Basil-Ginger Marinated Pork Tenderloin

April 17, 2013


Author Notes: If you are looking for an effortless dinner with high potential to please, look no further. This is a subtly fragrant piece of meat to welcome the first spring vegetables, or refresh on a hot summer day. It requires almost no work, just a nice piece of tenderloin, a meat thermometer, and a tiny bit of greens on the side. QueenSashy

Food52 Review: WHO: QueenSashy is a data scientist by day, James Beard-award nominated food blogger by night.
WHAT: A simple, ginger-packed pork tenderloin to keep in your back pocket.
HOW: Marinate tenderloin in a mixture of olive oil, ginger, basil, and lime zest for several hours. Either cook it on the grill or in the oven, then slice and serve.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This is one of those just-plain-delicious recipes that we'll file away into our "Weeknight Cooking" collection, then pull out when we're craving a main course that goes with just about anything.
The Editors

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon if using an oven
  • 1 cup chopped basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoons grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • One 1-pound pork tenderloin
In This Recipe

Directions

  1. In a one gallon plastic bag, combine the olive oil, basil, ginger, lime zest and 1 teaspoon of salt, or to taste. Add the pork tenderloin and coat with the marinade. Marinate the pork in the refrigerator for 6 to 8 hours.
  2. Bring the meat in the marinade to room temperature for about 1 hour before placing it on the grill. Remove the tenderloin from the marinade. Discard the marinade but leave the herbs that cling to the meat. Brush the grill with vegetable oil. Place the tenderloin on the grill, cover, and cook for 12 to 15 minutes, turning every minute or 2, until the tenderloin reaches an internal temperature of 140° F. Transfer the tenderloin to a plate, cover with aluminum foil, and let it rest for about 5 to 10 minutes. Carve the tenderloin in 1/2-inch thick slices. Season with salt and pepper and serve. (And, if you happen to be one of the unlucky few with no backyard, no grill, and no courage to grill on your fire escape, do not despair, skip this step and follow alternate instructions below.)
  3. Alternate instructions for the unfortunate souls with no grill: Preheat the oven to 400° F. Remove the tenderloin from the marinade. Discard the marinade but leave the herbs that cling to the meat. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a cast iron pan and brown the pork tenderloin nicely on all sides. Place the pan in the oven. Roast the tenderloin for about 10 to 16 minutes, until the internal thermometer registers 140° F. Transfer the tenderloin to a plate, cover with aluminum foil, and let it rest for about 5 to 10 minutes. Carve the tenderloin in 1/2-inch thick slices. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

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Reviews (9) Questions (1)

9 Reviews

Phildup August 26, 2018
Looks great, are you grilling over direct heat, indirect, or a combination?<br />
 
girlwithaknife January 18, 2017
The flavor was understated at best - maybe I needed more basil and ginger? I added some fish sauce which helped. Maybe I'll marinade it overnight next time...
 
Author Comment
QueenSashy January 19, 2017
Hi girlwithaknife, you are right in your assessment, it is not supposed be a strong flavor. But adding more basil and ginger will certainly give it an extra punch.
 
inpatskitchen September 21, 2015
Congrats on the Wildcard win QS! I have everything to make this in the next few days. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
 
Author Comment
QueenSashy September 21, 2015
Thank you Pat!
 
dymnyno September 21, 2015
Sounds delicious. Is keeping it in your back pocket a Food52 method of tenderizing? Or, did you mean that it's a recipe to keep in your back pocket???
 
Author Comment
QueenSashy September 21, 2015
ha ha ha... I cannot speak for the Editors, but since you will be starting with already tender piece of meat, the marinade is really there to infuse it with the lemony flavors… <br /><br />
 
JanetFL May 2, 2013
Thank you for this delicious-sounding recipe. We eat a lot of pork tenderloin and I'm always looking for something new.
 
Author Comment
QueenSashy May 4, 2013
Thank you!