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Grilled cuban pork tenderloin

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
35 min
10 min
25 min
This easy recipe makes a great make-ahead dish since the flavor improves when marinated overnight. This zesty marinade comes together quickly. We marinated the pork in a zip-top food storage bag for easier clean-up. A versatile, naturally lean white meat, pork tenderloin makes an excellent choice for both weeknight dinners or is impressive enough to serve company. Rice and black beans make terrific side dishes. You can also double the recipe and use the other half for sandwiches or a salad the following day.


fresh lime juice

¼ cup(s)

olive oil

1 Tbsp, extra virgin

dried oregano

1 tsp

table salt

½ tsp

black pepper

¼ tsp, freshly ground

minced garlic

2 tsp, 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.
  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, 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, 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.

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