Char Siu Pork Tenderloin

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Our lives can become very busy. Are you with me? Sometimes I like to take a step back and just smell the roses, if you will, and make something that is so easy, relaxing, and that will allow me a little more family time and a whole lot less stressful time.  Char Siu is traditionally made with a pork shoulder. However, I don’t have that type of time. So, I used a leaner and healthier cut of pork and the tenderloin is still budget friendly, depending on where you source it (I think Sam’s Club has is for less than $20).

Char Siu is marinated and it’s so easy to make. The marinade is loaded with great sweet and savory flavors that will create a glossy and crisp crust on the tenderloin as it cooks. Now, if you by chance have leftovers, this can be easily chopped up and tossed in a breakfast burrito or potato hash or just slice it up and place it on your favorite bread for sandwiches.

Char Siu Pork Tenderloin
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
24 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
24 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 pound pork tenderloin
  2. kosher salt and white pepper to taste
Marinade
  1. 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  2. 3 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  3. 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  4. 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  5. 2 teaspoons oyster sauce
  6. 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder
  7. 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  8. 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
Instructions
  1. Pour all the marinade ingredients, except 1 1/2 tablespoons honey, into a saucepan and stir together. Simmer over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  2. Lightly season pork tenderloin with salt and white pepper.
  3. Place pork tenderloin in a zip-type plastic bag and pour the marinade over the pork, reserving 1/4 cup of the marinade.
  4. Ensure all of the pork is covered in marinade.
  5. Remove as much air from the bag as possible, seal and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  7. Remove pork from bag with marinade and place onto a baking sheet with a rack inserted in it (or a roasting pan).
  8. Pour the reserved marinade into a mixing bowl and stir in remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons honey.
  9. Place the pork in an oven or grill and roast for 30 to 40 minutes (or until the internal temperature reaches 145 F. [with a light pink center] and 160 degrees F.), generously basting with the used marinade every 10 minutes.
  10. Once pork has achieved the correct internal temperature, glaze pork once more and broil on high for 1 to 2 minutes or until pork is glossy and crisp. Remove from heat and allow loin to rest for 3 to 5 minutes.
  11. Slice into 1/2 inch slices, top with sliced green onion, and serve over rice with reserved char siu sauce on the side.
Adapted from Food Network
Adapted from Food Network
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