I used to hate ginger. Dried, fresh, candied…I thought it was disgusting. The flavor was just too sharp, too stringent, too strong. And then I fell in love with sushi. Something clicked and I became a huge ginger fan. Weird. I now put it in smoothies, eat it plain straight off the sushi platter, make little ginger cookies year round and am constantly searching for ways to use it in recipes, like this Orange Honey Ginger Pork Tenderloin.
Classic combo! Succulent, tender pork bathed in caramelized honey, with a little tartness from that lovely ginger and orange…this one’s a keeper for sure.
Did you know ginger has amazing health benefits, too? It helps in more effective digestion, reduces nausea and muscle pain. Sipping ginger and honey tea, which comes with natural antibacterial properties, fights off colds and flu, and ginger has been used for centuries to reduce inflammation. Yep, it’s a handy little rhizome to have around.
And so, next time you’re stumped as to what to cook for dinner, try out this Orange Honey Ginger Pork Tenderloin. A quick-and-easy recipe! It’s going on our menu for Christmas Eve this year, along with our Sweet Potato Casserole, which we are all obsessed with in our fam!
We hope you have a very Merry Christmas and get to spend time with the ones you love. 🙂
- 1-pound pork tenderloin
- 1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, grated (about 1 1/2' piece)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- Kosher salt and pepper
- Place pork in ziplock bag or shallow baking dish.
- Mix together all other ingredients. Pour over pork.
- Marinate overnight in refrigerator.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Remove pork from fridge.
- Heat oven-proof skillet (preferably cast iron) with a bit of extra-virgin olive oil over medium-high heat.
- Remove pork from marinade and sear in pan until lightly browned on all sides.
- Drizzle 1/4 cup marinade over pork and roast in oven 10-15 minutes, until thermometer registers 140 degrees F.
- Remove from oven and tent with foil for several minutes.
- Carve into slices and serve.