Read on and let me walk you through how to make the most perfect pork tenderloin.
Step 1: Ingredients:
- a pork tenderloin
- olive oil
- herbs & spices of choice
- mustard or another sauce you're fond of
- salt & pepper
One tenderloin will serve four people.
Step 2: Apply Your Seasonings and Preheat
For a pork tenderloin, I like to use mustard to bind the spices to the meat. If you don't use mustard, oil works well!
For this one, I used a good amount of salt and pepper, several pinches of paprika, three of rosemary, and a pinch each of garlic and onion powder. The mustard is just a few teaspoons.
This is really all up to you - but remember, it is better to over-season instead of under-season! There's a lot of meat in the middle that won't get direct seasoning.
Once you've added your spices and binder, rub the tenderloin all over. I like to pop it in the fridge for a little bit before cooking, but you can do it right away, too!
Step 3: Sear the Tenderloin
Once it's seared, put it on a lightly oiled baking sheet or pan.
Step 4: Cooking + Resting
You want your tenderloin to reach 140 F. At that point, pull it out of the oven and put it on a plate to rest. I like to rest it for 5-10 minutes.
NOTE: Cooking it to 140 F will result in slightly pink pork. This is safe and fine! If it really bothers you, take it to 145-150 F and then pull out and rest.