Grilled Pork Tenderloin with a Soy-Sesame Marinade

One of our favorite Korean barbecues is Bulgogi.  Typically this dish is made with flank steak that is thinly sliced then threaded on to skewers for grilling.  This dish uses the Bulgogi marninade but substitutes pork tenderloin.  The sesame oil in the marinade acts as a meat tenderizer while creating a mild sesame flavor.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with a Soy-Sesame Marinade
Serves 6

2 Pork tenderloin (1lb. each) trimmed 
3-4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
5 tablespoons Japanese soy sauce mixed with 1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons sesame oil
3-4 scallions, chopped
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon crushed roasted sesame seeds
Combine the marinade ingredients in a small bowl, stirring to blend them well.  Pour over the meat, and coat well.  Cover the dish with foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1-1/2 hours or overnight.  To prevent toughness, remove the meat from the refrigerator 30 minutes before grilling.
Grill pork over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, for about 20 minutes or until done.  Transfer pork to a cutting board, let rest for 10 minutes.  Cut into 1-inch slices and serve.

54 thoughts on “Grilled Pork Tenderloin with a Soy-Sesame Marinade

  1. Velva this looks excellent!! And I happen to have a pork tenderloin in the freezer. What is Japanese Soy sauce? I don't have that…I have the regular kind, would I be able to use that?


  2. Simple and awesome. Love it. I've been looking all over around my new place for a Korean restaurant, but there don't seem to be any.


  3. Ummm Velva, this looks great, I am going to try this recipe, thanks for sharing—you know I am going to ask, but what wine did you pair with?


  4. I have all these ingredients in my hse except the pork, Ill run out and get that now!Velva you just planned my Sunday night dinner..your the best!!!! 😀


  5. I love bulgogi but am so much more of a pork person than a beef person. it's so good to know that the marinade works on either meat! sounds delicious.


  6. whewie that looks so very very tender and moist. Well done! And such simple flavorful ingredients. I am going to definitely try this Velva!


  7. Your pork looks like it was cooked perfectly! Everything in the marinate sounds delicious and grilled pork tenderloin is definitely the best! Save me some, I'm on my way;D


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