What Is Lomo + Easy Ulam Recipes To Try

It's got the most tender meat.

IMAGE Patrick Martires

Did you know there's a pork cut that is so tender that once cooked through it's ready to serve? 

The whole lomo or the pork loin has the most tender meat cut: the tenderloin. The tenderloin is always the most prized of all meat cuts whether it's pork or beef. It's the most tender of all cuts, hence the name. However, unlike the other pork cuts, it's the one cut that doesn't need to be tenderized! It can be cooked in minutes until just cooked through, and it will be soft and tender to the bite even if overcooked a few seconds longer than you should have. 

The tough white covering on the tenderloin called silverskin needs to be removed.
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It's a long and thin cut of meat that is devoid of any fat, making it a lean cut. It just has some tough connective skin or silverskin that needs to be thinly trimmed off which you can request your butcher to do for you.

One of the best ways to really appreciate the cut is to just cook it. You can cook it on the stove in a pan. You can roast it, and you can even grill it. We just highly suggest you use a meat thermometer to perfectly cook pork to at least 135 degrees F or 57 degrees C before you take it off the heat. (Carry-over cooking will raise the temperature to reach the recommended minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees F or 62 degrees C as it rests.) 

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There are only two per pig or cow, so it's best to order it if you are curious to try this cut. Here is how to cook it:

  • 1 Season pork tenderloin with salt and ground pepper to taste.¬†
  • 2¬†Heat a large frying pan over medium heat. Add enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan. Once hot, place pork in oil. (The thinnest end can hang over the side if needed. The meat will shrink as it cooks.)
  • 3 Sear side until browned and turn. Sear all around, about 3 minutes each, until cooked through. Remove from pan, and set aside to rest.¬†

Feel free to season it with more than just salt and pepper! If you don't want to want to experiment, here are easy recipes to try: 

Photo by Miguel Nacianceno

1 Pork Tenderloin Recipe 

This is how to truly enjoy a pork tenderloin recipe: simpy cooked in a flavorful sauce. This recipe treats the pork tenderloin like beef and the result is super tasty. It's got an umami-packed brown marsala wine sauce loaded with mushrooms and seasoned with the herb rosemary. 

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2 Pork with Sriracha Sauce Recipe 

Pork can be simply fried and then made extra special. In the case of this recipe, pork tenderloin is fried then served with a spicy but creamy sauce made with sriracha. If you love your meals with a bit of heat, this sauce will make any cut of meat appetizing. 

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Photo by Photography by David Hanson | Food Styling by Sharlene Tan | Prop Styling by Elaine P. Lim

3 Mediterranean Pork Tenderloin Recipe 

We said that pork tenderloin doesn't need to be simmered until tender, and it's true. However, that doesn't mean that it can't go through the cooking process to make it absorb the braising liquid's flavors and make it into a delectable meal. This recipe uses warm spices to make it taste different from what you're used to. A lot of ground cumin is offset by the tangy tomatoes and the briny green olives for a taste of the Mediterranean. 

Photo by Patrick Martires | Styling by Rachelle Santos

4 Stir-fried Tenderloin with Lemongrass Recipe

This may be made with beef but it can definitely be super tasty when made with pork, too. This easy recipe for beef, now made with pork, is extra tasty and aromatic. It's because of the use of lemongrass or tanglad. It gives the dish a delicious citrus taste without using expensive lemons to do it. Just remember to smash the bulb of the lemongrass to bring out the oils and flavor the entire dish. 

Want more ideas on how to make this pork cut delicious? Here are more recipes plus more pork cuts you might want to use for your next meal: 


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