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Start With Pork Tenderloin


Slices of Chinese style barbecued pork on plate
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Pork tenderloin is ideal for quick cooking. This most tender and flavorful cut of pork is very lean. There's no waste either, since the tenderloins are trimmed before you buy them.

Because the cut is so lean, tenderloin should be cooked quickly. If you cut a tenderloin into rounds or medallions, it will cook in minutes on a dual-contact indoor grill. Each tenderloin usually weighs about 1 to 1-1/4 pounds. Pork is cooked in minutes per pound. So roast a tenderloin at 425 degrees F for 15-20 minutes per pound and grill it over medium coals for 15-25 minutes per pound. The internal temperature should be a minimum of 145 degrees F (the USDA lowered the safe temperature for pork in the summer of 2011).

One of the quickest meals in the market starts with a marinated pork tenderloin. Several companies produce this product. Just cook and eat! But you can save some money and control sodium by marinating a plain tenderloin yourself.

Enjoy these quick and easy recipes with the quick-cooking cut of pork.

Start With Pork Tenderloin Recipes

  • Pork Tenderloin Meal
    This five ingredient meal - yes, a meal, uses a tenderloin with salad dressing and veggies and cooks in minutes on the grill.
  • Southwest Pork Tenderloin
    Once you've mastered this recipe, you can flavor the tenderloin any way you want, from Ranch salad dressing or Italian herbs, to Chinese five spice powder and hoisin sauce.
  • Cherry Pork Tenderloin Medallions
    You can use canned or frozen cherries in this super easy five ingredient recipe, but the fresh are spectacular.
  • Roasted Pork Tenderloin and Vegetables
    Another five ingredient wonder; this time roasted with sweet and tender root vegetables.
  • Orange Pork Medallions
    Mandarin oranges are another of the cook's best friends. Sweet and juicy, they're available year-round, and pair beautifully with a tenderloin.
  • Sliced Chinese Pork
    You can serve the meat on its own or sliced and piled on hoagie or onion buns for delicious sandwiches.
  • Skillet Pork and Peppers
    Bell peppers galore saute to tender perfection with a sliced pork tenderloin in this easy dinner recipe.
  • Lemon Thyme Pork Tenderloin
    A simple marinade of lemon juice, oil, garlic, and thyme perfumes this wonderful and very tender tenderloin recipe.
  • Pork and Onions with Orange Glaze
    Onion, chili sauce, and orange marmalade make a delicious glaze on pork tenderloin and snow peas.
  • Tomato Pork Farfalle
    Adding sour cream to a tomato sauce makes it smooth and creamy. Add pasta and pork tenderloin for a delicious and easy meal.
  • Pork and Peppers with Cherry Sauce
    A sweet and sour sauce combines beautifully with cherries, peppers, and pork tenderloin in this easy recipe.
  • Pork Wiener Schnitzel
    I don't eat veal because of social concerns, so this recipe is perfect for me. Pork tenderloins slices are coated with crunchy bread crumbs and sauteed to a crisp finish.
  • Caribbean Pork Beans and Rice
    A red bean and rice mix is the basis for this quick and easy recipe. You could substitute red beans and rice made from scratch, and toss in some Caribbean and grill seasoning.
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