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14 Favorite Pork Tenderloin & Pork Chop Marinade Recipes

Posted Jun 17 2011 1:57am

Pork Tenderloin Marinade

Are you looking for a good pork tenderloin marinade or pork chop marinade?

I’ve got a great collection of 14 tasty pork marinade recipes including citrus, honey soy, herb, Asian, mustard maple, sherry soy, hoisin, balsamic and my favorite marinade.

Most of these pork marinade recipes will work well on chicken, shrimp or salmon too.

Choose a marinade recipe that sounds good and then let your meat marinate several hours or overnight in the refrigerator. Pork chops will need less time marinating than pork roasts. Allow at least 2 hours for pork chops and 6 to 8 hours for pork tenderloin and pork loin roasts.

Cooking Note: To prevent pork tenderloins from curling when cooking, you’ll want to remove the silver skin (the silver fibrous from the meat before marinating.

Once marinated, check out my helpful instructions for how to roast pork tenderloin in the oven , grill pork tenderloin , grill pork chops , or cook pork chops on the stovetop .  The key to successfully cooking pork is to be careful not to overcook it.

Most cuts of pork are much leaner than they were just 20 years ago, which means they can become dry and tough when overcooked. The USDA has changed its cooking guidelines for pork and now suggests that it can be safely cooked to medium rare – with an internal cooked temperature of 145 followed by 3 minutes of rest. This means that the pork will be pink in the center, but totally safe, and much more juicy, tender and flavorful than if cooked to well done.

Favorite Easy Marinade for Pork Chops or Pork Tenderloin

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: N/A
Yield: 1 cup

This is a tasty easy marinade made from common pantry ingredients.

Ingredients

1/3 cup wine vinegar
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
Salt and pepper to taste

Recipe Preparation

Combine all ingredients and whisk until blended.

Citrus Marinade Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: N/A
Yield: 1 cup

A great marinade for pork chops, pork tenderloin, chicken or shrimp.

Ingredients

3/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt

Recipe Preparation

Combine all ingredients and whisk until well blended.

Cuban Citrus Spice Marinade Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: N/A
Yield: 1/2 cup

Orange juice, lime juice, garlic, cumin, chili and ginger combine to make a tasty marinade for pork chops or pork tenderloin.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons orange juice
3 tablespoons lime juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Recipe Preparation

Combine all ingredients and whisk until blended.

Honey Soy Garlic Marinade

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: N/A
Yield: 1 cup

A super easy pork marinade with just four ingredients.

Ingredients

1/2 cup honey
6 tablespoons soy sauce
Juice from 1 lemon
4 cloves garlic crushed

Recipe Preparation

Combine all ingredients and whisk until blended.

Herb Marinade for Pork Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: N/A
Yield: 1 cup

A favorite lemon herb pork tenderloin marinade that is equally delicious on chicken or shrimp.

Ingredients

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
1-1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste

Recipe Preparation

Combine all ingredients and whisk until blended.

Bourbon Marinade Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: N/A
Yield: 1 cup

Another favorite marinade recipe for pork.

Ingredients

1/4 cup bourbon
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Recipe Preparation

Combine all ingredients and whisk until blended.

Asian Marinade for Pork

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: N/A
Yield: 1 cup

Ingredients

6 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons Asian sesame oil
4 scallions, minced
1 tablespoon grated ginger
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Recipe Preparation

Combine all ingredients and whisk until blended.

Caribbean Marinade Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: N/A
Yield: 1 cup

Ingredients

6 tablespoons olive oil
6 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
4 garlic cloves, minced
1-1/2 teaspoons cumin
1-1/2 teaspoons chili power
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Recipe Preparation

Combine all ingredients and whisk until blended

Wine Marinade Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: N/A
Yield: 1 cup

Ingredients

1/2 cup white wine
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary

Recipe Preparation

Combine all ingredients and whisk until blended

Mustard Maple Marinade Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: N/A
Yield: 1/2 cup

One of my favorite pork chop marinades that’s delicious on chicken too.

Ingredients

1/4 cup dijon mustard
2 tablespoon olive oil
3 tablespoons real maple syrup
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 teaspoons fresh minced rosemary

Recipe Preparation

Combine all ingredients and whisk until blended.

Balsamic Marinade Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: N/A
Yield: 1/2 cup

Another deliciously easy marinade with just five ingredients.

Ingredients

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and pepper to taste

Recipe Preparation

Combine all ingredients and whisk until blended

Sherry Soy Marinade I Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: N/A
Yield: 3/4 cup

One of the first pork tenderloin marinade recipes I ever tried.

Ingredients

1/2 cup dry sherry
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
Salt and pepper to taste

Recipe Preparation

Combine all ingredients and whisk until blended.

Sherry Soy Marinade  Recipe II

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: N/A
Yield: 1 cup

Ingredients

1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup dry sherry
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon minced ginger

Recipe Preparation

Combine all ingredients and whisk until blended.

Hoisin Marinade Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: N/A
Yield: 3/4 cup

Hoisin is a tasty Asian barbecue sauce that is located in the Asian section of the grocery store. This is a great easy pork chop marinade.

Ingredients

1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 garlic cloves, minced

Recipe Preparation

Combine all ingredients and whisk until blended. 

To Roast Pork Tenderloins in the Oven

The best way to cook pork tenderloin is to roast it in the oven or cook it on the grill. I don’t do a lot of grilling so prefer the oven. I think the best way to cook pork tenderloins is to first brown them on top of the stove and then finish cooking them in the oven.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Pat the tenderloins dry with paper towels and season them with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in an ovenproof 12-inch skillet set over medium-high heat. Brown the pork tenderloins on all sides, reducing the heat if the fat begins to smoke, about 10 minutes. Place the skillet in the oven and roast in the oven until the internal temperature of the pork in its center registers 135 to 140 degrees on an instant read thermometer, 10 to 15 minutes, turning the tenderloins over half-way through the cooking time.

Remove pan from the oven and transfer the pork to a cutting board. Cover loosely with aluminum foil and let rest until it reaches an internal temperature of 145 to 150 degrees before slicing and serving it. The pork will be pink in the center, but juicy and totally safe. 

To Grill Pork Tenderloins

Heat a gas grill or build a charcoal fire. Remove the tenderloins from the marinade and discard the marinade. Sprinkle the pork tenderloins generously with salt and pepper. Grill the tenderloins, turning a few times to brown on all sides, for 15 to 25 minutes (depending on the heat of the grill) until the meat registers 135 to 140 degrees at the thickest part. Transfer the pork to a platter and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Allow to rest for 10 minutes. Cut into 1/2-inch thick slices.

The thick end of the tenderloin will be quite pink but it’s perfectly fine.

To Grill Pork Chops

Heat the grill until it’s very hot, about 15 minutes. Clean and oil the grill. Leave the primary burner on high and turn the tother burner(s) to medium-low.

Meanwhile, pat the pork chops dry with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper. Grill the chops over the hotter part of the grill, covered until browned on both sides, about 6 minutes. Move the pork chops to the cooler part of the grill and continue to cook, covered, until the center of the chips registers 135 to 140 on an instant read thermometer, 7 to 9 minutes more, turning the chops over halfway through cooking.

Transfer the pork chops to a platter, cover with foil, and let rest until the pork comes to an internal temperature of 145 to 150 degrees, 5 to 10 minutes.

How to Cook Pork Chops in a Pan on the Stove Top

Pat the pork dry with paper towels, then season with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Place the pork chops in the pan and cook for about 3 minutes. Turn the chops over and reduce the heat to medium and continue to cook until the center of the chops registers 135 to 140 degrees on an Instant Read Thermometer , 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer the pork chops to a plate.

Cover with foil and let rest until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 145 to 150 degrees, 5 to 10 minutes.

How to Trim Silver Skin from Pork Tenderloin

To trim silver skin from your pork tenderloin, Slip a knife under the silver skin, angle it slightly upward and use a gentle back and forth cutting motion to remove the skin. Here’s a link to a great video that demonstrates how to remove the silver skin from your pork tenderloin .

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