Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Orange Glazed Pork Tenderloin

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Fall is so close I can almost touch it. I've been spending this last week mostly indoors, with the a/c on, pretending it's already here. The skies have been grey this week and one day we even got a slight drizzle of rain. It may have only lasted for a minute or two, but it was something. 

My daughter and hubby spent last night talking about all the wonderful times we have ahead of us in the coming months. The beginning of October is truly a special time for us, as it's the beginning of our favorite time of the year! Fall festivals, leaf piles, apple cider... quickly followed by Christmas songs, cookie decorating, and the smell of wood burning filling the air. It's a magical time.

One of our favorite parts of Fall is all the delicious, comforting Fall recipes. I notice in the colder months we tend to cook mostly with pork, and most of our dishes include a sweet & savory combination. We make constant jokes about having "pork chops with a nice thweet thauth" for dinner because the truth is, that's mostly what we eat. 

Which brings us to today's recipe... That worked out perfectly, didn't it?

Today's recipe is an amazingly tender, moist, savory & sweet Orange Glazed Pork Tenderloin. Did I mention that there are only 5 ingredients?? It's the perfect dish for cooler months, once the leaves start changing and things feel okay in the world again. Once the Summer is gone for good and there is no fear of another 100 degree day rearing it's ugly head. Ahhh yes... those days are the days when you want to make a recipe like this.

Basically you're going to take your pork tenderloin, rub it with salt and pepper and roast it. Roast it until just before it hits the perfect internal temperature... once it hits about 130 degrees.

Then, you slather on a perfectly sweet (with just a hint of spice!) orange glaze and let that roast for about another 5 or 6 minutes.

Then, you serve it up with a little rice, some veggies and love. Lots of love. You can't serve comfort food without love, can you?

This dish is great for busy weeknights because it's so easy to prepare! It would be wonderful to serve at a Fall dinner party or even just for some close friends due to the sheer deliciousness and ease of preparation! It just tastes fancy.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! 


Orange Glazed Pork Tenderloin:

  • 2 pound pork tenderloin
  • 1 cup orange marmalade
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
  • Salt & pepper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Season tenderloin with 1/3 teaspoon pepper and 1/2 teaspoon salt and place on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. 

In a small bowl, combine marmalade, soy sauce, vinegar and chili flakes, then set aside.

Roast tenderloin until internal temperature reaches about 130 degrees, then spoon orange glaze all over the top of the tenderloin. Return to oven and roast until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees.

Remove from oven and allow tenderloin to rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

Serve sliced tenderloin on top of rice, alongside your favorite veggie!

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