Crispy on the outside, juicy and tender on the inside, and amazing flavors make this the BEST baked pork tenderloin!
Course Main Course
Keyword baked, pork
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 30minutes
Total Time 40minutes
1 or 21/2 poundpork tenderloins (see note)
2-3tablespoonsfresh lemon, lime, or orange juice (or 1 tablespoon of each)
1/2teaspoonsmoked paprika (optional but highly recommended)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and lightly grease a large baking/casserole dish. Pierce tenderloins all over with a fork. Rub oil onto all sides of the meat.
Whisk together Italian seasoning, garlic powder, cumin, salt, chili powder, smoked paprika (if using) and black pepper. Sprinkle mixture over tenderloin(s), patting it onto the surface of the meat on all sides. Place in prepared baking dish and drizzle lemon/lime juice over the top.
Bake for 25-35 minutes until outside is browned and crispy and centers are cooked through to desired doneness (you can take them out on the early side if you like the centers a little pink).
Spoon juices from the dish over the meat. Allow to rest on a cutting board or in the baking dish for 5-10 minutes. Slice into 1 inch pieces. Spoon any remaining juices from the pan over the slices, garnish with fresh chopped cilantro if desired, and serve.
This recipe is pretty flexible and you can use 1-2 very small pork tenderloins, or one medium-large pork tenderloin OR you can double or even triple the ingredients for the seasonings and serve a LOT of people with very large tenderloins.