Pork loin doesn’t have to be boring. Here are 28 creative and delicious pork loin recipes for you to choose from!
If you’re tired of the same old pork dishes, these pork loin recipes are for you.
There are so many pork loin recipes out there, yet people still have so many questions about this popular cut of meat. We’ll try to answer of a few of them for you first, or just scroll down to get to the delicious recipes we’re sharing!
WHAT IS PORK LOIN?
Some recipes call for pork loin while others call for pork tenderloin. Are they the same thing? No, they are actually two different cuts of pork. But the term “pork loin” is often used interchangeably for the two. Here’s how the two cuts are different.
Pork loin and pork tenderloin are cut from different parts of the pig. A pork loin is wide and flatter in shape, and is cut from the upper back area of the pig, near the ribs. It is often sold as a pork roast and can be boneless or bone-in. Pork tenderloin is smaller and more narrow in shape, and is cut from the area along the backbone of the animal.
Pork Loin is great for roasting and grilling, slicing into boneless pork chops, or cutting into pieces to serve in stews, casseroles, etc.
Pork tenderloin is great for quick cooking over high heat, or oven roasting, or can be sliced into boneless medallions.
Be careful about substituting one for the other – A loin roast will require much longer cook time than the small tenderloin.
Pork loin can be sold with or without bones. You may find bone-in style pork loins sold as crown roast of pork or pork racks. Pork tenderloin is always boneless.
HOW TO COOK PORK LOIN?
Pork loin is lean and mild-tasting so it goes well with almost anything you pair with it. The pork tenderloin is also very lean and mild-flavored. The tenderloin gets cooked fairly quickly and is the most tender pork cut, while a loin roast is larger, takes a bit more time, and can be tougher if not cooked right. Tenderloin can be sliced before cooking and sauteed for an even quicker meal. Try slow-cooking pork loin, roasting or throwing it on the grill. The pork loin recipes below should give you some great ideas.
HOW TO SEASON PORK LOIN?
Regardless of which loin cut you choose, you should season liberally with both salt and pepper just before cooking. This really helps bring out the flavor of the meat.
WHAT TO DO WITH LEFTOVER PORK LOIN?
The first thing that comes to mind is sandwiches! You can also dice it and add it to eggs for breakfast or add it to a wrap or salad for a delicious lunch. Quesadillas are always another great option. Thinly slice it and roll it up with a slice of cheese, then hold with toothpicks (this is also great for those following the Keto diet). Or just eat it straight from the fridge, especially if you started with one of the terrific pork loin recipes below!
Easy & Delicious Pork Loin Recipes
These delicious pork loin recipes include a combination of ideas for both pork loin and pork tenderloin. Both cuts are versatile and flavorful and offer a variety of creative ways to make mealtime easy and tasty.
This meal is easy enough for every day, but fancy enough for a holiday dinner as an alternative to ham or prime rib. It's also dairy-free and gluten-free to accommodate diverse diets and food allergies.
This One-Pan Herb Roasted Pork Tenderloin is paired with fingerling potatoes, creamy roasted garlic, and topped with a quick pan sauce. This is a paleo friendly meal, and if you use sugar free bacon, it's also whole 30 compliant.
This simple Vietnamese noodle bowl features a savory pork tenderloin, fresh lime juice, and basil and is topped with a crunchy slaw mix. Customize this to your taste with extra veggies like bok choy and carrots, and spice it up with jalapenos and chili sauce.
This pork tenderloin recipe is cooked on the stovetop and finished in the oven. The pork, tomatoes, and onions are infused with balsamic and fresh thyme, and the sauce is tangy and delicious. Serve this one with rice and drizzle the sauce for a delicious dinner.
Simple ingredients can make an extremely elegant and delicious dish. This is pork loin wrapped around fresh herbs, apples, and pecans, and a chicken breast. This one takes a little extra prep time, but the flavor is so worth it.
Slice your pork loin roast (not pork tenderloin) into 3 inch by 1 inch pieces and wrap them in bacon and serve them with a buffalo sauce. This is such a great idea for an appetizer, lunch, or as they call it, Man Food Monday.
If you want to make a pork loin roast, this is the one to go to. It's simple and delicious, easy enough for a regular family meal, but flavorful and elegant enough for any holiday meal. Keep this one in your rotation.
When pork roast is on sale, I pick up a big pork loin, cook it in the slow cooker and turn it into carnitas. It's super budget friendly and it feeds us for days. Tacos, carnitas and eggs, toss it into soup, or top our potatoes with it -- it's perfect for making quick meals during the week, and this recipe is paleo and whole 30 friendly.
Kristy Bernardo is the recipe creator behind The Wicked Noodle. She's a five-time cookbook author, has taught cooking classes to both kids and adults, and has been creating recipes for nationwide brands since 2009. She learned most of her cooking skills from her mom and grandmother, then honed those skills at boot camp at the Culinary Institute of America.
Gah! Forgive my absolute unforgivable late attention to this! I've had it bookmarked forever and am finally reading it. You know how much I love pork - this round-up is fantastic and I'm thrilled to be a part of it!
Saturday 23rd of January 2016
You're absolutely forgiven and you're welcome!!
Sunday 3rd of January 2016
I always say I want to cook more pork and I never do... That has to change this year and this is the perfect way to start!
Monday 4th of January 2016
Awesome! So glad you'll be giving these a try, Sues! Happy New Year :)