Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Orange Marmalade Glaze

Grilled pork tenderloin topped with a tasty orange marmalade glaze.

  • Prep time: 15 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 Make marinade: 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.

2 Marinated the tenderloin: With the remaining half of the marinade, marinate the tenderloin for 1 hour.

3 Prepare the grill: While the tenderloin is marinating, prepare your grill for high direct heat on one side, and a low heat on the other side.

4 Sear tenderloin on all sides: Remove the tenderloin from the marinade and coat with olive oil. Place on the hot side of the grill, with the narrower end of the tenderloin more toward the cool 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.

5 Finish on cool side of the grill: Move the tenderloin to the cool side of the grill. Cover and cook a few minutes more, until the internal temperature of the tenderloin reaches 140°F (no higher). Remove from heat.

6 Tent with foil and let rest: If you have let the temp get too high 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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  • Foodiewife

    This was absolutely delicious! I had ALL of the ingredients in the pantry, and it came together super fast. I used my Foodsaver Marinade accessory to speed up the marinating of the pork to 30 minutes (by removing air). The only thing I did differently was to simmer the reserved marinade for about 5 minutes and it thickened up. We used our gas grill. Once I sliced up the pork, I served the marinade in small bowls and dipped each cut into it! Loved that marinade! We grilled Bok Choy and served this with coconut rice. A winner! Thank you.


  • Eduardo

    Could I put the pork tenderloin in the oven, I don’t have a grill. I want to make this tomorrow.

    • Emma Christensen

      Hi, Eduardo! Emma here, managing editor. Yes, you can definitely cook pork tenderloin in the oven. I like to roast it at 400F for 15 to 20 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking. The tenderloin is done when it registers an internal temperature of 140°F to 145°F with an instant read thermometer. Be sure to let it rest for about 10 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!

  • kjill

    The orange marmalade sounds like a really nice variation on what I usually do with a pork tenderloin – can’t wait to try it now that it is starting to warm up enough to get the grill out. We do swear by the 7-6-5 method of grilling pork tenderloin from Fine Cooking, even my grill challenged hubby gets tenderloin right with that timing.

  • Reinhard

    Awesome, plain pleasure!


  • Diane

    The BEST orange marmelade to use is King Kelly, made in Southern California. Not at all bitter like some, it takes like pure oranges. Heavenly!

  • Mollie

    Just made this last night for some guests and it turned out FANTASTIC! I only had time to marinate for 30 minutes and that was fine. It was a sophisticated, but simple sauce and everyone loved it. No leftovers. Did this with some grilled summer vegetables and fresh herbs. It will be a standard recipe now and will try it on chicken as well. Thank you so much! I’m a better cook because of your site. My husband thanks you too.

  • [email protected]

    Made this in the oven after searing the meat first. It was very moist and delicious. I added some orange segments to caramelize as well.

  • Steve

    We do almost this same recipe. For the marinade, we simply mix 1/3 cup Stubb’s Pork Marinade and 5 ounces orange marmalade, half of a typical small 10 oz. jar. We don’t marinate before cooking. Just sear, then wrap in foil, adding the marinade inside the foil. It basically finishes like a braise. Like you said, watch the temps with a meat thermometer. The tenderloin will cook quickly in the foil and boiling marinade. We remove the tenderloin from the foil and slice after a rest. The marinade and juices get poured into a gravy boat and served alongside.

  • Andy

    Elise, if we wanted to roast this instead of grilling, can you tell me how we should do that?

    • Elise Bauer

      Hi Andy, you would want to sear the tenderloin on the stovetop and then finish in a 350°F oven.

  • Amy

    This glaze is SUPER YUMMY on chicken tenderloins!!! I double the recipe because we love it so much.

  • Alanna Kellogg

    BTW, Elise, if you’re using a meat probe with a digital attachment (so it stays in the meat during cooking vs a quick-read thermometer which gets inserted every once in awhile to check), it should be inserted long ways (since it needs a couple of inches of flesh to measure properly) with the tip ending in the thickest part.

  • Donna

    I tried it the recipe as is and it was wonderful. Just wanted to try beef instead of pork for a change. Does anyone know if you can do this with a roast BEEF straight on the grill?

  • scott

    Just made this tonight. I marinated 2 tenderloins for about 3 hours. The only difference was I reduced the 2nd part of the glaze so it was a little thicker and stuck to the pork as I brushed it on. Turned out great, I am definitely making this again.

  • Gavin Hancock

    I loved the recipe, simple and flavorful. Though I have a tip that I learned a while back… since pork tenderloin is so thin and will dry out easily. What you can do is make two lengthwise cuts stopping about a half inch near the thicker end. Then proceed to braid the tenderloin all the way down, tucking the ends underneath and back into the braid. This will give a much more uniform size and slightly thicker cut of meat. However, this does mean you have to be careful when flipping the meat on a grill so things don’t unravel.

  • Emily Corwin

    Thank you! My sister and brother-in law were visiting and made us this recipe to keep in the freezer for dinner in a pinch. It was wonderful, and made me feel like I had “the power” to be mistress of the grill. We enjoyed the tenderloin with bulgur and grilled young zuchinni. Your site is an inspiration!

  • Cristie

    I was having a guest for dinner that couldn’t eat onions so I needed to find a new recipe in a hurry. I have to admit that this recipe worked out better than my original one. I did however make a few changes. I used sherry vinegar because I had no rice vinegar and it was a little cold out and I didn’t feel like firing up the BBQ so I seared the meat on all sides in a pan then transfered it to an ovenproof dish and popped it in the oven at 395 until it hit 135-140 degrees. Removed it and cover it with foil for 15 minutes. GREAT … No leftovers last night :)

  • Tami Waterman

    I used the marinate on a pork loin, but put it on the barbeque wrapped in foil with the marinate for ~45 minutes at 170 degrees. It turned out fantastic!! Thanks!

  • suanne

    This inspired me to make pork tenderloin for Mother’s Day. From a recipe published in Sunset many years ago, I marinate the meat in raspberry vinegar, dijon mustard, garlic, honey, marjoram and thyme. My son grilled it on the barbeque according to your instructions and it came out better than it ever has before. Thank you for your blog. I look forward to every post and everything I have tried has been great.

  • Trish


    Just had to let you know we tried this last night and we both agree it’s one of the best things we’ve eaten ever! We used our instant read thermometer and it came out perfect. The marinade is delicious and could be used on lots of things I think. Thanks for another winner of a recipe!

  • Deborah Dowd

    Pork tenderloin is so delicious, but you have to hit the sweet spot between rare and dry! I have to fight my tendency to overcook pork, but one of those automatic temperature probes a la Alton Brown helps reassure me.

  • Betsy

    I do chicken breasts like that, too. Pan sear, cover and cook on med. low till almost done, smear with the concoction, and place 4″ under broiler till sauce sizzles and orange peels just start to brown.

  • 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!

  • 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…