Orange Marmalade Pork Tenderloin is glazed with orange marmalade and spices. It’s fancy enough for entertaining and easy enough for a weeknight dinner! You could even serve this pork tenderloin for a hearty appetizer. The best part is, it takes just 20 minutes to make!
If you’re a fan of sweet and savory, you’ll love this entree recipe.
ORANGE MARMALADE PORK TENDERLOIN
Pork tenderloin is one of the most tender proteins. As well, it’s very lean and it cooks quickly. However, since it’s so lean you do not want to overcook it. (The USDA recommends cooking chops, roasts, loins, and tenderloin to an internal temperature of 145° F, followed by a three-minute rest.)
I highly recommend investing in a good Instant Read Meat Thermometer. It’s equipment that will more than make-up for the cost. One over-cooked hunk of meat can be very expensive!
As well, pork tenderloin is great to make slider sandwiches out of for parties. It pairs well with many flavors. I’ve shared recipes for Molasses Glazed Pork Tenderloin (my favorite), and Game Day Pork Tenderloin, All are flavorful alternatives to this recipe. Molasses Glazed Pork Tenderloin and Game Day Pork Tenderloin would also pair well with my Blue Cheese Biscuits.
The tenderloin is marinated in a sesame ginger salad dressing then grilled. Before it’s completely finished cooking a mixture of orange marmalade, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, pepper, and thyme is slathered on resulting in a slightly sweet/spicy flavor.
TIPS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR COOKING
- First, when you’re ready to cook, get the tenderloin out of the refrigerator so it can start coming to room temperature. It’s best to grill meat that is closer to room temperature. It cooks more evenly.
- As well, make sure the grill is good and hot before adding the pork tenderloin. A hot grill ensures that the meat will not stick to the grill grate.
- Tenderloins are typically uneven in thickness. Therefore, if there is a large discrepancy I like to fold the small end over on itself and secure it with cooking twine. This way it will cook more evenly.
- Allow the pork tenderloin to grill for about 3 to 4 minutes per side.
- Finally, use a digital thermometer to check when the pork is done. The internal temperature should be about 140 to 145 degrees F at the thickest part of the meat. Remove the pork from the grill and cover with foil for 3 to 5 minutes.
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Orange Marmalade Pork Tenderloin
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- 1 to 2 pound pork tenderloin
- 16 ounces Sesame Ginger salad dressing like this one
- 16 to 18 ounces orange marmalade
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 and 1/2 tsp thyme
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- Marinate tenderloin in Sesame Ginger salad dressing for 4 hours.
- Combine orange marmalade, ginger, garlic powder, thyme, pepper, and soy sauce in a bowl. Set aside.
- Heat grill to 350°F. Remove tenderloin from marinade and discard marinade. Grill tenderloin on medium-high heat (350) with the lid on. Grill for 3 to 4 minutes turning once. After turning, take the lid off the grill and brush the marmalade mixture on the tenderloin. Grill an additional 3 to 4 minutes.
- Remove tenderloin from grill and allow to rest and cool 5 minutes before cutting.