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Fennel-Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Crisp Pita


Aromatic, slightly sweet fennel seed is the route to savory flavor for this pork tenderloin -- and in no time, too.

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  • Servings: 4

Photography: Romulo Yanes

Source: Everyday Food, October 2012


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fennel seed, coarsely chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 small pitas (4 inches in diameter)
  • 1 bunch arugula, stems trimmed
  • 1 cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 3 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Coat pork with garlic and fennel seed, then season with salt and pepper. Cook until browned on all sides, 4 minutes total. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet (reserve skillet) and roast, turning occasionally, until cooked through, 15 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board, tent with foil, and let rest 10 minutes.

  2. On a baking sheet, brush tops of pitas with oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake until edges are golden, 8 minutes. Cut into wedges.

  3. Divide arugula, parsley, and carrots among 4 plates. Slice pork into rounds and add to salad. Remove any dark garlic bits from skillet, add vinegar and any accumulated juices from board, and swirl to combine. Drizzle sauce on pork and serve with pitas.

Cook's Notes

As its name suggests, tenderloin is the most tender cut of pork. It's also low in fat and cooks quickly.

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  • KimenWarner
    5 JAN, 2016
    Just made this - really good! I added some anise liquor to the brown bits in the pan and cooked it down a bit to add more licorice flavor, then I added balsamic and reduced it a bit too. Made a great sauce/dressing! Will definitely make again.
  • Magic Chef
    11 FEB, 2013
    Tried this tonight as a very last minute recipe to accompany my leftover lasagna. The whole family loved the combo and the flavors of the pork crust. I didn't watch the video beforehand, jumped right to the recipe for lack of time, It was in the oven much longer than the suggested 20 minutes, the pork didn't get to temp until about 38 minutes.
  • sockomom
    22 OCT, 2012
    Sarah, the pork in your video is alarmingly pink! I wouldn't eat that if it were served to me...