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Grilled Pork Tenderloin – Lime Ginger Marinade

Marinate this tender meat in soy sauce, lime juice, honey, ginger, garlic, and red pepper to deliver a complex seasoning combination. Grilled Pork Tenderloin - Lime Ginger Marinade is a quick cooking recipe that is perfect for a weeknight dinner. Make extras so you have leftovers to spare.

June 22, 2024

Grilled pork tenderloin sliced and on a platter

Flavorful and Healthy Marinade

“You can’t beat this recipe for pork tenderloin on the grill. The marinade is the secret,” this 5-star reviewer says.


Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Lime Ginger Marinade is wonderfully simple and delicious. The flavor is excellent right off the grill, and the leftovers are fantastic whether served hot or cold! With just six readily available ingredients, marinating the pork tenderloin in the lime ginger marinade hits all five flavors:

1. Saltiness from the soy sauce

2. Pungent heat from the garlic, soy sauce, and ginger

3. Acidity/sourness from the lime juice

4. Sweetness from the honey

5. Bitterness from the red pepper

Food is Medicine

Did you know that using different food flavors can improve your health? Traditional Chinese medicine believes 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

This article examines the five flavors and how to use them to enhance your diet.


leftover pork stir fry
Grill an extra pork tenderloin to make Leftover Pork Stir Fry later in the week.

Meal Prep Tip - Double Up for Another Meal

Whenever Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Lime Ginger Marinade is on my weekly meal plan, I grill one extra tenderloin. That leaves me an extra for the Leftover Pork Stir Fry recipe later in the week. Pre-cooked meat makes the stir fry much faster and meal planning easier. Various vegetables can be used in the recipe, allowing you to use the produce you have on hand. 


Pork tenderloins, commonly called “other white meat,” are economical. A package usually includes two tenderloins, about 1 – 1.5 pounds each. 

Economical pork tenderloin packaged at the grocery store

How Long to Marinate Pork Tenderloin?

Pork tenderloin has a very mild flavor that benefits from a flavorful marinade. The ingredients in this recipe season the meat and provide other value – the lime tenderizes it, and the honey provides the sugar to give the dish those outstanding grill marks. Marinate for 4 – 24 hours for best results.

Budget and Meal Prep Tip: I buy a few packages when pork tenderloin goes on sale. Place the meat and marinade in a gallon freezer bag. Squeeze out any air pockets, write down the date and contents on the label area, and place it in the freezer. Take the bag from the freezer 24 -36 hours before cooking and put it in the refrigerator to thaw. The meat will marinate as it is thawing. Grill as directed in the recipe below.

Recipe Steps

Placing olive oil on pork tenderloins before grilling

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

Pork tenderloin on the grill

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

Grilled Pork Tenderloin at 146 degree internal temp

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

Grilled Pork Tenderloin on a white platter

Grilling Tips

  • Baste the meat with oil before grilling. Pork tenderloin is very lean, and the marinade contains no oil.
  • The meat is somewhat triangular. For the first cooking, I like to place it on the back of the grill and roll it forward 1/3, turning to side two and another forward, rolling to side three. 
  • Use a meat thermometer to determine doneness. I remove the meat when the thermometer reads 145º in the middle. The end pieces will be higher in temperature and are great for eaters who prefer well-done or less pink.

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 cooks quickly. Grilled pork tenderloin is suitable for any season or special occasion and goes with many delicious side dishes. Never again buy pre-marinated pork tenderloin at the grocery store. Use this recipe and grill all year long.

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Grilled pork tenderloin sliced and on a platter

Grilled Pork Tenderloin – Lime Ginger Marinade

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  • Author: Karen
  • Prep Time: 120 min
  • Cook Time: 21 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 21 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Pork
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: Classic


Marinate this tender meat in soy sauce, lime juice, honey, ginger, garlic, and red pepper to deliver a complex seasoning combination. Grilled Pork Tenderloin – Lime Ginger Marinade is a quick-cooking recipe that is perfect for a weeknight dinner. Make extras so you have leftovers to spare.


Units Scale


  • 1/2 cup low sodium tamari – see notes below for diet modifications*
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper, optional


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


  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.
  2. Preheat grill to 400°. Brush meat on all sides with oil. Discard the marinade.
  3. Grill whole tenderloins on medium-high at 400° for 21 minutes, turning every 7 minutes or until the meat thermometer registers 145°.
  4.  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.
  5. Serve with Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage and  Savory Kugel Pasta.


Note: *For a paleo diet, substitute coconut aminos for tamari sauce; for a gluten-free diet, use coconut aminos or gluten-free tamari; for SCD, use tamari that does not have wheat in small amounts after symptoms have subsided. Low-sodium soy sauce can be used if you are not on a restrictive diet or if you are allergic to soy.


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Karen the Supper Sanity Home Chef

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Hello, I’m Karen, a very passionate meal planner. As a mother of three, I have been planning family menus for years. When I was diagnosed with a digestive condition, I found it necessary to follow an eating regime that eliminated many ingredients. That made meal planning a health necessity. I’ve learned a lot and want to share my resources to simplify meal planning, shop efficiently and cook affordable homemade meals. If you wish to try new recipes, plan healthier meals, and enjoy a great dinner with your friends and family, Supper Sanity can help.

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