Spice-Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Citrus

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Inactive: 5 min
  • Cook: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Nutrition Info
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1 teaspoon coriander seed

1 teaspoon cumin seed

1/2 to 1 teaspoon black peppercorns

1 small garlic clove, coarsely chopped

Sea salt

1 small pork tenderloin (about 1 pound), trimmed of silver skin

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

2 limes or lemons, halved

Serving suggestions: black bean salad, a leafy salad or roasted squash.


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Combine the coriander, cumin, peppercorns and garlic in a mortar and pestle (or use a heavy skillet, placing spices on cutting board); coarsely crush the spices, and season with salt. Rub the pork tenderloin with the spice mixture. 
  2. Heat the oil in a large oven-proof skillet over medium heat until very hot; add the tenderloin. Cook the pork, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, about 6 minutes total. Add the limes or lemon, cut-side down, to the skillet. Transfer the skillet to the oven. 
  3. Roast the pork until just cooked through, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the pork registers 150 degrees F, about 15 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes; slice, squeeze the citrus juice over the pork, and serve with pan juices and a favorite side dish.

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