Asian-Style Sticky Pork Tenderloin

Pork tenderloin in a frying pan with sesame seeds.

This simple but tasty pork tenderloin recipe makes a perfect quick dinner. The citrusy marinade is so delicious that it feels like you have made a very special meal!

Marinade the pork for as long as you can to tenderise it and let it absorb all the flavours. However, don’t worry too much, as the marinade doubles as the sauce and the flavours will still make this scrumptious.

Spices and flavourings like five spice, ginger and garlic are great for balancing a healthy gut microbiome as well as making the pork taste amazing.

Pak choi is a mild flavoured member of the brassica family, so is a good option if you aren’t keen on the stronger flavoured brassicas like broccoli and cabbage. It is also a low oxalate vegetable.

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Asian-Style Sticky Pork Tenderloin

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Courses
Servings 2 adults
Suitable for Special Diet (or adaptable) Dairy-free, Gluten-free



  • Into a rectangular baking dish, add the orange juice and zest, tamari sauce, sesame oil, honey, Chinese five spice, minced garlic and ginger. Whisk with a fork gently to combine to make a marinade, then add the pork tenderloin and leave for a minimum of 10 minutes (or you could make ahead and leave it overnight in the fridge). Ensure the pork is fully covered with the marinade.
  • Heat a large frying pan, then add the pork and the marinade. Cook the pork for 20 minutes, turning frequently, until cooked through and the sauce has thickened. Keep an eye on the sauce and add a little water if it begins to dry out.
  • Once the pork is cooked through, remove from the frying pan and set aside to rest.
  • Whilst the pork is resting, cook the pak choi in the rest of the sauce left in the frying pan. Slice the pork and put back into the pan with the pak choi, then sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve with noodles or rice.


  • When serving this recipe with noodles, allow 50g of rice noodles per person. Try adding the cooked noodles to the pan before the pork, to coat in the yummy sauce!
  • The cooked pork can be stored in the fridge for two days and leftovers taste great with some salad for a quick lunch.
  • Sesame-free – use light olive oil and sunflower seeds.
  • Soya-free use this Coconut Company Organic Amino Sauce
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