How to Cook Pork Loin Steaks

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Pork loin steaks are a versatile and flavorful cut of pork that can be prepared using various cooking methods. In this article, we’ll explore different cooking methods for pork loin steaks, different seasonings to maximize the flavor, and tips for the best possible outcome. So get your kitchen ready as you acquire new pork loin steak cooking skills that will surely impress your guests. But first things first.

What are pork loin steaks?

Pork loin steaks, as the name implies,  are cuts of meat taken from the loin region of the pig. This section is found between the shoulder and the back legs and is well-known for being tender because of its ample marbling. The fat content contributes to a juicy and flavorful steak. Pork loin steaks are normally boneless and can be sliced into thick or thin pieces, depending on preference or the recipe you’re following. Pork loin steaks are versatile enough to be used in different dishes and won’t give you any problems even if you switch cooking methods often.

Different Methods of Cooking Pork Loin Steaks

Various pork loin steak recipes can be cooked using several methods, each offering its unique advantages and flavors.

Here are the most popular ways of cooking pork loin steaks:

In the Oven

Cooking the steaks in the oven is a reliable and convenient method that produces tender and juicy results. To use this method, preheat the oven to the desired temperature (usually around 375°F to 400°F). Season the pork loins, place them on a baking sheet or a shallow baking dish, and cook for approximately 15-20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145°F. Remove from the oven once done, then let the steaks rest for a few minutes before serving.

On the Stove

Pan-searing pork loin steaks on the stove is the best way to get a caramelized crust. Heat a skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat and add a tablespoon of oil with a high smoke point or butter. Season the steaks and cook for about 3-4 minutes per side or until they reach an internal temperature of 145°F. Once you verify the doneness with an easy-read thermometer, remove the meat from the pan and rest the steaks for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

On the Grill

Grilling pork loin steaks adds a delicious smoky flavor and gives the meat trademark grill marks. It’s easy to do as well. Preheat the grill to medium-high, then oil the grates to prevent the pork loin from sticking. Place the seasoned cuts on the grill, then cook for approximately 4-6 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches 145°F. Remove from the grill and rest before serving.

In Crock Pot

Cooking pork loin steaks in a crock pot (slow cooker) results in tender and flavorful meat without requiring you to check on it often. Simply season the steaks and place them in the crock pot with your own sauce mixture or store-bought liquid. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours until the steaks are fork-tender. Serve with side dishes of choice.

In Air Fryer

Using an air fryer provides everything a pan or skillet can – minus the oil, making it the preferred method of those trying to watch their diets. You will also end up with pork loin steaks with a crispy exterior. Season the pork loin steaks and place them in the air fryer basket and cook at 400°F for 10-15 minutes. Remember to flip once halfway through or until the internal temperature reaches 145°F. As always, rest the pork loins before serving.

How to Season Pork Loin to Get the Best Flavor

To maximize the flavor of pork loin steaks, season the cuts sufficiently. Here are some seasoning tips you can use:

1. Salt and Pepper: A basic seasoning of salt and pepper enhances the natural flavors of the meat without overpowering the meal.

2. Dry Rubs: Consider using fresh herb rubs consisting of herbs, spices, and other seasonings. Some of the most popular options include garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder or flakes, thyme, rosemary, and cayenne pepper. Test small batches, then adjust the amounts to suit your preferences.

3. Marinades: Marinating the steaks before cooking is convenient because you can prepare the steaks ahead of time. The longer you wait, the more intense the flavors and the more tender the meat. Consider marinating in soy sauce, citrus juices, garlic, and herbs.

4. Sauce or Glaze: Finish the cooked steaks with a flavorful sauce or glaze. If you can’t make your own, store-bought barbecue sauce or teriyaki glaze should suffice. You can also try making a simple pan sauce using the drippings of the steaks.

Remember to taste the seasoning before cooking and adjust the recipe as needed.


With these different cooking methods and seasoning tips, you now have several options to cook and enjoy your pork loin steaks. Once you’re more comfortable, try experimenting with different seasonings and techniques and eventually move on to other cuts of steak. With practice and creativity, you’ll be able to serve this wonderful meal to your loved ones in no time. Tender, juicy, and flavorful pork loin steaks that will delight your taste buds and impress your guests. Enjoy your culinary journey of cooking pork loin steaks and savor every delicious bite! So what are you waiting for? Get cooking!