Spice-Crusted Roast Pork Loin

Pork loin is a lean source of protein that fits perfectly into a balanced diet. Chopped walnuts or hazelnuts would make an excellent addition to this recipe if you don’t have pecans on hand.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 8 hours 35 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp. dried thyme
  • ¼ tsp. dried sage
  • ¾ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 12 oz. boneless pork loin roast
  • 2 Tbsp. coriander seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. fennel seeds


  • Put olive oil, crushed garlic, brown sugar, thyme, sage, and ¼ tsp. black pepper in a heavy, freezer-style plastic bag. Work bag until ingredients are mixed. Add roast; turn in bag to coat. Marinate in refrigerator for several hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Place pork loin in a roasting pan. In a small bowl, combine coriander seeds, fennel seeds, and remaining black pepper. Rub pork loin with seed mixture. Make a tent of aluminum foil; arrange over pork loin, covering seeds completely so they won’t char. Roast for 10 minutes, then lower heat to 350°F. Continue to roast for another 8–15 minutes, or until meat thermometer reads 150°F–170°F, depending on how well-done you prefer it.