Spicy Tenderloin Pork with Apple Salsa

Posted by Cathy Dickerson

This is really simple and although I used a pork tenderloin, works just as well using individual pork loin steaks, or any lean pork. Tenderloin is the chicken of the pork world. High protein, low fat. This recipe makes about 2-3 portions depending on your needs.


- 1 pork tenderloin (about 450-500g)

- 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder

- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

- 1/4 teaspoon salt 

- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, 

- 1 tablespoon olive oil

For salsa:

- 3/4 tablespoon olive oil

- 2 finely chopped medium apples

- 2 tablespoons chopped coriander

- zest and juice of a small lime

- 1 small or 1/2 large red onion chopped finely


    • Combine chilli powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, salt and pepper in bowl large enough for the pork

    • Brush pork thoroughly with olive oil

    • Roll the pork in the spices until well coated. Marinate for 30 mins to an hour

    • Meanwhile prepare the salsa as follows

    • Combine olive oil, chopped apple, lime zest, lime juice, chopped coriander, onion in a small bowl

    • Mash with fork if softer consistency preferred

    • Heat the grill (make sure its hot if electric) and lay pork on the grill rack

    • Grill for 6 minutes on each side

    • Remove from grill pan and cover with foil, and leave to rest for 5 minutes

    • When rested, cut pork into thin slices and serve with the salsa, baked sweet potato and fresh green veg