Super Easy Marinated Baked Pork

Pork can be a versatile meat that can be cooked many different ways. Make this marinade with common ingredients for a delicious marinated pork dinner.

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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.

Recipe

Originally Published On: February 6, 2018

Last Updated On: June 6, 2019

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Super Easy Marinated Baked Pork

Pork can be a versatile meat that can be cooked many different ways. Make this marinade with common ingredients for a delicious marinated pork dinner.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword dijon mustard, pork, soy sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 282kcal
Author Stephanie Lynch

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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 350F
  • 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

Nutrition

Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 656mg | Potassium: 614mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1.7mg

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  • I have never really experimented with pork outside of pork chops... I have never tried a tenderloin, this looks really good. Great meal idea for when I'm feeling stumped!

    • The tenderloins are so good! If you want something really easy, there are some that are already marinated and all you have to do is bake or grill it.

  • I must try this recipe and I will probably will have it with some mash potatoes. Thanks for sharing.

  • I never know what I'm going to do with the meat that I buy either. I do however like the idea of mixing up a sauce and doing it ahead of time and freezing it together. That's a great idea.

    • I just did that with all our chicken for the week. We have two bags frozen in Italian marinade, one in balsamic vinaigrette, and one that I cut up because I know I will need it cut up when I make the meal.

  • I am a vegatarian, but your photos looks like you had a feast :) I can see your hardwork in the preparation.
    Keep the good work coming in!

    XOXO
    Prajakta

  • This looks great! I love pork (and my kids as well) I'll give this a try soon, thanks for the recipe! ; )

  • I've never made a pork tenderloin but like you, I love to have pork instead of chicken all the time. It has so much more flavor.

    • You should give it a try! There are so many recipes you can make with pork that are delicious!

  • This looks like tasty dish! Definitely one to do when my family are all down to visit...

  • This looks so good! I do not make much pork, so I never know what to do with it. Thanks for this great idea!

    • We used to not make it very often for the same reason. I've been trying new recipes lately, and we've come up with a few that we all like!

  • I bet the taste was really good! I will prepare this for the coming weekend! My family will be happy for sure.

    • It's so yummy. Especially if you let it marinade for a long time before baking so the flavors really infuse into the pork.

  • This looks super delish. We usually default to grilled pork chops at my house...but now I want to try this.

    • Stuffed pork chops, or rather un-stuffed pork chops, was always my go-to for pork. It's only in the last few years that we've branched out with pork recipes.

  • This sounds delicious. I haven't done pork in ages, but I might have to try this just for a break from chicken.

    • We make pork for the same reason! Chicken is our favorite meat, but sometimes we want something different. And pork is the only other meat that I know my boys will eat almost any way I make it.

  • amazing and mouth-watering recipe. I have never cooked pork but would like to try it out. Marinated meat is always great and tasty. Bookmarked the page. Thanks for sharing

    • I agree, when it has time to marinade is when the meat has the best taste. We don't cook pork very often, but it's nice for something different every now and then.

  • So once a month I invite my family over for a big Sunday dinner. I’m going to try this for the next one!

    • Sounds perfect! My family was in town this weekend and I made this. We had no leftovers afterward which is unusual here. Even all three of the kids ate a few pieces.

  • I love that there are so few ingredients. My husband is a big pork fan. He would love if I made this.

    • Some of my recipes have a lot, and other times I go for simple ingredients. I like meals like this when we have busy nights after school and I don't have a lot of time to prep a meal.

  • I'm definitely going to try this one for our upcoming family gathering this weekend. This looks very tasty and something worth a try!

    • That sounds like a great idea! We just had it again with my family here and they all loved it. We had nothing leftover by the time we all had dinner.

  • I am not a fan of pork, but this looks amazing. My kids love pork though, so I will definitely be trying this recipe and see if they like it.

    • Pork is one of the few types of meat that my boys will eat without arguing. This recipe is simple and easy, so great when you have a busy night with the kids.

  • I find that the thing people forget is the importance of allowing the marinade to do its job. It's so important to do that hour.

    • Yes! You need at least that hour, but even more time is preferable. I just made it again this weekend with family here and let it marinade for hours while we went to the zoo and it was so good because the flavors of the marinade had time to really soak into the pork.

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