How to Cook Pork Tenderloin

It can be tough to cook a juicy pork tenderloin, but we have all the tricks you need here.

It can be tough to cook a juicy pork tenderloin, but we have all the tricks you need here.

Unlike pork butt and pork shoulder, which roast up nice and juicy as shown here, pork tenderloin can end up dry when cooked. That’s because it’s such a lean cut of meat. Cooking it can therefore be challenging.  It’s not impossible though. There are just a few things you need to do to get seriously juicy pork tenderloin. Here’s now.

Step#1: Remove the Silverskin

Remove silverskin from pork tenderloin

 

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There’s a bit of sinew on the outside of pork tenderloin that ends up tough when cooked. You need to remove it. It’s easy to do. Learn how to remove the silverskin here.

Step#2: Brine the Tenderloin

This is not a marinade. A marinade only imparts flavor to the outside surface of the meat. A brine on the other hand has a high salt content and it penetrates the meat and makes it juicier. Here’s a great guide to brining pork tenderloin. The basic key though is to use 1 tablespoon of table salt per cup of water. You need enough to completely submerge the meat, which will be about 4-5 cups of water for a tenderloin.

In a  large bowl or ziptop bag, dissolve the salt in the water. Add the tenderloin. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes but ideally 2 hours. Some people go as long as 24 hours but that’s overkill for such a small piece of meat. Remove the tenderloin from the liquid and rinse it off. Discard the liquid.

Step#3: Make the Tenderloin an Equal Thickness

Make pork tenderloin of even thickness

Usually a pork tenderloin is much thinner on one end than the other. If you cook it as is, the skinny side will end up really dry and overcooked before the thicker side is done. That’s no good. So tuck the skinny side up a bit and secure it with metal skewers.

Step#4: Season

Season pork tenderloin with salt and pepper

Season with salt pepper and whatever else you’d like. Just remember that you already brined the tenderloin in salt so only go in with a little bit of salt here.

Step#5: Bake it

Put the pork tenderloin in a baking dish that fits it easily without needing to bend it at all. Put it into an oven that has been preheated to 350°F. Bake for 20-27 minutes, until the internal temperature on an instant read thermometer is at 145°F.

Cook pork tenderloin to 145F.

Step#6: Rest and Slice

Let the tenderloin rest on a cutting board for 5 minutes and then slice it in about 1/2-inch slices and serve.

Slice pork tenderloin and serve.

Here are printable instructions for baking pork tenderloin. Enjoy!

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How To Cook Pork Tenderloin

How to Cook Pork Tenderloin


  • Author: Christine Pittman

Description

It can be tough to cook a juicy pork tenderloin, but we have all the tricks you need here.


Ingredients

  • 4 Tbsp. salt
  • 4 cups water
  • 1-1lb. pork tenderloin
  • metal skewers
  • seasonings (salt, pepper, etc.)

Instructions

  1. In a  large bowl or ziptop bag, dissolve the salt in the water. Add the tenderloin.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes but ideally 2 hours.
  3. Remove the tenderloin from the liquid and rinse. Discard the liquid.
  4. Preheat oven to 350F.
  5. Tuck the skinny side of the tenderloin in and secure it with metal skewers.
  6. Season with salt pepper and whatever else you’d like. Just remember that you already brined the tenderloin in salt so only go in with a little bit of salt here.
  7. Put the pork tenderloin in a baking dish that fits it easily without needing to bend it at all.
  8. Bake for 20-27 minutes, until the internal temperature on an instant read thermometer is at 145°F.
  9. Let the tenderloin rest on a cutting board for 5 minutes and then slice it in about 1/2-inch slices and serve.
This post originally appeared in December 2017 and was revised and republished in August 2018.

 

It can be tough to cook a juicy pork tenderloin, but we have all the tricks you need here. You can cook it right in the oven because it's so good and easy when it's baked. Pork tenderloin is easy and healthy for you. The simple marinade makes all the difference. #pork #healthy #healthydinner #howto #homemade #recipe #easyrecipe

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