chili-rubbed pork tenderloin

A goal of mine since the New Year is to cook more often, and to have a solid book of recipes that I have mastered. I don’t want to call it a resolution, because, let’s be real… no one ever sticks to them. This chili-rubbed pork tenderloin has quickly become one of my favorite recipes because of how easy it is, and how much intense flavor you get in each savory bite!

pork

Serves 4

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for grill pan
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 pork tenderloin (about 1 pound)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine oil, garlic, and chili powder in a large, shallow dish. Add pork, and turn to coat evenly with chili mixture. Sprinkle pork with sesame seeds, and press seeds into meat. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat, and brush with oil. Add pork, and cook until browned and grill marks appear, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  3. Transfer pan to oven. Roast pork to desired doneness, 17 to 18 minutes for medium. Let stand for at least 5 minutes, then cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Serve with pan juices.
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