Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Orange Marmalade Glaze

The secret to grilling pork tenderloin is to watch it carefully, with a meat thermometer in hand, because once it goes, it goes quickly. A pork tenderloin is a long, narrow cut of meat which cooks very quickly, so that the difference between perfectly done and over-cooked is slim, time-wise. Have a meat thermometer ready, and start checking with increasing frequency as you approach the expected cooking time.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Orange Marmalade Glaze Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Marinating time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Serves 3 to 4


  • 1/3 cup soy sauce (use gluten-free soy sauce for gluten-free version)
  • 1/3 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 Tbsp plus 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 lb pork tenderloin
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced (optional)
  • Olive oil (for grill)


1 In a small saucepan, bring the soy sauce, marmalade, honey, rice wine vinegar, and red pepper flakes to a simmer over medium heat. Remove from the flame and let cool. Reserve half of the marinade for serving as a sauce with the finished tenderloin. With the other half, marinate the tenderloin for 1 hour.

Prepare your grill for high direct heat on one side, and a low heat on the other side. Remove the tenderloin from the marinade and coat with olive oil. Place on the hot side of the grill. As soon as the tenderloin gets grill marks on one side (a minute or two), turn it to get grill marks on another side. Continue until all sides are lightly seared. Move the tenderloin to the cool side of the grill. Cover and cook for 3 to 6 minutes more, until the internal temperature of the tenderloin reaches 140°F (no higher). Remove from heat.

3 If you have let the temp get above 140°F, you may need to slice the pork immediately or the meat will continue to cook as it rests and become overcooked. If you have taken it out in time, tent the tenderloin with foil and let it rest 10 minutes. Thinly slice, sprinkle with the remaining glaze and scallions.

Serve with rice.

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  • Bill

    My family loves pork tenderloin, but we’re always have trouble getting it “just right”. The tip about using the meat thermometer is very helpful, thanks.

  • Mike

    You could do this on the stove top too. Preheat the oven to 425 with a pan inside. Pan sear the tenderloin over high heat on all four sides for about 90 seconds each side then lightly oil the oven pan and toss it in there until it reaches an internal temp of 138. Remove from the oven and let it rest for 15 mins (the internal temp will raise to 140 while resting). Carve and chow…

  • dsx

    Excellent, easy recipe! If you’re ever wondering what to do with those unique jam and jelly packs that pile up around the holidays, various pork glaze recipes like this are a great way to exploit their flavors. Also works great as baked ham glaze!

  • Jill Urbane

    Great recipe! I think my meat-averse kids might even like this one :)

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