Spicy Pork Tenderloin

We really enjoy roasted pork tenderloin.  It’s versatile, easy and makes a good and easy dinner.

This one is a spicy dish packed with a combination of delicious flavors, thanks to Dijon mustard, orange juice, honey, fennel seeds, mustard seeds and lots of pepper.  It smelled sweet as it was roasting and I was afraid it would taste sweet ~ never fear, it turned out wonderfully with no sweet taste, just spicy goodness!  Love the aroma of the fennel!

Pork tenderloin is always a good choice when trying to come up with a meal that will please most people.  It reminds us of Mom’s great home cooking and the great flavors in this one will bring you a smile from everyone at your dinner table!



¼ cup Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Dash of ground allspice
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 pounds pork tenderloin


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a bowl, whisk together the first 9 ingredients.
Place the meat on a roasting pan and brush some sauce over it.
Bake until thermometer registers 160 degrees, about 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes.
Slice and serve.


It’s spicy and delicious!!!


  1. Yum, this is my kind of dinner. Easy and flavor packed. Love all the flavors in the marinade, Pam.

  2. Loving this recipe, Pam! We love to make pork tenderloin, so the more ways we know how to make it, the better! I can't wait to try this!

  3. This sounds delicious but was your Dijon mustard hot or mild? There are many different mustards sold in Dijon. Diane

  4. We, too, love pork tenderloin. This looks yummy and I will have to try this for sure.

  5. Susan, it is one of the best recipes for pork tenderloin that I have come across. We really like it!

    Cathy, thank you! It is so easy and the oven time allows a person to move on to something else. Hope you try it for its delicious flavors!

    Autumn @Good Eats Girl, there are so many recipes for pork tenderloin but this one is REALLY good! Let me know if you make it!

    Diane, the dijon mustard was mild. With the mustard seeds and crushed red peppers, it does not need any more heat unless that is what you really like more of. I hope you try this, we thought it was great!

    Beth, great! I hope you like it as much as we do. Have a good day!

  6. Must be delicious. I have to try it!!

  7. Oh this looks delish! We will be trying this!!

  8. The pork tenderloin looks delectable!

  9. I love pork tenderloin! Wonderful flavor combination.

    I am really excited about Friday! You are going to be fantastic on the radio!

  10. This looks excellent! i love the pork tenderloins too, I need fennel seed though, that's one spice I don't have!

  11. Pam, the tenderloin must taste delicious with all the flavor in it...love it fruity :-)

  12. That's good to know that it doesn't taste sweet. The honey probably balances out the spiciness and works well with the overall flavors of the dish! It sounds really good, looks good too. I love to make pork tenderloin, they come in so handy!

  13. Love the flavors in this recipe! Big fan of pork tenderloin, I've made it with maple syrup! Will have to give yours a try next, it looks so good!

  14. Salsa Verde, it's good! Love to you and thank you!

    Clements Family, great! I hope you like it!

    Angie's Recipes, thanks! It's tender and tangy!

  15. I am a big fan of pork tenderloin. This is a truly gorgeous recipe.

    Be well

  16. Hi Linda! I am so excited that I will be actually talking to you and joining you on your radio cooking segment Friday!!! I'm really looking forward to it! Woo hoo!!!

  17. I left you two awards on my blog!! Thanks for all the support and love!!

  18. Debbi, thanks! The fennel seed is what really adds to the great taste. I hope you make it!

    Juliana, yes! There's a great orange flavor also. It's great for pork Thanks!

    Lyndsey, yes! The aroma was great while roasting, even if was sweet smelling. I was amazed that the sauce didn't taste the same. It's just a perfect blend of ingredients. Tenderloin is so easy to make, good and tender also! Thanks for the visit!

    Dishesdone, yes to the honey! I did the post of a pork roast on Dec. 23rd using the honey. It's good also and I bet yours is too! This recipe is just spicier for a different flavor. Hope you try it!

    Lazaro Cooks! Thank you! Try it - it's great, it really is! And thanks for stopping by!

    Shamrocks and Shenanigans, wow! You are so welcome and thank you! The same right back at you! I will check the awards out shortly. I so enjoy your blog and look forward to reading your great posts! Cheers to you!

  19. I just printed this off...my family loves pork tenderloin but are a little sick of prep and cooking method. I am happy to have found a new idea.

  20. I make something similar but it has cumin in it. I havent made this is years. Usually make it when we are having another family over since it goes the distance and is not that expensive. Great recipe!

  21. Holly, great! It is so delicious and I am happy you will be trying it for your family! Thanks for the kind comment!

    Shamrocks and Shenanigans, yours sounds good also with the cumin. It's a great recipe for company and an easy one for you to make! Have a great rest of the day!

  22. Another tasty recipe. I love all of the flavor you packed into the marinade.

  23. The flavors in this sound wonderful. My family loves pork tenderloin. I will definitely give this a try. Thanks!

  24. I will have to try this one. We love pork tenderloin. Thanks, Pam.

  25. Pork tenderloin is so wonderful. This recipe looks so terrific with all of the great spices! Yum!

  26. This sounds delicious! I'm roasting a pork loin today with no real idea what I'm going to baste it in. Think I've figured it out!

  27. Mimi, thanks and you have a good day!

    Raina, wonderful! I hope they like it as much as we do!

    My Kitchen in the Rockies, thank you! Glad you stopped by!

    theUngourmet, it's spicy delicious! Thank you!

  28. Joanne, great! I hope you try this one! It's really good! Have a wonderful day!

  29. I haven't made a pork tenderloin in way too long! This sounds delicious!

  30. Deborah, hope you give this one a try as it tastes great!


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