Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Peanut-Lime Sauce

This grilled Asian pork tenderloin recipe is an easy dinner to throw together on busy summer nights! 

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Peanut-Lime Sauce | thefoodcharlatan.comThe other day I was driving in the car when “Jeremy” by Pearl Jam came on. I turned it up and sang all the words, not because I’m really that into 90s grunge music, but because it’s nostalgic for me. I was 5 or 6 when Pearl Jam was big. But my older siblings (I’m the youngest of 5) loved it, just like they loved huge flood pants and pegging their jeans. (Kiiinda glad I missed that trend.)

But anyway, I’ve been listening to PJ since I was in the cradle practically, so of course I had to turn it up. I was belting out the chorus when the station suddenly went silent. Then the automated DJ came on–“Okay, we heard you. We got SO MANY dislikes on that song that we’ve decided to play something else. Tell us if you like this song better.”

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Can you believe that?? First of all, that’s an awesome way to run your radio station. You can text “like” or “dislike” during any song. “Jeremy” got so many dislikes that they wouldn’t even finish playing it. It’s like the thumbs-down thing on Pandora. But somehow it feels like more of a community. Such a fun idea.

But what about poor Pearl Jam?? Okay so maybe I’m alone here. Any other PJ lovers out there?

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Okay well even if we can’t bond over 90s grunge, we can probably bond over this pork tenderloin. I love pork tenderloin, especially for company. I feel like it’s just a little bit fancy but still super easy to put together.

This recipe is no exception. Throw the marinade ingredients in a bag with the pork, wait a while, toss it on the grill and you’re done. (Have you guys grilled pork tenderloin? It’s hard to beat.) The sauce is so flavorful and has a little kick to it. I love the cilantro (I pile it on) but you can leave it out if you’re not a fan. Happy weekend everybody!

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Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Peanut-Lime Sauce

Yield: Serves 3-4


  • 1 pork tenderloin (about 1 pound)
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. In a medium bowl, combine apricot preserves, garlic, coriander, soy sauce, rice vinegar, peanut butter, lime juice, orange juice, red pepper flakes, and black pepper. Whisk until smooth. Make sure you break up the peanut butter.
  2. Add the pork tenderloin and the marinade to a large ziplock bag. Seal and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or up to 48 hours.
  3. Heat your grill to high heat. When it is hot, add the pork tenderloin (reserve the marinade) and close the lid. Set the timer for 5 minutes.
  4. Flip the tenderloin, (don't change the temperature), close the lid, and set the timer for 6 minutes.
  5. Turn the grill off but don't open the lid. Set another timer for 5 minutes.
  6. After 5 minutes, check to make sure the pork has reached 145 degrees F in the center.
  7. Remove from the grill and let sit for about 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
  8. Meanwhile, add the remaining marinade to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook until it looks like all the bacteria is dead. Just kidding, about 1 minute will do you. Add water or more orange juice if you like a thinner sauce.
  9. Slice the pork, drizzle with sauce, and sprinkle with cilantro. Serve with remaining sauce. I like to eat this with cauliflower rice (or regular rice) and grilled vegetables.


This recipe is really easy to double. If you are only feeding a few you could double it, then store the other pork loin in the freezer (with half the marinade) for a later meal.

If you don't have a grill, you can follow the recipe instructions on Tide and Thyme. You brown it first on the stove and then bake it in the oven. I haven't tried it, but I will this winter when it's too cold to grill.

Source: Recipe slightly adapted from Tide and Thyme. Grilling tips from Fine Cooking.

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 I like to use a fresh orange since I’m juicing a lime anyway.

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Make sure you whisk in all that peanut butter!

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  1. says

    I’m the youngest of 5 too! My siblings were more into New Kids on the Block and Dave Mathew’s Band so I only remember a couple of PJ songs but I would honestly listen to that over some of the terrible ghetto crap that’s somehow popular and called music. Anyway, this pork looks freakin amazing! Gorgeous pictures Karen!
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  2. says

    I wasn’t a huge PJ follower back in the day but those songs sure take me back now. We are actually going to see them at Austin City Limits this year so I’m looking forward to hearing them live :) And pinning this recipe now (as usual), the husband will LOVE this!
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  3. jill says

    Made this (along with your cauliflower rice) last night for my husband. He is a wonderful cook so I always receive lots of “constructive” criticism when I actually make a meal meal. Not last night! He LOVED it. thought the marnade/sauce was spot on and was especially blown away by the concept of the cauliflower rice. Thank you, thank you!

  4. Sharon says

    I made this pork tenderloin tonight for company and was told it was the BEST pork they had ever had!! Thank you for making me look good. :)

    This recipe was super easy–I made it exactly as specified. (The only thing I didn’t do was add the cilantro at the end, and that was just because I got busy and forgot! Oops.)

    I served this tenderloin with the sauce and white rice, steamed snow peas, and a huge Asian slaw salad. The whole dinner was a hit! Thank you!

    • says

      I’m always forgetting the garnishes at the end! I finish the meal and then am disappointed that it could have been even a little bit better. :) I’m so glad you liked this pork! I love you’re meal plan, I think I will make this with a big Asian salad next time!

  5. says

    Made this tonight. Delicious. Used marmalade as I didn’t have apricot preserves. Added some ginger and sriracha. Served with a mango/coconut/lime couscous salad. Turned out perfectly!

  6. Oliver BBQ-Guy says

    Hey Karen,

    I can feel the taste of its deliciousness. I really can’t wait to try this at home. Really looks yum! Urgh! Can’t wait to eat this. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! AWESOME! :)


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