Amazing Grilled Pork Tenderloin Recipe Ina Garten

 have tried a lot of different marinades for Pork Tenderloin and this Ina Garten Pork tenderloin recipe is by far my go to. Not only is it very flavorful but I have a rosemary bush in my yard and often have lemons. Best of all you can make a few extra batches for a later date.

Pork Tenderloin is such an easy weeknight meal or elegant dinner party idea. Next time you find a good price on Pork Tenderloin be sure to buy a few extra, make this Amazing Grilled Pork Tenderloin Recipe and store them in the freezer for your next dinner.

This Barefoot Contessa Grilled Pork Tenderloin is the best make ahead marinade

The ina garten pork tenderloin marinade compliments the meat as it thaws out too. Check out other great make ahead meals for entertaining guests. 

3 pork tenderloins raw in marinade


Amazing Grilled Pork Tenderloin Recipe That Freezes Well Too!

Ina Garten Grilled Pork Tenderloin

 Amazing Pork Tenderloin Recipe is just what you need with a glass of wine. My husband and I love a glass of wine with dinner, I mean taco night calls for a great Merlot, grilled fish calls for a crisp Pinot Giorgio, I think you get my drift. We love our wine and it is healthy too right?

My husband had been on the road quite a bit this month and so I decided to make a nice dinner for us, kid-friendly and prep ahead of course. We would have a nice dinner so we could enjoy a nice glass of wine to celebrate him being home with the family.

Why Choose A Barefoot Contessa pork tenderloin recipe

Since it was still relatively warm outside, I thought I would grill something and chose the Barefoot Contessa’s Recipe for her super flavorful herb marinated pork tenderloin. I will share her recipe below.

While preparing for dinner late that afternoon, I went into our wine fridge and it was pretty empty, I mean totally empty besides the bottle of wine we bought our first year of marriage, that we probably should never drink ( simply because it was never stored right until just a few years ago).

Here are 10 tips for making a delicious grilled pork tenderloin using a marinade:

  1. Choose the Right Cut: Pork tenderloin is a lean and tender cut, perfect for grilling. Make sure you select fresh, high-quality tenderloin for the best results.
  2. Marinade Selection: Choose a marinade that complements the flavor of pork tenderloin. Marinades with a balance of acidity, sweetness, and savory flavors work well. Common ingredients include soy sauce, citrus juices, garlic, honey, olive oil, herbs, and spices.
  3. Marinating Time: Marinate the pork tenderloin for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to penetrate the meat. For optimal flavor, you can marinate it overnight in the refrigerator.
  4. Proper Storage: When marinating the pork, ensure it is completely covered in the marinade. Place it in a resealable plastic bag or a shallow dish, and refrigerate it. If using a bag, remove as much air as possible before sealing.
  5. Temperature Control: Before grilling, allow the marinated pork tenderloin to come to room temperature for about 20-30 minutes. This ensures even cooking.
  6. Preheat the Grill: Preheat your grill to medium-high heat (around 375-400°F/190-200°C) before placing the pork tenderloin on it. This helps to sear the outside of the meat and lock in juices.
  7. Pat Dry: Before grilling, remove the pork tenderloin from the marinade and pat it dry with paper towels. Excess marinade can cause flare-ups on the grill and prevent proper searing.
  8. Grill Carefully: Place the pork tenderloin on the grill and cook it for about 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally, until it reaches an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C). Use a meat thermometer to ensure it’s cooked properly but not overdone.
  9. Resting Period: Once the pork tenderloin is cooked, remove it from the grill and let it rest for about 5-10 minutes before slicing. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, ensuring juiciness.
  10. Slice Against the Grain: When slicing the pork tenderloin, cut against the grain to ensure tenderness.

Ina garten pork tenderloin for Busy Nights

So what am I to do,  the kids were getting off the bus in 20 minutes so I had not to time to head to the wine store and I knew I had to hit Target in between afternoon activities.

I picked up a bottle of wine, under $10, basically picked it by the label. I know not very sophisticated but time was an issue. I was a little worried that I would be ruining dinner with a bad bottle of wine.

Amazing Grilled Pork Tenderloin Recipe That Freezes Well Too!


Can I make this barefoot contessa pork tenderloin Marinade ahead of time?

Yes, I have made the this barefoot contessa pork tenderloin marinade in a Ziploc bag and placed the pork tenderloins inside. 

You can make this a few hours ahead of time or even freeze it for a make ahead meal. 

 Amazing Grilled Pork Tenderloin Recipe? 

Amazing Grilled Pork Tenderloin Recipe That Freezes Well Too!

Amazing grilled Ina Garten Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Amazing Grilled Pork Tenderloin Recipe That Freezes Well Too!


 What type of Pork Tenderloin marinade do you make to flavor grilled pork tenderloin? 

Pin this Best marinated Grilled Pork Tenderloin recipe for next time you find a good buy on pork tenderloins. 

Amazing Grilled Pork Tenderloin Recipe That Freezes Well Too!

barefoot contessa pork tenderloin grilled on a plate sliced

Best marinated Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Ina Garten Herb-Marinated Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Yield: 8 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Herb-Marinated Pork Tenderloin Recipe is the perfect make ahead pork tenderloin recipe that you can marinate and freeze until you are ready to sere. 


  • 1 lemon, zest grated
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, 4 to 6 lemons
  • Good olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic, 6 cloves
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 pork tenderloins, about 1 pound each
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Combine the lemon zest, lemon juice, 1/2 cup olive oil, garlic, rosemary, thyme, mustard, and 2 teaspoons salt in a sturdy 1-gallon resealable plastic bag. Add the pork tenderloins and turn to coat with the marinade. Squeeze out the air and seal the bag. Marinate the pork in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours but preferably overnight.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Remove the tenderloins from the marinade and discard the marinade but leave the herbs that cling to the meat. Sprinkle the tenderloins generously with salt and pepper. Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large oven-proof saute pan over medium-high heat. Sear the pork tenderloins on all sides until golden brown. Place the saute pan in the oven and roast the tenderloins for 10 to 15 minutes or until the meat registers 137 degrees F at the thickest part.
  3. Transfer the tenderloins to a platter and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Allow to rest for 10 minutes. Carve in 1/2-inch-thick diagonal slices. The thickest part of the tenderloin will be quite pink (it's just fine!) and the thinnest part will be well done. Season with salt and pepper and serve warm, or at room temperature with the juices that collect in the platter. SERVES 6 *


Adapted from Ina Garten IF you grill the tenderloins there is no need to sear them in a pan.

Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 94Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 23mgSodium 136mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 3gSugar 2gProtein 9g

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  1. This pork tenderloin recipe looks amazing and I love that it freezes well too!

  2. It’s just chaos when you realize you’re out of wine at the last minute, isn’t it? Love this pork tenderloin! Lemon and rosemary pair so nicely with the pork!

  3. Loved the wine story! 😉 What a lovely tenderloin recipe. I’ve been making a lot of pork tenderloin lately so I’ll be trying your recipe soon. Wish I had a rosemary bush in my backyard!

  4. Oh, my… This looks absolutely delicious. The meat looks so tender and juicy and spice combo is just fantastic. I bet my hubby would go nuts for this. Lovely recipe!

  5. Pork is generally not big on my menu but this recipe could change that fast! I love this marinade and can just imagine the taste, just off the grill.

  6. Shoot! I just made a pork tenderloin last night! Wish I’d had this recipe then!

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