Fillet of Pork Tenderloin

What is a Fillet of Pork Tenderloin?

Pork tenderloin is the expression used to refer to the muscle low on a pig's back, immediately underneath the spine. There are two tenderloins on each pig, one on either side. The whole muscle is long and cylindrical in shape, a few inches in diameter. Often the tenderloin is filleted by carefully cutting away the thin layer of silver skin attached to before it is almost - but not quite - halved down through the centre and opened out like butterfly wings. The result is a fillet of pork tenderloin.

Whole Fillet of Pork Tenderloin
Whole Fillet of Pork Tenderloin

Buying Fillet of Pork Tenderloin

Pork tenderloin can either be bought whole and unprocessed or it can be bought fully filleted, as shown right. The fillet of pork tenderloin bought like this can be cooked as is in a frying pan, on an outside barbecue or grill, underneath an inside grill or even in foil in the oven.

Half a Fillet of Pork Tenderloin
Half a Fillet of Pork Tenderloin

Fillet of Pork Tenderloin is the Most Tender Cut of Pork

The reason why pork tenderloin is so tender is very simple in that it represents a muscle which the pig does not actually use in movement. This means it is not exercised and does not grow strong and thus potentially tough. The downside of fillet of pork tenderloin in this respect is that it can be considerably less flavoursome than most other cuts of pork. It is for this reason that it is often rolled with a stuffing mixture or served with a strongly flavoured sauce.

Principal Ingredients of Just One Pork Fillet Tenderloin Meal Idea
Principal Ingredients of Just One Pork Fillet Tenderloin Meal Idea

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Do You Like Fillet of Pork Tenderloin? 6 comments

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lizmoss71 6 years ago from Orpington, UK

I love pork tenderloin. Thanks for the tips and I love the Delia recipe!


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thevoice 6 years ago from carthage ill

excellent quality food hub thanks sorry was sick


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thevoice 6 years ago from carthage ill

terrific food hub well read planned thanks much sorry was sick


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Gordon Hamilton 6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Thanks, Liz. Yes, it is amazing how Delia is still up there after all this time!

Thanks, thevoice. Hope you've recovered from your illness.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Okay...was looking for a recipe and read a history. Interesting, but it may be a while before I can try it out again... ;-) Have butterflied pork tenderloin, then stuffed and roasted it in the past. Expanding on ideas for stuffing using turmeric is one of my goals.

I guess I'll have to look for the Delia recipe now.


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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Hi RTalloni. This Hub was actually created in relation to a contest task surrounding food ingredients, rather than recipes. Hope you find your ideal recipe(s) in the links above.

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