Fennel-Crusted Pork Tenderloin

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Fennel-Crusted Pork TenderloinRecipe
Randy Mayor; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Butterflying the pork tenderloin reduces the cooking time and the simple rub of fennel seeds, coriander, Worcestershire sauce, and minced garlic adds aromatic spice. Don't worry if some of the rub stays in the pan after cooking–those tasty bits pan sauce.
4 servings (serving size: 3 ounces pork with pan juices)


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2 tablespoons fennel seeds
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
6 tablespoons fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth, divided
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (1-pound) pork tenderloin, trimmed
2 teaspoons olive oil


Place fennel and coriander in a spice or coffee grinder; process until coarsely ground. Place spice mixture in a blender or food processor. Add 2 tablespoons broth, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, salt, and pepper; process until well-blended.

Slice the pork tenderloin horizontally into 2 equal pieces. Slice each piece of pork lengthwise, cutting to, but not through, other side; open flat. Rub spice mixture over pork.

Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add pork; cook 5 minutes on each side or until done. Remove pork from pan; keep warm. Add 1/4 cup broth to pan, and cook until liquid almost evaporates, scraping the pan to loosen browned bits. Pour over pork.

Created date

January 2001

Nutritional Information

Calories 168
Caloriesfromfat 30 %
Fat 5.7 g
Satfat 1.3 g
Monofat 3.4 g
Polyfat 0.6 g
Protein 24.9 g
Carbohydrate 3.5 g
Fiber 0.9 g
Cholesterol 74 mg
Iron 2.3 mg
Sodium 288 mg
Calcium 58 mg