Tender, juicy, flavorful pork? You got it! This collection of 6 of the Best Pork Loin Recipes is sure to revamp your menu. Whether you need an elegant main course or a simple weeknight dinner, you’ll find it here.
Easy Recipes for Juicy, Flavorful Pork Loin!
Pork is always a winner in this house, from bacon and ham to pork chops and pork tenderloin. There’s pretty much no way to go wrong with pork, if you cook it correctly – and spoiler alert, cooking pork properly does not have to be difficult at all.
One of my favorite easy cuts to work with is pork loin. Larger and a little more moist than pork tenderloin, pork loin is ultra-versatile, working beautifully with almost any flavor profile, from Mexican to Asian to French!
And speaking of versatility, pork loin can be cooked in the Instant Pot, slow cooker, on the grill, roasted in the oven… you name it. These six recipes will show you how.
What’s the Difference Between a Tenderloin and a Pork Loin?
While both pork loin and pork tenderloin come from the same loin muscle, they are really different. For one thing, as mentioned above, a pork loin is usually much bigger – often twice as big or more than a pork tenderloin. Tenderloins usually only weigh a pound or two, while pork loins often weigh four pounds or so.
Pork loins are also a tiny bit fattier, although both cuts are very lean. Finally, pork loin may be bone-in or boneless, while tenderloins never have bones.
Six of the Best Pork Loin Recipes
Okay, let’s get into the recipes! Each one is a bold, vibrant, yet easy preparation for basic loin, turning this simple cut of meat into a masterpiece of juicy, tender yumminess. Here we go!
This impressive dinner option is actually one of the most low-maintenance meal preps ever! With garlic, Italian seasoning, and balsamic vinegar, it’s a melt-in-your mouth, family-friendly favorite that’s easy enough for a weeknight, but special enough for a holiday feast.
This amazing roasted pork gets a major flavor upgrade, thanks to an easy filling bacon, mushrooms, spinach, and cream cheese. Make this one for the holidays, a special birthday or anniversary, or just when you’re craving a satisfying pork dinner!
How Do I Cook a Pork Loin Without Drying It Out?
- There are a lot of different ways to make sure your pork loin turns out moist and tender instead of dry! Roasting with the fatty side up so that the fat bastes the meat is a great option for Oven methods. Brining and marinating can be helpful also. But my hands-down most important tip? Make sure you use an instant read meat thermometer to check for doneness, and prevent overcooking. Overcooking lean pork is probably the most common reason that it dries out.
How to Store Leftovers
- Storing leftover pork is very easy – all you have to do is place it in a food-storage bag, or an airtight container, and store it in your refrigerator. It will keep for 3 to 4 days. You can also freeze leftover pork loin in freezer bags, for up to three months.
- Make sure to press out as much air as you can before sealing the bags, to prevent freezer burn.
- In general, it’s best to reheat this lean cut of meat in a covered skillet over low heat. Gently reheating will help the pork heat through without becoming dry. If you have leftover sauce to add to the skillet, that will help keep things even more moist.
- For the best results, heat until the meat is just heated through, and then immediately take it off the heat to prevent overcooking.