Delicious Roast Pork Loin

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This delicious roast pork loin is pretty basic, but the flavors are unbeatable and it’s a great recipe to introduce you to roasting meats to perfection. Don’t forget the applesauce!

Garlic and Rosemary Pork Loin Recipe

I have been inspired by countless chefs who have become household names, and there are times where I see a recipe and want to put my spin on it. So get ready for a delicious roast pork loin, perfect for weeknight dinners, and inspired by Ethan Stowell’s recipe. While this dish is about as simple as a roast pork recipe can be, it teaches a technique that can be used for many other applications, like beef, chicken, and lamb.

It is super flavorful and a great basic recipe that you can use to get your feet wet when it comes to roasting meats. I can be put off of roasting meats sometimes because I am afraid of not knowing when it is done or overcooking it. This recipe came out perfectly, and will quickly become a staple. I made this on a weeknight, with homemade apple sauce and mashed potatoes. It was a cozy fall dinner.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Roasting meat has never been easier – just marinate, heat, and serve!
  • This is a great staple dish that can be plated for any meal and served again and again.
  • The pork gets juicy and tender as it roasts, making the flavors really pop.
  • It needs just a handful of ingredients and a little patience to make this dinner come to life.

Ingredients

Thanks to this simple list of ingredients, you should be up and cooking in no time!

  • 1/4 cup and 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 bunch rosemary, chopped
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 lb center-cut pork loin
Garlic and Rosemary Pork Loin Recipe

Step 1: In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup olive oil, chopped garlic, rosemary, salt, and pepper.

Garlic and Rosemary Pork Loin Recipe

Step 2: Rub the mixture all over the pork, including the top, bottom, and sides.

Garlic and Rosemary Pork Loin Recipe

Step 3: Put the pork in a plastic bag. Marinate overnight in the fridge.

Garlic and Rosemary Pork Loin Recipe

Step 4: Take the pork out of the fridge and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Brush off as much marinade as you can.

Garlic and Rosemary Pork Loin Recipe

Step 5: Heat a large oven proof skillet over medium-high heat. I used a Dutch oven because it is the perfect size for this. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil and heat until it begins to shimmer. Add the pork and cook until brown on all sides. This takes about 10 minutes total.

garlic rosemary pork loin recipe

Step 6: Transfer to preheated 400° F oven and roast for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a thermometer registers 135° F. The temperature will continue to rise as it rests.

garlic rosemary pork loin recipe

Step 7: Transfer to a board and let rest for 15 minutes before serving. Slice into thin pieces and serve.

garlic rosemary pork loin recipe

Serving Suggestions

This pork loin is the star of the show, so now it’s down to you to dress it up. I always serve mine for dinner with homemade apple sauce, mashed potatoes, and green beans. You can also serve yours with gravy, roasted veggies, a salad, or even in a sandwich the next day for lunch. Just slice up your loin nice and thin, then add your favorite sandwich fillings.

How Do You Know When the Pork Loin is Done Cooking?

I cannot recommend a meat thermometer enough. When I cook any sort of roast, I use a thermometer to tell when it is done. No more guesswork. I use it for making candy and frosting, too.

If you don’t have a meat thermometer, you can check your pork loin periodically by poking it with a knife and examining the color of the juices that run out. If they are clear or somewhat pink, your loin is done, but if it’s more pink or red, leave it in for more time. This method should only be used as a last resort, because piercing your pork before it’s had time to rest can yield drier meat.

garlic and rosemary pork loin recipe

FAQs

Is a pork loin and a pork tenderloin the same?

Not quite. A pork tenderloin is a long and narrow piece of meat without bone while a loin tends to be flatter, wider, and may or may not have the bone in.

Can I use a bigger or smaller cut of meat?

Absolutely, you can use whatever weight you like. Just keep in mind that cooking times may vary. Think of around 20 minutes in the oven per pound of pork loin, so cut the cooking time of this recipe in half if you are using 1 pound of pork. Double it for 4 pounds.

What is the purpose of browning the pork loin before it goes into the oven?

Browning your pork loin before you roast it adds flavor and color to the meat. It can also help seal in the juices, so it remains moist and tender. I would not recommend skipping this step.

How to Store Roast Pork Loin

Let your pork loin sit for at least an hour to cool down. You can either slice it up or leave it whole, then wrap it up tightly in cling film or an airtight container. You can keep it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or in the freezer for 3 months.

To reheat your roast pork loin, let the meat come up to room temperature first. Then, either microwave it for a couple of minutes, heat it in a skillet over the stove on both sides until heated through, or stick in the oven at 375°F for 15 to 20 minutes, or until hot.

Garlic and Rosemary Pork Loin Recipe

Delicious Roast Pork Loin

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I make this roast pork loin every year on the first Sunday of fall. Serve with mashed potatoes, homemade apple sauce, and green beans.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Additional Time 12 hours 45 minutes
Total Time 12 hours 50 minutes
Course dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4 to 6 servings
Calories 405 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/4 cup and 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 bunch rosemary chopped
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 lb center-cut pork loin

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl combine 1/4 cup olive oil, chopped garlic, rosemary, salt, and pepper.
  • Rub all over the pork, including the top, bottom, and sides. Put the pork in a plastic bag. Marinate overnight in the fridge.
  • Take the pork out of the fridge and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Brush off as much marinade as you can.
  • Heat a large oven proof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil and heat until it begins to shimmer. Add the pork and cook until brown on all sides. This takes about 10 minutes total.
  • Transfer to preheated 400° F oven and roast for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a thermometer registers 135° F.
  • Transfer to a board and let rest for 15 minutes before serving. Slice into thin pieces.

Notes

This method of cooking can be used on beef, chicken, and lamb as well!

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 405kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 48gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 588mg
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