Honey Ginger Pork Tenderloin




I’m a big fan of pork tenderloin – healthy and cooks up in no time. What’s not to love? It definitely benefits from a good marinade, and personally, I tend to love Asian-inspired marinades for pork tenderloin.

I’ve had this recipe bookmarked for a while, but I kept forgetting there was oyster sauce in the marinade. I usually keep oyster sauce around, but I ran out a while back and just never stocked back up. When I put this on the menu, I had a trip planed to Trader Joe’s that day, so I figured I’d just pick it up there. No such luck. They used to have it there, I swear. No wonder the store looks bigger and roomier now – less foodstuff! At any rate, I decided that the hoisin sauce I already had at home would be a well enough substitute, and it worked great.

We didn’t have this grilled, though I will say I adore pork tenderloin on the grill.  Grilling just wasn’t in the cards the night we made this, so I just seared it in my cast iron skillet and then finished it off in the oven. We had this with Asian coleslaw and some potatoes I thinly sliced and placed in the skillet alongside the pork to roast. It was a terrific meal all around.

Honey Ginger Pork Tenderloin

Adapted from Gourmet via The Way the Cookie Crumbles


2 Tbsp. honey
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 Tbsp. hoisin sauce
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 tsp. freshly minced ginger root
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 Tbps. ketchup
1/8 tsp. onion powder
1/8 tsp. cayenne powder
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1 pork tenderloin (3/4 – 1 lb.)


In a small bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients except the pork.  Place the pork in a shallow dish or in a ziplock bag and pour the marinade over the top.  Refrigerate for at least 8 hours or up to one day, turning occasionally.

Prepare grill (or preheat oven to 425 and heat a large, heavy-bottomed skillet—preferably cast iron—over medium high).

Remove pork and reserve marinade.  Place the pork on a lightly oiled rack set 5 to 6 inches over glowing coals. Grill pork, basting with reserved marinade and turning it every 3 minutes, 9 minutes total. Discard marinade. Continue to cook pork, turning it every 3 minutes, until a thermometer  inserted into center of tenderloin registers 145°F., about 10 minutes more. Let pork stand 5 minutes before thinly slicing.

Alternatively, sear the pork in the cast iron skillet for about 3 minutes per side.  Brush with the marinade and then place in the oven until pork a thermometer registers 145°F., about 15-20 minutes.

Honey Ginger Pork Tenderloin

  • I also love pork tenderloin. This looks amazing and I will definitely put it on the menu soon.

  • Ooo this marinade sounds super delicious! I love that sweet and salty pairing that so many Asian sauces have!

    I always swear that I remember seeing specific condiments or sauces at TJ’s and then when I go…they’re nowhere in sight!

  • I have everything I need to make this tonight!

  • This looks so good! I am always looking for new pork tenderloin recipes, and I just so happen to have all the ingredients for this one. Thanks!

  • Thanks for reminding me that I want to make different variations of pork tenderloin. We have one that we already love, but it’s always nice to change it up once in a while!

  • These flavors are wonderful. I cannot wait to try this.

  • Love Asian marinades too – I just made some Asian BBQ sauce the other day. Bring on the ginger!

  • Ivy

    This meat sounds delicious and I am sure I could eat a slice with a large bowl of salad, even if being on a diet.

  • I love hoisin sauce! I’ll have to try this with hoisin instead of oyster sauce next time!

  • Made this for dinner tonight, it was great!

  • I made this for dinner tonight! Only the 2nd time I’ve ever made pork tenderloin, and it was a major hit.

    My Husband must have told me 10x how much he liked the marinade flavor. He was a huge fan. It will definitely be on our menu again. We grilled it, and it was perfect!

    • elly

      Glad you enjoyed it, Jena!

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  • Erin

    This is my go to pork recipe. While the pork is in the oven, I pour the remaining marinade in a saucepan, put on low heat and stir until it slightly thickens. Then I serve on the side and spoon it over the pork. AMAZING.

  • Janell

    Much much happiness in regards to this grilled pork, and the Asian slaw is a perfect side. Thank you for sharing this recipe!