Perfect Pork Tenderloin Every Time

As a busy wife and mom, I LOVE recipes that taste like I spent hours in the kitchen, but actually only require a few minutes of my time.  Today, I’d like to share with you my “go to” recipe for pork tenderloin that’s as delicious as it is easy! Pork Tenderloin is a fantastic choice for dinner because it’s budget friendly and very versatile. Kids love dipping it in BBQ sauce as part of a weeknight meal or you can dress it up with mango salsa and rice pilaf for your next dinner party.

This recipe is great for busy moms because you only have to keep an eye on the pork tenderloin for a few minutes before turning off your oven and walking away. For this recipe, it’s super important that your oven is well insulated, you cook the meat exactly 5 ½ minutes per pound, and no one opens the oven door while the meat is cooking. Since finding this recipe on www.food.com years ago, I’ve adapted it a bit and it’s now one of our family’s favorites – give it a try, I’m certain your family will love it too!


1 lb boneless pork tenderloin (approximate)

Salt and Pepper

Olive Oil

Dry Rub or Seasonings of your choice


  1. The success of this cooking method depends on how accurate the temperature of your oven is and how well it retains heat. Adjust cooking time +/- according to your individual oven. If you have a really old oven, this recipe may not work for you, as heat retention/residual heat is important to the success of the recipe.
  2. Determine the EXACT weight of the pork tenderloin from the meat wrapper. This will determine the cook time.
  3. Preheat oven to 500 degrees.  Brush pork tenderloin lightly with olive oil and season as desired. Place in an uncovered roasting pan on a rack in the bottom 1/3 of your oven
  4. Bake EXACTLY 5 ½ minutes PER POUND. Adjust +/- according to your oven’s accuracy and heat retention. Turn oven OFF and DO NOT open oven door for 45 minutes. (Or, up to an hour depending on your desired level of doneness).
  5. Remove pork from oven, cover loosely with foil, and let rest 5-10 minutes to redistribute internal juices. The pork tenderloin should be slightly pink in the center and will be very juicy.

NOTE: It’s perfectly fine to use an oven probe or thermometer and set the temperature alarm for your desired level of doneness (I typically pull my pork tenderloin at 140 degrees).   Remember that the temperature of the meat will increase 5-10 degrees while it’s resting.

Let me know, what’s your favorite “family friendly” recipe that’s both easy and delicious?

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  1. Crystal:Interesting technique! I tend to overcook pork tenderloin so I may have to try this. My favorite go to recipe is stir fry. I always have rice , chicken, and frozen veggies on hand. It's quick and you can throw whatever you have in the pan!
  2. Rusty:In all my years of cooking I have never witnessed a simpler pork tenderloin recipe! My favorite "family friendly" recipe is spaghetti using the ingredients of ground beef/turkey/venison, Ragu, and fettuccine noodles.
  3. Amber Dee Ellis:I love pork tenderloin, but never cook it because I've always been concerned with how long it should cook. I'll be sure to try your suggestions using the bottom 1/3 of the oven and not opening the oven for more than 45 minutes. I never would have thought of wrapping it in foil after cooking so the juices could redistribute . Thank so much for sharing.
  4. Harriett:I love to whip up quick and easy calzones by using refrigerated pizza dough. Each dinner guest can personalize their own calzone by choosing their favorite fillings. I love to add mushrooms, diced tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, diced onions and chopped green peppers to create my Italian favorite, while my husband simply prefers ham and cheddar cheese. One roll of pizza dough will make 4 small calzones. Spread out the dough, cut it into 4 equal portions and fill with your choice of ingredients. Fold and seal dough and bake in preheated oven at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Serve with a caesar salad and you have a super fast meal that is customized to each member of your family or special guests!!
  5. Eutawmimi:I like to serve an easy to cook roast on Sundays. Place a chuck roast in a baking dish and add two cans of cream of mushroom soup and two envelopes of Lipton dry onion soup mix. No need to stir. Cover with foil. Bake on 350 degrees for 1 hour and turn oven to it's lowest setting and leave for 6-8 hours. I usually put this on the night nebefore and its ready for Sunday lunch. The roast falls to pieces it's so tender.
  6. Anna Brindley:Well, my beloved oven, Bessie, is from the 50's so I bet she can't handle this ---but you never know. She sometimes surprises me.... mostly in bad ways---like that time at Thanksgiving with the turkey. Love ya Ole Bessie.

    Sounds delicious. Will FB it up!
  7. Mary Kennon:Thanks for your comments and for sharing your family friendly recipes, it's great to hear from all of you!