This Lemon Garlic Pork Tenderloin is a super simple dinner recipe that is moist and delicious!
Lately it feels like all I’ve been making for dinner is chicken.
Lots and lots of chicken. It’s no wonder my kids call every piece of meat out there chicken.
So when I was at the grocery store last week I decided to pick up a pork tenderloin on a whim.
I actually love pork tenderloin, but it’s been a while. We became acquainted real quick.
All I did was place my pork tenderloin in a zip close bag, whisk up a quick marinade of lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and parsley, and poured it in.
You can do this quick marinade in the morning and let it sit in the fridge till dinner time comes. It’s super quick once you’re ready to cook.
When dinner time rolls around just heat an oven safe skillet up with some olive oil, sear the pork on all the sides, then pop it in the oven till it’s cooked through!
I used my handy dandy meat thermometer to keep track of the inside temp. Pork is done when it’s cooked to 140 degrees F. So what I did was cook it until it reached 135 degrees, then I took it out and let it rest for at least 5 minutes. The pork still continues to cook and reaches that safe 140 degrees.
What you’re left with is an ultra juicy and tender cut of pork.
Not something that’s over cooked and dried out.
My kids downed this pork! And from start of cooking to finish it was less than 25 minutes!
Switch up your dinner routine with this quick and easy pork!
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Lemon Garlic Pork Tenderloin
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp dried parsley
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 2 lb pork tenderloin
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Combine the lemon juice, 2 tbsp olive oil, minced garlic, dried parsley, salt and pepper in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Place the pork tenderloin in a large zip close bag and pour the sauce over it. Zip close and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in an oven safe skillet over medium heat. Remove the pork tenderloin from the marinade and sear in hot skillet on all sides. Place skillet into the preheated oven and cook until the internal temperature reaches 135 degrees F (about 15 to 20 minutes). Remove from oven and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes and then slice into medallions. Enjoy!
I love this recipe!! And my daughter and husband ask for it at least once a week!
Thank you, Gianna
This was really delicious. So much better than the pre-marinated pork tenderloin.
Fantastic! So glad you enjoyed it!
I’m putting mine in the crock pot. How Kong should I cook it?
Did you also make the rice? Looks yummy!
Hi Melanie! Yes, here is the recipe for the rice: http://iwashyoudry.com/2016/03/15/easy-vegetable-rice-pilaf/
Can you use this marinade and grill the tenderloin?
Definitely! That sounds fabulous! 🙂
Oh this looks so simple yet tasty! I actually have a pork tenderloin in my freezer from a recent BOGO sale too! I was wondering what to do with it! This may be on the menu for next week!! =D
Awesome! You’ll love it! 🙂