Spicy Grilled Pork Tenderloin Recipe

by katerina on August 25, 2011

A good lazy Sunday should involve sleeping in, sweatpants all day long, and more time spent on choosing a wine than making dinner. Pork tenderloin is a perfect protein for a lazy summer dinner.

Spicy Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Now this recipe is spicy. No, I mean S-P-I-C-Y, don’t underestimate me here please. If you don’t like spicy food than I highly suggest you reduce the quantity of sambal oelek in the recipe as that is what produces the heat.

Spicy Grilled Pork Tenderloin

This particular tenderloin I butterflied before marinating it. I find I can get a crisper texture on the outside because there is more surface area against the grill. Incidentally, after much debate on the wine, we selected a gew├╝rztraminer. It paired very well with the fiery pork.

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Spicy Grilled Pork Tenderloin

(serves 2)

1 tablespoon minced ginger
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon sambal oelek (*very spicy, for medium heat use 1/2, for mild use 1/4)
1 pork tenderloin
2 scallions, thinly sliced

Stir together ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, mustard and sambal until well combined. Transfer to a plastic bag or marinating container.

Remove any silver skin from the pork. If desired, butterfly the pork by cutting it almost all the way through so that you can open it up like a book and end up with a uniformly thick flat piece of meat. Sprinkle the meat with salt and pepper and then transfer it to the marinade. Marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours, or up to 24 hours.

Remove the meat from the refrigerator 30 minutes before grilling. Heat your grill to high and oil it well. Add the pork to the grill, and grill for a few minutes before flipping. After flipping pour any excess marinade on top. Flip again after a few more minutes. Continue grilling, flipping regularly until the pork is 140F in the thickest part. Remove from the grill and tent with foil. Allow to rest for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with scallions and then slice against the grain.

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cooking Time: 10 minutes | Total Time:15 minutes
Calories(approximate per serving): 300

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Belinda @zomppa August 25, 2011 at 6:47 am

A lazy Sunday sounds perfect! Love this recipe!


Heather B August 25, 2011 at 9:38 am

What exactly is sambal oelek? And where do you suggest looking for it? It sounds really good and I love surprising my husband with new pork recipes. Thanks!


katerina August 25, 2011 at 9:45 am

Sambal Oelek is a south east asian condiment that is made from chilies (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambal). I can buy it virtually everywhere in Vancouver including the asian section of my local safeway, depending on where you are I would check your local Asian grocery store. A good substitute would be a spicy chili paste or even Sriracha, I would use less sriracha than sambal though.


Amanda August 25, 2011 at 10:29 am

I can’t wait to try this. It has similar ingredients to one of my favorite recipes using skirt steak, but this sounds much easier. thank you!


katerina August 25, 2011 at 11:11 am

I bet this would be good with skirt steak too, yum.


Reem | Simply Reem August 29, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Love your lazy sunday Katerina, I miss lazy sundays……
Love the recipe, I am better with spicy, more is even better…………
I am thinking may be I can do likefillet m kebab on skewers with same marinade…
I love the flavor luscious…


katerina August 29, 2011 at 2:41 pm

I hope to have lazy sundays for as long as possible.


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