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Spice Rubbed Pork Loin {Sunday Dinner Recipe}

spice rubbed pork

Simple and elegant, Spice Rubbed Pork Loin is easy enough for a supper at home while also perfect for a special occasion dinner.

Today we’re talking about pork loin recipes.

Specifically, this simple and delicious spice rubbed pork. Before we get started, it’s important to note that a pork loin or a pork roast is a different cut of meat than pork tenderloin.

Both pork cuts have their places in my heart (and oven) but today, we’re roasting the pork loin roast, which is larger, thicker and takes a little longer to cook than a tenderloin.

Growing up, my grandparents and uncle raised pigs aka hogs. I don’t know what breed and come to think of it, as a kid that never even crossed my mind.

But we did eat a lot of pork prepared by my Grandma.

I recall lots of large family dinners at my grandparent’s farmhouse where a pork roast sat at the center of the table!

This recipe is so simple to prepare but tastes so sophisticated you’ll blush when your dinner guests give you rave reviews. You can honestly say, “Awww, it was nothing” and be telling the truth.

Easy peasy!

How to make Spice Rubbed Pork Roast

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, then gather your spices for the spice rub.

We’ll need sage, rosemary and thyme which are all seasonings that work well with pork. Also, we’ll add some salt and pepper.

Combine the seasonings and give them a mix.

spice rubbed pork ingredients

Place your pork loin in a large oven-proof pan.

I simply used a 13×9 glass dish. If you have a roasting pan, you can use that. Use whatever you have that works!

Rub your pork roast rub all over the pork loin. Go ahead, don’t be shy!

spiced pork loin

Once your oven is preheated, bake the spice rubbed pork the oven for about 25 minutes.

Reduce the temperature down to 350 degrees. Continue cooking until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees when measured with a digital meat thermometer.

It will take about 35 minutes.

Now, here’s where some of you may argue with me, but trust me, I’ve done my research!

The pork may have a tiny hint of pink. Back in the day, that was a no-no, but times, they are a changing!


The pork will be delightfully tender and juicy if you cook it to 145 degrees and let it stand for ten minutes before slicing.

If you’re still on the the fence, be a rebel and cook it to 150 degrees.

Once the meat has rested, slice into 1/2 inch slices to serve.

spice rubbed pork

You might want to serve this dish alongside my Wild and Brown Rice with Dried Cherries and Mediterranean roasted veggies. They’re both a match made in pork heaven!

Spice rubbed pork is an awesome dish for a special Sunday supper.


And pork roast is a great alternative for a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, too!

For New Year’s, give my pork roast and sauerkraut recipe. It’s made in the slow cooker and is oh so easy!

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spice rubbed pork

Simple Spice Rubbed Pork Loin

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Resting time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

A simple and elegant Spice Rubbed Pork Loin, perfect for a special occasion or Sunday dinner.


  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried sage
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 3-4 pound pork loin


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place pork loin in a 13x9 roasting dish or ovenproof pan, fat side up.
  2. Combine spices, then rub mixture into the top of the pork loin. Place in oven and cook for 25 minutes.
  3. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees and continue cooking until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees, about 35 minutes.
  4. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.



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Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1 grams
Amount Per Serving Unsaturated Fat 0g

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This post was updated November 2019, the recipe did not change.

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  • Reply
    Matt Freund
    November 17, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    This oork loin was delicious. I will be making it again. Thanks for the great recipe.

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    November 17, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    The simplicity of this dish made it a must make, and we are all so happy with it! The spices are the perfect pairing with the pork loin, it was insanely easy, and it came out perfectly. Will be adding this to our weekly rotation!

  • Reply
    November 17, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    This is such a simple way to prepare pork loin. It’s great for busy weekdays, and fancy enough to serve guests for those special occasions. 🙂

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    Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    November 17, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    Now this sounds like the perfect meat for Sunday dinner – pork loin is a family favourite.

  • Reply
    November 17, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    It’s really nice to see a recipe that doesnt scrimp on the amount of herbs and spices used!

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