Moroccan-Spiced Pork Roast


Serving a gorgeous, fancy-looking holiday roast doesn't have to be complicated, time-consuming, or expensive. This pork loin proves exactly that. This is fast, easy, and affordable, but when you bring it to the table, it looks like a million dollars. The beautifully warming and aromatic spices really work so well with a pork roast - I hope you give it a try soon!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
Additional Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
1 roast


  • 1 (3 pound) boneless pork loin roast

  • 5 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For the Moroccan Spice Rub:

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice

  • 3 tablespoons honey, or as needed

  • 8 baby potatoes

  • 2 carrots, cut into 2-inch chunks

  • 2 Anaheim chile peppers, halved and seeded

  • 1 red onion, roughly chopped

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • salt to taste

For the Yogurt Sauce (Optional):

  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt

  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh mint

  • 1 clove garlic, finely crushed


  1. Butterfly the pork loin by cutting almost all the way through, starting on the thinnest side, keeping your knife flat and parallel to the cutting board. Stop about 1 inch from the opposite edge you started, so that the meat opens up like a book. A few more shallow cuts can be made if the pork is not opening up enough to flatten out, but do not cut all the way through, otherwise you'll end up with two pieces.

  2. Season the butterflied pork on both sides with kosher salt and let sit out at room temperature for 30 to 45 minutes, or 2 to 3 hours in the fridge.

  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a roasting pan with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Pat the tenderloin dry with a paper towel.

  4. Mix cumin, coriander, ginger, black pepper, smoked paprika,cayenne, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and honey together in a bowl with a spoon. Spread about half of the spice mixture inside the butterflied pork, fold it back together, and spread the remaining mixture all over the surface. Use 3 or 4 pieces of kitchen string to tie the loin up every few inches, cutting off extra string.

  5. Toss potatoes, carrots, chile peppers, and onion with olive oil and salt in a bowl.

  6. Place the pork into the prepared roasting pan and surround with vegetable mixture.

  7. Roast in the preheated oven until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the loin reads at least 140 to 145 degrees F (60 to 63 degrees C), about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn roast over with tongs in pan drippings. Transfer to a plate, cover loosely with foil, and let rest for 15 minutes.

  8. Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees F. Toss vegetable mixture in pan drippings and return to the oven to crisp up, about 10 minutes.

  9. Combine yogurt, mint, and garlic in a small bowl for sauce.

  10. Remove strings on roast. Slice, spoon pan drippings over, and serve with vegetables and yogurt sauce.


Chef's Notes:

You can use any size pork loin roast.

Patting the pork roast dry before applying the Moroccan spice rub will make it easier to spread.

Roasting the vegetables while the pork loin rests is only necessary if they need further cooking.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

333 Calories
12g Fat
33g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 333
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 877mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 41mg 206%
Calcium 45mg 3%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 983mg 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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