There is nothing more satisfying than cooking a healthy and delicious meal that requires minimal effort. Especially after a busy work day or juggling the kids, it’s nice to be able to have a quick hot meal without all the fuss. Often, we associate roast dinners with time and effort in the kitchen. However, with my recipe, you’ll be astonished at how delicious and juicy pork tenderloin can be. This recipe is also very versatile and affordable. You can try various seasonings and vegetables for pairing.
Since pork is a temperamental piece of meat to cook with, you don’t want to under cook or overcook it. The perfect temperature for a juicy finish is at 145 °F. So grab a trusty thermometer for this meal. A little pink in the center is actually perfectly okay to consume and will most likely produce that succulent melt in your mouth texture. As for vegetable pairings, I like to use harder vegetables that will roast well, such as carrots, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, sweet potato, onions, garlic bulbs, and cubed and skinned squashes. This recipe is healthy, low in calories, high in flavor and keto/paleo friendly. Hope you’ll enjoy this yummy dish as much as I do!
- 1-2 lb Pork tenderloin
- 1-2 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1-2 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika or regular paprika
- ½ teaspoon hot smoked paprika (optional)
- Roasting vegetables of your choice
You can find the Spanish Pimenton paprika in specialty food stores, smaller shops along commercial drive, or online.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line baking pan with foil. Lining the pan is helpful for quick cleaning.
- To get a nice golden exterior, pat the meat dry with paper towel and rub oil onto all sides.
- Whisk together spices, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle mixture over tenderloin, patting it onto the surface of the meat on all sides. Place on baking tray.
- Clean and dry off vegetables of choice, season them and place around the tenderloin.
- For every 1 lb of pork, it’ll need 20-25 minutes. After 10 minutes of roast time, take the pan out and flip the pork over and roast for an additional 10-15 minutes, until the outside is golden brown and the centre is at a temperature of 145 °F. Also flip your vegetables to get both sides nicely roasted.
- After roasting, rest your pork for 10 minutes so the juices are soaked back into the meat and the proteins relax to have a nice and tender finish.
- Slice into desired thickness and spoon any remaining juices from the pan over the slices. Serve with roasted vegetables.
5 Chef Tips For A Successful Roast
TIP 1 : Line your pan to save cleaning time.
TIP 2: Try out different combinations of spices to have some variety.
TIP 3: The recipe is flexible and you can double or triple the recipe to serve a party or for meal planning. Just remember to increase the roast time when you have a heavier roast.
TIP 4: Use a thermometer to get that precise temperature.
TIP 5: ALWAYS rest your roast for at least 5 minutes for a juicy and tender finish.