Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin

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Servings: 6-8
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 1 hour 45 min
Difficulty: Easy

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1   (4-pound) boneless pork loin, with fat left on
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoon olive oil
4   cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried thyme or 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon dried basil or 2 teaspoons fresh basil leaves
1 teaspoon dried rosemary or 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary





Preheat oven to 475 degrees F.

Place the pork loin on a rack in a roasting pan. Combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl. With your fingers, massage the mixture onto the pork loin, covering all of the meat and fat.

Roast the pork for 30 minutes, and then reduce the heat to 425 degrees F and roast for an additional hour. Test for doneness using an instant-read thermometer. When the internal temperature reaches 155 degrees F, remove the roast from the oven. Allow it to sit for about 20 minutes before carving. It will continue to cook while it rests.

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This is one terrific recipe. Can't believe how delicious and juicy the roast became. Will be one of my go-to's for a long time. Long live Paula!!!

By Skylinesuzy on January 07, 2014


This has been my New Years Day go to with my collards and black-eyed pease for several years now! You're my hero;)

By Kim on January 01, 2014


This was really delicious,had to shorten cooking time by about 20-25 minutes at 425* Boy it was really good and juicy! Will make this recipe again.

By Lisa on December 10, 2013


This is absolutely the best pork loin receipe I have ever cooked! I have been cooking it for years and passed it on to many friends!! A simply MUST try for all and I rate it absolutely the best! Easy to make too! Crisp on the outside and so moist and tender on the inside! I can absolutely recommend this to all 150%! Thanks, Paula! You are a gem!

By Jim on November 10, 2013


My family and I love this recipe, but every time I make it, I have to open all the windows & take the batteries out of the kitchen smoke detector! Ugh! How do I prevent the great smoke out?

By Bobbie on July 04, 2013


LOVE LOVE LOVE! The flavors are awesome and compliment the pork very nicely. Its really a must try. So easy and is perfect for dinner parties. Everyone that tried it was asking for the recipe. mmmmmmmm

By Natasha on November 06, 2012


I have made many pork roasts in my life. But this is by far the best one yet. Thanks Paula for the recipe. I will share this with others.

By melody robinson on February 07, 2012


Absolutely love this recipe. Super moist and delicious. I made this for a dinner party last year and my guests raved about it. It definitely made dinner a hit and I am making it again this weekend for my fiances family. Paula Deen has the best recipes!

By Jodie on October 12, 2011


Delicious flavor! The tenderloin in my freezer was 2.5 lbs so I had to cut cook time WAY down and watch pork temp carefully to be sure not to overcook. Once that pork is too dry to swallow, might as well put it straight into the trashcan in my house because no matter how creamy the mashed potatoes are, it's just not enough to make the pork go down. Last night it was PERFECT and my husband and kids all but licked the plate! Thank goodness too because they've been needing a little break from all the chicken and fish dishes. Will definitely put this in the rotation occasionally. smile

By Laura Graves on March 22, 2011


Simple and easy and oh so tasty. Mine was a little salty, but I think it was my fault by not measuring carefully. Very flavorful and delicious. I will certainly make this again.

By David on February 22, 2011


rating on roast 5 stars. Question: I have been making egg white cookies for about 30 or 40 years. Last night I couldn't get the whites to stiffen. Why?

By Joanne Upper on December 18, 2010


awesome recipe...was a little dry the first time..so i shortened cooking time to one hour..

By Anonymous on October 04, 2010


Paula I give this recipe *****. I followed it to the t.I had to shorten cooking time by 20 min.The family loved it.John C.

By Anonymous on July 17, 2010


Perfect flavor! Delicious. BUT, the extra hour was way too long!

By Anonymous on May 23, 2010


Perfect. Delicious. Watch your temp carefully!

By Anonymous on May 22, 2010


I made this tonight for dinner and my husband LOVED it!

By Anonymous on April 21, 2010


Very Easy and Very Delicious! Fresh herbs made all the difference. Thanks.

By Anonymous on April 19, 2010


Oh my cow or should I say oink oink...Absolutely delicious. I served it with... Jacket Potato with Bacon, Mushroom, and Peppercorn. Fresh Italian green beans tossed in olive oil, rosemary, basil then steamed. White wine. It was to die for. Thank you Paula

By Anonymous on March 02, 2010


Very Good nice and Moist

By Anonymous on January 28, 2010


This recipe was wonderful! I added some brown sugar and honey to the mix and it was fantastic.

By Anonymous on January 27, 2010

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