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Spice Rubbed Pork Tenderloin


An easy spice rub with the perfect balance of oregano, cumin, thyme, coriander and paprika.
The savory spice rub infuses this juicy tenderloin with extra flavor in no time.

Finishing the loins in the oven results in a succulent dish that goes well with a refreshing Papaya salad.


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Spice Rubbed Pork Tenderloin

Keyword: Food Recipes, Pleasures, Pork


For the Pork Tenderloins

  • 2 small Pork Tenderloins , excess fat removed
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO , (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
  • 1 clove Garlic , finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Dry Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dry Thyme
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander , ground
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin , ground
  • 1 teaspoon sweet Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground Black Pepper

For the Papaya Salad

  • ½ green Papaya , about 300 grs, peeled and finely diced.
  • 1 big red Bell Pepper , deseeded, ribs removed and diced as the Papaya.
  • 1 green Chili Pepper , finely sliced (leave as much of the seeds as your ‘heat likeness’ allows)
  • 3 small fresh Scallions , finely sliced
  • 1 Lime juice
  • 1 Lime Zest
  • 1 cup fresh Mint , leaves only chiffonade
  • ½ Sea Salt
  • ¼ freshly ground Black Pepper


For the Pork Tenderloins

  • The night before cooking the pork tenderloins mix well all the dry ingredients in a bowl and rub the spice mix on the loins pressing well on the meat to adhere. Place them in the refrigerator covered with plastic wrap.
  • An hour before cooking the loins take them out of the refrigerator.
  • Turn on an air circulation oven to 200 degrees C and set the rack to the middle position.
  • Set a large heavy bottom non-stick saucepan over medium heat and let it heat up for 2 minutes. Add the oil to the saucepan and let this heat up for 1 minute. Add the garlic and sauté for a minute.
  • Using a pair of metallic tongs carefully add the loins and sear them on all sides for about 10 minutes, keep turning the loins frequently so that the spices don’t burn and create a bitter taste.
  • Place the loins in a roasting pan and put them in the oven for 15-18 minutes. Check for doneness with an internal thermometer aiming for a temperature of 77 degrees C.
  • Slice and serve with the papaya salad.

For the Papaya Salad

  • Combine all the ingredients to create the salsa and refrigerate for an hour for all the flavors to come together.

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