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Sear-Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Garlic and Fennel

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4 to 6

Fennel is a classic flavoring for pork because it brings out the sweetness of the meat. Although this recipe is straightforward, you can make it even easier by skipping the browning step. Instead, roll the raw tenderloin in the garlic mixture and roast for about 30 minutes.


  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh sage
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh thyme
  • 4 tsp. fennel pollen or ground fennel seed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil; more as needed
  • 2 pork tenderloins (2 to 2-1/2 lb. total)
  • Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (optional)

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 210
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 80
  • Fat (g): 9
  • Saturated Fat (g): 2
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 5
  • Cholesterol (mg): 80
  • Sodium (mg): 440
  • Carbohydrates (g): 2
  • Fiber (g): 1
  • Sugar (g): 0
  • Protein (g): 30


  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat to 350°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, then set a large wire rack on the sheet.
  • Combine the garlic, sage, thyme, fennel, 2 tsp. salt, and 2 tsp. pepper in a small bowl (or right on the cutting board).
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork and cook, turning occasionally, until golden brown on all sides, 10 to 12 minutes. (You may need to sear the tenderloins separately, depending on pan size.) Transfer to the rack on the baking sheet and let stand until cool enough to handle.
  • Meanwhile, spread half of the garlic-fennel mixture on a cutting board. Roll one of the tenderloins in the mixture (it won’t cover the pork completely), then return it to the rack on the baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the garlic-fennel mixture and the other tenderloin. Scrape any remaining mixture from the board over the tenderloins, and press gently to adhere.
  • Roast until the pork registers 130°F to 135°F on an instant-read thermometer, about 15 minutes.
  • Transfer to the cutting board, cover loosely with foil, and let rest for 5 to 7 minutes. Slice and serve, sprinkled with the parsley, if you like. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


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Reviews (4 reviews)

  • user-3827951 | 01/29/2019

    Excellent and easy recipe I recently prepared for dinner party. I browned the tenderloins, in advance, in a mixture of olive oil and an Italian herb butter I had in the freezer, adding even more flavour. The recommended cooking time worked well (though I may have added a few minutes in the oven while attending to another dish) with the meat a perfect pink and juicy. I served it with a smokey chipotle red pepper jelly if someone wanted a condiment with this dish. A perfect match. I accompanied with dish with FC Potato, Thyme & Olive Oil Gratin. I will definitely prepare this recipe for future dinner parties!

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    ThomasRenner | 05/14/2018

    Wow! Very nice.

  • Ashleytenhoeve | 05/11/2017

    This looks like a really easy week-night dinner. I can't wait to try it!

  • painlesone | 03/23/2017

    Very tasty, moist, and savory. Served it with chive mashed potato the first night and buttered noodles as leftovers the second night. I have a well calibrated over and it took 30 min not 15 min to get to 130 degrees. That aside it will be a regular dinner with us.

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