Roasted Asian-Style Lean Pork Tenderloin


Roasted Asian-Style Lean Pork Tenderloin
Pork tenderloin is one of the leanest cuts of pork that is both tender and easy to cook. The secret to making it tender is marinating for a couple of hours and cooking on a very high heat, for just 5 minutes. It sounds a bit strange but after it cooks for 5 minutes, you turn off the heat and don’t open the oven for 1 hour. The results: Spectacular! So tender, you hardly need a knife. The marinade creates a wonderful sweet and salty Asian flavor. Each serving has 244 calories and 5 grams of fat.  Serve it with my recipes for Garlic Sesame Broccoli Stir Fry Side Dish and Simple to Make and Very Healthy, Pineapple Brown Rice.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Marinating Time: 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 244kcal


Ingredients for Pork and Marinade:

  • 1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed
  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, from a jar or fresh, see shopping tip below
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoons sesame oil or canola oil
  • Cooking spray, such as olive oil spray

Ingredients for Glaze:

  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar


  • Place pork in a large plastic bag. In a small bowl, combine the marinade ingredients.  Pour marinade into the bag over the pork. Refrigerate for 2 hours, turning occasionally.
  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Transfer pork to a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil.  Pour a little marinade over the pork and discard the rest.
  • Bake for exactly 5½ minutes per pound. Turn oven OFF and DO NOT open oven door for 1 hour! Remove pork from oven and let rest 5 minutes before slicing. Pork will be perfectly done and very tender.
  • To make glaze: In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, honey and sugar. Heat in microwave for 20 seconds, just before serving. Drizzle glaze over the top of the pork.
  • Divide sliced pork among 4 plates.


Serves 4 (each serving, 4 ounces of pork)

Shopping Tip
Ginger, from a jar, is sold in the produce section where garlic in the jar, is displayed. It’s fresh, pureed ginger and packaged in a small jar. You can store in the refrigerator and it works great in all recipes that use fresh ginger.
Healthy Benefits
Pork tenderloin is a very lean meat choice. It’s a good source of B vitamins.  It also contains thiamin, magnesium, iron and zinc, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin B-6. When it comes to thiamin, pork tenderloin is one of the best natural sources and the meat contains nearly half of the recommended daily allowance of niacin.

Serving Tip
Serve with my recipes for:
Weight Watchers (old points) 5-for roasted pork
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 7
SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (4 oz.)  of pork (not including rice and broccoli)
244 calories, 5g fat, 26g protein, 28g carbs, 0g fiber, 923mg sodium, 27g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 1 serving of pork using fatty pork shoulder and regular soy sauce
491 calories, 31g fat, 28g protein, 29g carbs, 0g fiber, 1437mg sodium, 27g sugar

Skinny Facts

Serving: 4ouncesCalories: 244kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 26gFat: 5gSodium: 923mgSugar: 27gPlus Points: 7

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