This simple, comforting pork tenderloin recipe is simple enough for a weeknight and elegant enough for entertaining.
This recipe is one of the first things I cooked on a regular basis in my tiny kitchen.
It’s an adaptation of a family recipe that my Italian in-laws have been making for years.
Balsamic-marinated pork tenderloin is always a hit with my family.
We enjoy it served with black beans and rice and drizzled with the tangy pan juices. It's also great with a side of roasted green beans with lemon.
The recipe is really flexible. Need to make this for dinner tonight? Give it 2 hours in the marinade.
Want to serve it tomorrow? Get it together and pop it in the fridge till tomorrow!
Making a small dinner? Just do 1 or 2 pieces of pork.
Have a larger group coming for dinner? Add another 2 pieces to the marinade!
I tend to stock up on pork tenderloin when it goes on sale.
I also like picking up larger packs from the wholesale club and dividing it into smaller portions.
It freezes really well, and I love having it on hand for when we’re having company over.
The marinade for this recipe is made up of ingredients I almost always have on hand.
Occasionally I won’t have a lemon, but that’s a quick thing to pick up from the store if need be.
Be sure to let your pork rest for about 10 minutes after it comes out of the oven.
This will allow the juices to redistribute and will keep the pork from drying out when you cut into it.
There’s no need for dried out leftover pork! I usually cut whichever tenderloin is thinnest first, saving the thicker one for leftovers.
When reheating, I pour some of the juices over top and reheat it at 50% power in the microwave.
All these things combined will help ensure your tenderloin stays nice and juicy, even after its initial cook time.
My family loves having this dish with rice and beans.
Specifically steamed basmati rice piled with black beans and finely chopped shallots or red onions. The extra juices from the pork are perfect drizzled over the rice.
For company, I’d probably serve this with rice and beans and a nice salad.
What are your family’s favorite comfort food dishes? I'd love to hear about them in the comments section below!
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This simple, comforting pork tenderloin recipe is simple enough for a weeknight and elegant enough for entertaining. It's been in my family for years, and we enjoy it served with black beans and rice and drizzled with the tangy pan juices.
- In the bottom of a baking dish, whisk together oil, balsamic, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, salt, and pepper. Add pork and turn to coat. Cover baking dish with foil and transfer to the refrigerator to marinate overnight (or at least 2 hours).
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Remove pork from refrigerator and flip the pork over so the other side is laying in the marinade. Place foil back on and bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, covered. Remove foil and continue to cook for another 30-40 minutes, until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 145°F.
- Remove pork to a cutting board and let rest 10 minutes. Skim any excess oil off of the remaining marinade and place the rest in a gravy boat on the side.
- Slice pork into medallions, pouring some of the sauce over top.
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 347
- Sugar: 3 g
- Sodium: 386.8 mg
- Fat: 22 g
- Saturated Fat: 3.7 g
- Carbohydrates: 4.5 g
- Fiber: 0 g
- Protein: 32.2 g
- Cholesterol: 98.2 mg
Keywords: pork tenderloin, marinated pork tenderloin, easy dinner