Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Honey Sesame Glaze

If you’ve been reading along with me for any length of time, you may have noticed by now that I’m not that much of a meat eater.  Sure, I think things like these blue cheese scones are next level good because of the inclusion of pancetta.  And yes, you’ll always find some prosciutto or salami on any of my cheese boards.  But in general, give me a big ole plate of pasta and cheese over any sort of meat focused meal.

Of course any generality calls for exceptions from time to time.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Honey Sesame Glaze & Shishito Peppers

So when I do make any cut of meat the star of my dinner, I like to make sure it’s a showstopper.  This grilled pork tenderloin that’s marinated for a few hours with ginger, garlic, and lemongrass certainly checks that box.

In addition to the grilled pork tenderloin, I also snagged some shishito peppers and green onions from our farmers’ market over the weekend so I grilled those as well.  Everything is finished with a quick honey sesame glaze and served over some herbed rice.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Honey Sesame Glaze & Shishito Peppers

This meal is great in that most everything can be prepped in advance.  It would be a perfect a casual dinner with friends when you want to spend more time sipping on wine and catching up than working away in the kitchen.  Of course, we always want to do that in theory but sometimes fail in the execution.  Prep everything for this meal ahead of time, and you’ll be sure to execute!

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Honey Sesame Glaze & Shishito Peppers

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • For the grill

    • 1 large pork tenderloin, around 16 oz
    • 8 oz shishito peppers
    • 2 large bunches green onion
  • For the marinade

    • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
    • 2 tbsp roughly chopped ginger
    • 1 tbsp roughly chopped lemongrass stalk
    • 3 tbsp avocado oil
    • 3 tbsp soy sauce
    • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • For the herbed rice

    • 2 cups medium grain rice
    • 2 cups vegetable stock
    • 2 cups water
    • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
    • ¼ cup chopped green onion
    • ¼ -½ tsp kosher salt
    • Juice of ½ lime
  • For the Honey Soy Sauce

    • 2 tsp minced ginger
    • 1 garlic clove, minced
    • 2 tsp lime juice
    • 1 tbsp honey
    • 1 tbsp soy sauce
    • 1 tbsp sesame oil

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Honey Sesame Glaze & Shishito Peppers

I’m going to take you through the preparation of this meal as if you’re entertaining and what to have as much done in advance as possible.  Since this grilled pork tenderloin has to marinate for a few hours, the idea is you’re already in the kitchen and you already have your cutting board and ingredients out and ready.  So even if you’re not entertaining, it’s so easy to make everything up ahead of time that you might as well do it!

Start by marinating the pork.  Add garlic, ginger, lemongrass, avocado oil, soy sauce, and pepper to a large gallon size zip loc bag.  Pat dry the pork tenderloin, remove any of the silver skin, and add it to the bag.  Massage the marinade into the pork and place in the refrigerator.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Honey Sesame Glaze & Shishito Peppers with Herbed Rice

Next up is the herbed rice.  Combine rice, vegetable stock, and water in a large pot or dutch oven.  Bring to a boil and once boiling, cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the grains are soft and fluffy.  Add more liquid or time as needed.

Once the rice is cooked add cilantro, green onion, salt, and lime juice to taste.  The rice should be herbaceous and well seasoned – the idea is that it could stand on its own as a side without needing to be drowned in sauce.  Add more herbs, lime juice, or salt as you see fit!

Grilled Shishito Peppers

While the rice cooks make your honey sesame sauce and get your vegetables all prepped and ready for the grill.  For the sauce, combine the ginger, garlic, lime juice, honey, and soy sauce in a small mixing bowl.  Slowly whisk in the sesame oil to emulsify.

Rinse the shishito peppers and green onions, wrap them in a paper towel and put in the fridge along with the marinating pork, herbed rice, and honey sesame sauce.  If you can’t find shishito peppers, regular bell peppers sliced into strips will work just fine.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Honey Sesame Glaze & Shishito Peppers

Okay!  Your rice is cooked.  Your pork is marinating.  Your sauce is made, and your vegetables are grill ready.  A hot grill and 15-ish minutes are all that stand in the way between you and dinner whenever you decide that is.  So go chill for awhile.  Maybe give the pork a turn if you think about it.  Or not, it’s not going to make or break the dinner.

20-30 minutes before you’re ready for dinner, pull the tenderloin out of the oven to take the chill off before grilling.  When you are ready for dinner, turn on the grill and let it heat up over medium to medium high heat for 5-10 minutes.  You want the grill temperature to hold at about 400 degrees.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Honey Sesame Glaze & Shishito Peppers - green onions on the grill

Remove the pork from the marinade and place on the grill.  Let it cook on one side for 6 minutes.  While the pork cooks on the first side, toss the shishito peppers and green onions in avocado oil, salt, and pepper.

After 6 minutes, flip your pork and add the vegetables to the grill using a grill plate for the peppers so they don’t fall through.  Let both the pork and the vegetables cook for an additional 6 minutes.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Honey Sesame Glaze & Shishito Peppers

After 6 minutes of cooking on the second side, check the grill pork tenderloin for doneness.  It should reach an internal temperature of about 145 for medium doneness.  Remove the tenderloin from the grill and let it rest while tented with aluminum foil for at least 5 minutes.

While the pork rests, tend to the rest of the vegetables.  Once they are sufficiently soft and charred remove them from the grill as well.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Honey Sesame Glaze & Shishito Peppers

Slice the grilled pork tenderloin and serve it over the herbed rice with the grilled peppers and onions.  Drizzle everything in the honey sesame sauce and serve immediately.

 Bon Appétit!

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Honey Sesame Glaze

Pork tenderloin is marinated with garlic, ginger, and lemongrass and then grilled to perfection alongside shishito peppers and sweet onions.  The whole thing is topped with a delicious honey and sesame glaze!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Grilling
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

For the grill

  • 1 large pork tenderloin around 16 oz
  • 8 oz shishito peppers
  • 2 large bunches green onion

For the marinade

  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 tbsp roughly chopped ginger
  • 1 tbsp roughly chopped lemongrass stalk
  • 3 tbsp avocado oil
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • Fresh cracked black pepper

For the herbed rice

  • 2 cups medium grain rice
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup chopped green onion
  • ¼ -½ tsp kosher salt
  • Juice of ½ lime

For the Honey Soy Sauce

  • 2 tsp minced ginger
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil

Instructions

For the marinade

  1. Add garlic, ginger, lemongrass, avocado oil, soy sauce, and pepper to a large gallon size zip loc bag. Pat dry the pork tenderloin, remove any of the silver skin, and add it to the bag. Massage the marinade into the pork and place in the refrigerator.

For the herbed rice

  1. Combine rice, vegetable stock, and water in a large pot or dutch oven. Bring to a boil and once boiling, cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the grains are soft and fluffy. Add more liquid or time as needed.

  2. Once the rice is cooked add cilantro, green onion, salt, and lime juice to taste.

For the honey sesame sauce

  1. Combine the ginger, garlic, lime juice, honey, and soy sauce in a small mixing bowl. Slowly whisk in the sesame oil to emulsify.

  2. Rinse the shishito peppers and green onions, wrap them in a paper towel and put in the fridge along with the marinating pork, herbed rice, and honey sesame sauce.

Grill Time

  1. 20-30 minutes before you're ready for dinner, pull the tenderloin out of the oven to take the chill off before grilling. 

  2. When you are ready for dinner, turn on the grill and let it heat up over medium to medium high heat for 5-10 minutes. You want the grill temperature to hold at about 400 degrees.

  3. Remove the pork from the marinade and place on the grill. Let it cook on one side for 6 minutes. 

  4. While the pork cooks on the first side, toss the shishito peppers and green onions in avocado oil, salt, and pepper.

  5. After 6 minutes, flip your pork and add the vegetables to the grill using a grill plate for the peppers so they don't fall through. 

  6. Let both the second side of the pork and the vegetables cook for an additional 6 minutes.

  7. Check the grill pork tenderloin for doneness. It should reach an internal temperature of about 145 for medium doneness. Remove the tenderloin from the grill and let it rest while tented with aluminum foil for at least 5 minutes.

  8. While the pork rests, tend to the rest of the vegetables. Once they are sufficiently soft and charred remove them from the grill as well.
  9. Slice the grilled pork tenderloin and serve it over the herbed rice with the grilled peppers and onions. Drizzle everything in the honey sesame sauce and serve immediately.



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