Spicy Lemon Pork Tenderloin

Spicy Lemon Pork Tenderloin

With its subtle flavor and butter soft texture, pork tenderloin is lean and delicious. Here, it gets a boost of vibrant flavor from fresh lemon juice and spices in a marinade that you can spoon over it as it bakes to add to the effect.


  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 6 garlic cloves chopped
  • 4 pounds pork tenderloins
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste


The Night Before:

  • Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, rosemary, paprika, thyme, cayenne, and garlic in a large ziplock plastic bag. Shake to combine.
  • Add the pork tenderloins and shake to coat each thoroughly.
  • Squeeze out any air in the bag, and seal it.
  • Refrigerate overnight (at least 6 to 8 hours).

To Make:

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet.
  • Remove the pork form the marinade and brown in the skillet at a high setting until the outside is browned all over, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Once browned on all sides, transfer the tenderloins to a large shallow baking dish and roast in the oven for about 15 minutes.
  • You can spoon a little of the marinade over them as the cook if you like.
  • Remove from the oven and tent with foil. Allow the meat to rest under the foil for about 10 minutes before slicing into medallions.
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