Jerk Turkey Tenderloins Recipe
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Jerk Turkey Tenderloins Recipe

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This turkey recipe is best with fresh pineapple, however, on particularly busy days, I have used canned pineapple tidbits in an effort to speed preparation even more. My family enjoys this recipe several times a year. It's good on the grill, too. —Holly Bauer, West Bend, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 1 package (20 ounces) turkey breast tenderloins
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon Caribbean jerk seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • SALSA:
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed fresh pineapple
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 216 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 503mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 2g fiber), 27g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1 fat, 1/2 fruit.


  1. Sprinkle tenderloins with seasoned salt. Combine the oil, rosemary, jerk seasoning and brown sugar. Rub over tenderloins. Broil 3-4 in. from the heat for 7-9 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 170°.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the salsa ingredients. Serve with turkey.
    Freeze option: Season turkey as directed. Transfer to a resealable plastic freezer bag; freeze. To use, completely thaw in refrigerator. Broil tenderloins and prepare salsa as directed.
    Yield: 5 servings (2 cups salsa).
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Jerk Turkey Tenderloins in Healthy Cooking December/January 2010, p33

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nesta85way User ID: 4237976 108449
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2014

"I fixed the salsa as directed, only with canned pineapple, and I really did my own thing with the meat, since I lacked the jerk seasoning. I baked it , and used a Rosemary and Garlic bottle of seasoning I wanted to try along with salt and pepper. Baked, because I'm not good at broiling. It ended up really good though, and I want to fix it again."

mkaskela User ID: 6061564 145674
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2013

"I served it over brown rice. It was flavorful and quick!"

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 188209
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2011

"This was really good! A nice change from chicken!"

vegaslove User ID: 4246505 108448
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2010

"My family loved this. The turkey was perfect. The salsa, I altered just a little: I did not add any salt. It has plenty of flavor and doesn't need it. We put the meat in wheat tortillas and added some shredded cabbage with the salsa, it was great."

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