Perfect Pork Tenderloin | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Perfect Pork Tenderloin

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This quick and easy oven roasted Perfect Pork Tenderloin recipe is bound to become a staple in your menu planning. Cooked to the perfect temperature for moist and juicy pork every single time. 

Perfect Pork Tenderloin by  Renee's Kitchen Adventures slices with gravy and green beans on a white plate ready to eat

The Perfect Pork Tenderloin!

I love cooking pork tenderloin roasts for my family for many reasons. They are economical. They are a fairly lean protein choice. But, most importantly, they taste awesome!

I'm once again happy to be partnering with the Ohio Pork Council for this post.  If you remember, last month I posted a fabulous recipe for Pork Chops Romano in Lemon Butter Sauce made with Ohio pork that quickly became one of the more popular recipes on this site. 

How to keep pork from drying out

The secret to great pork, no matter what the cooking method is, all in the internal temperature you cook the pork to.  Since today's pork is so lean, you want to avoid overcooking. The ideal temperature for pork tenderloin is 145 degrees F with a minimum 3 minute rest time once you remove the roast from the heat source.

This results in a final temperature between 145 - 160 degrees F. You will notice a blush of pink in the pork when cooked to this temperature.  I'm here to tell you (and so are the experts) that seeing a little pink is perfectly fine.  In fact, that is exactly what you want to see.  

Perfect Pork Tenderloin by Renee's Kitchen Adventures overhead view of sliced roast with serving fork and parsley garnish on white platter

Pork naturally pairs so well with fruits like apples, cranberries and apricots.  I like to use apricot jam in the marinade in this Perfect Pork Tenderloin recipe.

You can add diced jalapeno peppers too, for a little kick, if you like. That is entirely up to you.  Either way, you'll get a tasty main course everyone will love! 

Perfect Pork Tenderloin by Renee's Kitchen Adventures close up view of sliced tenderloins on white platter with serving fork and parsley garnish

Make sure you have an instant read thermometer handy when you make this recipe!

It will help take the guesswork out of deciding when the pork is done and help you serve up Perfect Pork Tenderloin every single time! 

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Yield: 6 servings

Perfect Pork Tenderloin

prep time: 40 Mcook time: 25 Mtotal time: 65 M
Lean pork tenderloin is roasted to perfection and served with an easy pan sauce for a great meal!


  • 3 TBSP canola oil
  • 1/4 cup apricot jam
  • 3 TBSP soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 TBSP Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 TBSP minced jalapeno pepper (optional)
  • 2 pork tenderloins


How to cook Perfect Pork Tenderloin

  1. Whisk together olive oil, apricot jam, soy sauce, garlic, and Dijon Mustard (and jalapeno peppers, if using) in a 2-cup (or bigger) glass measuring cup or a small bowl.
  2. Place tenderloins in gallon sized zipper plastic bag and pour marinade over the tenderloins. Close bag and massage marinade into pork. Refrigerate for 30 min.
  3. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. Heat a large, non-stick, ovenproof skillet over med-high heat. Remove pork from plastic bag and shake off excess marinade. (Reserve marinade for later)
  5. Brown tenderloins, turning to brown on each side, for about 3 min per side.
  6. Once pork is browned on all sides, place skillet into preheated oven and cook until the internal temperature is 145 degrees F. (In my oven this was exactly 35 minutes)
  7. Remove the pan from the oven and tent pork with foil. Allow to rest while you make the sauce.
  8. In small saucepan, heat the remaining marinade with 1/2 cup water. Bring to boil and reduce by about half.
  9. Slice pork and drizzle with pan sauce.
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  1. Nothing like a delicious pork roast! Hope you're having a wonderful autumn, Renee!

    1. Thank you Roz! We are having a beautiful Autumn this year. I hope you are well too! :)


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