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Pork Tenderloin is a lean, tender, more expensive, boneless cut of Pork with a mild taste from the sirloin end, just inside the rib bones.
The tenderloin comes from the bottom of loin area. It starts in the centre loin and goes into the sirloin.
It is long, and somewhat round, but with 4 distinct sides. It will be about 30 cm (12 inches) long and 5 to 7 1/2 cm (2 to 3 inches) wide. One end will be tapered. The thick end sometimes has a patch of paler meat. That’s from the loin area.
The weight of the whole cut will be between 350 to 700g (3/4 to 1 1/2 pounds.) It is often sold two or more to a package.
Sometimes it is not cut out as a separate cut, but rather just included in loin roasts, or in pork chops.
Othertimes, it is cut into medallions 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cm (1 to 1 1/2 inches) thick.
Some cuts will have silver skin on them. Some people call for this to be removed, but it is not really necessary, it will just disappear during cooking anyway. Some people like to cut it off, though, because it shrinks during cooking, puckering up the shape of the meat a bit.
Some people like to cut the thin, tapered end off before cooking, because it might just overcook and burn, and freeze that for another use.
Some sources may tell you to “trim off excess fat” off the Pork Tenderloin, but at this point in time, with pigs being bred ultra lean, that may be a moot point.
Tenderloin is good for grilling on the barbeque, as it cooks very quickly. Cut into 2.5 cm (1 inch) slices. Good flavouring marinades for the slices include (per 1 kg / 2 pounds of tenderloin) Thai fish sauce (3 tbsp fish sauce plus 1 tbsp oil ), or 3 tbsp good quality apple cider vinegar with 1 tsp ground cumin. For both, put marinade and tenderloin slices in a sealed plastic bag in the fridge for a few hours or overnight, turn occasionally.
When grilling, it is also good with a rub.
For stir-frying, cut into strips. Cook the strips 2 to 4 minutes on their own, then another 2 minutes with the vegetables.
For kebabs, cube it;
On grill, about 3 to 4 minutes to side (that’s about 12 minutes altogether);
In a frying pan, 2 to 4 minutes per side;
If cooking whole, remove from heat at about 68 C (155 F) internal temperature, cover and let stand for a few minutes until internal temperature comes to 71 C (160 F ) inside. Then slice 2 1/2 cm (1 inch) thick, and serve.