Almond-Crusted Pork Loin Recipe
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Almond-Crusted Pork Loin Recipe

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This pork loin topped with an almond crust turns into a flavor explosion when paired with homemade fresh salsa. —Almond Board of California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 1 hour + standing
MAKES:4 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 1 hour + standing
MAKES: 4 servings


  • Vegetable oil spray
  • 6 ounces slivered California almonds (1-1/4 cups chopped)
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, crushed
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 1/2-pounds boneless pork loin
  • SALSA:
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced (about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste (optional)

Nutritional Facts

Per serving: 499 calories, 30 g fat (5.9 g saturated fat), 85 mg cholesterol, 140 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 46 g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a roasting pan with foil and place a meat rack on the foil. Spray with vegetable oil spray. Coarsely grind almonds in a food processor. Mix almonds, garlic and salt and pepper to taste in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Whip egg whites to form soft peaks. Remove visible fat from the pork. Roll the pork in the egg whites and then in the almond mixture. Roll once more in the egg whites and in the almond mixture again. Place pork on the rack and press any remaining almonds onto the pork.
  3. Roast 1 hour, or until a meat thermometer reads 160°F. Remove from oven and let rest for 15 minutes.
  4. Mix the salsa ingredients together. Taste for seasoning. Add salt and pepper if needed. Serve with pork. Yield: 4 servings (2 cups salsa).
Originally published as Almond-Crusted Pork Loin in Taste of Home December/January 2010, p30

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Reviewed Aug. 19, 2013

"This was a different way for me to prepare pork, but when all is said and done, it was just average. To me, it seemed like the pork and salsa didn't really go together; they were each okay on their own, but nothing special together. I will probably not make this again."

Reviewed Jan. 11, 2013

"All the almonds on bottom were soggy. Was not worth the time and effort to make it again."

Reviewed Dec. 25, 2012

"Turned out very well. It's a beautiful presentation. I also added 1/2 inch cooked carrot slices all around it for color. Take the time to trim the fat. It was delicious!"

Reviewed Oct. 1, 2011

"Lots of work, but is a nice change to regular pork roast."

Reviewed Oct. 31, 2010

"This was ok, but there was nothing particularly great about it. I don't regret making it but probably won't again."

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