Garlic and Herb-Crusted Pork Loin Roast

Garlic and herb crusted pork loin
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 2 hrs
Total: 2 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 8 to 10 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
331 Calories
19g Fat
5g Carbs
34g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 10
Amount per serving
Calories 331
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 96mg 32%
Sodium 99mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 34g
Calcium 60mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This succulent pork roast can be made with a rib roast (pictured) or center-cut bone-in pork loin roast. Serve it with baked or mashed potatoes and a corn dish or your favorite side dish. This roast is a fabulous choice for a holiday meal or Sunday dinner. Prepared with only three ingredients plus mixed herbs and salt and pepper, it's as easy as it is impressive.

Use a standard meat thermometer, oven temperature probe, or an instant-read thermometer to test the roast for doneness. According to the USDA, the minimum safe temperature for pork is 145 F. 

This recipe is easy to customize. Try the suggested herbs, or use what you have on hand. Some other good choices for pork include tarragon, parsley, coriander, and cumin


  • 1 pork loin rib roast (bone-in, about 4 to 5 pounds)
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh herbs (such as a combination of thyme, sage, and rosemary)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for Garlic and Herb Pork Loin
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  2. Line a large baking pan or roasting pan with foil and place a rack in the pan. Place the roast on the rack and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.

    Pork loin roast seasoned with salt and pepper
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  3. Combine the herbs, garlic, and olive oil and mix well. Rub over the pork roast.

    Pork loin covered with herbs and garlic
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  4. Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours.

    Foil covered pork loin roast
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  5. Heat the oven to 450 F.

  6. Roast at 450 F for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 325 F and continue roasting for about 20 minutes per pound, or until the temperature reaches at least 145 F.* 

  7. Tent the roast with foil and let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

    Sliced garlic and parmesan crusted pork loin
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  8. Serve and enjoy!


  • Serve with fried apples or applesauce, potatoes or sweet potatoes, and spinach, squash, or a salad.
  • Replace the fresh herbs with about 1 1/2 teaspoons of dried herbs
  • A rack is used to keep the roast out of its drippings as it cooks. If you don't have a wire rack, scatter fresh carrots and celery sticks in the bottom of the foil-lined pan. You can also crumple a few sheets of foil and use them to make a rack. Place the roast on the vegetables or crumpled foil.

Pork Roasting Timetable

  • Pork sirloin roast, bone-in, 4 to 5 pounds: 25 to 40 minutes per pound
  • Pork sirloin roast, boneless, 2 pounds: 26 to 28 minutes per pound
  • Pork sirloin roast, boneless, 3 to 4 pounds: 20 to 25 minutes per pound
  • Top loin (NY), bone-in, 2 pounds: 26 to 28 minutes per pound
  • Top loin (NY), boneless, 3 to 4 pounds: 20 to 25 minutes per pound
  • Rack of pork, 4 to 5 pounds: 25 to 40 minutes per pound

The minimum safe temperature for pork (USDA guidelines) is 145 F (62.8 C). The Canadian government recommends a minimum temperature of 160 F (71 C) for pork.

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