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Tired of cooking dry meat? This Easy Parmesan Crusted Pork Tenderloin is bursting with tender juiciness, lightly seasoned flavor, and a crisp bite to the exterior. Not only is this pork tenderloin delicious, but it is also addictive! 5 simple ingredients. Dinner is ready!
Easy Parmesan Crusted Pork Tenderloin
Parmesan Crusted Pork Tenderloin is a common entrée in our home. Parmesan, Panko breadcrumbs, and Smithfield® Prime Pork Tenderloins are just fabulous creations in their own right. Put them together, and they equal pure deliciousness. If you haven’t tried Smithfield® products, please try it soon. Their pork products make dinner incredible with less work.
This Easy Parmesan Crusted Pork Tenderloin is bursting with tender juiciness, lightly seasoned flavor, and a crisp bite to the exterior. What more could we ask for in a quick weeknight meal? Yes, I said quick and weeknight in the same sentence. Because it is that easy. Believe me when I say your prep work for this meal will be done in less than 10 minutes.
Pork is most definitely known for being the other white meat. There are some really weird looking foods in this world and pork tenderloin is definitely on the top of that list. Even though it is strange looking, it is totally delicious. With that said, you just have to get over the weirdness of it all.
It is surprisingly lean. I had sworn off pork of any kind many years ago when I was in my “I don’t care for the taste of pork” phase. It eventually dawned on me that with the right cuts, it is a lean protein that makes the taste buds happy. I was just purchasing the wrong brand and cuts. I can honestly say that pork and I have become close friends again.
How to Cook Pork Tenderloin
There are a lot of different ways to cook pork tenderloin and plenty of easy pork tenderloin recipes.
I cook it at 400 degrees F for around 30 minutes when it’s not seared first. It cooks perfectly and is tender and delicious.
However, I changed it up just a little bit for this recipe. I am cooking it at 375 degrees for slightly longer. The reason for this is I the parmesan cheese. High temperatures can cause your cheese to burn. In my book that is “no beuno”!
Easy Parmesan Crusted Pork Tenderloin Recipe
Are you ready to go? Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. The next step is to grab a low shallow dish and combine bread crumbs, grated parmesan, thyme, salt, and pepper.
This is by far the toughest part. If you can handle this, you can certainly make this Parmesan Crusted Pork Tenderloin recipe a home staple.
Next, you are going to want to roll your Smithfield pork tenderloin into the mixture. Coat it until it is well covered. As you can already see, this meal is super simple to make.
Bake uncovered 45 – 50 minutes until golden and cooked through.
Just a quick side note: The FDA notes that a safe internal temperature for pork is 145 degrees F, as measured with a meat thermometer.
Remove pork from the pan, cover, and let stand 10 minutes before slicing to serve.
- Gluten Free Option: Substitute gluten-free panko breadcrumbs or use gluten-free rice cereal blended into a fine crumb mixture instead of traditional panko breadcrumbs to make this dish gluten-free.
Parmesan Crusted Pork Tenderloin Recipe
- 1 pork tenderloin (2-4 lb) preferred brand- Smithfield
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 2/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- Nonstick cooking spray
- Pre-heat over to 375 degrees. Lightly spray foiled wrapped a rectangular baking dish with the nonstick spray.
- In a shallow dish, combine bread crumbs, grated parmesan, thyme, salt, and pepper.
- Roll pork tenderloin in the mixture until it is well covered.
- Bake uncovered 45 - 50 minutes until golden and cooked through. (The FDA notes that a safe internal temperature for pork is 145 degrees F, as measured with a meat thermometer.)
- Remove pork from the pan, cover, and let stand 10 minutes before slicing to serve
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Other Easy Weeknight Dinner Meal Ideas
Eating out is easy, and it usually tastes delicious, but it’s expensive. Making this meal at home will save you money. Add this recipe to your weekly meal plan.