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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Honey-Hoisin Pork Tenderloin

Looking for a quick Asian meal? Here it is!!  The combination of soy sauce, garlic, hoisin sauce and honey in the marinade make this a great sweet/salty combo.  Hoisin sauce is an Asian cooking sauce, with a plum-based flavor. You can find it in the Asian aisle of your supermarket. It also lasts a while so you don't have to worry about buying a random ingredient. I think we've had ours for 2 years and used it only to make this recipe several times.  Also they want you to use 'clover' or 'sage' honey but we always just use regular honey.

Instead of using tenderloin, this time we made this with thinly sliced chops, only because we had chops in the freezer and tenderloin can be expensive.  We served it with steamed broccoli and Trader Joe's Pork Gyoza potstickers.  We've made this before using the tenderloin and it's equally as tasty. If you use chops, be sure to adjust your cooking times accordingly, no one wants extra tough pork.  Instead of 2 cloves of garlic minced, we used 2 tsp of the minced garlic in a jar.

As of today's post, 28 people gave this an average rating of 4 out of 5.

I hope you enjoy this in your home as much as we do in ours!

Marcia Whyte SmartCooking Light, OCTOBER 2005

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 3 ounces pork and about 2 teaspoons honey mixture)


  • 2  tablespoons  sliced green onions
  • 2  tablespoons  hoisin sauce
  • 2  tablespoons  low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2  tablespoons  sage honey
  • 1  tablespoon  hot water
  • 2  garlic cloves, minced
  • 1  (1-pound) pork tenderloin, trimmed
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2  teaspoon  sesame seeds


Preheat oven to 400°.
Combine first 6 ingredients in a small bowl. Pour 1/4 cup honey mixture into a large zip-top plastic bag; reserve remaining honey mixture. Add pork to bag; seal and marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes, turning bag occasionally.
Remove pork from bag; discard marinade. Sprinkle pork with salt. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add pork; cook 2 minutes, browning on all sides. Brush 1 tablespoon reserved honey mixture over pork; sprinkle with sesame seeds. Place skillet in oven. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until a thermometer registers 160° (slightly pink) or until desired degree of doneness.
Place pork on a platter; let stand 5 minutes. Cut pork across the grain into thin slices. Drizzle with the remaining honey mixture.

Nutritional Information

195 (20% from fat)
4.3g (sat 1.4g,mono 1.9g,poly 0.6g)

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