I love cooking turkey tenderloin for friends and family during the holidays. It’s such a versatile and lean cut of meat that always impresses. Growing up, turkey tenderloin was rarely on our dinner table outside of Thanksgiving. But once I discovered how easy and delicious it is to make, it quickly became a regular part of my weekly meal planning.

Today, I want to share this simple recipe with everyone because it’s so easy yet impressive. With just a few basic ingredients and cooking techniques, you can have a restaurant-quality turkey dinner on your table in no time.

1. How To Cook Turkey Tenderloin Perfectly


  • 2 turkey tenderloins (approximately 1 pound each)
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoons mixed spice salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


Step 1: Preparing the oven

Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

Step 2: Seasoning the Tenderloin

Begin by patting dry the turkey tenderloins using paper towels, ensuring they are free of any excess moisture.

In a small bowl, combine the mixed spice salt, smoked paprika, dried oregano, and black pepper.

Then sprinkle the mixed spice seasoning mixture over the tenderloins, rubbing it gently to adhere to the meat. Let sit at room temp for 15-30 mins.

Step 3: Pan Searing

Place a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat and add a tablespoon of olive oil. Once the oil is hot, carefully add the seasoned turkey tenderloins to the skillet.

Sear the tenderloins for approximately 2-3 minutes per side until they develop a beautiful golden-brown crust.

While searing, the aromatic spices will release their captivating scents, tantalizing your senses.

Step 4: Finishing in the Oven

Transfer the skillet with the seared turkey tenderloins to the preheated oven.

Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).

To ensure accurate temperature readings, insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the tenderloin without touching the pan.

Step 5: Resting and Serving

Once the turkey tenderloins have reached the desired internal temperature, remove them from the oven and cover loosely with aluminum foil.

Allow the tenderloins to rest for about 5-10 minutes. During this time, the juices will redistribute, resulting in moist and tender meat.

After resting, slice the tenderloins into medallions and serve immediately. The succulent, flavorful turkey tenderloin is now ready to be savored!

I must say, this recipe has never failed me. The combination of pan searing and oven baking creates a turkey tenderloin that is perfectly cooked, juicy, and tender. The initial sear locks in the moisture and imparts a delightful crust, while the gentle baking in the oven ensures even cooking throughout.

To enhance the flavors further, feel free to experiment with additional herbs and spices according to your personal preferences. I sometimes sprinkle a touch of paprika or add a squeeze of lemon juice for a zesty twist.

Remember, proper resting time is crucial. It may be tempting to skip this step, but trust me, it makes a remarkable difference in the texture and juiciness of the meat. So, exercise patience and let the tenderloins rest before carving.

I hope you find this article helpful and enjoy cooking turkey tenderloin using the pan sear and oven-bake method. Please let me know if you give turkey tenderloin a try – I’d love to hear how yours turns out!

Emily Harris

Emily Harris is a seasoned chef and a food aficionado with a boundless love for all cuisines. With years of experience experimenting in the kitchen and crafting delightful dishes, Emily has honed her culinary expertise to share with the world

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