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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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Grilled Cumin Spiced Pork Tenderloin

4.91 from 30 votes
2
Cals:162
Protein:27
Carbs:2
Fat:5
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!
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.
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Rest Time: 5 mins
Total: 30 mins
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 3 oz

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.

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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: 3 oz, Calories: 162 kcal, Carbohydrates: 2 g, Protein: 27 g, Fat: 5 g, Cholesterol: 81 mg, Sodium: 351 mg, Fiber: 1 g

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100 comments on “Grilled Cumin Spiced Pork Tenderloin”

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    Sarah E Meagher

    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).

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

  3. 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! 

  4. 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. 

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

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    Jessica Denham

    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. 

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    Theresa Spinnenweber

    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.

  11. 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.

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    Carla Porterfield

    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!!!

  13. 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.