Lemon Garlic Grilled Pork Tenderloin
If you’re searching for lean meats to maintain your New Year’s resolution of eating healthier, look no further than the pork tenderloin! Pork tenderloin is one of the healthiest cuts of pork because of its low amounts of saturated fat and calories.
We recommend adding pork tenderloin to your diet for these health benefits and because it’s easy to prepare for dinner. This lemon garlic grilled pork tenderloin recipe is not only super simple, but also full of flavor and low-carb.
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and grated with a rasp-style grater (zester)
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon rosemary, freshly chopped
- 1 teaspoon coarse Kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper, freshly ground
- 1 lb. pork tenderloin, preferably with no-salt-added solution
- Combine garlic, olive oil, lemon zest, rosemary, salt, and pepper in a shallow baking dish. After you let the pork tenderloin rest outside of the refrigerator for about 30 minutes, add the tenderloin to the dish.
- To ensure even grilling, consider tying the thin side or “tail” of the pork tenderloin underneath itself. Because pork tenderloins are thin on one side and thick on the other, the thin end becomes dried out while the thick end is still cooking. To even the sides out, tuck the last 2 or so inches of the thin end under the tenderloin. Then, secure with a strand of kitchen string. Trim the ends of the string to avoid burning it.
- Turn the pork tenderloin in the dish to coat it with the marinade. Cover the tenderloin and refrigerate it for 1-4 hours.
- Afterwards, preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
- Before you grill the pork tenderloin, soak a paper towel with olive oil. Use thongs to hold the oil-soaked paper towel and gently drag it along the grill grates, pulling towards you.
- Grill the pork tenderloin, turning it every 3-4 minutes, for 13-17 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into the center of the tenderloin reads 135°F.
- Place the pork tenderloin on a cutting board and tented with tin foil. Let the pork tenderloin rest for at least 5 minutes until the thermometer reads 145°F as this is the official recommended internal temperature for pork.
- After the pork tenderloin rests, slice it cross-wise into 1/2 inch slices and serve.
- Prep Time: 1 hour and 25 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour and 40 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings