Roasted Pork Loin with Citrus and Onions

I feel like I’m Dorothy in a scene from the “Wizard of Oz!”  There is nothing magical about this storm front passing through “Chicagoland” though.  The wind is howling and the only good thing is that it is not frigid cold ~ it’s in the high 50’s with wind chill in the low 40’s; our first wind chill reading since April.

I’m used to this area being a little windy, especially regarding Chicago politics, but yesterday was a little too much and more strong wind is in the forecast for today with sustained winds of 40 MPH with gusts of 65 MPH.  The barometric pressure readings were the lowest ever in a non-tropical storm in the mainland United States.

There were times yesterday when I thought our house would be carried away.  Tornado warnings abounded and fortunately no tornadoes touched down in this area; however, our subdivision looks like a war zone.  Trees are down, large branches are everywhere along with debris.  And then there are the power lines.  We were without power for most of yesterday and you don’t realize how vital that is until you don’t have it!

Dinner last night ~ no electricity, no cooking ~ so it was fast food.  We had this savory roasted pork loin Monday evening.  The recipe was in our local newspaper, The Northwest Herald a while back and it is outstanding to say the least!  The onions and citrus juices were the perfect combination and I have a feeling I will be making this again soon!  Wonder if I should go back to cooking with gas…

Roasted Pork Loin with Citrus and Onions


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large white onion, diced medium
1 head garlic, cloves peeled and medium chop
1¼ cups orange juice
1/3 cup lime juice
Salt and pepper
1 teaspoon oregano
1 (3-4 pounds) pork loin roast


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.
Add onions and garlic.
Cook until onion begins to soften, about 4-5 minutes.
Pat pork dry with paper towels.
Season with salt and pepper generously and place in a roasting pan.
Pour onion mixture on and around pork, leaving some on top.
Ladle onion and juices over pork.
Cook covered until an instant-read thermometer reaches about 160 degrees, about 2-2½ hours.
Baste frequently and spoon onions over top.
Remove lid near end of cooking time to brown further, if desired.
To serve, skim fat from cooking juices and spoon sauce over sliced pork.

This is delicious!!!

Do you prefer gas or electric ranges?

Check out my friend, Linda’s blog, at My Kind of Cooking for her great recipes and cookbook giveaway!


  1. We have gas in the UK and France and I have to admit I am very happy with it. When the electricity went off in France with storms, I was still able to have something hot to eat or drink.

    Hope the weather gets no worse and only gets better for you.

    This recipe sounds very yummy. Diane

  2. I am such a sucker for a good pork loin recipe (they are the easiest thing to make for a group IMO) and know I HAVE to try this. Glad you all were okay after the storm. Looked absolutely scary from the news reports! Oh and I'm a gas girl myself;)

  3. It's been many years since we had a gas stove, although I much prefer it. You end up with what's in the house you buy! Nice roast. No, better than that, great roast.

  4. I am glad you and Bill survived the storm! I prefer gas, that is what I have cooked on for years. I love the lime juice in this recipe, it makes it really unique. Another must try!

  5. Hayırlı günler, çok güzel, çok leziz ve iştah açıcı görünüyor. Ellerinize, emeğinize sağlık.


  6. Esto creo que tiene que ser super delicioso. Saludos

  7. Living in Florida, I can totally relate to such storms. Glad to hear that all is well.

    Your pork loin dish looks stunning. A perfect autumn and rainy day dish. Thanks for sharing.

  8. We are having that wind here in northern Ontario; wow!
    It sure is nice to be inside.
    Love your pork roast recipe; grat combination of ingredients.

  9. I've been reading about the storms in your part of the country and, ugh, so scary! I hope it will calm down soon. We had a terribly stormy/windy September here in NYC and lost so many trees. The damage is so upsetting.

    Meanwhile, the pork roast looks fantastic. Such great flavor combinations!

  10. Yes, I hear ya! We are having those horrible winds here too in Minnesota, two days straight and it is still at it. Rain on top of that. Broken branches and trash everywhere as it is trash day today. Can't wait for it to subside.

    This pork sounds delicious! It looks very moist too. I've only used apple juice but will try orange juice next time.

  11. somewhat tropical flavors, if you pretend the orange juice is sour orange. Perfect to go with your tropical storm force winds. Yikes!

  12. Sounds like a bunch of fun flavors in this dish :)

    We just about got blown away too!! CraZy wind!!

  13. Just reading the title makes me hungry (again...). How delicious Pam.
    have a great day. Michael

  14. The pork loin does look really good. I'm using the gas for all my cooking except baking. Wouldn't have it any other way!

  15. You keep coming up with pork loin recipes, and I'll keep trying them... deal?

    Yesterday was the first time since we've lived in Indiana that I received an automated call telling me that a tornado had been spotted in my county and to take cover. I haven't even had my morning coffee yet, but I grabbed the dog and headed for the basement.

  16. THats diffinitely some tough and scary times, been through several hurricanes, but unpredictable are tornado's and very scarey! I hate them! wonderful dinner hope you have a wonderful safe week !

  17. I have recently cooked a chicken dish using orange juice and it was delicious so I believe this pork dish is very good too! And yes I hate it when there is a power cut! I still cook with gas fortunately but of course baking is out of the question.

  18. We just had a similar storm! It was crazy!!!
    This recipe looks delish!
    PS...GAS range all the way!

  19. That looks and sounds delicious! I love pork loin! I think it's that poor neglected overlooked cut at the grocery store. I have made it several times for people who swear they don't like pork, and they eat it and say "Wow! That was delicious." And I just smile and say, "Yes, I love PORK!"

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  21. I'm glad to hear that you and your family is okay! Those storms can be scary...and having no electricity is a huge challenge in this day and age. This meal looks delicious though...the meat, flavorful and moist. Thanks for sharing love!

  22. When the power goes out I use my propane BBQ, it never fails me through sleet, rain or snow. You can even cook a delicious roast like this in the BBQ.

  23. Food, Fun and Life in the Charente, that's the good thing about cooking with gas. Not quite as windy right now, but much cooler!

    Miss Meat and Potatoes, yes, it was scary! Glad you like this recipe. It's really a good one with the citrus.

    StephenC, I had a gas stove years ago but grew up using electric. There are certainly advantages with gas, instant heat and no electricity. This pork is great!

    Linda, thanks so much! It's still windy but not as bad. Lime flavor is the best!

    Fuat Gencal, thanks for stopping by, just wish I could understand you!

    jose manuel, gracias! Es muy delicioso y facil! Saludos.

    Velva, I'm sure you can relate to the storms. Glad it's better here today and hope you try this dish!

    Rita, thanks so much. This roast is really delicious and good leftover also!

  24. Oh the days of tornado warnings.. I am happy to say I do not miss them at all! Glad nothing too serious happened!
    The pork sounds delicious!! And I would prefer to have a gas heats more evenly!

  25. The Diva on a Diet, I remember the storms you had out that way, not a fun thing to go through. Thanks for the visit!

    Biren @ Roti n Rice, your way has been just like it is here. I'm ready for summer now. ;) Have a good day!

    M @ Betty Crapper, ouch! Didn't think about that but you're right!

    SnoWhite, thank you! Crazy is the word for sure!

    Michael Toa, thank you! Glad it got your attention!

    kitchen flavours, my neighbor swears by gas ranges and they definitely have an advantage.

    Mags @ the Other Side of 50, glad you love that pork too. I've not heard about the automated calls. That's a great thing and I'm hoping we have that here soon. We went through that devastating tornado in Louisville in 1974. Horrible!!!

    Pegasuslegend, thank you! That's the really bad thing about tornadoes, sometimes they arrive with very little warning. You have a great day!

    Jeannie, I bet your chicken was great. It's amazing what flavor the citrus adds to meat. Thanks for the visit!

    Clements Family, it looks like gas is the favorite of most cooks. Hope all is well your way.

    adrienzgirl, lol, you're right! Pork is excellent and it really is neglected. This roast was sooo good!

    Monet, thank you! Loved how easy this roast was to make. Not fun doing without electricity! I'm just glad it was during the day and not really cold.

    bellini valli, that's a great way of doing it! But it would've been a huge challenge outside grilling and the high winds.

    Jenn, lucky you! It's much better here today, still a little windy but nothing like it was. Have a great day!

  26. It's no fun being without electricity and I hope that your weather has calmed down. This pork loin looks fabulous and is going on my "must try" list! I prefer electric stoves over gas. After hurricanes, I just cook everything on my gas grill.

  27. So glad to hear you made it safely through the storm. I kept hearing how bad it was on the news.

    Your pork recipe sounds so good. I love recipes with citrus, always a favorite for me:)

  28. I love to cook in my church kitchen because I have 12-gas burners! :0) Great looking recipe here, Pam!

  29. Pork loin is my favorite meat to cook (and eat)! This recipe sounds fantastic. The citrus and onions must be so delicious together. Yum!

  30. Hi Pam,
    This recipe looks delicious! I can't wait to try it. Thanks. I have never owned an electric range so I don't know what it would be like to cook with electric. I hope you have a lovely week. Thanks again for what looks like a wonderful recipe.

  31. The flavor of the orange in this roast recipe appeals to me. I'd like to do this one on the grill.

    Gas, no contest. I never had one until we moved here in 2001. Now I could NOT do without one.

  32. Hi Pam,
    Orange always goes well with pork. This is a great recipe!

  33. Mmm, orange AND lime juice. I think I would love this! I have always cooked with gas. When we moved here a few years ago, there was an electric stove in the kitchen. First thing we did was have a gas line run up to the kitchen and buy a new stove.

  34. pork is my favorite! love it this is amazing flavor!


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