Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield® Prime Fresh Pork. The opinions and text are all mine
Another summer is coming to close and school has resumed.
The phrase ‘the lazy days of summers’ was never something I understood when I was a kid. In fact, this might be the first summer I not only understood what it meant, I got to live it.
I’m grateful that I have the opportunity to work from home. That has allowed us to enjoy summer in ways we couldn’t otherwise.
We got to spend extra long evenings sitting on the deck in our friend’s backyard enjoying a glass of wine while the kids sprayed the hose at each other. We tended to our garden, hoping, wishing, and begging the bounty to grow in the virgin rocky soil.
Alas, the days are getting shorter. There’s homework again (yuck, didn’t like it as a student and definitely don’t like it as a mom), and a strict bedtime has also returned.
Even though those lazy days of summer are gone (for the next 9 months anyway) we still have a garden to tend to (for another month or so), but there are plenty of dinners (some on the deck, some inside) to still be enjoyed.
Just because school is back in session and we have less time in the evening, doesn’t mean the grill gets put away or good food can’t be enjoyed.
Easy Pork Recipe Ideas
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Smithfield® Prime Fresh Pork. One of the things I love about Smithfield, beyond the no growth promotants and no added hormones or steroids, and no artificial ingredients, is how easy and versatile it is to work with. Plus it’s 20% more tender than the other leading brand of natural pork; after all Not All Pork is Created Equal. I got mine at Macey’s but you can find it locally at your nearest Associated Food Stores.
Over the years I’ve shared Vietnamese Grilled Pork Chops, Slow Cooker Pork with Apples and Cabbage, Pork Loin Sliders and Broccoli-Kale Citrus Slaw, and Mushroom Tarragon Roasted Pork Tenderloin; to name a few. See what I mean about easy and versatile?
I love the Smithfield PRIME Fresh Pork Tenderloin. It might be my favorite cut. I love that I can get it on the table in about 20 minutes. I keep a batch of my Asian Style Everything Sauce (link) on hand at all times and knew it would be perfect for an Easy Asian Style Grilled Pork Tenderloin.
How to Pan Grill a Pork Tenderloin
When you open the pork tenderloin package, you’ll find two tenderloins, each about a pound. I wanted to run my own little test kitchen experiment to see how great grill pans were vs using my outdoor grill. So why not with this Easy Asian Style Grilled Pork Tenderloin.
I’m not above grilling in the snow, but sometimes, I don’t really want to stand in a foot of snow to get those beautiful lines.
Using a grill pan to make this succulent tenderloin is super easy. Simply preheat the oven to 400°F. Then on the stove on medium high, sear each side (and ends) of the tenderloin, about 90 seconds to 2 minutes per side. Then pop it in the oven and finish it off. It takes roughly 15 minutes, but that depends on the thickness, so use a thermometer. Remove it from the oven when it reaches 140°F, and allow it to rest, it will reach the required 145°F. Slice and serve.
The pan grill will work perfectly when I don’t want to stand outside in the snow, but until then, my inner cave girl is happy to use the outdoor grill.
Easy Asian Style Grilled Pork Tenderloin
This recipe is so simple. Marinate. Grill. Eat.
But what to eat with it? The possibilities are endless.
Any sautéed veggies. Noodles. Rice.
This is one of the recipes that you really can’t go wrong serving it with anything. In a HUGE hurry, grab an Asian salad kit from the market.
For a noodle bowl, soak some rice noodles in hot water, then toss with that salad kit.
Use the same sauce as the marinade (link) and pair with zucchini (link).
Asian Style Grilled Pork Tenderloin
- ~2 lbs Smithfield Prime Pork Tenderloin
- 2/3 cup Asian Style Everything Sauce
Remove pork tenderloin from the package and pat dry. Trim any excess silver skin.
Place it in a zip seal bag and pour the sauce in; remove all the excess air and seal. Rotate the pork inside the bag to make sure it is fully coated in the sauce.
Place in the refrigerator and allow to marinate for at least one hour, to overnight.
Pre-heat the grill and remove the pork from the refrigerator, allowing it to come to room temperature.
Place the tenderloin on the grate. Discard bag with marinade.
Cover and cook for 12 to 15 minutes; turning every 2 minutes, until the tenderloin reaches an internal temperature of 140°F.
Remove from the grill, cover, and allow to rest for at least 5 minutes. The temperature will reach its peak 145°F.
Slice and serve.
No matter how you slice it, this Easy Asian Style Grilled Pork Tenderloin using Smithfield PRIME Fresh Pork Tenderloin is about as easy as can be. It’s one of those recipes you can dress up for a dinner party or just quickly cobbled-out meal during a busy weeknight.