Island Pork Tenderloin

September 1, 2019

This Island Pork Tenderloin is such simple and satisfying pork recipe! It’s seasoned with a delicious blend of spices and finished with a sweet brown sugar-garlic glaze. You’ll love the way all the flavors come together here!

Island Pork Tenderloin on a platter with a side of pineapple salsa

Easy Pork Tenderloin Recipe

This is such an easy way to prepare pork tenderloin! You make a simple spice mixture and rub it over the pork and sear to brown the exterior, then finish it off with a brown sugar rub and finish by cooking it through in the oven.

You’ll love the way the meat juices and brown sugar come together to create a sweet and savory sauce that’s the perfect finishing touch to pork.

Tender pork, check! Delicious rub, check! Crave-able sauce, check! This recipe is too good to pass by. Definitely one of the best ways to prepare pork tenderloin!

If you want to keep that tropical vibe going serve it with coconut rice and a pineapple salsa!

Photography credit: Jess Larson

Pork tenderloin rub spices in sections on a white plate.

Island Pork Tenderloin Ingredients:

  • Pork tenderloin
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cumin
  • Chili powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Paprika
  • Olive oil
  • Brown sugar
  • Garlic
  • Sriracha

Pork Tenderloin with rub and sauce searing in a large skillet.

How to Make Island Pork Tenderloin:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix spices, rub over pork: in a small bowl, whisk together salt, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, black pepper and paprika. Press and rub mixture around all sides of pork tenderloin.
  • Brown exterior of pork: heat olive oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Once oil is shimmering transfer pork to skillet and cook for 2 – 3 minutes until bottom has browned, then rotate and cook opposite side until browned, about 2 – 3 minutes.
  • Make glaze mixture, spread over pork: in a small bowl, stir together brown sugar, minced garlic and hot sauce. Spread mixture over the top of browned pork.

How Long to Bake Pork Tenderloin?

  • Bake pork: transfer prepared 2 1/2 lb pork (in oven safe skillet) to center of oven and roast until center of pork reaches 140 degrees on an instant read thermometer about 20 – 30 minutes.
  • Rest and carve: allow pork to rest in skillet, loosely covered with aluminum foil, 10 minutes at room temperature (temperature should rise to 155 degrees while standing). Carve and serve warm.

Pork tenderloin cut into slices on a serving plate with a side of pineapple salsa.

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Island Pork Tenderloin

5 from 2 votes

Such simple and satisfying pork tenderloin recipe! It's seasoned with a delicious blend of spices and finished with a sweet brown sugar-garlic glaze. You'll love the way all the flavors come together here!

Servings: 6
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (2 1/2 lb) pork tenderloin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 3/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 6 Tbsp packed brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 1 Tbsp finely minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp Sriracha or Tabasco sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together salt, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, black pepper and paprika. Press and rub mixture around all sides of pork tenderloin.
  2. Heat olive oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Once oil just begins to smoke, transfer pork to skillet and cook for 2 - 3 minutes until bottom has browned, then rotate and cook opposite side until browned, about 2 - 3 minutes.

  3. In a small bowl, stir together brown sugar, minced garlic and hot sauce. Spread mixture over the top of browned pork. Transfer pork (in oven safe skillet) to center of oven and roast until center of pork reaches 140 degrees on an instant read thermometer about 20 - 30 minutes.

  4. Allow pork to rest in skillet, loosely covered with aluminum foil, 10 minutes at room temperature (temperature should rise to 155 degrees while standing). Carve and serve warm.

Recipe Notes

Recipe inspired by epicurious

Nutrition Facts
Island Pork Tenderloin
Amount Per Serving (6 g)
Calories 309 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 123mg41%
Sodium 528mg23%
Potassium 775mg22%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 39g78%
Vitamin A 147IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pork Tenderloin
Author: Jaclyn
Recipe originally shared January, 2013. Photos have been updated.