We've partnered with Smithfield Prime Fresh Pork to bring you recipes, tips, and tricks for cooking with one of our favorite ingredients: fresh pork loin!
Why have chicken every night when you could be serving up pork loin instead? This satisfying, flavorful, affordable cut is easy to prepare and can feed a whole crowd. It’s delicious in its own right, yet versatile enough to take on the flavor profiles of your favorite dishes.
For a simple roasting method for boneless pork loin, we turned to Colby Garrelts, James Beard Foundation award-winning chef of Rye and Bluestem in Kansas City. Slice it, plate it with a side dish or two, and you’ve got yourself a fine dinner. Just make sure to save the leftovers, as there are plenty of tasty ways to prepare pork loin that go way beyond supper.
Here, Garrelts shares an easy, fail-proof method for preparing a perfect roasted pork loin, along with five creative ways to transform the versatile cut into a brand new meal.
Heat oven to 375°F. Season 2 lb. boneless pork loin with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in large cast iron pan over medium-high. Place pork loin, fat side down, in pan and brown on all sides, turning several times, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Turn pork loin (fat side down again) and place the pan in oven. Roast until internal temperature reaches 145°F to 160°F, about 20 minutes per pound (in this case, 40 minutes total). Let rest before serving, at least 10 minutes. Plate with a side or two and serve, or use as a jumping off point for these dishes:
Our partner Smithfield Prime Fresh Pork offers several versatile cuts of all-natural, hand-trimmed, fresh pork, ranging from the boneless center cut pork loin used in these recipes to meaty back ribs to bone-in, thick-cut pork chops. Check out the recipes above for even more ways to cook Smithfield Prime Fresh Pork.