Pork Loin Roast
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This Pork Loin Roast is juicy, tender and flavorful. A simple seasoning rub plus apples, onions and fresh herbs bring delicious flavor to this pork loin recipe. Perfect for Sunday dinner!
This pork loin roast with apples and onions is one of our favorite pork loin recipes. It’s a lovely fall dinner, when we welcome the change of seasons with warm, cozy meals.
The pork is seasoned and then browned in a skillet to create a flavorful crust. Then it’s baked with apples, red onions and a simple pan sauce until juicy and tender. Apple juice, garlic, fresh thyme and fresh rosemary bring layers of flavor to this mouthwatering pork recipe.
Why You’ll Love this Recipe
- Easy Meal: It takes less than 30 minutes to prep the pork for the oven. Then it will bake for about an hour, making your kitchen smell wonderful.
- Delicious Flavors: The ingredients combine to make the tastiest pork loin! Think sweet-tart apples, juicy pork and a savory pan sauce.
- Sunday Dinner: This pork loin recipe is company-worthy or perfect for a Sunday dinner at home.
Pork Loin Recipe Ingredients
Here’s what you’ll need to make this pork loin recipe.
- Boneless Pork Loin: For this recipe, you’ll need a pork loin (not pork tenderloin or pork shoulder/pork butt).
- Seasoning Rub: Garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper bring lots of flavor to the pork.
- Butter & Olive Oil: For sautéing. The butter and olive oil bring richness and flavor.
- Apples: I suggest using a firm variety of apple with sweet-tart flavor, such as honey crisp.
- Red Onion: Their flavor mellows and sweetens in the oven. So delish!
- Garlic: You can’t beat the flavor of fresh garlic!
- Chicken Broth & Apple Juice: These combine and reduce down to make the best sauce for serving with the pork.
- Dijon Mustard: Complements the other flavors. If you don’t care for Dijon, you can leave it out.
- Fresh Thyme & Fresh Rosemary: These fresh herbs infuse the dish with flavor.
How to Cook a Pork Loin Roast
Here’s an overview of the recipe steps. Find the full recipe in the recipe card below.
- Combine the garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
- Pat the pork loin dry with paper towels. Rub the seasonings over all sides of the roast.
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet and brown the pork on both sides. Then transfer the pork to a large rectangular baking dish or roasting pan.
- Add the butter to the skillet. Once it’s melted, add the apples and onion and cook until they start to soften, about 3 minutes. Place the apples and onions around the pork in the baking dish.
- Add the garlic to the skillet and cook for 30 seconds.
- Then add the chicken broth, apple juice, Dijon mustard, thyme and rosemary. Cook for 2-3 minutes, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. They add delicious flavor.
- Pour the sauce from the skillet over the pork loin, apples and onions.
- Bake at 350° F for 50-70 minutes, until the pork is cooked through to 145° F in the center, when measured with an instant read thermometer.
- Let the meat rest for 10 minutes. Then slice and serve with the apples, onions and sauce from the baking dish. Enjoy!
Can I Use Pork Tenderloin?
If you’d like to make this recipe with a pork tenderloin instead of pork loin, you will need to reduce the cook time in the oven since pork tenderloin cooks much faster. Start checking on a pork tenderloin after 18 minutes in the oven. Or, try this Baked Pork Tenderloin Recipe.
- Fresh rosemary and thyme will give you the best flavor, but if you need to substitute dried herbs, reduce the amounts by half.
- Be careful to not overcook the pork roast, since this can cause it to dry out. Take it out of the oven when it is 145° F in the center. My 3.5 pound pork loin took just over an hour to cook.
- Let the meat rest before serving. The rest time allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, giving you a juicier pork roast.
What to Serve with Pork Loin Roast
More Pork Recipes
If you enjoyed this pork loin recipe, try one of these favorite pork recipes next.
- Smothered Pork Chops
- Baked Pork Chops
- Instant Pot Pulled Pork
- Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin
- Air Fryer Pork Chops
Pork and apples are such a delicious combination, this pork loin roast is sure to impress!
Pork Loin Roast
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 3-4 pound boneless pork loin
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 apples (cut into ¼-inch thick slices)
- 1 large red onion (chopped into 1-inch chunks)
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- ½ cup low sodium chicken broth
- ½ cup apple juice (or apple cider)
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- In a small bowl, stir together the garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.
- Pat the pork loin dry with paper towels. Rub the seasoning mixture over all sides of the pork.
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the pork loin to the pan and brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer pork to the center of a large rectangular baking dish or roasting pan, with the fat side up.
- Add the butter to the skillet. Once melted, add the apples and onion. Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they start to soften. Then transfer the apples and onions to the baking pan, placing them around the pork loin.
- Add the garlic to the skillet and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds.
- Add the chicken broth, apple juice, Dijon mustard, fresh thyme and fresh rosemary to the skillet. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring and scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Then pour the contents of the skillet over the pork, apples and onions in the baking pan.
- Bake for 50-70 minutes, until the center of the pork registers 145° F on an instant read thermometer. The cook time will vary based on the size of the pork loin, so measuring the internal temperature is the best way to tell when the pork is done.
- Let the meat rest for 10 minutes. Then slice and serve with the apples, onions and sauce from the baking pan.
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