and time is correct. A whole pork tenderloin is very thick, it will take longer to cook. A higher temperature does not mean the meat will cook faster, but it does allow the meat to create a delicious carmalization on the outside (that’s the browning has so much flavor).

  1. Nichole, made this tonight and it was amazing!!!!! The pork was so tender I could almost cut it with my fork! I roasted some baby potatoes and carrots, also with rosemary, and oh my! A perfect easy-peasy Fall dinner.
    Thank you for this, now favorite, recipe!

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