Three Juicy Ways to Cook Pork Loin

September 3, 2019
Preparing a juicy pork loin is easy if you keep some tips in mind. Today we'd like to give you three ideas for how to make it.

Would you like to cook a pork loin for dinner? Do you already have a terrific recipe? Are you looking for a really good one?

Perhaps you’re looking for one that’s juicy, easy, and quick to make.

Well, today is your lucky day because we’re about to share three juicy ways to cook a pork loin: baked, grilled and breaded. Each of them has its secrets, and we’ll gladly reveal them below.

Be sure to carefully follow these recipes one step at a time.

Three Great Ways to Prepare a Pork Loin

1. Baked

A woman looking inside the oven.
When it comes to baking, choose a pork loin that has more fat, as it’ll be juicier.

When you choose pork loin for baking, we recommend that you choose a multicolored piece (marbled) instead of one with a single uniform color. Meat chunks that contain more fat are excellent for baking, as the cooking takes longer. A chunk of meat with a higher content of fat will stay juicier until the end.

Ingredients

  • 1 pork loin, whole
  • Vegetables to taste (optional)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Salt

Preparation

  • First, marinate the pork loin in a mix of oil, garlic, vinegar, salt, and condiments. Then, cover it with plastic and set it aside for at least two hours.
  • Now, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Place the vegetables next to the tenderloin. Arrange them in any way you like.
  • Bake it all for about 20 minutes. Then, turn the loin and let it cook for another 20 minutes.
  • Finally, turn off the oven, and let it stand 10 minutes.
  • Cut and serve.

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2. Grilled

A couple pieces of pork loin.
Brown the pork loin first on a high flame and then lower the heat in order to get a juicy meal.

Perhaps you’d like to make a grilled pork loin. After all, it’s a quick, fast and healthy option. However, the main risk here is, once again, that you could end up with a dry and hard pork loin.

So, avoid this by using thicker pieces of meat. We’ll give you detailed instructions on how to cook it below so your meat is perfect inside and out.

Ingredients

  • Pork loin cut into thick slices
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Rosemary

Preparation

  • First, take the meat out of the fridge ahead so it isn’t cold when you cook it. Half an hour should be enough.
  • To grill the pork loin, brown the surface of both sides with the flame on high and with a little bit of oil.
  • Then, lower the heat and continue cooking it for about 5 minutes. This way, you’ll get the meat well-done on the outside while it stays juicy inside.
  • Finally, add salt, pepper and any other spices of your choosing.

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3. Breaded pork loin

A plate of breaded pork loin, lettuce and tomatoes.
This is an ideal option for those who enjoy a tasty and crispy dish.

Finally, if you prefer breaded meat, then you must also cut the loin into thick slices. As you can see, this is a good option if you like yummy, crispy meat. (So, choose one of the other methods if you don’t).

On a different note, you could also give it an exotic flavor by adding aromatic herbs. Use them according to your taste. You can also use other condiments such as smoked paprika, cayenne, cumin, black pepper, etc.

Ingredients

  • Pork loin, cut into thick slices
  • ½ c. cornstarch
  • ½ c. breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten and salted
  • Oil
  • Salt
  • Aromatic herbs to taste (oregano, basil, parsley, marjoram, thyme …)

Preparation

  • First, coat every slice of meat in a thin layer of cornstarch.
  • Next, dip them in the previously salted beaten egg.
  • Then, coat them in a layer of breadcrumbs previously mixed with aromatic herbs.
  • Subsequently, heat a pan on medium flame with enough oil to fry. When it’s hot, fry each slice of meat on both sides until it’s golden brown. Then, place them on paper towels to absorb the excess oil.
  • Finally, serve with a salad or any other side dish of your choice.

How do you like these recipes? As you can see, you can do your version by mixing and matching ingredients.

Try them out!

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