Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Flavorful & Healthy Marinade

Grilled pork tenderloin - marinate pork tenderloin in soy sauce, lime juice, honey, ginger, garlic, and red pepper to deliver a complex seasoning combination. This tasty marinade hits all five flavors: salt, savory/umami, sour, sweet, and bitter, and enhances this tender cut of meat.

December 27, 2020

Grilled pork tenderloin sliced and on a platter

Flavorful and Healthy Marinade

Grilled pork tenderloin – marinate pork tenderloin in soy sauce, lime juice, honey, ginger, garlic, and red pepper to deliver a complex seasoning combination.  This tasty marinade hits all five flavors:

 

  1. salt
  2. pungent/umami
  3. sour
  4. sweet
  5. bitter
Grilled Pork Tenderloin Marinade Ingredients

Food is Medicine

Did you know that using different flavors in your foods can improve your health? Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that food is medicine and incorporates these five flavors in food and teas.

  • Salty flavors such as soy sauce help regulate the kidney and bladder
  • Pungent or Umami flavors in the soy sauce, garlic, and ginger aid the respiratory system
  • Sour flavors (lime juice) help the liver and gallbladder and may counteract the effects of fatty foods
  • Sweet flavor (honey) strengthens the digestive system
  • Bitter (red pepper) helps reduce inflammation

Read more about the health benefits of using the five flavors in food.

Reason to Grill All Year

In addition to the health benefits, this recipe is delicious and easy. I love this cut of meat because it is often on sale, tender, and quick cooking. Grilled pork tenderloin is suitable for any season or special occasion, and it goes with so many delicious side dishes. Never again buy pre-marinated pork tenderloin at the grocery store. Use this recipe and grill all year long.

Recipe Steps
Placing olive oil on pork tenderloins before grilling
1

Remove pork tenderloin from the marinade and brush with olive oil.

Pork tenderloin on the grill
2

Place on preheated 400° grill. The meat is triangular-shaped or has three sides.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin at 146 degree internal temp
3

Cook for 7 minutes per side (3 sides) for 21 minutes total until themometer reads 145°.

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Grilled pork tenderloin sliced and on a platter

Grilled Pork Tenderloin flavorful and healthy marinade


  • Author: Karen
  • Total Time: 2 hours 21 minutes
  • Yield: 8

Description

Grilled pork tenderloin – marinate pork tenderloin in soy sauce, lime juice, honey, ginger, garlic, and red pepper to deliver a complex seasoning combination.  This tasty marinade hits all five flavors: salt, savory/umami, sour, sweet, and bitter, which enhances this tender cut of meat.


Ingredients

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Marinade

  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce – see notes below for gluten-free or paleo diets*
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 12 Tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper, optional

Meat

  • 1 package pork tenderloin – usually 2 loins per package (approximately 2.5 pounds); see photo; do not use pork loin
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  1. Whisk marinade ingredients in a bowl to combine. Place the marinade in a zip lock bag or silicone bag with pork tenderloins. Seal the bag and refrigerate for 1 – 2 hours. Overnight marinating is ok.
    Preheat grill to 400°. Brush meat on all sides with oil. Discard the marinade.
  2. Grill whole tenderloins on medium-high at 400° for 21 minutes, turning every 7 minutes or until the meat thermometer registers 145°.
  3.  Place meat on a cutting platter and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Slice into ¼ slices and sprinkle with Kosher salt. Serve with juices that seep out while cutting.
  4. Serve with Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage and  Savory Kugel Pasta.

Notes

Note: *For paleo diet, use soy sauce substitute like coconut aminos; gluten-free diet use coconut aminos or gluten-free soy sauce.

  • Prep Time: 120 min
  • Cook Time: 21 minutes
  • Category: Pork
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: Classic

Keywords: Pork Tenderloin, spicy pork, easy pork recipe, grilled pork

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