Grilled Hoisin Pork Tenderloin

With just four ingredients, this Grilled Hoisin Pork Tenderloin is easy to make and packed with flavor.


This quick-and-easy Grilled Hoisin Pork Tenderloin is full of Asian flavor and ready in about 15 minutes on the grill.

I have a bit of an obsession with hoisin sauce and want to put it on just about everything. I just love the sweet, slightly salty flavor, and find it adds so much flavor to a dish. Usually, I use it as the main ingredient in quick stir-fries, but lately, I have been using it to marinate meat like this Grilled Asian Pork Tenderloin.

Why? Well, for starters, it's quick, easy, and really packs in a ton of flavor, whether you're using it as a sauce or marinade. And, while hoisin is amazing all on its own, sometimes I boost the flavor even more by adding some Chinese 5 spice right into the marinade. Want to up the flavors again? You could add some garlic, Sriracha for heat, ginger, or pineapple juice for sweetness.

The marinade is a cinch to put together and only takes two hours in the fridge to soak up up all that deliciousness. You simply get it out of the fridge and place the tenderloin right on the grill. It cooks up in about 15-20 minutes. While it's on the grill, I like to keep basting it with the leftover marinade to really sear the juices in.

Grilled pork tenderloin with hoisin sauce on a plate with sesame seeds and greens.

Ideas for customizing Grilled Hoisin Pork Tenderloin

  • Add pineapple or orange juice to the marinade for a slightly sweet, acidic flavor. You'll only need to add about a cup of whatever juice you choose.
  • Add a tablespoon of ground or fresh ginger to the marinade mix.
  • Put a couple tablespoons of Sriracha or another favorite hot sauce into the marinade, or wait and put it on the meat at the end when you're ready to dig in. Red pepper flakes or sliced jalapenos would also bring up the heat level.
  • A couple tablespoons of honey added to the marinade or drizzled over the pork before serving makes the meat slightly sweet and taste divine!
  • Add soy or teriyaki if you want your pork to be a little bit more on the tangy/salty side.

What is Chinese 5 Spice?

Chinese 5 spice is a pre-made combination of spices packaged together and found in the spice aisle. The 5 spices that are included in the blend are star anise, fennel, cloves, cinnamon, and hot peppercorns called Szechuan peppercorns.

How to make Chinese 5 Spice

I love making my own spice blends. If you want to make this Chinese 5 spice yourself, make up a big batch, mix it together, and store in a spice jar, labeled with your other spices. It'll soon become your new favorite spice!

You'll need:

  • 2 tbsp of ground star anise
  • 1 tbsp of ground Szechuan peppercorns (or use regular peppercorns if you can't find Szechuan)
  • 1 tbsp of ground fennel seeds
  • 2 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1 ¼ tsp of ground cloves

Mix all of these ground spices together and use as directed. For a larger batch, simply double the recipe.

How do I make Grilled Hoisin Pork Tenderloin?

First, combine the ingredients to make the marinade. You'll need the Chinese 5 spice, grill seasoning, and Hoisin sauce.

Next, put the marinade into a large Ziplock bag or a bowl with a lid. Add the tenderloin and submerge in the marinade. Allow it to sit in the fridge for two hours.

When it's done marinating, put the tenderloin on the girl over medium-high heat. Cook for 5-7 minutes on each side, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 150-160 degrees when using a meat thermometer.

Baste with remaining marinade if you like while the pork is grilling — this step is optional.

Once it's done grilling, allow the pork to rest off the grill for 5 minutes before slicing to ensure every cut of meat will be nice and juicy!

Hoisin pork tenderloin that has been grilled and sliced on a plate.

What side dishes go with Grilled Hoisin Pork Tenderloin?

  • I love to make this easy Asian slaw with the grilled pork tenderloin. I sometimes will just put the meat right on top of the slaw for a complete, low-carb meal.
  • A great pasta side always tastes delicious with this pork dish. Try this Asian Noodle Salad with Creamy Almond Dressing for a change of pace!
  • I like to make up a pot of ramen, chow mein, or udon noodles to go alongside this dish. A little goes a long way and you can add flavor to the noodles however you like. One way is to double the marinade and then save half of it for the pork and half as a sauce for the noodles, or to pour over the meat for an extra flavorful meal. Reduce the marinade on the stove if you'd like it to be thicker.
  • Of course, nothing beats a side salad or a side of roasted veggies on the grill. They don't need a lot of spice. Simply use salt, pepper, and a little olive oil, or if you're feeling adventurous, add a little Chinese 5 spice to the veggies before roasting or grilling.
The Recipe
Grilled hoisin pork tenderloin with an Asian marinade on a plate with greens.

Grilled Hoisin Pork Tenderloin

PREP TIME: 2 Hours
TOTAL TIME: 2 Hours, 15 Min
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  • 1.33 lb lean pork tenderloin
  • 1/4 cup Hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp. grill seasoning
  • 3/4 tsp Chinese 5 Spice

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Combine all the ingredients to create marinade for the pork tenderloin. Marinate for at least 2 hours in the fridge before grilling if you have time. You can skip this step but the pork won't be quite as flavorful.


Preheat the grill on medium high. Once the grill is ready, grill the pork tenderloin for 5-7 minutes on each side, basting with the remaining marinade throughout. If the pork if not cooked enough (it should get to an internal temp of 150-160) move it to the top rack in the grill to continue cooking. This will prevent it from burning.


Let rest for 5 minutes and then slice.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 6 oz.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 199
Calories from Fat 34
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
Saturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 99mg
Sodium 338mg
Total Carbohydrate 7g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 4g
Protein 32g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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September 4, 2023 - 13:07
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Sounds delicious!! I, too, love Hoisin :) Since I don't have a grill, do you think I could prepare it in the oven (cast iron) or on the stove-top? Thanks in advance :)
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September 5, 2023 - 09:16
This would work great in cast iron! Start by searing it on all sides and then place the cast iron in the oven for 10-15 minutes at 400 degrees or until the pork is cooked to your liking. The exact cooking time will depend on how thick the tenderloin is.
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Nadine Jones
August 21, 2020 - 06:21
What is grill seasoning?
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August 24, 2020 - 10:17
Grill seasoning is a spice blend that is normally a mix of peppercorns, kosher salt, paprika, dried herbs, and other seasonings. Normally it is found in the spice section. There are different options, but I usually like the Montreal Steak or Chicken options.
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