This is a great, easy, and delicious pork tenderloin recipe that's made with a simple marinade of soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, and ginger and then cooked with a sweet and savory crust of honey and sesame seeds. As long as you can remember to marinate the pork ahead of time (although one hour will suffice), it comes together in under 30 minutes and is a fun twist on dinner that both parents and kids will love.
Additionally, the leftovers are delicious in salad or chopped up for Asian style tacos with cabbage, mandarin orange, and Sriracha. If you want to use leftovers, you may need to cook more than one pork tenderloin since it can be hard to find larger ones. This recipe also works great for chicken breast tenderloins if you aren't a fan or pork. Just be careful about the cooking time to make sure they don't overcook.
Side Dish Ideas: This dish goes great with brown rice or quinoa and some steamed veggies. If you are looking for something a little more exciting, consider garlic cilantro brown rice, cabbage fried rice, sesame sugar snap peas, cauliflower fried rice, spaghetti squash with edamame, or Asian stir-fried vegetables.
Honey Sesame Pork Tenderloin
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- 1.33 lbs. lean pork tenderloin
- 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 2 U garlic cloves
- 1 tbsp. sesame oil
- 1 tbsp. fresh ginger, grated
- 2 tbsp. honey
- 2 tbsp. sesame seeds
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Mix together the soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil, and ginger. Marinate the pork in that mixture for 1-2 hours or overnight.
When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Lay out the sesame seeds on a plate.
Carefully slather the pork with the honey and then roll in the sesame seeds.
Place on a baking sheet or pan sprayed with cooking spray and bake for about 25 minutes or until pork reaches 160 degrees.
* 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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