Roasted Marinated Pork Tenderloin Recipe

One of the resounding favorites (among both kids AND adults) from the kid’s cooking classes we taught last week was a Roasted Marinated Pork Tenderloin. It was so good, juicy, and flavorful — I just have to share the recipe. 

Pork tenderloin is one of my dinner favorites, but I don’t like buying the pre-marinated tenderloins because they’re SO salty. As for this marinade? No salt necessary — just deliciousness. It’s super simple to make, too!


Roasted Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Makes 8 servings; 5 oz. each


  • 2 (1 lb. each) pork tenderloins
  • 1/2 C apple juice
  • 1/4 C dijon mustard
  • 1/4 C chopped fresh rosemary
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 tsp. ground pepper


1) In a bowl, combine all ingredients except the pork to create the marinade.

2) Put raw pork and marinade mixture in a large ziplock bag; refrigerate at least 30 minutes (or overnight, if you want) to let flavor set.

3) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and pour pork and marinade into the dish.
4) Bake, uncovered, until an instant read thermometer reaches 160 degrees (about 40—45 minutes). Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!


Nutrition Information per serving:

Calories 264 | Total Fat 8 g | Saturated Fat 3 g | Protein 48 g
Carbohydrates 0 g | Fiber 0 g | Sodium 95 mg

*Recipe and nutrition information courtesy of the Cook Smart, Eat Smart program developed for NC Cooperative Extension!

Seriously — please try this recipe for dinner tonight. You’ll love it, and so will everyone else :)

I’m off to school to work on a group project today, and tomorrow morning I’m heading to the beach with a bunch of the grad school gang — we’re staying overnight and camping out on the beach! I’m in charge of bringing s’mores provisions, since s’mores are a total must anytime a campfire is involved, obviously.

Happy Friday — enjoy your weekends!


  1. 1
    Jen Robinson says

    Have fun camping!!

  2. 2

    Rosemary + pork is the perfect combination.

  3. 3

    have a great weekend!

  4. 4

    Pork tenderloin is so good! I haven’t had it in ages, but I need to pick some up ASAP ;)

  5. 5


    I heart camping!
    But, I’ve never camped out on a Beach?
    Sounds sooooo EXCITING!!!!
    – I’m totally jealous! ;-)

    Please have lots of fun for me!
    (and don’t do anything I would do! lol!) ;-)

  6. 6

    Food looks soooo good. We are a camping out family. Not in lodges but in tents. We love it. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. The last time I camped out on the beach was in Daytona in 1973. They don’t allow it anymore.

    • 7

      Oh wow! I went to Daytona for spring break during college – it was fun :) Cars are still allowed on the beach there, which I wasn’t used to!

  7. 8

    I bet that pork would be KILLAH kebabs!!

  8. 10

    I am going to use that marinade for feeeesh!

  9. 12

    this looks awesome! so do your weekend plans–see you in August! :)

  10. 14

    Aw yay! Have so much fun! And if I could eat meat on Fridays I would DEFINITELY try that out! I’ll keep it in my pocket for another time for sure!

  11. 15

    I need to gets me some pork! I love the apple with it!! I always have applesauce on hand when we have pork :)

  12. 17

    I wish you had posted this a few days ago! I was scouring the web for a great pork tenderloin recipe! Next time :D

  13. 18

    Simplicity is the way to go on a Friday night!

  14. 19

    Mmmm! Will make this soon. I’m new to meat eating and am still testing the waters on where to get/what kind to get, etc!

  15. 20

    Yummy yummy, I love pork tenderloin but most often I get the pre-marinated for time’s sake. This looks fantastic, next time I have it I’ll have to try!

  16. 21

    Bug spray, big hat, and sun block! And enjoy the beach!

    The pork looks great! Well done –

  17. 22

    I’ve been looking for a good marinade for pork chops! This looks good! Have a great time at the beach!

  18. 23

    looks so delicious! especially with applesauce on the side. if i don’t have a thermometer, is there any other way to tell the pork is done? or should i cave and buy a thermometer for my kitchen?

  19. 25

    I love the sound of the marination and the pictures look fantastic!

    Will have to give this a go :)

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