Grilled Ginger Sesame Pork Tenderloin

Easy grilled pork tenderloin, marinated in soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil marinade, and grilled to perfection!

Grilled Ginger Sesame Pork Tenderloin
Elise Bauer

Looking for something quick, easy, and spectacularly delicious to grill? I recommend this pork tenderloin.

Tenderloin is a little finicky, in that you do have to pay attention so you don't overcook it. There's not much margin for error with this cut.

But the overall recipe? Easy.

Grilled Ginger Sesame Pork Tenderloin
Elise Bauer

The tenderloin is first marinated in a soy sauce, ginger, and sesame oil marinade. Then you sear it on the hot side of the grill and finish it on the cool side.

Drizzle with a little reserved marinade to serve! Great with rice and greens.

Grilled Ginger Sesame Pork Tenderloin

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Marinating 60 mins
Total Time 90 mins
Servings 4 servings

If you don't have a grill, brush the tenderloin with olive oil and sear it in a cast iron pan on high heat until lightly browned all over, then baste it with reserved marinade, place it in a 400°F oven for 10-12 minutes until the internal temperature reads 140°F. Let rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing.


  • 1 to 1 1/4 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed of silver-skin

  • 1 (1-inch piece) peeled gingerroot, sliced into coins

  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (use gluten-free soy sauce if cooking gluten free)

  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar

  • 1/3 cup minced green onions

  • 1/4 cup minced cilantro (including tender stems)

  • 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil


  1. Make the marinade:

    Put the ginger and garlic into a mini-chopper or food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Remove to a bowl. Add the soy sauce, brown sugar, green onions, cilantro, seasoned rice wine vinegar, olive oil, sesame oil. Stir to combine.

    Remove and reserve (for basting) 1/4 cup of this marinade.

  2. Marinate the pork tenderloin:

    Place pork tenderloin into a marinating bag or bowl and cover with the remaining marinade. Marinate at room temp for an hour, while you prepare your grill.

  3. Prepare the grill:

    Prepare your grill for both direct and indirect heat. When your grill is ready (you should be able to hold your hand an inch above the grill grates on the hot side for only one second), remove the tenderloin from the marinade and brush the tenderloin with olive oil.

  4. Sear tenderloin on all sides on high direct heat:

    Place tenderloin on grill on direct high heat. After the tenderloin sears on one side, turn it to sear on another side.

    Keep turning until the tenderloin has been nicely browned on all sides. Baste the tenderloin with reserved marinade while you grill it.

    Elise Bauer
    Elise Bauer
  5. Move to cooler side of the grill and cover:

    Once all side have been nicely browned, move the tenderloin to the cooler side of the grill. Cover and cook for 5 to 10 minutes more until just done.

    Remove from grill when the internal temperature of the tenderloin is no more than 140°F.

  6. Tent with foil and let rest:

    Tent with foil and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes.

  7. Slice and drizzle with reserved marinade to serve:

    Slice and arrange on a serving plate, drizzle with remaining reserved marinade. Serve with bok choy, rice, asparagus, or snap peas.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
303 Calories
14g Fat
5g Carbs
39g Protein
Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 303
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Sodium 960mg 42%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 39g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 715mg 15%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.