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.
I like to get the large pork tenderloins that you can find in the freezer section at the store 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.
We didn’t have a plan for the pork when we first bought it, so it was only marinaded for a couple hours before baking. Typically, if I already know what I am going to do with a meat, I will put the marinade in a freezer bag with it straight from the store so it freezes in the mix. When it’s done that way, the meat really 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.
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 bowl, whisk together the oil, soy sauce, garlic, and mustard. Add in just a bit of salt and pepper to taste.
When you are ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350. Since we didn’t plan ahead, I didn’t have time to let this marinade much at all and still came out with a lot of flavors. Once I made the marinade, I poured it over the pork tenderloin in an 8×8 glass baking dish.
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.
- 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