Honey Pork Tenderloin

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This easy Honey Pork Tenderloin with a sesame seed crust is an Asian style pork recipe that is full of flavor and has the most delicious crunch from the sesame seeds.

265 CAL 12g CARBS 9g FAT 33g PROTEIN
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This dinner recipe for tangy, easy, and delicious honey pork tenderloin recipe is made with a simple marinade of soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, and ginger. Then, it’s cooked with a sweet and savory crust of honey and sesame seeds. So delicious! 

One of my favorite types of meat to cook is pork. It's so versatile and used in so many different cuisines. Pork is so mild-tasting that it takes on the flavors that you use in the marinade or rub.

In this dinner recipe, I combined two of my favorite things - pork and Asian flavors. The sweet honey accentuates the zesty umami flavors of the sesame seeds and soy sauce. I actually have a very similar recipe on the blog, except I grilled the Asian pork tenderloin instead of baking it. Either way is delicious. It reminds me a little of this Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken.

I can't wait to share this recipe with you! I am sure it is going to become one of your all-time favorite recipes too.

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.

Honey pork with sesame seeds sliced on a plate with a soy and garlic sauce being poured on top.

Key Ingredients In Honey Pork Tenderloin

This honey pork is such a simple recipe and uses ingredients most people regularly keep in their cabinets. This combination tastes delicious as a marinade for chicken or pork chops!

Here is a bit more information about the ingredients, including any substitutions you can make:

  • Pork Tenderloin: You can use a pork loin, cut in half for this recipe too. In place of pork, try some boneless and skinless chicken breasts. The only thing that will change is the cooking time.
  • Soy Sauce: This gives it the umami flavor that it needs. Another healthy choice is coconut aminos if you are gluten-free.
  • Garlic: Make sure only to use fresh garlic for this recipe. Garlic powder does not have the same bold taste as fresh garlic cloves, but it will still work if that is all you have.
  • Sesame Oil: There really isn't a replacement for sesame oil, but if you want to use avocado oil, add more sesame seeds to give it that same taste.
  • Ginger: Fresh ginger has a potent aroma and taste. Ginger powder won't do as a replacement so try to use fresh ginger or ginger paste if possible.
  • Honey: If you want to make this honey pork tenderloin recipe sugar-free, you can use a sugar-free sweetener in place of the honey. I prefer to use raw honey for its health benefits and flavor.
  • Sesame Seeds: Make sure to toast the sesame seeds first to bring out their nutty flavor before adding them to the pork.

Note: For a complete list of ingredients and detailed instructions on how to make this pork tenderloin recipe, take a look at the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post!

What To Serve With Honey Sesame Pork Tenderloin

This dish goes great with brown rice or quinoa and some steamed veggies. If you are looking for something a little more exciting, consider making a batch of garlic cilantro brown rice since it has both the robust garlic and the zesty cilantro together. Cabbage fried rice or sesame sugar snap peas will also balance the honey’s sweetness in the pork!

For something a bit more traditional, serve it with some cauliflower fried rice, spaghetti squash, or Asian stir-fried vegetables.

Recipe Tips And Ideas For Soy Pork Tenderloin

Follow these tips to make sure that your pork tenderloin comes out juicy every time!

  • Marinate the pork tenderloin in soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil, and ginger overnight. The longer you allow it to marinate, the more flavor it will have.
  • Cook the pork until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F. Use a meat thermometer to get an accurate internal temperature.
  • Completely cover the marinated pork in honey before you bake it. This tip helps the sesame seeds stick to it better!

Pork tenderloin with a honey soy sauce marinade coated with sesame seeds and sliced.

Frequently Asked Questions About Honey Pork Tenderloin

Here are some questions I often get asked about by some readers…

How do you make this pork recipe sugar-free?

If you are on a low-carb or keto diet, then use a sugar-free honey substitute. It will still taste just as sweet and tangy but without the extra sugar and calories.

How do you store leftover honey pork tenderloin?

Store the leftover pork tenderloin in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh for up to 5 days in the fridge. This tenderloin is fantastic to use in meal-prep, so chop it up and keep it in your meal prep containers.

What are some ways you can use the leftover pork tenderloin?

The leftovers are delicious in a salad (like this Asian noodle salad with almond dressing) or chopped up for Asian-style tacos with cabbage, mandarin orange, and Sriracha.

Tip: 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.

Can you use chicken instead of pork in this dinner recipe?

Yes, you can use chicken breast tenderloins if you aren't a fan of pork. Just be careful about the cooking time to make sure they don't overcook! Chicken tenderloins do not take as long to cook as pork tenderloins do.

Honey soy pork tenderloin sliced in a wooden plate with sesame seeds and honey garlic marinade on the side.

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Honey Pork Tenderloin

265 CAL 12g CARBS 9g FAT 33g PROTEIN
PREP TIME: 2 Hours
TOTAL TIME: 2 Hours, 25 Min
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  • 1.33 lbs. lean pork tenderloin
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 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.

Soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil, and ginger being stirred to make honey pork marinade.

When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lay the sesame seeds on a plate. Carefully brush the pork with honey.

Pork tenderloin being drizzled with honey.

Press the pork on both sides into the sesame seeds.

Honey pork tenderloin being pressed in to a place with 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. Let rest for at least 5 minutes. Slice and serve.

Honey pork tenderloin with a sesame seed crust being sliced.
Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 6 oz.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 265
Calories from Fat 80
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
Saturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 98mg
Sodium 613mg
Total Carbohydrate 12g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 9g
Protein 33g

* 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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Maurissa Jones
January 28, 2016 - 20:15
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Very tasty, although messy trying to get the honey slathered onto the pork. I ended up using the remaining liquid marinade on the veggies I had with it, worked very well. Although I made sure to cook the marinade a bit to make all the pork drippings safe to eat.
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