Start With Pork Tenderloin

Pork Tenderloin
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Pork tenderloin is ideal for quick cooking. This most tender and flavorful cut of pork is very lean. There's no waste either, since the tenderloins are trimmed before you buy them.

Because the cut is so lean, tenderloin should be cooked quickly. If you cut a tenderloin into rounds or medallions, it will cook in minutes on a dual-contact indoor grill. Each tenderloin usually weighs about 1 to 1-1/4 pounds. Pork is cooked in minutes per pound. So roast a tenderloin at 425 degrees F for 15-20 minutes per pound and grill it over medium coals for 15-25 minutes per pound. The internal temperature should be a minimum of 145 degrees F (the USDA lowered the safe temperature for pork in the summer of 2011).

It can be difficult to find this cut of pork in the supermarket, so you may have to order it from the butcher. When you do find it, buy lots of it and freeze it to use in these wonderful recipes.

One of the quickest meals in the market starts with a marinated pork tenderloin. Several companies produce this product. Just cook and eat! But you can save some money and control sodium by marinating a plain tenderloin yourself.

Enjoy these quick and easy recipes with the quick-cooking cut of pork.

Start With Pork Tenderloin Recipes

  • Southwest Pork Tenderloin
    Once you've mastered this recipe, you can flavor the tenderloin any way you want, from Ranch salad dressing or Italian herbs, to Chinese five spice powder and hoisin sauce.
  • Apple Pork Tenderloin in Puff Pastry
    This special and elegant recipe is perfect for entertaining, but it's so easy to make!
  • Roasted Pork Tenderloin and Vegetables
    Another five ingredient wonder; this time roasted with sweet and tender root vegetables.
  • Mustard Marinated Pork Tenderloin
    You know how I love mustard! It's fabulous paired with tender pork in this easy and elegant recipe.
  • Lemon Thyme Pork Tenderloin
    A simple marinade of lemon juice, oil, garlic, and thyme perfumes this wonderful and very tender tenderloin recipe.
  • Pork and Onions with Orange Glaze
    Onion, chili sauce, and orange marmalade make a delicious glaze on pork tenderloin and snow peas.
  • Grilled Pork Tenderloin Medallions
    Cutting pork into medallions means they cook quickly and are super tender. This easy recipe is delicious.
  • Pork Wiener Schnitzel
    I don't eat veal because of social concerns, so this recipe is perfect for me. Pork tenderloins slices are coated with crunchy bread crumbs and sauteed to a crisp finish.