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Grilled Cuban Pork Tenderloin

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
35 min
10 min
25 min
A great make-ahead dish since the flavour improves when marinated overnight. Rice and black beans make terrific side dishes.


Fresh lime juice

¼ cup(s)

Extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp(s)

Dried oregano

1 tsp(s)

Table salt

½ tsp(s)

Black pepper

¼ tsp(s), Freshly ground

Minced garlic

2 tsp(s), Or to taste

Uncooked lean pork tenderloin

1 pound(s), Use one whole loin


  1. In a small bowl, combine lime juice, oil, oregano, salt and pepper. Spoon 3 tablespoons marinade into a zip-top food storage bag or shallow glass dish.
  2. Add garlic and pork to bag (or glass dish). Seal bag and turn to coat pork with mixture (or turn in glass dish to coat and then cover). Refrigerate at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight.
  3. Cover and refrigerate marinade remaining in small bowl - this will be the sauce.
  4. Heat grill to medium-hot heat or preheat oven to 425°F (218°C).
  5. Remove pork from bag and place on grill. Discard marinade in bag (or glass dish). Grill pork, turning occasionally, until a meat thermometer inserted in center reads at least 145°F (63°C) , about 20 to 25 minutes. Or to cook in oven, place pork in a shallow roasting pan (discard marinade in bag or glass dish); roast until internal temperature reaches 145°F (63°C), about 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. Remove pork from grill or oven and let rest for 10 minutes before thinly slicing. Stir any juices from cutting board into reserved sauce and drizzle over sliced pork. Yields about 3 ounces of pork and 1 tablespoon of sauce per serving.


Serve with mixed greens or arugula and dressing of your choice.