BY ANNA STOCKWELL
We have a feeling you’ll be cooking this a lot.
I love pork tenderloin, and I want you to love it, too—especially for last-minute weeknight meals. Tenderloin is easy to cook, juicy, flavorful, and healthfully lean. One tenderloin typically weighs somewhere around a pound, making it perfect for two (plus a little leftover for sandwiches the next day). So are you loving it yet?
One of the best reasons to cook more pork tenderloin is how easily it lends itself to a variety of flavors. Rub it with whatever blend of spices you like before cooking, and then serve it alongside whatever sides you like. You can serve it ungarnished or drizzled with a pan sauce, salsa, gremolata, or dressing. And all you need to know is this simple four-step method:
Heat your oven to 400°F and pat the pork tenderloin dry, then rub it with a mixture of salt, pepper and your spices of choice. (My current go-to is to rub it with a blend of equal parts salt, pepper, brown sugar, and cumin and serve it alongside some roasted root veggies; the brown sugar helps the pork get a nice caramelized sear and gives the spice rub a deeper flavor).
Heat a large, heavy oven-proof skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium-high heat, swirl in a bit of oil, then sear the tenderloin, turning every 2 minutes or so until it’s nicely browned on all sides, for a total of about 7 minutes.
Throw that skillet in the oven for about 10 to 15 minutes more, flipping the tenderloin over halfway through cooking, until the meat reaches 140°F (or, if you don’t have a meat thermometer, until it feels firm and springs back when pressed with your finger and the juices run clear when poked with a knife). While it roasts, toss together your salad or finish roasting your veggies.
Remove your perfectly-roasted tenderloin to a cutting board and let it sit for at least five minutes before slicing it across the grain into ready-to-eat medallions. Plate it up with your sides and voila!—tenderloin for dinner.
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