Easy enough to prepare on a weeknight, delicious enough to serve to guests. This pork tenderloin marinade is fantastic!!
This marinade calls for just a few simple ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry right now. Don’t you just love recipes like that? They can be a life-saver when you don’t know what to make for dinner or have guests unexpectedly.
The best part? You don’t even have to plan ahead and marinade the pork overnight! The marinade quickly tenderizes the pork as it bakes, and nestling garlic cloves directly into the meat adds great flavor in every bite. I’ve already made this recipe twice, and I hardly ever repeat recipes (ask my husband!).
Although only one tenderloin is pictured, this recipe makes enough for 2 pork tenderloins, which will feed about 8 people. The first time I made the recipe, I halved it and only used 1 tenderloin. My husband and I loved it so much that this time I made 2 and we have been enjoying leftovers throughout the week with various sides! The sauce is delicious and the pork goes great with quinoa, brown rice, or any roasted vegetable.
Cooking the pork tenderloins for 45 minutes at 350F really helped them stay juicy and was the perfect amount of cooking time for me. It is REALLY important, however, that once you pull them out you resist the urge to cut into them for about 10 minutes. They continue cooking during this time and you will lose the juices that keep them tender if you cut into them early. I hope you try this recipe! It is awesome.
Delicious Pork Tenderloin
- 2 pork tenderloins, trimmed of any visible fat
- 4 garlic cloves, slivered/quartered/sliced
For the marinade:
- 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons country style dijon mustard (I used grey poupon)
- 4 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary (or herbs de provence)
- freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
1). Preheat the oven to 350F. Rinse and dry the pork tenderloins. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. Using a paring knife poke holes in the pork tenderloin and place a piece of slivered garlic in each one.
2). Combine all the marinade ingredients together in a bowl, except for the olive oil. Whisk in the olive oil slowly and continue whisking to combine.
3). Pour marinade over pork tenderloins. Bake for 45 minutes, uncovered, basting once halfway through the cooking process (optional).
4). Remove from oven and let the pork rest 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with sauce. Enjoy!
A note about the nutritional info: Keep in mind these numbers were calculated for the entire recipe, including the marinade. There is a LOT of sauce and it is unlikely you will consume that much, so the actual calorie count may be lower than listed. But, just in case you love the sauce as much as I do, here is the nutritional information per serving:
Calories: 218 Carbs: 10g Fat: 8g Protein: 24g Sugar: 9g Fiber: 0g
WW PointsPlus: 5 Old Points: 5
Recipe originally from: http://lickthebowlgood.blogspot.com/2009/06/oink-oink.html