Finding versatile recipes for your meal prep is a great way to extend your freezer meals for months. That’s why this marinated pork tenderloin recipe is a family favourite. On top of being simple to prepare for freezing, this easy recipe can be cooked four different ways. Whether you’re looking for an oven-baked, slow cooker, stovetop, or BBQ recipe, you’ll love this simple freezer friendly main course.
Marinated Pork Tenderloin Recipe
- 2 pounds pork tenderloin
- 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- Place the pork tenderloin in a large freezer bag. Add the lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, pepper, and dried parsley to the bag. Squish the ingredients together to mix the sauce into the meat.
- Remove excess air from the bag and seal to close it. Store the pork tenderloin in the freezer until you’re ready to cook it.
- Thaw the pork tenderloin in the refrigerator.
- To bake the tenderloin in the oven, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Add the tenderloin to the dish and cover the pan. Cook for 50 to 60 minutes until the internal temperature of the roast reaches 155 degrees. Allow the tenderloin to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
- To make the pork in the crockpot, place the tenderloin in the pot and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or low for 5 to 7 hours.
- To make the pork tenderloin on the grill, cook the pork over indirect heat until the center of the meat is white and the internal temperature reaches 155 degrees.
- To prepare the pork on the stovetop, place the pork tenderloin in a large skillet with one tablespoon butter. Brown each side of the tenderloin for 5 to 8 minutes, until the meat is white throughout. Add the remaining sauce to the skillet and bring to a boil. Simmer for three minutes, then pour the sauce over the tenderloin to serve.
Can You Freeze a Marinated Pork Tenderloin?
Freezing your marinated pork tenderloin is a simple way to meal prep. That’s because it’s so easy to prep your pork for cooking later! Just add the tenderloin to a freezer-friendly container and add the marinade. As the pork is stored in the freezer, then sauce will soak into the meat adding flavour while it freezes.
How Long Can You Freeze Raw Pork Tenderloin?
Pork tenderloin is a great option for freezer cooking because it its long freezer life. Although pork is at its best when eaten within three months of being frozen, when stored properly, pork will stay good for up to 12 months in the freezer. To ensure your pork tenderloin stays fresh while it’s being stored, use these simple freezing tips:
- Store it in the right container. Freezer safe containers or zip-top freezer bags are both great options for storing your pork tenderloin.
- Remove excess air from the container. No matter what type of container you use to store your marinated tenderloin, it’s important that all the extra air is removed before you place it in the freezer. This will help the meat stay fresh and prevent freezer burn from damaging your pork while it’s in the freezer.
- Label the container. Before placing your marinated pork in the freezer, make sure to label your container to help you keep track of what you have stored in the freezer. Write the name of the recipe, the date it was frozen, and the expected expiration date on the front of the bag so it’s easy to see.
How Do You Know When Pork Goes Bad in the Freezer?
In spite of its long freezer life, your pork will eventually go bad if you keep it in the freezer too long. There are a few tell-tell signs that your pork tenderloin has gone bad:
- Ice crystals forming around the meat
- The meat’s texture looks different
- It has a strange smell
- The colouring has changed to a shade of brown
What’s the Best Way to Cook a Marinated Pork Tenderloin?
Using a marinade on your tenderloin is a great way to help keep the meat moist and juicy while it cooks. But the cooking method is also important to preparing a delicious tenderloin.
Cooking the tenderloin low and slow is the best way to add flavour to your pork while also keeping its natural juices intact. That means cooking your tenderloin in the oven or slow cooker are both great preparation options.
How Do You Cook a Pork Tenderloin Without Drying It Out?
There is one simple trick you can use to ensure your pork tenderloin stays juicy no matter what method you use to cook it. As you’re cooking your pork, make sure to place it in the pan with the fat side up. As your tenderloin cooks, the fat will drip from the top of the loin onto the meat on the bottom, adding flavour and moisture as it cooks.
- 2 lbs pork tenderloin
- 3 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp dried parsley
Place the pork tenderloin in a large resealable freezer bag. Add the other ingredients. Squish to combine.
Remove excess air from the bag and seal. Freeze.
To bake the tenderloin in the oven, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a casserole dish with cooking spray. Add the tenderloin to the dish and cover the pan. Cook for 50 to 60 minutes until the internal temperature of the roast reaches 155 degrees. Allow the meat to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
Thaw. Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or low for 5 to 7 hours.
Thaw. Cook the pork over indirect heat until the center of the meat is white and the internal temperature reaches 155 degrees.
Place the pork tenderloin in a large skillet with one tablespoon butter. Brown each side of the tenderloin for 5 to 8 minutes, until the meat is white throughout. Add the remaining sauce to the skillet and bring to a boil. Simmer for three minutes, then pour the sauce over the tenderloin to serve.