Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Sesame Garlic Pork Tenderloin

Pork is a rare treat for us and when we have it we choose a nice lean pork tenderloin.  We like to buy the 4 pack at Costco and freeze them, just defrost overnight in the fridge.  This delicious marinade  infuses great flavor, which is a must when you are cooking lean proteins like tenderloin or chicken breast.  The combination of sweet agave, salty tamari and smokey sesame oil is amazing.  Give yourself some time as you'll want to marinate your pork for about 4 hours before grilling.  Our organic broccolini mushroom saute and fresh grilled corn on the cob made for the perfect summer dinner tonight.  Enjoy!

1 pork tenderloin
1/2 Tablespoon agave nectar
1 Tablespoon tamari
1/3 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ginger powder
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp toasted sesame oil
1/4 cup water

For the dipping sauce:
3 Tablespoons agave nectar 
1.5 Tablespoons tamari
3 drops of toasted sesame oil

Directions:
1. Slice pork tenderloin into about 4-5 thick medallions.  Combine agave, tamari, salt, ginger, garlic powder, sesame oil and water in a bowl.  Add pork medallions to marinade, turn to coat, cover and and let marinate in the fridge for 4 hrs.
2. When you are ready to cook your meat, pull it out of the fridge and let it rest for 20 minutes on the counter.
3. Place meat on a hot grill and cook about 10-15 minutes until slightly golden, juices run clear and internal temperature of 150'F.  Remove pork to plate, tent with foil and let rest at least 5 minutes before slicing.  Slice large medallion cuts into 1/2" thick slices, serve hot with dipping sauce on the side.

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