Pork Loin Recipes – If you are a fan of pork chops and tenderloin, then you should definitely keep this collection of recipes on your radar. Not only is pork loin a more budget-friendly option, but it’s also ridiculously easy to prepare and simply delicious. 😋
Personally, I love to cook pork loin because it’s so versatile. Since it’s a leaner cut of meat, the flavor is milder and can pair with a wide range of herbs, spices, and other ingredients. There is a flavor combination for everyone on this list, from cheddar and apple stuffing to bacon and mushroom gravy.
It’s also super easy to cook a pork roast to perfection. It has just the right amount of fat content, which means it doesn’t dry out quickly when you cook it. Even if you’re just starting out in the kitchen, you can succeed with any of these recipes.
Yes! Pork tenderloin is long and narrow and always boneless and is best cooked quickly with high heat. On the other hand, pork loin is flatter and wider, and it can be bone-in or boneless. And it’s better cooked low and slow. Both cuts come from the area between the shoulder and back legs of the animal.
Pork loin is easy to keep juicy, as long as you stick to the proper cooking times. Overcook it, and it can dry out and get tough. Start at a high temperature to sear it, then lower the temperature and let it roast long and slow (about 20 minutes per pound). Another tip: Cook the pork loin fat side up when possible. That way, the fat layer bastes the roast while it cooks and keeps things moist.
Oh, the possibilities! I love to season pork with my pork chop seasoning, but so many flavor combinations work well with this meat. Herbs like sage, rosemary, coriander, and cayenne all taste great on pork, as do sweeter options like clove and brown sugar. When it comes to adding herbs and spices to pork, I say the more, the merrier. 😄
Make-Ahead, Serving, and Storage Instructions
All of these recipes can be made ahead of time. Simply follow recipe instructions, then wrap the pork loin in cling wrap, followed by foil to avoid freezer burn. Freeze for up to three months. When ready to serve, thaw the meat until it is soft, and roast as per recipe instructions.
Serve these pork loin recipes hot out of the oven (internal temperature should be at least 145° F/63℃). You can store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for three to four days. To reheat pork loin, pop it in an oven preheated to 350℉/177℃ for 10-20 minutes or until heated through. Add a small amount of water or broth to the pan to keep the roast from drying out. You can also reheat pork loin in the microwave.
The Pork Loin Recipe Roundup
1. Stuffed Pork Loin Roast
This is hands down one of my favorite pork loin recipes. It’s easy to make, and the herby bacon and mushroom stuffing rolled up in the meat is scrumptious. Plus, a stuffed pork loin looks so fancy. 😉
To make this dish look even more bougie, serve it with a side of Duchess potatoes. The delicately swirled potatoes alongside the stuffed pork loin will make your guests feel like they are in a high-end restaurant.
2. Herb Crusted Pork Loin Roast
Stress-free and oh-so-good, this is a pork loin recipe that I love to make for a weeknight dinner or even for a special occasion. The herb-crusted outer layer is crispy and loaded with flavor, and the creamy mustard and garlic pan gravy is out of this world.
3. Slow Cooker Pork Loin
Here’s another perfect example of the exquisite flavors you can pair with pork loin. Pineapple, garlic, onion, and a balsamic brown sugar glaze make this pork loin a meal you’ll get excited about. Plus, slow cooker meals are the best, aren’t they? 😁
4. Smoked Pork Loin
Who doesn’t love smoked meats? Smoked pork loin is juicy and tender, and with that classic smokey flavor, my family can wipe out a whole pork loin in no time.
5. Easy, Instant Pot Pork Loin Roast
This pork loin is so quick to make, and with plenty of herbs and sweet balsamic gravy, it is loaded with flavor. Honestly, the Instant Pot can be such a lifesaver on a busy weeknight, am I right? 😅
6. Easy, Air Fryer Italian Herb Pork Loin
What do you get when you smother a pork loin in loads of Italian herbs and then pop it in the air fryer? A pork loin with tons of flavor and a crispy outer layer that is sheer perfection!
7. Bacon-Wrapped Brined Pork Loin with Mushroom Gravy
Rosemary, mushrooms, bacon, and pork loin make such a lovely combination of flavors, IMO. Don’t be intimidated by the brining element in this recipe; this dinner is ready in an hour or less, including brining time.
Serve it up with your favorite sides. May I suggest stovetop mac and cheese? There’s just something about bacon recipes with a side of mac and cheese; just saying. 😉
8. Grilled Asian Pork and Pineapple Skewers
Doesn’t this recipe sound decadent? Even with simple ingredients, let me tell you, it is! This one is one of my family’s favorite ways to eat pork loin.
Go ahead and give a few of these pork loin recipes a try, and you’ll have some new, budget-friendly, flavor-packed recipes in your repertoire. And don’t forget to let me know which one is your favorite in the comments section below. ❤️