Grilled Cumin Spiced Pork Tenderloin

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This easy Grilled Cumin Spiced Pork Tenderloin is perfect for summer nights. I season it with a quick, flavorful rub then throw it on the grill. While it cooks for 30 minutes, I make a salad and dinner is ready!

This easy Grilled Cumin Spiced Pork Tenderloin is perfect for summer nights. I season it with a quick, flavorful rub then throw it on the grill. While it cooks for 30 minutes, I make a salad and dinner is ready!
Grilled Cumin Spiced Pork Tenderloin

Summer and warmer weather means grilling more and dining al fresco. Some of my favorite pork recipes are  Quick Garlic and Lime Marinated Pork Chops and Apricot-Rum Glazed Spiral Ham.

This easy Grilled Cumin Spiced Pork Tenderloin is perfect for summer nights. I season it with a quick, flavorful rub then throw it on the grill. While it cooks for 30 minutes, I make a salad and dinner is ready!

Spice rub for pork tenderloin

Summer nights I want to stay out of the kitchen, and enjoy the great weather. With meals like this, it’s easy to do! I like to serve this with salad, but some grilled corn or pasta salad also makes a great side! You can easily double the recipe to serve more.

How To Grill Pork Tenderloin

I find the best way to grill pork tenderloin is using this fool-proof method: I start by grilling the pork directly over the flame to sear and brown on all sides about 5 minutes on each side. Then I transfer the meat to indirect heat (which mean I shut the flame off one side of the grill) and let it continue cooking covered, until cooked through, about 25 minutes. Set aside and let it rest about 5 to 10 minutes before slicing.

Cumin Spice Rub Ingredients

  • Cumin
  • Garlic powder
  • Chili powder
  • Kosher salt
  • Paprika
  • Black pepper
How To Grill Pork Tenderloin

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This easy Grilled Cumin Spiced Pork Tenderloin is perfect for summer nights. I season it with a quick, flavorful rub then throw it on the grill.
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Grilled Cumin Spiced Pork Tenderloin

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162 Cals 27 Protein 2 Carbs 5 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Rest Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: American
This easy Grilled Cumin Spiced Pork Tenderloin is perfect for summer nights. I season it with a quick, flavorful rub then throw it on the grill. While it cooks for 30 minutes, I make a salad and dinner is ready!

Ingredients

For the Cumin Spice Rub:

  • 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

For the Pork Tenderloin:

  • 1 pork tenderloin, about 18 oz

Instructions

  • Combine the spices then season the tenderloin all over.
  • Preheat the grill to high, or preheat the broiler to high.
  • Grill or broil the tenderloin, covered on high 5 minutes on each side, then move to indirect heat if grilling, cover the grill and cook an additional 10 to 12 minutes, turning halfway, until an instant read thermometer inserted in the center reads 145°F* (about 22 to 25 minutes total). For a thicker tenderloin, add more time.
  • Let the pork rest about 5 minutes before slicing.

Notes

*Some people suggest taking pork off around 140°F. I prefer 145F so it's a little pink in the center. The USDA health recommendations say that pork should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. You can adjust this temperature to your own tastes and comfort level, especially if you know the pork is fresh.

Nutrition

Serving: 3oz, Calories: 162kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 81mg, Sodium: 351mg, Fiber: 1g
Blue Smart Points: 3
Green Smart Points: 3
Purple Smart Points: 2
Points +: 4
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  1. This dinner is delicious! It’s so easy to make and my family loves it. The rub is so good and would probably taste amazing in chicken. I have made this 3 times already and I pair it with a Caesar salad. Great recipe!

  2. I used the broiler method, and it came out great! Love spice-rubbed pork. Perfect for serving with a salad.

  3. This has become my go to recipe for grilling pork tenderloin.  It is so easy to prepare and provides excellent flavor.  Thank you Gina for another great recipe.

  4. Made this for a second time—this evening, I can’t remember when we made the first, but I know we liked it. I made one tenderloin enough for my husband and me for two nights; he asked if I am making enough for two more. (He likes to have some repeated meals, so we don’t have to do a ton of prep each week.). We might add it to the salad, though. Even my daughter, who is picky, stayed in the room while it was cooking (but wouldn’t taste it).

  5. I made this for dinner last night and my boyfriend loved it! I Thank you as always for your amazing recipes!

  6. Oh. Em. Gee!!! I do not and have not ever liked any pork product I have tried (except bacon). I didn’t have high hopes for this but I need to lose 100-ish pounds and I’ve been following the meal plans with that goal in mind so my family and I have been more adventurous in our meals lately. This. Does. Not. Disappoint. It was tender and juicy and flavorful. I’m literally blown away by how amazing this is! Thank you Gina! 

  7. Delicious, as all your recipes are, Gina! I only had a pork sirloin roast, but it was small and was a great substitute for the tenderloin. 

  8. Can I prepare the pot ahead of time and freeze it?

  9. Another winner!!! I like to add a little brown sugar to the rub and sometimes drizzle a little honey over the meat after I take it off the grill. (I then tent it with foil for about 5-7 minutes to let the meat rest and help the juices redistribute). I know that adding the brown sugar and honey ups the smart points, but since they are already so low, I’m o.k. with another point or two. Make sure your grill is nice and hot to add those beautiful grill marks.

  10. I had a 2.5 lb pork loin roast so I doubled the spices from this recipe, rubbed them on and then followed the apple-stuffed pork loin recipe for baking temp and time (425 degrees for 15 min, then drop to 325 degrees and bake until 145 degrees). It turned out soooooo good, I will definitely make this again and again. Gina never disappoints when it comes to flavorful dishes! I’m sure I’ll love these spices on pork tenderloin!

  11. So easy & so delicious! Can’t wait to make it again. 

  12. Oh my gosh, this took pork tenderloin to a higher level. The rub was delicious and the pork was done to perfection. My husband and I loved it. My husband likes his meat done done so we took it all the way to 160. Very moist with great flavor. Love your recipes.

  13. This recipe helped me cook pork successfully for the first time. Thank you so much Gina! You have helped my husband and I not be afraid to try new things. Cheers!

  14. Oh. My. Wow. This was so tasty for such a simple main dish. It was cooked perfectly. The flavor was amazing. I was rushing so I didn’t measure I just eyeballed the amounts as I poured the spices directly onto the loin then rubbed in. It came out with a wonderful crispy flavor. I served it with some leftover chickpea cucumber tomato salad over arugula and spinach blend. Will do again for sure. 

  15. This was fantastic! I let my husband try a piece first and he stopped what he was doing and said “this is amazing” with his eyes closed 😂. We will definitely be adding this to my rotation.

  16. This pork tenderloin was amazing! So flavorful and juicy! My whole family loved it!

  17. Another family favorite. Perfect as-is. My family are wimps and don’t like spicy, and I recently discovered Penzy Spices has a flavorful yet not spicy chili blend (they call it chili con carne) which I now use for any recipe calling for chili powder. Love this recipe, quick, easy, & delish for a hot summer evening.

  18. Made this last week and it was perfect as written. Will definitely be making again!!!

  19. Very tasty and easy!

  20. How much is a serving for 3 points? 3 ounces?
    Thank you.

  21. What type of micro greens dd you add to that salad?

  22. Did you post the recipe for the salad? I looked in comments but didn’t see it, would love to have that as well! Thabks Gina, making this over the weekend for sure!!!

  23. Delicious. A little to spicy for my daughter, but my husband loved it. I didn’t have chili powder so I used Cajun powder. The flavor was wonderful. I will use 1/2 the chili powder next time.

  24. Buy the package of two pork tenderloins at Costco. Rub them both. Freeze one. Grill the other one fresh.
    This Skinnytaste rub is a staple for us.
    Quadruple the recipe so you are ready for your next trip to Costco. 

  25. What is the recipe for the salad? I am so excited to try the tenderloin! I have been looking for a good recipe!

  26. Hands down the best pork I have ever made! I love your recipes and the simple instructions. My boyfriend loved it too! 

  27. I made this for my family last night and get this, EVERYONE ate it!!!! Of course I did, but the picky hubby who I swear scrapes any bit of seasoning off meat,, the almost 11 yr old who only a year or so ago wouldn’t eat any meat unless it was breaded and fried or some sort of sausage/hot dot, the 7 yr old who used to eat anything, but now just ‘doesn’t like it’ and the twin 5 yr olds who don’t like any ‘black stuff’! They all ate it! I had intended to give it 5 stars, but low and behold, I’ve already given it 5 stars! lol I served it with grilled nectarines and chipotle roasted sweet potatoes. So good!!!

  28. Could you use this rub on pork chops?

  29. Delicious!! I will make this again!!

  30. Very tasty. I cooked it on our large Weber grill for 5 minutes on each side as instructed and then 10 minutes in a pre-heated stoneware pan. This was probably a bit long for this grill. Next time I’ll either reduce the cooking time or lower the temp when baking on the grill.
    Otherwise it was very good!

  31. It’s fabulous but why is it 3 points?   Shouldn’t it be 0 on Freestyle?

  32. This is the best Pork Tenderloin recipe I’ve ever made!   Thank you so much for all of your fabulous recipes.  I am enjoying cooking for the first time in a long time!  

  33. Loved this (kids too!). I paid close attention to the pork grilling instructions and this was the best grilled pork I’ve made. Thanks!

  34. The seasoning of this pork tenderloin is amazing! Grilling directions are perfect. And it is all so easy! It will be in our meal rotation from now on. 

  35. Made this today.
    I usually prepare a very similar rub, but without the cumin.
    My father entered the kitchen and said it smells Turkish, he doesn’t like cumin that much.
    Later he had to confess that he liked your recipe even better than our family recipe!

    So good, thank you!

  36. Great weeknight dinner when combined with the bean salad. My husband and kids loved it.

  37. We cooked this in the Sous Vide and then seared it on the grill! 🙂

  38. I really want to try this recipe but can’t eat pork… is there another meat I can use instead? Thank you 🙂

  39. FYI: In 2011, the USDA lowered the recommended temperature for whole cuts of pork from 160 to 145 with a 3 minute rest period.

  40. This is my favourite way to eat pork tenderloin.  It’s always moist and sooooo delicious. Although I always use a meat thermometer, your timing (22 mins) is bang on for 145F. Thanks for the great recipe. 

  41. Can you marinade this over night? the reason I ask is that rubbed the spices early in the day for tonight sdinner and plans got changed.

  42. This was amazing! And so easy. i couldn’t believe how quickly it was done and how good it tasted. My family – husband and twin 21 month daughters – ate like it was going out of style.

  43. When I broil it, should it be covered?

  44. I made this last night, and it was amazing!! I didn’t feel like using the grill, so I seared it on a hot griddle for 5 mins per side, then finished it in the oven for like 10 mins. I probably should’ve taken the temp then, because after I took it out of the oven, it was at 170. It was still very moist tho, and the flavor was crazy good! AND EASY!!

  45. This was amazing! Baked in 450 oven for 20 min, then 5 min broil. Delicious! Thanks, Gina! Love your website and your cookbook.

  46. Such an easy & flavorful recipe!  I made it tonight with a salad for a quick amazing meal for my sweet Alexis home from college.  Enough left over for my other daughter coming home late tonight. Thank  you Gina!  

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  48. I made this tonight in the oven and it was really good. I broiled it for 5 minutes per side and then baked it at 450 for 20 minutes. It was very tender and juicy.

  49. I cooked this in the crockpot on low for 12hrs. The flavor was so good. This is a repeat recipe.

  50. If I use the broiling method, how long do I cook covered on each side? The instructions provided are geared towards grilling.  Thanks. 

  51. Where can I find the salad savors? I’d love to try it..  
    Thank you….
    Sheri

  52. An outstanding recipe we have made numerous times. Great as is but I tweaked a little by adding 1 tsp maple sugar to the rub, and smoking it for 40 minutes with apple.

  53. I made this pork tenderloin for dinner tonight and it was amazing. I followed the directions to the letter and it turned out perfect. I was surprised that it only took about 1/2 hour from start to finish. Dinner was on the table waiting when my wife came home. I met her at the door with an electric lemonade and started carving the tenderloin. If you haven't tried this you should, it will make you a rock star in your families eyes. I used hot Mexican chili powder to give it that kick we like, but regular chili powder should be good too.

  54. Just made this for the first time. Grilled it on the bbq. Delicious! very easy too.

  55. Just want to let you know that I've made this numerous times and it has become one of my favorite ways to prepare pork tenderloin. It's so easy that I made it tonight in my toaster oven. Just set it to broil for 5 minutes each side, lowered to 375, surrounded with some apple wedges, cooked for 10 minutes, removed the pork and let it rest for 10 minutes as the apples mixed with the leftover juices and spices in the pan and finished cooking. The pork turned out perfect and the apples were a delicious side.

  56. So delicious and so easy! Husband, 1 year old, 3 year old and I all loved it. Thanks for another quick and tasty winner.

  57. I just made this last night and it was SO GOOD and couldn't have been easier. I would eat this every night for dinner. I made it with the avocado chickpea salad and it was a nice light summer dinner

  58. Delallo's has only ONE store in the US that I know of. It is in a town called Jeanette, PA. My mom is from there and we have been going to DeLallo's ever since I was very little! If you ever want to take a road trip, the store will blow your mind! It is delicious!

  59. Great recipe – looks wonderful!

  60. Can you do this in a crock pot? If so, for how long? Would I broil it first before putting in crock pot? Thanks!!!!

  61. These are good recipes.

  62. Thanks for your recipes, I got my site here:

    http://savorydip.net

    that translate from my vietnamese site, hope I can learn the recipe from your webiste

  63. This looks like a great Father's Day item to make for dinner.

  64. I made this last night and it was delicious! I'm a huge fan of your blog! Thanks for so many great recipes. I've pre-ordered the cookbook.

  65. Super tasty! We baked this at 450 for like 20 minutes I think? Then broiled on high for five on each side, came out great. Done throughout, but not over-cooked. So good!

  66. Umm…yes, please. I want this for dinner tmmrw.

  67. I like using cumin so this caught my attention. Thanks! Pinning it!!

  68. Great Recipe

  69. Your pork tenderloin sounds amazing! Delicious!

  70. Yummi must try it out:-)
    Love good food.

    http://mariahoffbeck.blogspot.dk/2014/06/citroncupcakes-med-anis-bolcher-og.html

    Emil, DK

  71. Looks delicious!! I've never tried to grill pork tenderloin before, but I'm up for the challenge…lol. Thanks for the recipe!

  72. Do you know where you can purchase SaladSavors? they look fantastic.

  73. Cumin is one spice that needs to make an appearance more often! In my opinion at least :). Love that stuff. 🙂

  74. I love pork tenderloin. We get it at Costco and have it 2-3 times a month. I will definitely have to try the rub. Normally I put it in our deep dish baker and cook it in the microwave. It only takes 25 minutes and tastes great.

  75. Going to have to try this, but since we're trying to use up what we have in the fridge/freezer before moving day, it's gonna have to go on pork chops. We have it so rough. 😛

  76. That pork looks amazing and so tender! Definitely trying out this rub!
    http://youtube.com/addalittlefood

  77. Thanks for the recipe. I bought a pork tenderloin and have had it in the freezer. This looks flavorfull and delicious.

  78. IF WE SKIP THE BBQ AND THROW IN THE OVEN…WHAT SHOULD THE TEMP BE SET AT FOR THE PORK? SORRY..I AM USE TO THROWING A PORK TENDERLOIN IN THE CROCK POT..BUT THIS LOOKS YUMMY SO WILL BE MAKING THIS WEEKEND IN THE OVEN

    • If I make it in the oven I usually broil it so it gets browned, but you could probably cook it at 450F for about 20 minutes, use a thermometer to be sure it's ready.

      • I have a larger loon roast about 4lbs.  How much longer should I grill it? Plan on making it tonight. Any suggestions? 

    • This was Top Chef stuff. I did the oven @ 450* for 25min, covered. Then I placed it in the broiler 5 min each side.
      My husband and I really liked it. I also liked that I had ingredients already in my cupboards.
      Thank you for the oven tip

  79. Oh man Gina this looks truly delish! Perfectly cooked and those salad topping are perfect for a weeknight!

  80. Great recipe for summer! I am loving SaladSavors!

  81. Can you bake this in the oven?

  82. This looks sooo delicious. Perfect for summer grill!! Need to try this soon, thanks for sharing. Pinned! 😉

  83. Mmmm I love grilled meat, it only takes a few spices and you have the tastiest of dinners!
    Thank you so much for this recipe 🙂 I hope you have a great weekend! x