Pork Tenderloin For One

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Easy recipe for Pork Tenderloin For One. Tender, juicy and packed with flavor.  An ideal recipe for those cooking for one and two simple ways to enjoy the leftovers.

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Easy recipe for Pork Tenderloin For One. Tender, juicy and packed with flavor. An ideal recipe for those cooking for one and simple ways to enjoy leftovers. | zagleft.com

I know what you might be thinking…Pork Tenderloin For One?  How is that possible, a pork tenderloin is too large for just one person.

The reason I’m a fan of a pork tenderloin for one is because it’s a great dish to make one day and enjoy the leftovers for two days after. While a single pork tenderloin may be too much for one person at one sitting, the leftovers are absolutely fabulous.  As we all know, having leftovers certainly makes meal planning for the week easy.

 

Easy recipe for Pork Tenderloin For One. Tender, juicy and packed with flavor. An ideal recipe for those cooking for one and simple ways to enjoy leftovers. | zagleft.com

I love making pork tenderloin.  Few other proteins are as tender and juicy as a pork tenderloin.  In addition to it’s fabulous flavor, pork tenderloin is incredibly easy to cook, in fact the total cook time is around 25 minutes.

As for the leftovers, if you think the meat might become dry after a day or two, that simply is not true.  If anything, when prepared the way I’m showing you today, the pork becomes even more flavorful and perfect to incorporate into other dishes.

Easy recipe for Pork Tenderloin For One. Tender, juicy and packed with flavor. An ideal recipe for those cooking for one and simple ways to enjoy leftovers. | zagleft.com

The best way to cook pork tenderloin is to roast it in the oven.  You don’t need to do anything fancy with it, just season it and cook it.

Easy recipe for Pork Tenderloin For One. Tender, juicy and packed with flavor. An ideal recipe for those cooking for one and simple ways to enjoy leftovers. | zagleft.com

Pork tenderloin is often sold in packages of two.  Since one pork tenderloin usually weighs around 1 to 1 1/2 pounds, you’ll usually see two in a sealed package.  Two tenderloins are great!  You can cook one, and freeze the other to use later – perfect for meal planning.

Begin by seasoning your pork tenderloin.  Here’s where you can get creative with your spice combinations.  I love the flavors in my Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin recipe and in my Citrus Glazed Pork Tenderloin.   But today, I’m sharing my easy recipe using a blend of ground cumin, ground coriander, garlic, chili powder and salt.

My secret to juicy and flavorful pork tenderloin involves my cast iron skillet.  Heat the oven to 450° F and while the oven is heating, place the skillet in the oven to heat up as well. When the oven and your skillet have preheated, carefully remove the skillet from the oven and place the seasoned pork tenderloin inside.

Easy recipe for Pork Tenderloin For One. Tender, juicy and packed with flavor. An ideal recipe for those cooking for one and simple ways to enjoy leftovers. | zagleft.com

Return the skillet to the oven (please use oven mitts) and cook the pork for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove the skillet from the oven and using tongs, flip the pork tenderloin over.

Easy recipe for Pork Tenderloin For One. Tender, juicy and packed with flavor. An ideal recipe for those cooking for one and simple ways to enjoy leftovers. | zagleft.com

Carefully place the skillet and pork back in the oven, reduce the oven temperature to 400°F and cook for an additional 15 minutes.  The pork is done when it’s internal temperature registers 145° in the thickest part of the meat.

So easy, incredibly juicy and packed with flavor!

As I mentioned, the leftovers are wonderful.  You can slice the pork to use in sandwiches for lunch or dinner…

Easy recipe for Pork Tenderloin For One. Tender, juicy and packed with flavor. An ideal recipe for those cooking for one and simple ways to enjoy leftovers. | zagleft.com

One of my favorite ways to enjoy pork tenderloin is sliced and added to tomato sauce with pasta…

Easy recipe for Pork Tenderloin For One. Tender, juicy and packed with flavor. An ideal recipe for those cooking for one and simple ways to enjoy leftovers. | zagleft.com

Enjoy!

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Easy recipe for Pork Tenderloin For One. Tender, juicy and packed with flavor. An ideal recipe for those cooking for one and simple ways to enjoy leftovers. | zagleft.com
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Pork Tenderloin For One
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Easy recipe for Pork Tenderloin For One. Tender, juicy and packed with flavor. An ideal recipe for those cooking for one and simple ways to enjoy leftovers. | zagleft.com

Course: Main, Main Course, Main Dish
Servings: 1 person
Author: Joanie Zisk
Ingredients
  • 1 pork tenderloin (1 to 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
Instructions
  1. Place the skillet in the oven on a middle rack and heat the oven to 450 degrees F.  The skillet will heat along with the oven.

  2. Meanwhile, pat the pork tenderloin dry with a paper towel and set aside. Combine the cumin, salt, cardamom, garlic powder and chili powder in a small bowl.  Rub the spice mixture onto all sides of the pork tenderloin.

  3. Carefully remove the hot skillet from the oven using oven mitts and pour the oil in the pan.  Swirl to coat the bottom of the pan.

  4. Place the pork in the pan. (You can bend it to fit inside the pan if it's a little long). Return the pan to the oven. Roast for 10 minutes.

  5. Using tongs, flip the pork tenderloin over. Reduce the oven temperature to 400 degrees F and continue roasting another 15 minutes. The pork is done when it's internal temperature registers 145 degrees in the thickest part of the meat.

  6. Transfer the pork to a large plate and cover with foil. Let it rest 15 minutes before serving.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. This looks delicious! I really love that you can make one tenderloin and get a few days of leftovers out of it. I try to do this when making whole roaster chickens or a roast beef. I can’t wait to try these recipes.

  2. This is a great idea! My husband is the only one in the family who eats pork tenderloin, so we never buy it. There’s always too much there and it goes to waste. He would love to use the leftovers in sandwiches.

  3. Love the spices you’ve used in your rub, so aromatic! And, the crust on that pork tenderloin from the cast iron looks so, so good. The tenderloin must be so juicy cooked this way!

  4. I recently bought 8 pounds of pork tenderlion and have been wondering what to do with it since I cut it into smaller portions. I like that you shared a small batch recipe because this is something I can easily make for myself and my husband for lunch!

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