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Pork tenderloin sliced on a cutting board that's been rubbed with cooking spices

Spice Rubbed Oven Roasted Pork Tenderloin

A super easy roasted pork tenderloin recipe, lovely for a weeknight dinner and elegant enough to serve to guests.
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 581kcal


  • 2 pork tenderloins about 2 pounds total. Ends trimmed and tied together with twine
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


  • Preheat the oven to 400°. Set a cast iron skillet in the oven and let it heat as the oven heats.
  • In a small bowl, mix the smoked paprika with the cumin, garlic powder, oregano and cinnamon. Rub the pork lightly with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle the spice mixture all over the pork and gently rub it into the meat. Carefully remove the cast iron skillet from the oven and swirl in 2 Tablespoons of olive oil. Place the tenderloins in the cast iron skillet. You may have to bend them a bit to fit.
  • Roast the tenderloins for about 20-25 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the centers registers 140 - 145°.
  • Transfer the tenderloins to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes. Slice the tenderloins 1/2 inch thick and serve.


We like a little pink in our pork tenderloin. So I like the lower range of 140 degrees finished temperature.


Calories: 581kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 94g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 295mg | Sodium: 237mg | Potassium: 1807mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 262IU | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 5mg