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Pork tenderloin is seared and baked in a garlic butter sauce for a perfectly tender baked pork tenderloin dinner that will have you wanting to lick the plate!

Garlic Butter Pork Tenderloin served in slices on a serving platter

Sometimes it’s the simple recipes that are the best. This recipe is just about as simple as it gets. Pork tenderloin is seasoned with a little salt, pepper, and herbs and then seared and baked in a garlic butter. It’s simple, but it’s absolutely delicious!

How long do you cook a pork tenderloin in the oven?

The length of time needed to cook a pork tenderloin in the oven will vary depending on its thickness. Pork needs to be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees F or medium rare, and up to 160 degrees F for medium. Pork tenderloin that is cooked about 160 degrees F may be a little dry. It will take approximately 15-20 minutes to reach the minimum temperature if the meat has not been seared, and 10-15 minutes if seared prior to baking.

Can pork tenderloin be a little pink?

Yes! Pork tenderloin can be a little on the pink side. Pork is actually considered to be a red meat and does not need to be completely cooked through like chicken. Pork needs to be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees F which will leave your pork on the pink side. This is the optimal temperature for a moist, juicy, and tender pork tenderloin.

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Garlic Butter Pork Tenderloin served in slices on a serving platter
Pork tenderloin is seared and baked in a garlic butter sauce for a perfectly tender baked pork tenderloin dinner that will have you wanting to lick the plate!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 5 cloves minced garlic
Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Season pork tenderloin with salt and pepper and then sprinkle Italian seasoning over.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Melt butter and add in garlic. Stir 1 minute.
  • Sear pork tenderloin in the butter until all sides are browned. Transfer to an oven safe dish and bake in the oven 10 to 15 minutes, or until pork reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F (medium rare) or 160 degrees F (medium).
Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 383mg | Potassium: 546mg | Vitamin A: 280IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1.5mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pork Tenderloin
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Jana
August 24, 2020 11:26 am

I fixed this for my family and it was delicious! It was a big hit and will pass it on to other family members

Gloria
November 16, 2020 7:15 pm

5 stars
I just finished making and eating the pork tenderloin. It was simple and delicious!

Lydia Overwater
October 26, 2020 1:26 pm

5 stars
Excellent flavor and quick. Used the leftovers for sandwiches the next day,

Kathy
March 25, 2020 11:05 pm

5 stars
Thank you so much for this delicious recipe and the video on how to make it. My husband says it’s the best pork tenderloin he has ever tasted. I have made this several times and it always turns out so good. Easy to make.

Hope Poveromo
February 17, 2020 11:56 am

5 stars
I look forward to seeing and making your recipes. They always turn out to be perfectly cooked and delicious. I appreciate all your helpful hints, which are “ spot on!” I will be making this delicious recipe today for dinner tonight. Thank you so much!!

Kathy G
February 4, 2020 3:18 pm

5 stars
This recipe is the best one yet. All your recipes are delicious but we enjoyed it so much. The flavors were exceptional.

January 14, 2020 5:07 pm

5 stars
I just made this! It is so easy and delicious! Thank you. I make a lot of your recipes and they all always come out perfect!

Nicole
December 25, 2019 5:40 pm

5 stars
This was really easy to make and came out delicious! The only change I made is I used fresh herbs. Thanks for the recipe!

Anna
November 4, 2018 4:34 pm

5 stars
Made this for my Anniversary and it was delicious! Making it again tonight with vegetables and crescent rolls. Hopefully will be a staple.

July 15, 2018 3:01 pm

5 stars
I am cooking this for dinner tonight, single dad here so this is about as extravagant as I get cooking. What did you drizzle on top at the end and how do I make it? And what else can I top it with or do I even need to?

Rosanna Romeo
January 12, 2018 10:28 am

5 stars
Could I follow the searing recipe, but instead of putting it in the oven, have it cook in the crock pot? If yes, what are my timelines?

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