Mojo-Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Mojo-Marinated Pork Tenderloin Recipe

This recipe takes the classic pork shoulder dish (pernil) and makes it healthier by using pork tenderloin instead of pork shoulder. You’ll still taste the amazing Cubano flavor.





Serves: 4

Serving Size: 3 oz pork

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cooking Time: 15–20 minutes

Marinating Time 20 minutes

Mojo Marinade

  • 2 navel oranges, peeled and cut in half
  • 2 lemons, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons distilled vinegar
  • Leaves from 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


  • 1 20-oz pork tenderloin, silver skin discarded
  • Cooking spray


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Put the mojo marinade ingredients in a blender. Pulse 4 times. Purée for 1 minute. Set aside 4 oz of the marinade. Put the remaining marinade in a resealable plastic bag.
  3. Put the pork in the bag. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes, turning occasionally.
  4. Drain the pork, discarding the marinade. Using a paper towel, pat the pork dry. Lightly spray an ovenproof sauté pan with cooking spray. Heat over medium heat for about 10 seconds. Brown both sides of the pork. Transfer the pan with the pork to the oven. Roast for 15–20 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the pork reads 145°F when tested with an instant-read thermometer. Remove from the oven.
  5. Let the pork stand for several minutes before slicing. Just before serving, drizzle the reserved marinade over the pork slices.


1/2 Fruit, 3 Lean Protein

Nutrition Facts

Calories 170
    Calories from Fat 30
Total Fat 3.5g
    Saturated Fat 1g
    Trans Fat 0g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g
    Monounsaturated Fat 1.5g
Cholesterol 70mg
Sodium 275mg
Potassium 500mg
Total Carbohydrate 6g
    Dietary Fiber 1g
    Sugars 3g
    Added Sugar 0g
Protein 26g
Phosphorus 245mg

This recipe is from Diabetes & Heart-Healthy Recipes published by the American Diabetes Association. ©2019 American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association.