Grilled Ginger Sesame Pork Tenderloin

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

Photography Credit: 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.

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But the overall recipe? Easy. An asian inspired approach to grilled pork.

Grilled Ginger Sesame Pork Tenderloin

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 Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Marinating time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Serves 4

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.

Ingredients

  • 1 to 1 1/4 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed of silver-skin
  • 1 inch piece peeled ginger root, 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

Method

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.

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.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Kristin

    I haven’t made it yet, but sounds delicious!
    I’m curious though, do I assume you heat the marinade in a saucepan before serving it on top?

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  2. sandra

    WOW….this turned out just perfect! I always end up over cooking port tenderloin but this method was amazing. Even the left overs were super tender. The sauce was delicious. Everything about this recipe is just perfect. I now know that this is the ONLY way to cook a pork tenderloin. Thank you for this amazing recipes. Everyone was in awe!

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  3. JudiAU

    We enjoyed this but the instructions regarding the marinade are unsafe. Users are directed to reserve some marinade and use it for basting AND drizzling. Basting liquid cannot safely be used as a finishing sauce without a ten minute boil. This recipe should be corrected.

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  4. Jo Harrington

    This one of my favorite ways to grill pork tenderloins. I love the blend of flavors. I am getting ready to heat up the grill right now and have this for dinner.!!

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  5. Jeff

    Made this for mother’s day and it was a huge success! Marinated overnight and the pork was very tender cooking on the grill. Great flavor I wouldn’t change a thing. My mother asked me for the recipe the day after.

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