Though traditional Puerto Rican cuisine may favor fatty cuts of pork with the skin on, lean cuts like pork loin are just as delicious with the intense garlic rub in this recipe. Serve warm with red beans and rice. Leftover slices make a good sandwich.

Scott Rosenbaum
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2007


Recipe Summary

1 hr 20 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine garlic, oil, oregano, paprika, salt and pepper in a food processor or blender and puree. Rub pork all over with the seasoning mix and wrap tightly with plastic wrap or place in a large sealable plastic bag. Let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes or up to 1 day.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Remove the pork from the plastic and place in a shallow roasting pan. Roast, uncovered, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 145 degrees F, 50 minutes to 1 hour. Let rest for 10 minutes, then slice and serve.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 1 up to 1 day ahead.

Nutrition Facts

202 calories; protein 22.9g 46% DV; carbohydrates 1.3g; dietary fiber 0.3g 1% DV; sugars 0.1g; fat 11.2g 17% DV; saturated fat 3.3g 16% DV; cholesterol 64.1mg 21% DV; vitamin a iu 155.3IU 3% DV; vitamin c 1.2mg 2% DV; folate 1.9mcg 1% DV; calcium 25.8mg 3% DV; iron 1.1mg 6% DV; magnesium 24.5mg 9% DV; potassium 358.4mg 10% DV; sodium 337.3mg 14% DV; thiamin 0.8mg 81% DV.

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  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
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Rating: 4 stars
A simple and appetizing meal This was delicious but in no way was it ready in the time suggested. We will have this again. Pros: Simple great aroma. lo-cost Cons: Took too long Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Juicy and flavorful This recipe is great. I've brined pork loin before and this recipe equals in flavor but is easier to prepare. I marinated my loin for a whole day left a little of the fat on it for flavor. If you cut the fatty layer crosswise and roast it fat side up the result is a wonderful crust. My loin was huge so I adjusted the temperature to 400 and roasting time to 1.5 hours. Added a 1/4 cup of white wine to the roasting pan after 1 hour and the roast came of juicy and perfect. Pros: Easy to prepare Cons: Could use a sauce Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Best Pork Recipe ever This Pork recipe has become a regular in my household. Instead of using just oregano I like to use a blend of equal parts oregano thyme and basil with a little crushed rosemary thrown in. The left over pork makes a fabulous wrap with lettuce tomato and a little low fat mayo or sour cream. Pros: Easy and relatively quick to prepare Cons: None Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Garlic-Roasted Pork Loin would clarify the recipe at a glance. Do yourself a favor and follow the recipe exactly. It's delicious and needs no changes or adjustments at all. Pros: The flavor makes it taste more complicated than it is! Cons: None!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I am Puerto Rican and always chose pork loin. My husband is white and always seems to choose the fatty pieces of pork but that just happens to be because it is cheaper!!!!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Loved it! Wasn't sure what I'd think of this when I read the recipe but I tried it anyway. Loved it and so did my spouse. In fact I couldn't keep him away from what should have been the leftovers. Can't wait to come up with something interesting for the rest of the leftovers: pork curry? pork paprikash soup? Pros: easy delicious different Cons: not for the faint of palate; so good that portion control is tough Read More