Spice-Rubbed Roast Pork Loin


Trussing the pork loin prevents the herbs from shifting during cooking. What's more, it makes a beautiful presentation.


  • 4 tablespoons celery seed

  • 2 tablespoons very coarsely ground caraway seeds

  • Two 8-ounce pork tenderloins, trimmed of fat

  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 large sprigs of sage

  • Kitchen string

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • Seared Plums


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Combine the celery seed and caraway seeds on a shallow plate and set aside. Brush the tenderloins with mustard all over. Season with salt and pepper and roll into the spice mix. Lay a sage sprig on each loin and truss every inch.

  3. In an ovenproof skillet over high heat, add the olive oil. Sear the loins on one side for about 1 minute. Turn the pork and place in the oven. Roast for about 7 to 9 minutes; turn and roast for 7 to 9 minutes more. The tenderloin will be medium when the internal temperature, taken with a meat thermometer, is 145 degrees for medium, 150 degrees for medium well.

  4. Remove the meat to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes. Cut into 1/2-inch slices. Arrange 3 slices on each plate and serve with the Seared Plums.

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