Pork Tenderloin

Photo of sliced Pork Tenderloin on off-white ceramic platter

Pork tenderloin is a great lean meat option and can be as complicated or as easy to fix as you want. If you don’t have a good basic pork tenderloin recipe, here is a great place to start. I first got this recipe years ago from simpletruth.com, but it’s no longer on the site, so I’m sharing how I’ve adapted it to fit my family. This is a good one for kids because there aren’t a lot of fancy marinade flavors or herbs and spices, which, I happen to love, but can be a turn off to those wanting a much simpler taste. You really can’t get more simple than this!


  • One package pork tenderloins
  • Sea Salt
  • Ground pepper
  • 2-4 Tablespoons prepared mustard
  • (optional) Bread to serve as a sandwich


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a rimmed baking pan with foil and place the tenderloin in the pan.
  2. Salt and pepper each side of the tenderloin.
  3. Rub 1-2 Tablespoons of mustard into each side of the tenderloin so that each side is completely covered. The mustard gives it a little bit of a crust and a nice “zingy” flavor.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes per pound. A meat thermometer should read 145-160 degrees.
  5. Remove tenderloin from the oven, slice and serve!

** Kids might like this best if it’s served on two slices of toasted bread as a sandwich.

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