This Roasted Pork Tenderloin is an easy way to prepare a lean protein for dinner that’s flavorful and pairs well with many different sides. It only takes 20 minutes to cook!
Anytime I see pork tenderloin on sale at the store, I always snatch it up. It’s such an easy meat to cook as the focal point of any dinner.
Pork tenderloin has gotten a little more expensive over the past 5 years, but it’s still a relatively affordable cut of meat.
Especially considering it’s trimmed up already, and there’s no excess fat to cut away. What you get and cook is pretty much all lean protein that can be sliced and served.
Just as with beef tenderloin, pork tenderloin is a really lean cut, but relatively tender since it’s not a heavily used muscle. Because it’s so lean, I like to flavor it with a marinade or at least with some spices, which I’ll go over further below.
Can pork tenderloin be pink inside? Yes, the recommended doneness for pork is 145F, which will have pink inside. We pull the pork from the oven at 140F, and the meat continues to cook another 5 degrees, so it’s perfectly done.
Is pork tenderloin healthy? Yes, especially if you buy pastured pork. It’s a very lean cut of protein, and it’s paleo, keto, low carb, and Whole30 compliant.
Will pork tenderloin shred? No, this is not the right cut to use for shredding. You want pork shoulder for that like in this Pulled Pork recipe.