My Favorite Nearly Non-Fat Spice Rubbed Pork Loin Roast
35 mins (prep 10, cooking 25)
11 ingredients
4-6 servings
This is inspired from a recipe posted on I wasn't sure about it, but DH really wanted to try it. It is the best piece of pork I've ever eaten and am putting it here so that I never ever lose the recipe! It's so simple that even the most tender chef can't make a mistake on this one. P.S. It may seem like a lot of pepper, but when it's cracked instead of ground the flavor is completely different. I actually HATE pepper on my meat, so trust me, it's not too much. *RECIPE UPDATE AUGUST 2006* In a March 2006 "Cook's Illustrated" magazine gave a great way to reduce the "heat" when using peppercorns. I haven't tried it, but put the method here for safe-keeping and future use in this recipe. I've made a few tiny changes. ***REDUCING HEAT IN PEPPERCORN RECIPES*** To do this take equal amounts of peppercorns and olive oil, (they used 5T each) PLUS 1.5 Tsp additional olive oil and 2 teaspoons kosher salt. Then heat peppercorns and oil in small saucepan over very low heat until faint bubbles appear. Continue to cook at bare simmer, swirling pan occasionally, until pepper is fragrant, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. If you prefer an even lower heat, milder pepper flavor, drain the cooled peppercorns in a fine-mesh strainer and then toss them with 5 tablespoons of fresh olive oil.

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  • 2 1/2 lbs boneless center-cut pork loin (roast)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh cracked pepper (**see instructions below)
  • 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese, if you do choose fresh parmesan, then be sure it's grated (the shakeable kind in the green can, powdery)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary (finely chopped, or 2 t dried)
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 -2 teaspoon fine grained salt (the parmesan has a lot of salt, so be careful not to over salt)


Serving Size (15.65 g)
Servings 4
Amount per Serving
Calories 43.99 Calories from Fat 6.21
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.69g 4.27%
Saturated Fat 0.35g 7.1%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 2.22mg 2.96%
Sodium 710.09mg 118.35%
Total Carbohydrate 4.85g 6.47%
Dietary Fiber 0.08 g 1.31%
Sugars 0.18 g %
Protein 4.58g 36.63%
Vitamin A 24.57IU% Vitamin C 0.05mg%
Calcium 94.99mg% Iron 0.98mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
boneless center-cut pork loin, fresh cracked pepper, fresh rosemary, dried basil, dried thyme leaves