This Thai Peanut Pork Tenderloin is marinated and roasted in the oven, then topped off with a slightly sweet, slightly spicy sauce. It’s one of my family’s favorite ways to eat pork tenderloin, and that’s really saying something, because we eat a lot of pork tenderloin!
I always keep a pork tenderloin in my freezer. It’s my favorite cut of pork–maybe even my favorite cut of meat, because there are so many ways to prepare it.
I know it’s tempting, but don’t skip the step of searing your meat. It adds so much flavor! And let your pork rest for about 10 minutes before slicing into it to seal in all those juices.
This dish is great served with rice and a side of grilled veggies–which also go well with the delicious sauce.
Thai Peanut Pork Tenderloin
- 1 (1.5 pound) pork tenderloin
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/4 cup orange marmalade
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
- Combine marmalade, garlic, coriander, cumin, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, peanut butter, lime juice, orange juice, crushed red pepper and black pepper in a small bowl. Whisk until smooth.
- Season the pork tenderloin with salt and pepper and place it in gallon sized resealable plastic bag. Add the marinade. Squeeze the air out of the bag and seal.
- Refrigerate and let marinade for at least 30 minutes, or up to 8 hours.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Heat the vegetable oil in large oven-proof skillet (like cast iron) over medium-high heat until shimmering.
- Add the pork tenderloin, and sear on all sides, until it’s nicely brown, 8-10 minutes total. Place the entire skillet into the preheated oven, and cook for about 20 minutes, or until a meat thermometer registers 160 degrees. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.
- While the pork is cooking, pour the marinade into a small saucepan with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water.
- Bring to a boil and simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
- Slice the tenderloin and pour the sauce over top. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro for garnish.
Who Dished It Up First: Adapted from Tide and Thyme.