Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Soy Marinated Pork Tenderloin

I must admit, I'm not a big pork eater, so I don't cook it often. But there comes a time when you just can't eat chicken anymore for fear of turning into one! Like most things I cook, this was relatively easy to make, but didn't lack on flavor one bit. I probably could have cooked it one or two minutes longer and it would have been even more juicy and tender than it already was, but I don't like to mess around when it comes to pork or chicken!

This was a great weeknight meal because it needs to be marinated ahead of time, so you can either prepare it the night before, or when you get home from work and continue on taking care of other things. I served it with a simple side of garlic parmesan risotto and fresh sauteed green beans from the local farmer's market.

Prep Time: 10 minutes (plus marinating time)
Cook Time: 45 minutes

Soy Marinated Pork Tenderloin
Serves 3-4 (depending on who's eating it!)

1⁄2 cups olive oil
1⁄3 cup soy sauce
2 tsp srichacha
1⁄4 cup red wine or red wine vinegar
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp fresh parsley or Italian seasoning
2 tsp dry mustard
Black pepper, to taste
4 cloves garlic, minced
1.5 lb pork tenderloin

Pan Drippings
Pan scrapings from pork tenderloin
1/2 cup of chicken broth
3 tbsp of marinade
2 tsp butter
  1. Combine all marinade ingredients and mix thoroughly. Place marinade and pork tenderloin in gallon size Ziploc bag and marinade overnight or for 3-4 hours. Remove pork tenderloin from marinade and reserve 3 tbsp of the marinade
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  3. In a hot skillet over medium-high heat, sear each side of the tenderloin for 2-3 minutes to give it a nice crust
  4. Transfer to a roasting pan and cook in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until the meat reaches a temperature of 160 degrees
  5. Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing
  6. Meanwhile, place the skillet back on the stove over medium-high heat. Add the chicken broth, pan scrapings and marinade. Let it boil down for 2-3 minutes then add the butter
  7. Remove from the stove and mix thoroughly until the butter is melted
  8. Pour over the pork and serve along with the green beans and risotto

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