Pork Tenderloin with Chinese Honey Hoisin Sauce

This pork tenderloin is so incredibly tender and full of flavor, it will have your family clamoring for more.

I served the pork with Asian noodles and sesame asparagus.  Rice would work well as a side, too.  Just place the pork over the rice and slather it with the rich and flavorful sauce.

The sauce comes together very quickly.  In a large skillet heat a little bit of olive oil and sesame oil and add in the shallots and garlic cloves.  When they are just turning a light golden brown add in the remaining ingredients.

Just watch this step carefully and have all the other ingredients ready to be poured into the skillet.  The shallots and garlic cook quickly.

Add in the red wine vinegar, plum sauce, hoisin sauce, soy sauce and brown sugar.  Give it a good stir and turn the heat to medium low.

Allow the mixture to cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often.  Remove from heat and set aside.

When you buy a pork tenderloin it usually comes with two tenderloins.  Remove any silverskin from the loin and pat the pork dry of any moisture.

In a 12″ skillet heat a little bit of olive oil and sesame oil.  Once hot, sear each side of the tenderloins until nice and golden brown.

Place tenderloins in a baking dish.  Once they have cooled slightly rub a little bit of honey onto all sides of the pork.  This will help the sauce adhere to the pork a little better.

Coat the tenderloin with the hoisin sauce mixture and place in your pre-heated 375 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Whoa, this is good stuff.  Remove from oven and place a piece of foil over the meat.  Allow to rest for about 10 minutes. 

Remove meat from sauce and slice.  Give the sauce a good stir and then drizzle desired amount of sauce over pork.

One more delicious weeknight meal to serve to your hungry family.  This is a favorite meal for my family, too.

Pork Tenderloin with Chinese Honey Hoisin Sauce
Serves 4-6

2 pork tenderloins
2 shallots, minced
4 garlic cloves, minced
Olive Oil and Sesame Oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/3 cup plum sauce
1/3 cup hoisin sauce
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
honey to coat tenderloin with (about 1/4 cup or so)

Saute the shallots and garlic in 1-teaspoon olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil, for 2 minutes.  Stir in vinegar, plum sauce, hoisin, soy and brown sugar.  Cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and let cool.

Pat each tenderloin dry of any moisture.  Take pork tenderloins and saute in a frying pan in a little oil on all sides until nicely browned.  Remove tenderloins and when you can touch them rub with honey.  Then rub the sauce on the pork so it is really covered.    Let cook in a pre-heated 375 degree oven for 30 minutes.  When done remove and let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

This is great on ribs, pork chops, rack of lamb, and a whole roasting chicken.

Serves 4-6.



  1. Wow – these pork tenderloins look pretty easy and TASTY!

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  3. I listed this one in my Friday Finds last week, and I see CJ listed it this week. This is the recipe I am going to use next time I make pork tenderloin. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thank you!! You could even make these into medallions with the sauce :) I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe!

  5. I love cooking asian-style food and this was an immediate hit with my family. They asked why I have never made it before and if I can make it again…regularly! I didn’t have any plum sauce so substituted plum paste, which we normally eat as an accompaniment on a cheese platter. It was perfect. Thanks!

  6. Marilyn Heald says:

    I made this for out of town guests last week end and it was a big hit! Everyone wanted the recipe. I’ll be making this one again very soon. Thanks so much for sharing your tried and true recipes with us.

  7. Easy and delicious! I added 1lb chopped fresh tomato, nice sauce

  8. I just made this for dinner, and it was an absolute hit with everyone. So easy and so tasty. :)

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