Pork fillet – or tenderloin, for our American friends – is a great cut of meat. It’s relatively inexpensive compared to, say, a chunk of lamb or beef of the same size, so you definitely get more bang for your buck. 💸
It’s also REALLY easy to cook. Seal in the pan, roast in the oven, bosh, done. With this recipe, I’ve worked on making it even tastier with this classic flavour combo. Honey mustard is one of my favourite marinades, and it gives this lean cut of meat a kick – still coming in at a fantastic 332 calories per person when divided between two. Split it between three and bulk out with vegetables for a healthy but hearty roast dinner!
So, this is how I did it…
1. Heat a large frying pan, spritz with cooking spray, slap the pork fillet in there and season with salt and pepper. Let it cook for 5 minutes on one side, flip it over, do the same on the other side.
2. In a bowl, mix the mustard, honey, rosemary, thyme and garlic flakes together and taste it. Yep, taste it. Mustard is such a distinct flavour; some people like just a touch, some people like a strong hit. Give it a taste and if you think “Corr blimey, that mustard’s a bit bloody strong!” then add more honey.
3. Spread the honey mustard sauce all over the sealed meat until it’s entirely coated in lovely sticky goodness.
4. Cover the pork with foil and throw into the oven for around 50 mins on 200 degrees. Bin the foil for the last 10 minutes of cooking to get some colour on that bad boy!
5. Check it! Pork always needs double checking – all sorts of things can affect the cooking time, so it’s best to cut into the meat and ensure it’s thoroughly cooked when following guidelines.
6. You should be left with a juicy pork fillet, packed with flavour and cooked to perfection.
These ingredients work really well together, and you could totally use it on other cuts of pork. It’s cheap and versatile, and tastes great. Loads of meals could be made using this simple recipe as a base – and that’s exactly what I’m trying to promote with #ThisGirlEats ✨
Pork Fillet – Pork Tenderloin – £2.46 – Morrisons
1 tsp English Mustard – Savers English Mustard – 23p – Morrisons
3 tsp Clear Runny Honey – Everyday Value Clear Honey – 99p – Tesco
Obviously the flavour really oozes from the honey mustard combo, but take it to the next level but adding some extra seasoning. Sprinkle some salt and pepper over both sides of the meat while sealing in the frying pan, for a start – that’s just Flavour 101! With the honey mustard sauce, sprinkle in some dried rosemary, thyme and garlic flakes. Stir and enjoy!