Lately, pork has been our go-to meat, even over our usual chicken. But coming up with different ways to make it hasn’t always been the easiest. In particular, I don’t always have a good way to make marinated pork. I’m not great at coming up with new marinades but this one worked well.
I like to get the large pork tenderloins from the freezer section and work with those. They stay so moist and are easy to bake in the oven or slice and fry or grill. Sometimes, when I want something really easy, we get the ones that are already marinaded.
But when I am feeling more adventurous, I’ll buy one of the plain pork tenderloins and try something new. This time, it was a simple soy sauce and dijon mustard based marinade. I based it loosely on the marinade we use for Steak and Shrimp Kabobs.
The pork only sat in the marinade for a couple of hours this time. I didn’t have a plan for the pork when I first bought it. I prefer to marinate the meat immediately when it goes into the freezer. The meat soaks up the flavors since it pulls the moisture in as it freezes, and then as it thaws the meat is already in the marinade.
Once you have your marinated pork, you can cook it on the grill, on the stovetop (such as Brown Sugar Glazed Pork), or bake it in the oven. The oven is the best choice when you are looking for a quick and easy meal. You can put it in, set a timer, and walk away.
Step by Step
No matter which way you do it, marinading when you freeze, marinading overnight, just a couple hours before cooking, or as you are baking, the first thing you need to do is make your marinade. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the oil, soy sauce, garlic, and mustard. Add in just a bit of salt and pepper to taste.
Add the pork loin to the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.
When you are ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350. Place the pork loin in a 9×13 baking dish and pour the rest of the marinade over it.
Bake the pork for about 45-60 minutes, until the pork is cooked through. The time may vary depending on the thickness of the pork loin.
Super Easy Marinated Baked Pork
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 clove garlic (minced)
- 3 tbsp dijon honey mustard
- salt and pepper (to taste)
- 2 lb pork tenderloin
- In a medium bowl, whisk together olive oil, soy sauce, minced garlic, dijon mustard, salt and pepper
- Add the pork and marinade for at least one hour
- When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350
- Put the pork in a glass baking dish and pour remaining marinade over the top
- Bake for about 45-60 minutes or until the pork is cooked through
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