BONELESS PORK TENDERLOIN (with recipe ideas)



Trader Joe’s Boneless Pork Tenderloin

Another one of those things that I get almost every time I go to Trader Joe’s as it’s delicious and an extremely versatile thing to have in the fridge (or freezer). If you are not super familiar with pork tenderloin, let’s put it this way… If this was beef it would be called filet mignon. The best cut, melt-in-your-mouth deliciously tender. One big difference? Beef filet mignon costs about $18-24/lb? This “pork filet mignon” sells for $3.99/lb at Trader Joe’s. A $5 piece can feed a family. Both tasty and super affordable.

Trader Joe’s sells 4 versions of pork tenderloin. There’s this one and 2 marinated ones (peppercorns and garlic & herbs) that cost a bit more, but come on, it’s so easy to do a marinade of your own in a few minutes. TJ also sells a “crate free” pork tenderloin if you prefer which is $6/lb. At Whole Foods I’m just guessing it would be double the price?

Boneless pork tenderloin is a lean cut with almost no waste. It sometimes has a “silverskin” which should be removed before cooking. This is not very hard, you just need a very sharp knife.

I frequently just cut the tenderloin into “medallions” or steaks about 1/2-3/4 ” thick, season them, and cook them as one might cook filet mignon. Or one can cook it whole in a pan, then slice it afterwards (deglazing the pan after for a pan sauce). Cut the meat into strips, and this is so perfect for Asian dishes & stir-fry’s. Or Fajitas or Tacos! Whole, its great for roasting in the oven. Pork tenderloin can be an impressive center-piece of a fancy dinner (See the stuffed roast pork tenderloin video recipe below) Another tip: Be sure not to overcook tenderloin, as it’s so lean it can easily get overcooked and dried out. A correct cook of tenderloin should have a bit of pink (trust me, it’s safe and fine) TIP: Slice slits in the meat and insert thin slices of garlic all over.

Seasonings for pork tenderloin? You can not go wrong with any of these: garlic, lemon, rosemary, cumin, peppercorns…. and AJIKA!

TIP for Asian stir frying: The Chinese technique of Velveting any meat for 20 minutes will make it even better.

https://www.theendlessmeal.com/baked-pork-tenderloin/

https://www.cookinglight.com/food/recipe-finder/healthy-pork-tenderloin-recipes

Watch a few of these videos for a some great recipe ideas. The Milk Street spiced rub tenderloin bites recipe sounds fab. In fact these all do.

This is a terrific looking, easy recipe from Milk Street, SPICE CRUSTED PORK TENDERLOIN BITES