My next door neighbor had a big bbq yesterday for more than 50 people from her local senior citizens group. Who knew oldies could make so much noise? Sounded like they were having a great time.
The smells wafting over the wall and into my office made me really hungry but the day was frantic around here. I should have put something in the crock pot but alas, hindsight is always 20/20 isn’t it? I was starving. I did think about bringing two plates next door but cooler heads prevailed.
On busy days there’s nothing better than a quick dinner when everyone is hungry. Oh sure, there’s always the fast food option but that’s not a choice we make very often. I like knowing what goes into the food we eat. When I cook there are no preservatives, fancy colorings or ingredients whose names take me a minute to figure out how to pronounce.
For me, pork tenderloin is quick to cook and can only be ruined by overcooking it. Trust me, you’ll only overcook it once because it’s like any other overcooked meat — only suited for shoe leather or the dog.
I preheated the oven to 400°F (200°C) then I grated the ginger, smashed the garlic and mixed them with the honey, lemon juice and soy sauce. I left the glaze to combine the flavors and then oiled the meat with a bit of olive oil, sprinkled some salt and pepper and put it in the oven for 12 minutes.
The glaze can be put on as is but we had one for dinner that’s not too keen on ginger so before I used it I strained it. The flavor was there but he didn’t have to look at the ginger.
At 12 minutes I took the pork out of the oven, turned it over and poured on the glaze. Adding it early means there’s a chance it will burn and that’s not a good look. I returned it to the oven for another 12 minutes (you’d have to look at the size of the pork to be sure on cooking time. Be sure by using a thermometer to make sure the internal temp is 145°F.) During the last 12 minutes I basted the pork a few times.
After taking it out of the oven I rested it and then sliced it into half inch slices and drizzled the glaze over it. Everyone really liked it. I would make it again.
I promise to do better with the photos. Sometimes when there are people standing over you with drooly faces it’s tough to say, “hold on, that was a crappy photo!”
- 1 tbs freshly grated ginger
- 1 small clove of garlic smashed
- 1 tbs fresh lemon juice
- 2 tbs honey
- 1 tbs soy sauce (I used low sodium)
- 1 pork tenderloin about a pound (half a kilo)
- 1 tsp olive oil to coat pork
- salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 400F (200C)
- Combine the ginger, garlic, honey, lemon juice and soy sauce in a bowl and stir to combine.
- Lightly coat pork with olive oil
- Sprinkle on salt and pepper and place in preheated oven for 12 minutes.
- Remove pork from oven, turn over and pour glaze over tenderloin and return to the oven for 12 minutes.
- Baste several times during the last 12 minutes of cooking.
- Check internal temperature with a thermometer to be sure it's 145F
- Rest for 6 to 10 minutes then cut ½ inch slices and drizzle glaze on top.
Maris (In Good Taste) says
That glaze looks fabulous! I admire your notion of fast food! To me this is a great dinner
Thanks for this recipe. The glaze has all the ingredients I love. I’ve never had pork tenderloin and like the simplicity of this recipe
My mom only ever made overcooked pork tenderloin so I was shocked when I learned to cook that it needn’t be so! I love the sound of that glaze.
Marnely Rodriguez says
This looks soooo good, love glazed pork of any kind!
You cannot go wrong with ginger and honey… great recipe for busy evenings!
and I see nothing wrong with the photos, they made me drool a little 😉
Pork tenderloins are probably my most favorite meat. They are always so moist, tender, flavorful, and as you pointed out quick. I love the sound of a ginger honey glaze – definitly going to have to make this soon! Dinner is usually a second thought with me – quite often I’m never prepared.
This looks delicious! Such a yummy glaze for pork tenderloin.
Reem | Simply Reem says
This looks delicious …
Look at the glaze… Yum.
Anna @ the shady pine says
Wow this looks gooey and utterly delicious!
Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says
Haha I have a neighbour that cooks really delicious smelling items and I want to knock on their door and ask them for the recipe! I think that if you were my neighbour I’d do that to you! 🙂
LOL @ Lorraine. My neighbour cooks suckling pig in her outdoor wood oven. We live on a canal and EVERYONE can smell what she cooks, but the pig seems to pervade every square inch of our house. The aroma is divine. I’ve learned to yell over the fence and say, “Fran! What’s cooking??” She loves to tell me. 🙂
Cookin' Canuck says
This is the perfect meal for a busy weeknight. And you’re so right – overcooking pork tenderloin is its death, but a well-cooked one almost always tastes great.
That looks so delicious. Must be hard to take pictures when people want to dig in. Pictures are great though. I could smell the pork through the pictures.
That meat looks so tender and juicy. Great recipe!
You forgot the honey in the recipe. Am I the only one that noticed?
you were! I suspect this was when we were installing and testing EasyRecipe plugin for wordpress food blogs. Obviously I was the guinea pig. My husband reposted recipes for ages fixing all the glitchy bits. Thanks a lot for letting me know.
Hi Maureen, I just did a search for honey and ginger pork and found your recipe. Looking forward to trying it on the week end. I am now looking for a coleslaw recipe to go with it.
Hi Maureen, We loved the pork. One of my guests asked for the recipe he loved it so much. Thanks again.
Bronnie - Maid In Australia says
I hear you about the photos! I miss so many opportunities because my teens are either hangry, starving or embarrassed that Mum is taking food photos again! But – it’s important right? Especially for me, because I don’t always make a picture perfect dish. I am making something similar tonight with pork belly for my carnivore and a vegetarian meal for the other teen (I know), and your post came up. Hopefully it works AND I get a photo! Thanks.