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!
Yield: 4 servings | Serving Size: about 4 ounces | Calories: 271 | Total Fat: 13 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Carbohydrates: 0 g | Fiber: 0 g | Sugar: 0 g | Protein: 35 g | Cholesterol: 111 mg | Sodium: 421 mg | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 6
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons dried ground rosemary
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 pound lean pork tenderloin
- In a small bowl, combine the salt, pepper, garlic, rosemary, and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Mix well and spread over the tenderloin. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with nonstick spray.
- Brush most of the seasoning off the tenderloin. Heat the remaining oil in a large skillet on high. Once the oil is hot, cook the tenderloin on all sides until golden brown. Place the seared pork tenderloin on the prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes or until cooked through. Let the pork sit for about 15 minutes before slicing and serving, this will help the tenderloin stay juicy!