Prep Time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 30 mins 0 mins | Total Time: 40 mins | Servings: 4

Feast on the best-baked pork tenderloin whenever your heart desires with this simple recipe. The ingredients you need are only pantry essentials, and the steps are super easy to follow. The impressive crispy outside and juicy inside of this flavorful tenderloin are to die for!


1 tbsp oil

1 or 2 ½ lbs pork tenderloins

2-3 tbsp fresh lemon, lime, or orange juice – (or 1 tbsp of each)

1 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp Italian seasoning

1 tsp cumin

½ tsp smoked paprika – (optional but highly recommended)

1 tsp chilli powder

¼ tsp black pepper

1 tsp salt

How to Make the BEST Baked Pork Tenderloin

Step 1: Prepare the oven. Preheat it to 400 degrees. Grab and large baking/casserole dish and lightly grease.

Step 2: Using a fork, pierce the tenderloin all over. On all sides of the meat, rub the oil.

Step 3: In a small bowl, combine the Italian seasoning, garlic powder, cumin, salt, chilli powder, smoked paprika (if using), and black pepper. Over the tenderloin, sprinkle the mixture and pat it on all sides of the meat. In the prepared baking dish, place the meat and drizzle with lemon/lime juice.

Step 4: Place the baking dish in the prepared oven and bake the tenderloin for about 25 to 35 minutes or until brown and crispy. Bake until your preferred doneness.

Step 5: Over the meat, spoon the juices from the dish. Let the meat rest on a cutting board or leave the meat in the baking dish for about 5 to 10 minutes. Slice the meat into 1-inch pieces. Over the slices, spoon the rest of the juices from the pan. Serve garnished with some fresh chopped cilantro. Enjoy!


For this recipe, you can also use 1 to 2 very small pork tenderloins or medium-large pork tenderloins. You can even double or triple the seasoning ingredients.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 176 kcal, Carbohydrates: 2 g, Protein: 24 g, Fat: 8 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Trans Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 74 mg, Sodium: 650 mg, Potassium: 493 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 1 g, Vitamin A: 298 IU, Vitamin C: 1 mg, Calcium: 31 mg, Iron: 2 mg