yummmmm pork tenderloin.
when you cook a pork tenderloin right it takes hardly any time at all and it’s extremely moist and amazing. 😀 all you really need to do to get it perfect is season it well and use a probe thermometer to make sure the temp is where it needs to be!
this is what you need:
- a pork tenderloin
- spices/herbs of your choosing
- an oven heated to 400 F
for this tenderloin, 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.
remember that it is better to over-season instead of under-season, so go nuts! because the majority of the loin will never come into contact with the seasoning it will all even out.
rub down your tenderloin and preheat your oven to 400 F. while the oven is preheating, sear the tenderloin in a skillet with a little olive oil in it – i like to do this over medium high heat.
once it’s seared on all sides, transfer it to a lightly oiled baking sheet or 9×13 pan.
insert your probe thermometer into the middle of the thickest part of the tenderloin. you’ll be cooking your tenderloin in a 400 F oven for 15-20 minutes. 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.
ta-daaaaaaa! perfect tenderloin.