How to Cook Pork Loin

by Claire Bush

Pork tenderloin is a low fat, high protein entree meat.

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Items you will need

  • 1 pork tenderloin, 1 1/2 lb.
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. each marjoram, oregano, dried chives
  • 3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar or marsala cooking wine
  • Salt and cracked black pepper to taste

Pork tenderloin is a verstile and simple dish to prepare, and because there is very little fat and no bone, it's also a well priced cut of meat.

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Remove pork tenderloin from wrapper.

Step 2

Place meat in 9-by-13 baking dish. In small bowl, combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar or wine and spices. Stir well with fork to mix.

Step 3

Pour olive oil mixture over meat, flipping once or twice to make sure all sides are evenly coated.

Step 4

Place uncovered in preheated oven and cook for 45 minutes.

Step 5

Remove from oven, tent with aluminium foil, and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Carve on the diagonal and serve with rice, applesauce and steamed zucchini.

Tips

  • Chop up leftover pork and add to 1 1/2 cups cooked rice and 1/4 cup cooked peas for an easy main dish.

Warnings

  • Don't let meat overcook; since this cut has very little fat, it will become dry and tough.

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About the Author

Claire Bush is a freelance writer and author of "Dining in Arizona - 101 Great Places to Eat (Primer Publishers, 2005). She is a regular contributor to the Arizona Republic and is a working chef in Sun City, Arizona.