Tamari-Garlic Pork Tenderloin

Tamari-Garlic Pork tenderloin makes an easy and delicious choice for weekly meal prep. Double the recipe to suit your needs!

Marinated, then grilled to perfection, this Tamari-Garlic Pork Tenderloin is the right choice for those wanting a quick and easy, high-protein main course. The best part is that this grilled tenderloin is perfect for those who need gluten-free meal options. Try this recipe with grilled vegetables for a satisfying meal.

What is Tamari?

Tamari is a type of soy sauce made from fermented soybeans. Unlike regular soy sauce (shoyu), it contains very little what, and some brands contain none at all. This makes it a great option for those on a gluten-free diet. Tamari is less salty and is darker in color, and while soy sauce offers a distinct umami flavor, tamari has a deeper, richer umami base. 

Ingredients for Tamari-Garlic Pork Tenderloin

  • Pork tenderloin, about 1 1/2 pounds
  • Tamari soy sauce, sub with regular soy sauce (shoyu)
  • Sesame oil
  • Green onions
  • Garlic 
  • Honey 
  • Ginger
  • White pepper
  • Gochugaru (Korean pepper flakes), sub with red pepper flakes

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How to Make Tamari-Garlic Pork Tenderloin

  • Place pork tenderloin into a resealable plastic bag.
  • Combine all tamari-garlic marinade ingredients, except honey, in a small bowl. 
  • Warm honey in the microwave for about 8-10 seconds (or until it becomes more liquified), and whisk into marinade mixture. 
  • Pour marinade over pork, coating it well coated. Release excess air from the plastic bag, and seal shut. Place into the refrigerator anywhere from 2-8 hours.
  • Preheat your grill for 325 degrees F or medium heat. 
  • Remove pork tenderloin from the bag and place it on the grill. Gently pour (or brush) some of the remaining tamari-garlic marinade on top of the tenderloin. 
  • Close the lid and cook for 10 minutes. Turn and cook for another 10 minutes, or until the internal temperature at the thickest part of the tenderloin reaches between 145-155 degrees F.
  • Once cooked, remove from heat and place onto a clean cutting board. Tent with aluminum foil and let rest for 10 minutes. Slice into 1/2″ rounds (or thicker), and serve.

Tamari-Garlic Pork Tenderloin

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Tamari-Garlic Pork Tenderloin

Tamari-Garlic Pork Tenderloin

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: pork tenderloin
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Marinating Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 35 minutes
Servings: 4 People
Author: Derrick Riches

Ingredients

  • 1 pork tenderloin about 1 1/2 pounds

For Marinade:

  • 1/4 cup tamari gluten-free soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 green onions minced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon honey warmed
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon gochugaru Korean pepper flakes, optional

Instructions

  • Place pork tenderloin into a resealable plastic bag.
  • Combine all marinade ingredients, except honey, in a small bowl. Warm honey in the microwave for about 8-10 seconds (or until it becomes more liquified), and add to the marinade mixture. Stir to combine.
  • Pour marinade over pork making sure that all surfaces are well coated. Release excess air from the plastic bag, and seal shut. Place into the refrigerator for 2-4 hours.
  • Preheat grill for medium heat. This is a setting of 325 degrees F., on a pellet grill.
  • Remove pork from bag and place onto the grill grate. Gently pour some of the remaining marinade on top of the tenderloin. You can brush it on if that is easier. Close lid and cook for 10 minutes. Turn and cook for another 10 minutes, or until the internal temperature at the thickest part of the tenderloin reaches between 145-155 degrees F.
  • Once cooked, remove from heat and place onto a clean cutting board. Tent with aluminum foil and let rest for 5-10 minutes. Slice into 1/2 inch thick rounds (or thicker if preferred), and serve.

Notes

  • Gochugaru has a unique flavor, but you can substitute red pepper flakes for a hint of heat.
  • Photo by: Matěj Vrtil from Pixabay
Tamari-Garlic Pork Tenderloin

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