This is the absolute best way to cook pork tenderloin! It’s tender, juicy, and full of flavor. Cooked in a cast iron skillet, this delicious pork cooks in under 30 minutes! Easy recipe including tasty ways to enjoy leftovers.
I know what you might be thinking…Pork Tenderloin For One? How is that possible, a pork tenderloin is too large for just one person.
I’m a huge fan of cooking a pork tenderloin and being able to enjoy the leftovers for the next day or so.
I’ve got hundreds of single serving recipes here at One Dish Kitchen but juicy, flavorful “larger” cuts of meat and pork are wonderful to consider when you’re cooking for yourself.
Leftover pork is fabulous the next day! When you roast the pork as I show in this recipe, the flavors are simply incredible!
Few other proteins are as tender and juicy as a pork tenderloin. In addition to it’s fabulous flavor, a pork tenderloin is incredibly easy to cook, in fact the total cook time is around 25 minutes.
As for the leftovers, if you think the meat might become dry after a day or two, that simply is not true.
If anything, when prepared the way I’m showing you today, the pork becomes even more flavorful and perfect to incorporate into other dishes.
How To Cook Pork Tenderloin
The best way to cook pork tenderloin is to roast it in the oven. You don’t need to do anything fancy with it, just season the pork and cook it.
Pork tenderloin is often sold in packages of two. Since one pork tenderloin usually weighs around 1 to 1 1/2 pounds, you’ll usually see two in a sealed package.
Two tenderloins are great! You can cook one, and freeze the other to use later – perfect for meal planning.
Begin by seasoning your pork tenderloin. Here’s where you can get creative with your spice combinations.
I love the flavors in my Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin recipe and in my Citrus Glazed Pork Tenderloin, but today I’m sharing my easy spice recipe which consists of ground cumin, ground coriander, garlic, chili powder, and salt.
My secret to juicy and flavorful pork tenderloin involves my cast iron skillet.
Heat the oven and while the oven is heating, place the skillet in the oven to heat up as well.
When the oven and the skillet have preheated, carefully remove the skillet from the oven and place the seasoned pork tenderloin inside.
Return the skillet to the oven (please use oven mitts) and cook the pork for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, remove the skillet from the oven and using tongs, flip the pork tenderloin over.
Carefully place the skillet and pork back in the oven, reduce the oven temperature and cook for an additional 15 minutes.
The pork is done when it’s internal temperature registers 145° in the thickest part of the meat.
As you can see, this pork is easy to cook, incredibly juicy and packed with flavor!
Pork Tenderloin Recipes
As I mentioned, pork leftovers are wonderful.
You can slice the pork to use in sandwiches for lunch or dinner…
One of my favorite ways to enjoy leftover pork tenderloin is sliced and added to tomato sauce with pasta…
I use a 10-inch cast iron skillet with this pork tenderloin recipe, for best results use a pan of similar size.
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Pork Tenderloin Recipe
- 1 1 to 1 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Place the skillet in the oven on a middle rack and heat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) The skillet will heat along with the oven.
- Meanwhile, pat the pork tenderloin dry with a paper towel and set aside. Combine the cumin, salt, cardamom, garlic powder and chili powder in a small bowl. Rub the spice mixture onto all sides of the pork tenderloin.
- Carefully remove the hot skillet from the oven using oven mitts and pour the oil in the pan. Swirl to coat the bottom of the pan.
- Place the pork in the pan. (You can bend it to fit inside the pan if it's a little long). Return the pan to the oven. Roast for 10 minutes.
- Using tongs, flip the pork tenderloin over. Reduce the oven temperature to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) and continue roasting another 15 minutes. The pork is done when it's internal temperature registers 145 degrees in the thickest part of the meat.
- Transfer the pork to a large plate and cover with foil. Let it rest 15 minutes before serving.
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