Spicy Lemon Garlic Pork Loin Roast

Spicy Lemon Garlic Pork Loin Roast

The mild flavor of a pork loin roast gets a flavor boost with lemon juice and zest, garlic, and other herbs and spices. It’s a lively dish for a Sunday dinner, and impressive enough for guests. Serve it with a side of red cabbage, and egg noodles, and it will quickly become a go-to favorite.
Course Main Dish


  • 2 pounds pork loin roast tied
  • 4 cloves garlic quartered
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lemon juiced and zested
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 8 carrots cut in half lengthwise
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • With a sharp knife, cut a series of small slits into the roast, and insert the 16 garlic clove quarters all over the roast.
  • Sprinkle the roast with salt and pepper.
  • Add the chopped garlic, 1 teaspoon of olive oil, lemon zest and juice, oregano, and cayenne pepper to a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil to an ovenproof skillet, and brown the meat on all sides, taking care not to dislodge the garlic cloves.
  • Remove from the skillet.
  • Stir the garlic/lemon/spice mixture thoroughly and pour it over the roast, rubbing the spices into all sides.
  • Add the carrots to the skillet, and then place the roast on top.
  • Roast uncovered in the oven for about 40 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and tent with foil. Allow it to cool for about 10 minutes. This allows the flavors to further infuse the meat.
  • Cut into thin slices and serve with the carrots.
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