Melt in Your Mouth Baked Turkey Tenderloin Recipe

This baked turkey tenderloin recipe is something you will want to keep on hand all year round. This is such a simple recipe to make and it’s so delicious.

The flavored tenderloins will literally melt in your mouth! This is one of our favorite new turkey tenderloin recipes and I can even get the kids to eat it. Which is a huge win!

When we make the turkey tenderloin, we always have these Roasted Potatoes that we make in the Instant Pot.

I love making those because they’re quick and easy, just pop everything into the Instant Pot and before you know it the potatoes will be ready to go.

Baked Turkey Tenderloin Recipe on a plate with fork

The first thing my daughter said was that this picture made her think it was salmon. While it is not a recipe for salmon… I guess I can see it, but it’s definitely not salmon! It’s a tasty turkey tenderloin recipe that will make your taste buds happy!

There really aren’t many ingredients you need, that’s what makes it so easy to put together. More than likely you have everything needed already.

Baked Turkey Tenderloin Recipe

This baked turkey tenderloin recipe only makes 2 turkey tenderloins. You can double or even triple the turkey tenderloin recipe if you would like.

Ingredients for Melt in Your Mouth Turkey Tenderloin

You will need:

  •  2 Turkey Tenderloins ( 1-2lbs package)
  • 1/2 TSP Black Pepper
  • 3/4 TSP Salt 
  • 1 TSP Garlic Powder 
  • Melted Butter
  • Rosemary 

Directions on how to make this Easy Turkey Tenders Recipe

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 400°F.

Step 2: While you’re waiting on the oven to preheat, place the turkey tenderloins in a baking dish.

turkey tenderloins in a glass baking dish being prepared to be baked

Step 3: Now, let’s smother it in all that melted butter—make sure you coat the turkey well.

You also want to make sure that is just a little bit of butter at the bottom of the baking dish. This will allow the turkey to soak up the butter while it’s baking and give it more flavor.

turkey tenderloins with melted butter and seasonings in a glass baking dish

Step 4: Sprinkle the salt, garlic powder, and black pepper on the turkey. Top it off with the rosemary.

Step 5: Bake the turkey tenderloins in oven for about 40-45 minutes. You want to be sure the thermometer reads at least 165°F to ensure it is cooked thoroughly.

Depending on the thickness of your tenderloins, it may take a bit less or a bit more time to roast in the oven. Just be sure to keep an eye on it so you don’t overcook it.

Step 6: After they are done in the over, let the tenderloins rest for 10-15 minutes before you dig in. Once they have rested you can slice into medallions and serve.

baked turkey tenderloin on a plate with fork

Below we have answered some frequently asked questions about both the type of meat and methods of cooking, as well as a few other ideas to inspire your cooking.

What is turkey tenderloin?

Turkey tenderloin is a cut of meat from the turkey breast. It is the most tender and leanest cut of the turkey and has a mild, sweet flavor.

Turkey tenderloin is a healthy option that is low in fat and calories. It is also a good source of protein.

As a typical turkey breast is quite large, turkey tenderloins are typically between 8 ounces and 1 pound, making them perfect for a family meal or small gathering of friends.

Is turkey tenderloin the same as turkey breast?

Turkey tenderloin is not the same as turkey breast, though it is technically a cut from the breast.

Turkey breast is a larger cut of meat that includes the tenderloin, as well as other parts of the breast.

The tenderloin is the most tender cut of the turkey, while the breast is a little tougher. Both are white meat, but the tenderloin is leaner and has less fat.

What is the best way to cook turkey tenderloin?

There are many ways to cook turkey tenderloin, but one of the best is to bake it. This allows the meat to retain its moisture and stay juicy.

When baked, turkey tenderloin can be served with a variety of different sauces or gravies.

Other ways to cook turkey tenderloin include grilling, frying, or in an air fryer.

How long does it take to cook turkey tenderloin?

Turkey tenderloin usually takes about 20-30 minutes to cook properly. However, the exact cooking time will depend on the size and thickness of the meat.

It is important to use a meat thermometer to ensure that the turkey is cooked through.

A thermometer should read at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit in order to be safe to eat.

What are some good side dishes to serve with turkey tenderloin?

Some good side dishes to serve with turkey tenderloin include mashed potatoes, rice pilaf, roasted vegetables, or a simple salad.

If you are looking for something a little more decadent, try serving the turkey with a delicious gravy or sauce.

Is turkey tenderloin healthy?

Yes, turkey tenderloin is a healthy option. It is low in fat and calories, and is a good source of protein.

Turkey tenderloin is also rich in vitamins and minerals, making it a nutritious choice.

What does turkey tenderloin taste like?

Turkey tenderloin has a mild, slightly sweet flavor. It is leaner and less fatty than turkey breast, which gives it a more delicate taste.

When cooked properly, turkey tenderloin is juicy and moist.

It can be served with a variety of different sauces or gravies to enhance its flavor.

Can you give some tips on how to cook turkey tenderloin?

Try using different spices to season the turkey tenderloin in various ways, such as rosemary, sage, thyme, or paprika.

You can also marinate the meat overnight in order to give it more flavor.

When cooking, be sure to use a meat thermometer to ensure that the turkey is cooked through.

Another way to cook turkey tenderloin is by grilling it. Season the meat as desired and then grill over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Do you cover turkey tenderloin when baking?

You can cover the turkey tenderloin when baking, or you can leave it uncovered.

If you cover it, the meat will cook a little slower and will be more moist.

If you leave it uncovered, the meat will cook a little faster and will have a slightly crispier crust.

Baked turkey tenderloin with rosemary on a plate with fork on a bright blue and yellow table

Grab the recipe below and enjoy this easy turkey tenderloin recipe with your family tonight!

Baked Turkey Tenderloin Recipe

This delicous recipe for turkey tenders is fast and easy to make and delivers a melt in your mouth flavor that everyone will love!

  • baking dish
  • 2 lbs Turkey Tenderloins
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder 
  • 3-4 tbsp Melted Butter
  • Rosemary 
  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F.

  2. Place the turkey tenderloins in a baking dish and pour the melted butter over the tenderloins.

  3. Sprinkle the salt, garlic powder, and black pepper on the turkey. Top it off with the rosemary. 

  4. Bake the tenderloins for about 40-45 minutes or until the thermometer reads 165°F.

  5. Let rest for 10-15 minutes.

If you would like to cover the baking dish with foil you may, however, it is not necessary and may extend the baking time. 

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