I can’t believe that another month has gone by and it’s time again for another Ritual Recipe! As much as I love to cook, I was finding myself cooking up a lot of chicken for dinner. And while it’s healthy and very versatile, it does get old after a while. “What’s for dinner? Chicken? Again?” Yes, those words were being spoken at my house a little too often. So, I branched out to pork. Pork tenderloin, to be exact. It is very lean like chicken and just as versatile. Once cooked up, you can serve it up with your favorite vegetable and potato. Or you can dice it up and put it in a quesadilla or make tacos. You can even slice it up for sandwiches. As far as sauces, pork goes well with mustard, BBQ, and Asian peanut sauces (just to name a few). The options are endless.
My usual method of cooking pork tenderloin was to sear it on all sides and finish it off in the oven. That was until I found the easiest pork tenderloin recipe ever. I mean, ever. This is one of those set it and forget it recipes. My favorite. I will say that it takes over an hour to cook, so I usually make this over the weekend. And then you’ve got a protein in the fridge ready for a meal. And even the kids love it – win!
This recipe can be adjusted to any size tenderloin. I always try to buy the biggest I can get because it always gets eaten quickly. Typically I season with salt and pepper but you can season with whatever seasoning you like. I have added Old Bay to the salt and pepper which gives it a little bit of a kick.
Note: This recipe works best with an accurate oven. If you aren’t sure how accurate your oven’s temperature is, use an oven thermometer to check your oven’s true temperature.
The Easiest Pork Tenderloin
1 – 2 pound pork tenderloin (any weight will work)
Preheat the oven to 500˚. Line a sheet pan with foil and place the pork tenderloin on the pan. Liberally salt and pepper all sides. Look at the weight on the package of the pork. You are going to cook the pork for exactly 5 ½ minutes per pound. This particular tenderloin was 1.87 lbs so I cooked it for 10 minutes and 17 seconds. Put the pork in the oven to cook for the exact time you’ve calculated. When your timer goes off, turn the oven OFF and leave the door closed for 1 HOUR. At the end of the hour you will have perfectly cooked pork tenderloin. The high heat gives the pork a nice crust and cooking it the full hour leaves the inside nice and juicy.