Best Quick Pork Marinade

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This Best Quick Pork Marinade is all you need to flavor your next pork tenderloin. A little bit tangy, a little spicy, garlicky, and full of Italian herbs and spices, this marinade will keep your meat tender and your mouth watering. Try this easy tasty pork tenderloin recipe tonight!

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Best Quick Pork Marinade easy pork tenderloin dinner recipe |

Marinades are the perfect vehicle for tenderizing and flavoring meat for a taste and texture that is all at once soft, tender, juicy, and downright delicious. I love a good pork tenderloin, and these days I’m all about quick and easy flavorings. 

This marinade was inspired by a friend of mine who insists all she needs is a good bottle of Italian dressing to make a quick marinade for pork. I agree, that’s about as quick and easy as it gets. But Italian dressing on its own lacks the deep flavors I want to taste in a pork tenderloin. I want some tang from vinegar. I want to really, truly taste the garlic and not just a hint of it. Essentially, I like the idea behind using Italian dressing, and I like the herbs and spices in the dressing, but I wanted to both kick it up a notch and control the exact flavors of the meat. 

All this is to say, this easy pork marinade has been tweaked several times to produce the exact right taste that I believe will make your pork tenderloin taste delicious and work however you choose to eat it — by itself, on top of rice or noodles, sliced thinly and placed atop a bed of lettuce — the only limits are your own imagination. 

Best Quick Pork Marinade easy pork tenderloin dinner recipe |


You can marinade pork with lots of ingredients you probably already have on hand in your pantry or fridge. 

Simply pour the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper, and other spices into a mason jar or another jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake well and pour the marinade into a ziplock bag along with the tenderloin. 

You can marinade the tenderloin for at least 30 minutes up to overnight. 

Best Quick Pork Marinade easy pork tenderloin dinner recipe |


Apple cider vinegar is vinegar made from apples that have fermented. So basically, the alcohols that apples give off when they are all juiced up and break down turn the juice into vinegar. Kind of like wine and grapes. Except that the apple juice is given a boost to breaking down by having bacteria and yeast added to it to help the sugars convert to alcohol. Acids in the juices give the vinegar its sour taste. 


Pork tenderloin needs to be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 to 160 degrees depending on if you like it medium rare or medium. If you like, you can have the meat rest for another 10 minutes and the internal temperature will rise another 10 degrees. Use a meat thermometer to test for doneness. 

Best Quick Pork Marinade easy pork tenderloin dinner recipe |


It all depends on how you like your pork. It’s okay if it’s a little bit pink inside, but you don’t want it to look red or bloody at all, that means it isn’t done and should go back into the oven for another 10 minutes or so. I prefer mine to not be pink on the inside and I cook it all the way through. 


As a general rule, a pork tenderloin needs about 20 minutes per pound at 400 degrees. So, depending on how big your tenderloin is, you can do some easy math to figure out how long to cook it in the oven.

When grilling pork tenderloin, you’ll need to cook it for less time, it should only take about 15 minutes to get the two pounds of pork tenderloin cooked through thoroughly. 

I think you’ll find this Quick Pork Marinade to be the best marinade you’ve ever tasted. 

Best Quick Pork Marinade easy pork tenderloin dinner recipe |

Best Quick Pork Marinade easy pork tenderloin dinner recipe |

Best Quick Pork Marinade

Look no further for the very BEST Quick Pork Marinade you'll ever try. Garlic, herbs, and citrus make this the most tasty, juicy pork tenderloin ever!
4.86 from 27 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
marinating time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic OR 1 teaspoon garlic powder or roasted garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika non-smoked will work fine too
  • 3 teaspoons Italian seasoning OR herbs de provence
  • 2 pounds pork tenderloin


  • Combine all marinade ingredients (except for pork) in a jar, cover and shake vigorously.
  • Pour marinade into a ziploc bag along with the pork, press out as much of the excess air as you can, then seal the bag and chill for 30 minutes.

For Baking

  • Transfer pork to a baking dish and pour half of the marinade over the pork. Bake at 400 degrees for about 40 minutes or until no longer pink in the middle. Slice and serve.

For Grilling

  • Wrap pork in foil and grill for 15 minutes, turning throughout to ensure even cooking. Unwrap, place directly on the grill, and continue to grill until completely cooked through and no longer pink in the middle. Slice and serve.


Serving suggestion: I love to serve this pork tenderloin alongside a salad and some rice pilaf or roasted potatoes. 


Calories: 522kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 147mg | Sodium: 1284mg | Potassium: 934mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 129IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 3mg
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4 stars
Pretty good. Might cut the vinegar a bit as it’s kinda overpowering

5 stars
Just tried this tonight. My husband & son said to throw away my other pork marinade recpies! This will officially be my new go-to recipe! Thanks for sharing!

Hi! There are certainly a lot of details like that to take into consideration. That is a great point to bring up. I offer the thoughts above as general inspiration but clearly there are questions like the one you bring up where the most important thing will be working in honest good faith. I don?t know if best practices have emerged around things like that, but I am sure that your job is clearly identified as a fair game. Both boys and girls feel the impact of just a moment’s pleasure, for the rest of their lives.

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