QUICK Pork Tenderloin Recipe with Garlic & Balsamic

So much to do, so little time!  If there were only just a few extra minutes a day, maybe we could get everything done that we set out to do!  With work and life, even as much as you love cooking, sometimes you don’t want to spend all of your time cooped up in the kitchen. You want to eat, enjoy your meal, and then do other things!

Because I’m definitely all about saving time, here’s a really fast recipe for pork tenderloin. It doesn’t make too much of a mess and it is in and out of the oven in 30 minutes.


  • Pork Tenderloin (I think mine was about 2 lbs)
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • Thyme
  • Salt & Pepper.
  • Preheat oven to 500°
  • Cut off any of the extra fat/white skin off your pork tenderloin.
  • Depending on the size of your pork tenderloin, cut it in half.  (I had one large 2 lb pork tenderloin, which I cut in half, just because I figured it had the potential to cook faster that way)
  • Peel your cloves of garlic and slice them into smaller pieces.
  • Cut slits in different parts of your pork and press the pieces of garlic into those slits around the meat.
  • Brush your meat with balsamic vinegar to coat it completely.
  • Drizzle with just a bit of olive oil and then sprinkle with thyme, salt, and pepper.  You can pat it a bit to rub it into the meat if you like.
  • Bake in 500° oven for about 30 minutes.
  • Test your meat with a meat thermometer in several places.  The pork should be at least 145° in all places.  I would recommend testing the meat at 20 minutes, checking again at 25 minutes, and then at 30 minutes, it should definitely be done, but if not keep it in a little longer and continue testing.
  • Remove from oven and let rest for about 5 minutes.
  • Slice your meat; it should be a little pink in the middle.  If you did this, you made it perfect and not dried out!

This pork will go perfect with my Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe.  Whip them up and have a delicious meal!

xoxo, Food Marriage


  1. wow BA a 500 degree oven?? seems kind of high to me or was that a typo? My tenderloin cooked at 375???