Easy 4-Ingredient Pork Roast

Simple Seasoned Pork Roast With Garlic

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 90 mins
Total: 100 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings

This four ingredient, deliciously seasoned pork roast recipe couldn't be easier to prepare. Season the roast and rub it with garlic, pop it in the oven, and an hour or two later, you have a fabulous dinner. 

This pork roast is sliced and served with your favorite side dishes such as mashed or baked potatoes, and green beans, or your family's favorite vegetable side dish. Throw some potatoes to the roasting pan about an hour before the pork is done cooking for easier prep. This roast is perfect for that Sunday meal or weekend dinner. 

The pork loin cut is considered to be the most flavorful, even more so than the pork tenderloin, as it is a bigger cut of the loin. A boneless pork loin roast will take about 20 to 25 minutes per pound. A bone-in roast (4 to 5 pounds) will take longer, about 30 to 40 minutes per pound. A reliable instant-read thermometer should register at least 145 F—the minimum safe cooking time according to the USDA—when the pork is done.

Ingredients

  • 1 (3- to 5-pound) boneless pork loin roast (or 1 [4- to 5-pound] bone-in pork loin roast)
  • 2 cloves garlic (cut in half)
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for making simple seasoned pork roast

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  2. Preheat the oven to 425 F. Place a rack in a shallow, foil-lined roasting pan or 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan.

    A foiled-lined baking sheet with a rack
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  3. Place the pork loin roast on the rack and rub all sides of the pork with the cut sides of the pieces of garlic. Sprinkle all sides of roast evenly with the seasoned salt and freshly ground black pepper.

    Pork seasoned on rack
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  4. Roast the pork uncovered for about 20 to 25 minutes per pound, or until the internal temperature of the roast when using an instant-read thermometer is at least 145 to 160 F.

    A thermometer in a pork roast.
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  5. Tent the roast loosely with foil and let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.

    Pork roast covered with foil
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  6. Slice and serve with your choice of sides. Enjoy.

    Slices of simple seasoned pork roast
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Tips

  • Instead of a rack, use fresh vegetables to keep the pork out of its drippings. Toss several carrot halves, sliced onions, and celery sticks with a few tablespoons of olive oil and place them in the foil-lined pan. Place the pork roast on the vegetables.
  • Another alternative: Crumple a large sheet of heavy-duty foil and place it in the bottom of the pan. Place the roast on the crumpled foil.

Recipe Variations

  • Use Cajun or Creole seasoning in place of the seasoned salt blend. If the seasoning does not contain salt, sprinkle the pork with about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt, too. Or use an unsalted herb blend with about 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt.
  • About 1 hour before you calculate the pork will be done, toss 2 pounds of scrubbed and quartered red-skinned potatoes with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper, and 2 cloves of minced garlic. Arrange the potatoes around the pork loin roast and continue roasting until the potatoes are tender and the pork has reached at least 145 F. Remove the potatoes to a serving bowl and keep warm. Tent the roast with foil and let it rest for about 10 minutes.