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Grilled Asian Pork Tenderloin with Peanut Sauce


Serves 4-5

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 86

Why get take-out when you can marinate and grill these flavor-packed tenderloins faster than you could get to the restaurant and back?

  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter, preferably a natural variety
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 Tbs. fresh lime juice
  • 3 Tbs. dark brown sugar
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced (2-1/2 tsp.)
  • 2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 2 small pork tenderloins (about 2 lb. total)
  • Vegetable oil for the grill

In a large bowl, whisk the coconut milk, peanut butter, soy sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, garlic, and coriander to make a smooth sauce.

Trim the pork of excess fat and silverskin. Butterfly the tenderloins by splitting each one lengthwise almost but not quite all the way through, so the halves remain attached.

Open each tenderloin like a book, cover with plastic wrap, and pound to an even 1/2-inch thickness with a meat mallet or the bottom of a small skillet. Put the pork tenderloins in the bowl with the marinade and turn to coat. Let marinate for 10 to 20 minutes (or up to several hours in the refrigerator).

While the pork marinates, heat a gas grill with all burners on high. Clean and oil the grate. Remove the tenderloins from the marinade, letting excess marinade drip back into the bowl (don’t discard the marinade). Grill the tenderloins, covered, turning once, until just cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes total (cut into one to check). Transfer to a carving board and let rest for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, pour the marinade into a small saucepan and add 2 Tbs. water; bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat. If the sauce seems too thick, thin it with 1 or 2 tsp. water. Slice the pork and serve with the sauce on the side.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with Slivered Red Pepper, Carrot & Snap Pea Salad and Steamed Jasmine Rice on the side.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on five servings; Calories (kcal): 300; Fat (g): fat g 12; Fat Calories (kcal): 110; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 3.5; Protein (g): protein g 39; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2.5; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 7; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0.5; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 490; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 100; Fiber (g): fiber g 1;

Photo: Scott Phillips

This is an excellent recipe. I usually add minced jalapenos to give the sauce a bit of a bite. I also usually make a double recipe of the sauce, and have used chunky peanut butter, which is quite a nice variation. I have marinated overnight and longer.

This was amazing,Ive never butterflied a pork fillet before that's a great idea, cooks perfectly, juicy and tender. I've been looking for a peanut satay-style sauce that tastes like this forever and now Ive found it and it takes 5 minutes to prepare!!! I love it.

Great recipe. I grill it indoors on a grill pan. The sauce is wonderful. I usually make 1 tenderloin but I make the entire recipe as we love the sauce. Just wondering if anyone has marinaded this over nite?

Delicious as is. Really good recipe to have on hand for the "home from work/school need something fast and yummy" dilemma. The sauce makes this a hit with my kids.

Great dish, so easy! Served with cucumber, basil and peanut salad and jasmine rice. Like another reader said,I could not get enough of that amazing peanut sauce!

This was great with the addition of red pepper and fish sauce for more balanced flavor. Next time I will cook the tenderloin whole to get more char without the chance of overcooking it.

Easy and so delicious! I fixed it in the morning so it had most of the day to marinate. Great flavor and I wanted to drink the sauce! My daughter said that this is the only way she will eat pork. Served it with jasmine rice and steamed green beans. Thank you for a terrific recipe!

Excellent recipe. Marinade in the morning, quick & easy weeknight dinner. Kids loved it. I added red pepper flakes to the marinade.

This had a nice flavor, it stuck to the grill, but maybe I didn't put enough oil on it. I think it could use some heat however for a bit more flavor so next time I am adding some chilies as previous reviewers did. I served it with coconut cilantro rice and grilled rum infused pinapple from another website and that went really well with it.

An easy summer dish. The pork tenderloin comes out very moist and tender. I didn't add any water to the sauce, as the sauce was thin enough for my tastes. Next time I will add some red pepper flakes, and perhaps more soy sauce, to add more flavor to the sauce.

An easy summer dish. The pork tenderloin comes out very moist and tender. I didn't add any water to the sauce, as the sauce was thin enough for my tastes. Next time I will add some red pepper flakes, and perhaps more soy sauce, to add more flavor to the sauce.

Very Tastey. I used a whole pork loin butterflied it and pounded it down. It took no time on the grill and was juicy and delicious. Yes, chicken is a fabulous idea with this. My kids were'nt crazy about the dipping sauce, so I mixed the left over sauce in with some plain white rice and put the left over pork on top, really good.

Great marinade-I used chicken, because thats what I had on hand. I used 1/2 c of water to thin the sauce enough for my liking. Served with brown rice, grilled bok choy and the asian slaw off of this site. The chicken was full of very nice complex flavors from the marinade.

Excellent recipe. Very easy and tasty - the pork is tender and the sauce is just right. Will make this again and again

doubled this recipe for a party and it was a big hit. followed directions exactly and pork was tender and juicy. this moves into my repeat category, maybe with a little chilli pepper next time.

Really good and simple. I marinated for 2 days and the pork was delicious.

The pork comes out very moist and delicious. I also added hot chile pepper flakes and more garlic. It made so much sauce that I will cut the sauce/marinade in half next time.

This is very good and very easy. We ate it with sugar snap peas and rice. My son loves this and asks for it often.

So easy and delicious! The kids loved it!

I love this recipe... so quick, so easy & guaranteed to wow

Very nice, quick weeknight meal. Pork was tender and had a nice flavor, the dipping sauce was delish. Served it with jasmine rice and braised baby bok choy with garlic and lemon sauce. Looking forward to making it again. To those who complained it made to much, just do what I did and cut the recipe in half. ;)

This is now our favorite way to prepare pork tenderloin. The sauce is easy, fast and delicious. The butterflying is also the way to go - faster, more even cooking. True, as one person said, tenderloins come 2 to a package, so a lot for 2 people..but what great leftovers! A winner.

This is AMAZING and very easy. The only problem with this is it uses two tenderloins, so if you are only cooking for 2, that is quite a bit of leftovers.

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