Baked Pork Tenderloin is juicy and tender on the inside, with a DIJON MUSTARD crust on the outside! Easy weeknight dinner that is full of amazing flavors: mustard, a hint of garlic, TYME, OREGANO and ROSEMARY. No marinade or searing required!
Baked pork tenderloin is an incredible PROTEIN RICH, LOW CARB and GLUTEN FREE recipe. Tender on the inside and ultra crispy on the outside, this delicious tenderloin is coated in a flavorful Dijon mustard herb mixture for the ultimate taste explosion! Serve with our popular Creamy Garlic Potatoes for the ultimate comfort dinner!
LOW CARB: This melt in your mouth roasted pork tenderloin is only 1 gram of carbs and 246 calories per serving. Your body, especially your pancreas, the organ responsible for regulating the blood sugar, will thank you for this! The best and easiest tenderloin recipe will provides you with nice and steady supply of energy.
EASY PORK RECIPE! This oven roasted pork tenderloin just might be the easiest and tastiest meal that will ever grace your kitchen table. There’s no major preparation involved – just season the mustard covered tenderloin with the amazing garlic & Italian seasoning mixture and into the oven it goes. This one is really a winner of your pork dinner menu!
- What you need for baked pork tenderloin
- What kind of pan will I need?
- Ready to bake pork tenderloin?
- Garlic & herb mixture
- How to buy pork tenderloin
- Safe cooking temperature for pork
- Hungry for more pork tenderloin or pork loin recipes?
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- Baked Pork Tenderloin with Mustard Crust
What you need for baked pork tenderloin
The ingredient list for this roasted pork tenderloin is so simple and short – you probably have all of them in your pantry.
PORK TENDERLOIN: I love using about 1 pound tenderloin in this recipe. It’s so easy cut it into small pieces. Tenderloin packs a lot of flavor and it’s pretty tender, but still affordable.
DIJON MUSTARD: This is a vital ingredient in this pork recipe! It imparts a bit of tang and heat to your meat.
GARLIC: Use chopped fresh garlic – the more the better. You will love garlic flavor in this recipe! Use fresh garlic and chop it up with a knife.
HERBS: I used Italian seasoning (thyme, oregano and rosemary) but you can use whatever you have — just make sure you love it.
OLIVE OIL: I always use extra virgin olive oil, but regular olive oil or avocado oil would do just as well.
SALT & PEPPER: You will season to your liking.
So if you’re in the mood for a simple dinner of something baked or need to shake up your usual meal routine, this baked pork tenderloin is your ticket. It’s one of the easiest and most relaxed cuts of meat to work with. I made 3 different pork tenderloin recipes in the last month alone and every single one came out perfectly!
What kind of pan will I need?
CAST IRON or DUTCH OVEN: You can bake this Pork Tenderloin in an oven safe skillet, such as cast iron pan or dutch oven. Both conduct heat very well and ensure even cooking that preserves moisture. I used a cast iron skillet and couldn’t be happier.
BAKING SHEET: You can also use a baking dish or a baking sheet, although the results may vary.
Ready to bake pork tenderloin?
- PREHEAT OVEN: Start by preheating the oven at 350 F. Going low on heat is the way to make this pork tenderloin juicy and not dry.
- SEASON WITH SALTL & PEPPER: Now let’s generously season it with salt and pepper.
- COVER WITH MUSTARD: Then cover the tenderloin with the mustard using a pastry brush:
Garlic & herb mixture
HERB MIXTURE: In a small plate prepare the herb mixture by mixing minced olive oil, chopped garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
MIX with a fork or a knife until well combined.
PASTRY BRUSH TO COVER: Using a pastry brush, cover the tenderloin with the herb mixture. All around.
ALL SIDES: Make sure to cover the tenderloin on top and all sides, except the bottom:
BAKE: Place the tenderloin in an oven safe skillet, such as cast iron or dutch oven. You can also roast it on a baking sheet. Bake the pork at 350 F. for approximately 30 minutes.
Let the pork rest for a few minutes, then slice and serve.
How to buy pork tenderloin
DO NOT BUY MARINATED TENDERLOIN. I often see pork tenderloins sold packaged in a marinade. Make sure to not buy one of those in order to control the amount of salt and seasoning. In this recipe you will see how easy and very quick you can roll a pork tenderloin in some brown sugar, garlic and spices and make the best out of it.
Safe cooking temperature for pork
USE MEAT THERMOMETER: Always use a meat thermometer to determine whether your pork tenderloin is done. It should register at 145 F. At this point the pork tenderloin will be slightly pink, which is perfectly normal. But you can also cook it until the internal temperature reaches between 145° and 160° F, and it will be slightly more done and white in color at that point.
This baked pork tenderloin maybe the easiest thing I’ve ever made in the oven. Cannot beat that!
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Baked Pork Tenderloin with Mustard Crust
- 1.4 lb. pork tenderloin
- Salt and Pepper
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1.5 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 large cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 tablespoon italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon coarse sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Dijon Mustard: Place the tenderloin in the oven safe dish, such as cast iron or dutch oven. Season the surface of the tenderloin with salt and pepper. Cover the tenderloin with Dijon mustard, using a pastry brush
- Herb Mixture: In a small plate prepare the herb mixture by mixing olive oil, chopped garlic, Italian seasoning and salt.
- Using a pastry brush cover the tenderloin with the herb mixture on top and all sides, except the bottom.
- Roast at 350 F for approximately 30 minutes, until internal cooking temperature reaches at least 145 F (for pink looking tenderloin) or 160 F (for white looking tenderloin). Remove from the oven and rest for 5 minutes. Slice and serve.
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only. This information comes from online calculators. Although whatsinthepan.com attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
Amy H says
If I used a bigger roast would you cook it longer?
Yes, you would cook it longer. I am not sure what size you got.
I’ll be making this tonight. Question for you, do you think searing it first in the Dutch oven would help hold in moisture and lock in flavor? Then baking it after until it hits temperature. Just wondering if you’ve tried that?
I think that’s a great way to cook as well even though I am not sure about locking moisture this way.
Dayne Conn says
Tried this recipe twice. Came out beautiful. Thanks.
I am happy you made it twice!
Donna Marie says
This is my fourth time making this. I am finding it an easy yet nice dish to make for company. Today I am taking it to our church luncheon.
I feel wonderful that you made this four times!
Josie Poolook says
I could eat this every single night and sometimes make it ahead for a week of lunches! Absolutely delicious!
this is our second time to enjoy this tenderloin. It is so flavorful and tender!
This tenderloin is meant to be enjoyed more than once:)! Glad you liked it!
If Baking in a Dutch oven, should I be putting the lid on? Or just for part of the cooking time?
If baking in a dutch oven, no lid is required at all! We need slight crusty texture on top and the air flow is what will do it.
This was absolutely delicious! I only had honey dijoin, but otherwise followed exactly, and it was a huge hit. Great recipe!
Thank you Lorna!
Rachel B says
Do you think I could could this in a smoker (like a Traeger) the same as in the oven?
Yes, you could do it in the smoker – you would have to change cooking time.
Delicious! Very simple to make – turned out so tender. Great recipe.
Sounds like you nailed it with the tenderness!