Pork Teriyaki is one of the most delicious ways to prepare pork tenderloin. Packed with mouthwatering umami flavor, teriyaki pork can be grilled, baked in the oven, or prepared it in your slow cooker.
Scrumptious and low in fat, a perfectly cooked pork tenderloin is a fork-tender cut of meat, and is super juicy when treated right. It really benefits from quick cooking at a high temperature and marinating in a rich liquid or sauce, such as teriyaki marinade for pork.
When you’re making pork teriyaki, don’t make the mistake of buying pork loin in place of tenderloin. Although it sounds very similar, pork loin comes from a different part of the animal, and is a fattier, tougher cut that benefits more from low, slow roasting.
Pork tenderloin is a boneless, lean cylinder piece of meat and it’s perfect for slicing into medallions, as called for in this teriyaki pork tenderloin recipe. Be aware that pork tenderloin often has a tough section of silvery-white connective tissue on parts of the surface, known as “silverskin.” The silverskin does not soften with cooking, and needs to be trimmed off before slicing. It’s white/silver in color. Slip a knife under this piece of tissue and remove it before marinating or cooking.
Choose Thick Teriyaki Sauce
Teriyaki Sauce is made with soy sauce as the foundation and has brown sugar for sweetness and garlic and ginger for flavor. It’s the sugar that makes teriyaki such a great marinade for meat. When proteins in meat combine with sugars or carbs during cooking, the result is a delectable caramelized glaze.
If you buy bottled teriyaki, be sure to get the thick teriyaki sauce (you want the consistency of bbq sauce, not the one that is runny like soy sauce).
More Teriyaki Recipes You’ll Love
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How to Make Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin
Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin on the grill is as easy as 1,2,3:
- Slice the pork loin into chunks and pound to 1/2″ thick.
- Marinate in teriyaki sauce (4-5 hours if you have time)
- Place on a medium-hot grill, 3-4 minutes per side (it’s quick)!!
Remember that pork tenderloin should be cooked to 145°F and can be a little bit pink in the middle. It only needs a few minutes each side.
Serve on a bun or over rice with steamed broccoli and enjoy! We always toast the rolls with a bit of Homemade Garlic Butter for great flavor. Add in some cucumbers and cilantro for freshness and enjoy!
If you’re not up to grilling, then teriyaki pork can be broiled in the oven. Place on a foil lined pan (teriyaki sauce is sticky and difficult to clean) and broil 4″ from the heat for about 5 minutes per side or just until pork reaches 145°F.
What Goes With Teriyaki Pork
Teriyaki pork goes great with coleslaw, spicy-hot kimchee, and sweet potato fries.
So delicious! Enjoy!
Barbecued Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin Sandwich
- 2 Pork Tenderloin (1lb each) Cut in 4-5 pieces each
- 2 cups teriyaki Sauce ensure it's thick sauce
- 2 large onions Sliced
- 2 sliced green onions optional
- sesame seeds for garnish optional
- Cut each pork tenderloin into 4-5 pieces, pound pork pieces until 1/2" thick.
- Marinate pork medallions in teriyaki sauce and onion slices for 4-6 hours
- Preheat grill to high. Grill the Pork Medallions on high 3-4 minutes per side
- If desired, place onions on a grill tray and grill for 5 minutes until soft, stirring occasionally. (Keep a close eye on the onions so they don't burn)
- Sprinkle pork with sesame seeds and green onions if desired.