glazed pork tenderloin watermelon salad

Peach Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Blogging is weird sometimes. Which I hope I can say if you follow me, and apologize for doing so you’re someone who just stopped by in like 10 years to look at this recipe. But I make food, take a pic or two (or like a hundred, hoping to get a good one) and put it out there. And it’s kind of like having someone over for dinner. “Will you like it?” I wonder. Oh the angst.

glazed pork tenderloin watermelon salad
Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Watermelon Tomato Salad

Well, I hope you’ll like this one. It’s a pork tenderloin and has the most marvelous peach glaze. (Um, maybe the title Peach Glazed Pork Tenderloin gave that away?) The final dish doesn’t really end up tasting like peaches, but more like some mysterious umami deliciousness. And it’s super simple to make. Bonus.

Peach Glazed Pork Tenderloin can be grilled outside or in, like the original recipe suggests or done in the oven like I did. Coz it’s too hot to grill…are those words sacrilege?…so you have options. Honestly, I didn’t want to grill it inside and have to scrub up the crusty grill pan, either. That’s me, being lazy but happy.

I served this with a suggested Watermelon Tomato Salad which needed quite a bit of tweaking, so that recipe will be coming up on its own post. I loved that salad (after the tweaking) but the folks were reluctant. Very reluctant. So maybe it’s too, too far out there for some people. My fave octogenarians wouldn’t even try the salad.

glazed pork tenderloin watermelon salad
Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Watermelon Tomato Salad

Here’s the thing about Pork Tenderloin. Yeah, it’s delish and tender and juicy. It’s also perfect for a special family dinner or company when it’s “dressed up”  but it’s not so expensive that it always has to be saved for a special occasion. Ideally, serve it with some great sides because tenderloins are not overly large.

Pork tenderloin goes on sale pretty regularly and since they’re put out by producers (like Hormel) there may be coupons, so you can save some bank. Look for a sale that’s buy one, get one free and then (if your store lets you) use two $1.00 off coupons. You can see more about buying, prepping and tying a tenderloin, beef or pork, here. Watch out for cut down pork loins sold as the tenderloin; they’re not the same cut and someone’s trying to fool you by charging too much.

Follow a coupon matching site and they’ll let you know when a deal like that comes up. Buy low. Always buy low. 🙂 And buy extra when you buy low and toss it in the freezer. 🙂 If you’ve never looked at the top line of my blog and clicked on my 12 Strategies to Keep Food Costs Low & Quality High, maybe you might want take a peek.

glazed pork tenderloin watermelon salad
Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Watermelon Tomato Salad

Peach Glazed Pork Tenderloin

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 30 min
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 – 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 (1-lb.) pork tenderloin, trimmed of silverskin
  • 3 tablespoons peach preserves, plus a little extra for sauce
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. If desired and to cook evenly, tie off pork tenderloin at 1 1/2″ intervals.

Heat an oven proof skillet over medium-high heat. Add a tablespoon or two of oil. Brown pork tenderloin well on all sides.

While pork is cooking, combine preserves, soy sauce, vinegar and garlic in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at high in 30 second intervals, or until the preserves melt.

If grilling, skip to Grill, below. If cooking in oven, continue.

Brush the tenderloin with the preserves and place in oven for about 15 to 20 minutes, brushing the preserves on again, about halfway through cooking time and again when nearly done. Watch the residue at the bottom of the pan so it doesn’t burn, adding a little water if needed.

Remove from oven when a thermometer registers 145°F to 160°F, depending on your preference. Remove to a cutting board or platter and let stand 3 minutes. Add another tablespoon or so of the preserves to the juices in the pan and pour over the pork if desired. Cut pork crosswise into slices. Sprinkle evenly with salt and pepper.

To Grill:

Heat grill (or grill pan) to medium high heat. Rub grate or pan with oil. Rub a tablespoon of oil over pork. Add pork and loosely tent pork with foil. Grill 10 minutes, turning occasionally.

Remove foil and grill pork 6 minutes more, or until thermometer registers 145°F to 160°F, turning and brushing frequently with peach glaze. Remove pork from pan; let stand 3 minutes. Cut pork crosswise into slices. Sprinkle evenly with salt and pepper. Discard any remaining glaze.

adapted from Cooking Light

Nutrition Facts
Servings 4.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 192
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6 g 9 %
Saturated Fat 1 g 7 %
Monounsaturated Fat 4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 60 mg 20 %
Sodium 499 mg 21 %
Potassium 6 mg 0 %
Total Carbohydrate 11 g 4 %
Dietary Fiber 0 g 1 %
Sugars 10 g
Protein 23 g 47 %
Vitamin A 0 %
Vitamin C 1 %
Calcium 0 %
Iron 7 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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I’ll be taking this recipe to Angie’s Fiesta Friday , hosted this week by Liz @ spades, spatulas & spoons and Jenny @ Jenny Is Baking. If you have a minute, click over to Fiesta Friday & see all the link ups, or Liz & Jenny’s blogs.

34 thoughts on “Peach Glazed Pork Tenderloin”

    1. I have not yet dipped into the sous vide pool, but I think that sounds like a wonderful way to cook pork. 🙂 I think the loin dries out more than the tenderloin – are you sure you aren’t getting the “tender” “loin” that’s actually a pork loin? I’ve seen them packaged and sitting right with the tenderloins. Just wondering…

        1. Out here in the midwest they’ve started taking pork loin, cutting it down to tenderloin size and marketing and selling it packaged right next to the tenderloins. They have plain and marinaded. So people buy those thinking they’re tenderloin but they are “always tender loin.” Then they cook them and they’re dry…I didn’t think you’d make that mistake but the plain ones are easy to mix up…

          http://www.hormel.com/Brands/AlwaysTender/Always-Tender-Pork-Loin-Filets/HORMEL-reg%3b-ALWAYS-TENDER-reg%3b-Lemon-Garlic-Pork-L.aspx

          http://www.hormel.com/Brands/AlwaysTender/Always-Tender-Pork-Tenferloins/HORMEL-reg%3b-ALWAYS-TENDER-reg%3b-Original-Pork-Tende.aspx

  1. It looks fab Mollie…Love all the flavors going on, and I used to love all your tips when you first started blogging. I’ll have to refresh my memory and re-read your 12 Strategies. Well done!

    1. Thanks, Loretta! 🙂 I used to get all kinds of complaints about my posts being too long so I started trying to just give a little tip or two…and then sometimes I’d just forget.

  2. I like the peach glaze and I would add fresh peaches in a side. Have to agree with your folks, that salad looks weird but I bet it tasted great and I would be totally on board to try it with the pork if you served it to me! Yippee…I finally got a post from you, seemingly out of nowhere. 🙂

    1. lol, go figure, did it come up in your reader? I’m making that salad with my changes tomorrow. I mean, jheez, they could have just eaten the tomatoes or the watermelon out of the salad…it was like two sulky children, lol!!

      1. LOL. I wouldn’t dare sulk if you were cooking me those meals! Best behavior from me. You come up in my reader but life is too short to go to reader in my world….so I read blogs in email or FB. I just never go to reader.

  3. You are making me smile today. Of course I like it even if those silly parents wouldn’t even try the salad. You’d think they’d be used to living with an adventurous food blogger by now! 😉

    1. I know, right, lol!! Although I hafta admit my eating and cooking has been leaning towards the more traditional due to their tastes. Otherwise I’d probably be leaning more towards vegetarian, chickpeas & bean sprouts…lol!

  4. It’s beautiful Mollie!! Love the idea of peach with pork. I wonder if I could nestle it next to some grilled peach halves? It looks luscious! And– sorry the watermelon tomato salad wasn’t a hit– win some, lose some (I know all about that!) but I think it looks bright and delish! hugs blog-buddy!

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