Today I’m going to show you how to make a fennel and espresso encrusted pork loin, but first, I want to make sure we are all on the same page.
There are a couple different kinds of pork loin, so it’s important to figure out which one you have.
As you can see in the image below, a pork loin is a large 3 – 3 1/2 pound cut of meat, whereas a pork tenderloin is a smaller cut that is about 2 inches in diameter and weighs about 1 – 1 1/2 pounds.
Ok, now we know what we’re doing.
If you have a pork loin, then you should follow the step by step instructions below exactly. But if you have a pork tenderloin, you can follow the same instructions, and just reduce the oven time to 15-25 minutes. No big whoop.
You start by pre-heating the oven to 425 degrees F. Then grind 1 tablespoon of fennel seeds with a mortar and pestle. (If you don’t have a mortar and pestle you can just skip this step.)
In a small bowl, mix the 1 TB fennel seeds with 2 TB sugar-free sweetener, 2 teaspoons espresso powder, 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper.
Rinse a 3 – 3 1/2 pound pork loin and dry it with paper towels.
Trim the fat.
Brush 1 tablespoon olive oil on to all sides of the pork loin.
Rub the spices into the pork loin on all sides.
Heat 1 TB olive oil in a large ovenproof skillet over High heat. Sear the pork loin on all sides, 5-6 minutes total.
Put the skillet into the 425 degree F oven and roast for 20-30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F. (Or if you have a tenderloin, roast for 15-25 minutes)
Move pork loin to a cutting board, tent with aluminum foil and let it rest for 5 – 10 minutes.
Slice the pork loin into 3/4 inch wide pieces and serve.
And that’s all there is to it.
This is one of those basic recipes that you can eat on any kind of diet. It’s compliant for Low Carb, Keto, Paleo, Primal, Whole30, THM-S, Weight Watchers, you name it.
But it’s just as tasty for the lucky duckies who are on no kind of diet at all.Print
Fennel and Espresso Encrusted Pork Loin [Low Carb & Keto]
This recipe for Fennel and Espresso Encrusted Pork Loin is one of those basic recipes that you can eat on any kind of diet. It’s compliant for Low Carb, Keto, Paleo, Primal, Whole30, THM-S, Weight Watchers, you name it. And it’s a zero carb food to boot.
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 35
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Category: Entree
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: American
3 – 3 1/2 pound pork loin*
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons Swerve or equivalent granulated sweetener
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
2 teaspoons espresso powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F.
2. Grind fennel seeds with a mortar and pestle. (But if you don’t have a mortal and pestle you can just skip this step.)
3. In a small bowl, combine fennel seeds with sweetener, espresso powder, salt and cayenne pepper.
4. Rinse pork loin and dry with paper towels. Trim the fat.
5. Brush 1 tablespoon olive oil on all sides of the pork loin.
6. Rub the spices into the pork loin on all sides.
7. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large ovenproof skillet over High heat.
8. Sear pork loin on all sides, 5-6 minutes total.
9. Put the skillet into the 425 degree F oven and roast for 20-30 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F.*
10. Place the pork loin on a cutting board and tent with aluminum foil. Allow the pork loin to rest for 5-10 minutes.
11. Slice into 3/4 inch wide pieces and serve.
*If you have a pork tenderloin instead of a pork loin, then you can follow all the same instructions, but cut the oven time to 15-25 minutes.
- Serving Size: 8 oz
- Calories: 452
- Fat: 20
- Carbohydrates: 0
- Fiber: 0
- Protein: 63
Keywords: Low Carb Pork Loin, Keto Pork Loin, Paleo Pork Loin
If you liked this low carb pork recipe then you might like my recipes for Memphis Style Baby Back Ribs, Breaded Pork Chop with Gravy or Chinese BBQ Pork.
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