Soy Lime Pork Tenderloin

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Soy Lime Pork Tenderloin

There was a time when “grilling” meant one of two things: Dinner was at my parents’ house and Dad was cooking burgers or chicken, or I was plugging in a little counter top appliance endorsed by a former pro heavyweight boxer in my apartment. I was scared of the real deal and used to leave the “real” grilling to my husband. But in the last few years, I’ve figured out how to cook more than burgers on the grill. Take this pork tenderloin – something that, just a few of years ago, I would have never thought to slap on a grill.

But can I tell you how much I love this recipe? The marinade is absolutely delicious – it’s part sweet, part salty, part sour, and because I routinely double-up on red pepper flakes, it’s also part spicy. It marinates overnight, so it’s ideal to freeze. Back during FoodieBaby Prep ’09, I froze a few tenderloins in large freezer bags with the marinade so it could marinate while it thawed.

For the record, I’m a gas girl. And probably a complete disappointment to my father 😛

Soy Lime Pork Tenderloin

Soy Lime Pork Tenderloin

Pork tenderloin marinated in a sweet-salty-sour mixture and grilled.


  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp dried red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 lbs pork tenderloin


  1. Add marinade ingredients to a large zip top bag and squeeze to mix.
  2. Add tenderloin to bag and rotate/shake to coat. Refrigerate at least 2 hours, preferable overnight (you can also freeze here).
  3. Heat grill to high. Cook 6 minutes and rotate the meat 1/4 turn.
  4. Repeat until all sides are browned.
  5. Cook until internal temperature reaches 160. Let rest for 10 minutes before cutting.


Yields: 6 servings

Adapted from So Tasty So Yummy

Estimated time: 2 hours 45 minutes

Nutritional Information
Calories: 261.2 | Fat: 12.1 | Fiber 2.7
WW Points: 6

11 comments… add one
  • I usually leave the grilling to my father as well. Partly because I personally do not own a grill and so I would have to truck all the way over to my parents’ house to use one. And partly because my father gets skittish when anyone goes near the grill. And partly because I have no idea how to use one.

    This marinade looks fantastic though and I bet the tenderloin would be great roasted!

  • I love pork tenderloin! I made it for the first time the other day. I haven’t 100% braved the grill yet (I still don’t know how to start our coals), but I think I could master it in time! 😉

  • This sounds really tasty! And a perfect recipe for when it’s my boyfriend’s night to cook. 😉

  • I just bought a grill! Thanks for the post!

  • Glad you enjoy as much as my family does. And it roasts well in the oven, but it shines on the grill!

  • I don’t think my dad, brother, OR boyfriend would let me near the grill. They have a monopoly! And we use gas too 🙂 Soy and pork = always a winner!

  • Amanda

    That looks delicious!!

  • Oh, I love my gas grill. There’s nothing it can’t do, and frankly, living in an apartment, I have no choice. But this is one recipe for the books! I’ve never tried tenderloin on the grill, but there’s no time like summer to give it a shot!

  • Carly

    Stupid question, do you squeeze the limes first or just slice them up and throw them in the marinade?

  • Lee Anne

    This was sooo good! It’s my new favorite pork recipe! Thanks!

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