Garlic and Herb Turkey Tenderloin

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Turkey isn’t just for Thanksgiving! This moist turkey tenderloin has lots of flavor from a blend of herbs and garlic, and it’s easy enough to prepare for weeknight dinners.

My husband absolutely loves turkey, which means every Thanksgiving he attempts to cook bigger and bigger birds in an effort to have enough leftovers to appease his craving.

There’s never quite enough left though, so it’s a good thing you can actually eat turkey all year!

Sliced turkey breast on a wooden cutting board.

One of my favorite ways to prepare turkey is to grab some turkey tenderloins and roast them in the oven. It doesn’t take long, so it’s a great option for a fast dinner.

Turkey can take on all sorts of different flavors, but my favorite combination is garlic and herbs. I use fresh herbs in the summer, but because I always keep dried herbs on hand, I can whip this recipe up any time.

You’ll love how moist and flavorful this baked turkey tenderloin is!

Ingredients for turkey tenderloin

You’ll need:

The ingredients for a turkey dish are shown.

Turkey tenderloin – If you’re unsure just what IS turkey tenderloin, you’re not alone! While the word tenderloin is more commonly associated with beef or pork cuts, the turkey tenderloin is another option.

This cut comes from the turkey breast and is considered one of the most tender parts. Turkey tenderloins are cut away from the larger turkey breast, and are boneless, so they are easy to prepare.

Turkey tenderloins are typically sold in packages of 2. The total weight will vary between 1 and 2 pounds.

Olive oil – Oil is needed both for the pan, and for coating the turkey. I prefer to use olive oil in cooking, but you can also use avocado oil or your favorite cooking oil. 

If using coconut oil or ghee, make sure it is melted.

Garlic – Garlic cloves can vary a lot in size, so for this recipe I’ve measured the final chopped amount. You can always add more garlic, of course!

Herbs – Using dried herbs in this recipe means you can make it in any season. Rosemary, thyme, and oregano are all classic flavors that pair well with the turkey and garlic.

If using fresh herbs, keep in mind that 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herb is approximately 1 teaspoon dried herb.

 Salt and pepper – Seasoning is important! I include the salt and pepper in the herb rub to infuse the turkey with flavor.

Turkey tenderloins in a skillet on a white tablecloth.

How to make this recipe

Heat the oven to 350°F.

Unwrap your turkey tenderloin and place on a large plate. Use a few paper towels to pat turkey dry on all sides. This will help the seasoning mixture stick to the turkey, so don’t skip this step!

Chop or press your garlic so that you have 2 tablespoons. You can also use pre-chopped garlic or garlic paste from a tube, if you like.

Add to a small bowl along with the dried rosemary, dried thyme, dried oregano, salt, and a pinch of black pepper (or freshly cracked pepper from a grinder). 

Pour in 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and mix well to form a paste.

Rub this mixture evenly over the whole turkey tenderloin on both sides. Let the turkey rest while the oven comes to temperature.

Once the oven is ready, add the remaining olive oil to an oven-safe skillet and set over medium-high heat. Tilt the pan to coat evenly.

When the oil is hot, place the turkey into the pan, leaving some room between the pieces. Sear the turkey for 1 minute on both sides.

Once seared, place the pan into the hot oven.

Cook turkey tenderloin in the oven for about 35 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 165°F. 

If your tenderloins are a unequal in size, you might need to remove one to rest while the other finishes cooking. It’s important to not overcook the turkey, as it will become tough and dry if overcooked.

Note that the total cook time will vary depending on the size of your tenderloins and their thickness.

Once fully cooked, remove from the oven and allow the turkey to rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing. This helps the juices settle and redistribute in the turkey, ensuring a perfectly moist bite in each slice!

You can cover your turkey with a piece of foil to keep it warm while it rests. If your sides aren’t ready yet, I definitely recommend this!

Cut the turkey into thin slices of ½ inch or less and serve with your favorite sides.

Two turkey tenderloins in a pan with herbs.

Tips and tricks

Use an oven-safe skillet, such as a cast iron pan or stainless steel pan with metal handle, to cook this turkey. This will allow you to transfer it straight from the stovetop to the oven, no extra pans needed!

If you do not have an oven-safe skillet, bake the turkey in a 9×13-inch casserole pan. Make sure to coat with nonstick spray.

You do not need to use a roasting rack below the turkey tenderloin (and in fact, it may dry out the turkey!).

Use an instant-read thermometer to ensure the turkey is fully cooked. Insert the probe from the side of the tenderloin, and check that it is at 165°F.

A plate with a slices of turkey and mashed potatoes.

What to serve with turkey tenderloin

This turkey tenderloin is a really great dinner option because it goes with so many things! You can make it part of your Thanksgiving feast or dinner any time of the year.

Whip up a batch of maple bacon Brussels sprouts or sautéed radishes along with a salad dressed in homemade ranch. I love turkey with Southern green beans or bacon-wrapped asparagus, too.

Add some buttermilk biscuits or jalapeño cheddar cornbread, or a pan of one-pot mac and cheese.

A person holding a piece of turkey on a fork.

This juicy roast turkey tenderloin is a winner in my kitchen, and it’s sure to be a favorite at your house, too!

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Sliced turkey breast on a wooden cutting board.

Garlic and Herb Turkey Tenderloin

Love turkey but don't want to make a whole bird? This easy turkey tenderloin is moist, flavorful, and ready in under an hour!
Author : Megan Myers
5 from 44 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 251 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 pounds turkey tenderloin
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided use
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Pinch ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • Place turkey on a plate and pat dry all over with a paper towel.
  • In a small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon olive oil, garlic, rosemary, thyme, oregano, and pepper. Mix with a spoon to form a paste.
  • Rub herb mixture all over both sides of the turkey tenderloin.
  • Add the remaining olive oil to an oven-safe skillet and heat over medium-high. Once hot, add the turkey tenderloins and sear for 1 minute on both sides.
  • Transfer pan to the oven and cook for about 35 minutes, until the internal temperature of the turkey is at 165°F. If your tenderloins are uneven in size, you might need to remove one while the other finishes cooking.
  • Remove from oven and let rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 251 kcalCarbohydrates: 2 gProtein: 40 gFat: 9 gSaturated Fat: 2 gCholesterol: 76 mgSodium: 696 mgPotassium: 21 mgFiber: 0.3 gSugar: 0.1 gIron: 0.4 mg

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