With a simple spice rub and a delicious honey balsamic sauce, this recipe is a crowd-pleaser that’s also quick and easy to make.
Juicy and flavorful every time, with a perfect browned crust from the cast iron that adds texture and flavor to the dish.
Cast Iron Skillet Pork Tenderloin
- cast iron skillet
- 2 1-pound pork tenderloins
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
- Prep. Preheat the oven to 400℉.
- Dry rub. Using a paper towel, pat dry the tenderloins. In a small bowl, mix together the spice rub ingredients. Season the tenderloins with the spice rub on all sides.
- Sear. Heat a 12” cast iron pan over medium-high heat until smoking. Add in the olive oil and tenderloins. Sear the tenderloins for 1-2 minutes on all sides.
- Finish in the oven, brushing with sauce halfway through. Roast the tenderloins in the preheated oven (directly in the cast iron pan) for 15 minutes. While they are cooking, whisk together the sauce ingredients in a small bowl. After roasting for 15 minutes, remove the tenderloins from the oven and brush on the sauce on all sides, roast again for another 5-10 minutes or until the tenderloins reach an internal temperature of 145℉.
- Rest before serving. Let the tenderloins rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing and serving. Serve with any extra sauce and pan drippings.
🧂 about the Ingredients
You’ll need the following for this simple pork dinner:
- pork tenderloins
- olive oil
- black pepper
- dried rosemary
- granulated garlic
- minced garlic
- balsamic vinegar
- Dijon mustard
🥫 Storage instructions
Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days in an airtight container. To reheat, preheat the oven to 350°F, place the pork tenderloin in a baking dish, cover with foil and bake for 10-15 minutes until heated through. Alternatively, you can reheat the pork tenderloin in an air fryer at 350°F for 5-7 minutes until heated through.
You can use any oven-safe skillet or baking dish that can withstand high heat. But, really, you should get one!
This recipe is not spicy. If you prefer a spicier flavor, you can also add cayenne pepper or crushed red pepper to the spice rub
Yes, you can make the sauce ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until ready to use. When ready to use, simply whisk the sauce to combine and brush it onto the pork tenderloin as instructed.
👩🏻🍳 Expert tips
- Do not overcook your meat! Pork does not have to be cooked to death, and it will be dry if you do! Use a meat thermometer. The internal temperature should reach 145℉.
- Pat the pork tenderloin dry with a paper towel before seasoning and cooking. This will help the meat develop a nice crust.
- Allow the pork tenderloin to rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing. This will allow the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, making it more tender and juicy.
- Don’t overcrowd the pan when searing the pork tenderloin. Overcrowding can cause the meat to steam instead of sear, resulting in a less flavorful crust.