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One or Two 1/2 LB Pork Tenderloins (check her notes)

1 TBSP Oil

2-3 TBSP fresh Lime, Lemon or Orange juice (or a combo) (me, Erik, prefer Lime always with Pork!)

2 TSP Italian Seasoning

1 TSP Garlic Powder

1 TSP Cumin

1 TSP Salt

1 TSP Chili Powder

1/2 TSP Smoked Paprika

1/4 TSP Black Pepper (this should be to taste - all of the spices really)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees and lightly grease a large baking/casserole dish. Pierce tenderloins all over with a fork. Rub oil onto all sides of the meat.

Whisk together Italian seasoning, garlic powder, cumin, salt, chili powder, smoked paprika (if using) and black pepper. Sprinkle mixture over tenderloin(s), patting it onto the surface of the meat on all sides. Place in prepared baking dish and drizzle lemon/lime juice over the top.


Bake for 25-35 minutes until outside is browned and crispy and centers are cooked through to desired doneness (you can take them out on the early side if you like the centers a little pink).


Spoon juices from the dish over the meat. Allow to rest on a cutting board or in the baking dish for 5-10 minutes. Slice into 1 inch pieces. Spoon any remaining juices from the pan over the slices, garnish with fresh chopped cilantro if desired, and serve.

"BEST" Baked Pork Tenderloin

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