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Pork Loin vs Pork Tenderloin

Pork Loin vs Pork Tenderloin

Learn the difference between  pork loin and pork tenderloin once and for all, and never make that mistake of bringing home a wrong cut of meat! It’s ok, we’ve all been there. And if you’re stuck with a wrong cut of meat, we’ve got you covered with quick and easy recipe ideas!

In popular Instant Pot recipe groups on Facebook, I see a lot of questions about how long to cook pork tenderloin in an Instant Pot. And people reply with vastly different answers, from 0 minutes to 50 minutes! I swear I’m not exaggerating! 

Part of the problem is that some people don’t realize that “pork tenderloin” and “pork loin” are two very different cuts of meat and each require different length of cook time.


Pork tenderloin is a long thin boneless cut of meat from sides of spine, and it usually weighs 1-1.5 pounds. Tenderloin is a very tender, lean meat that takes minutes to cook! If overcooked, pork tenderloin will turn out dry and tough. 

TIP: Make sure to remove tough silverskin from pork tenderloin before cooking.

Quick and Easy Pork Tenderloin Recipes:

Pork Loin

Pork loin, on other hand, is a wide, flat cut of meat that comes from the back of animal. It also known as center cut pork loin roast, and weighs anywhere between 2 to 5 pounds. You can also buy bone-in or boneless pork loin roast. Because this cut of meat is also pretty lean, they can easily turn dry if overcooked.

TIP: When buying pork loin, look for a nice fat cap on top.

Quick and Easy Pork Loin Recipes:

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4 comments on “Pork Loin vs Pork Tenderloin”

  1. Ok. I gave a pork loin fillet. So it looks more like a tenderloin cut. How should I treat it?

    • Hi, Debbie. So you have pork loin that looks like tenderloin? I’m afraid I didn’t understand what cut of meat you have. Anyway, I’ve included a few recipes for both pork loin and pork tenderloin. And any of those recipes are great to try.

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