Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 servings

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This Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin Recipe is one of my favorite ways to make pork tenderloin in the oven! It’s made with juicy pork smothered in a sweet and savory honey garlic sauce!

two pork tenderloins in honey garlic sauce in a white baking dish

One thing you may already know about me is that I love honey garlic everything. Baked Honey Garlic Chicken, Honey Garlic Salmon, Honey Garlic Turkey Sloppy Joes…and the list goes on.

Well, this Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin Recipe is another delicious way to use honey garlic sauce. It’s made with juicy pork tenderloins that are doused in a sweet, savory, and tangy honey garlic sauce, then baked until tender, moist, and insanely flavorful.

This easy dinner recipe takes just 25 minutes to make!

Serve it with Instant Pot Brown Rice, Roasted Green Beans or Air Fryer Broccoli for a well rounded meal.

Pork Tenderloin Recipe Ingredients:

This Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin Recipe is made with pantry staples, so you likely don’t even have to leave the house to whip this up!

ingredients needed to make honey garlic pork tenderloin
  • Pork Tenderloins: you’ll need two pork tenderloins equalling about 2-2.5 pounds. Be sure they’re both trimmed and ready to go.
  • Oil: adds moisture and helps the seasonings stick.
  • Seasoning Salt: seasoning salt is a simple way to add a ton of flavor to the pork.
  • Honey, Chicken Broth, and Soy Sauce: a sweet, salty, and super flavorful base for our honey garlic sauce.
  • Garlic: use freshly minced garlic for the best garlicky flavor.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: the bright, tanginess of cider vinegar cuts the sweetness from the honey.
  • Salt: enhances other flavors within the sauce.
  • Cornstarch: helps thicken the honey garlic sauce.
  • Red Pepper Flakes: optional, but highly recommended for a kick of heat!
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How to Make Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin Recipe in the Oven

This baked pork tenderloin recipe makes the perfect easy weeknight dinner. It’s ready in just 25 minutes and it’s always a hit!

  1. Prep the tenderloins: Place the tenderloins into a lightly greased 9×13″ baking dish, brush them with oil, then season with seasoning salt.
  2. Make the sauce: In a bowl, whisk together honey, broth, soy sauce, garlic, vinegar, salt, cornstarch, and red pepper flakes.
  3. Bake: Pour the sauce around the tenderloin, then bake until 140ºF.
  4. Drizzle the thickened sauce over the finished tenderloin.

Baked Pork Tenderloin FAQs

What temperature should I cook pork tenderloin?

I find 400ºF to be the perfect temperature for baking pork tenderloin. It’s hot enough that it can brown on top, but not so hot that it burns before the insides are tender and juicy.

How long to roast pork tenderloin:

Mine usually cook all the way through in anywhere from 15-20 minutes, but this depends on the thickness of the tenderloins you’re using. The best way to tell if your pork tenderloin recipe is done is to use a meat thermometer. Check at 15 and add time as needed until they reach 140ºF.

How to store pork tenderloin:

Leftover Baked Pork Tenderloin will last in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days or in the freezer for 4-6 months. To reheat, thaw overnight in the fridge if frozen, then warm either in the microwave or in the oven until heated through.

Can I use pork loin for this recipe?

The short answer is no, because a pork loin is so much larger and the cook times will be way off.
If you do try it, you may want to leave the honey garlic sauce off until the last 20 minutes of bake time so that it doesn’t burn.

Can I use chicken in this recipe?

If you’re looking to use chicken breasts instead of pork tenderloin, I recommend checking out my Crock Pot Honey Garlic Chicken or Honey Garlic Chicken recipes.

spoon drizzling honey garlic sauce over pork tenderloin

Recipe Tips and Notes

  • Pour the sauce around, not on. When you add the sauce to the pork tenderloin, pour it around them as opposed to on them. If you pour the sauce on top of the pork it will prevent them from browning.
  • Check the temp. As always, the best way to tell that meat is done is to use a meat thermometer. Pork tenderloin should be 140-145ºF!
  • Don’t overcook. Since pork is a lean meat, it can dry out more easily than other types of meat. Be sure to take it out of the oven as soon as possible after it reaches 140-145ºF.
  • Let it rest. Resting the meat for 10 minutes before slicing into it is the key to juicy pork.
  • Stocked up on pork tenderloin? Try my Pork Tenderloin Marinade or Honey Balsamic Pork Tenderloin next!

Serving Suggestions for this Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin Recipe

These Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloins are delicious over a pile of quinoa or Instant Pot Jasmine Rice and with a side of roasted vegetables. I love Green Beans with Bacon, Honey Glazed Carrots, or this Easy Broccoli Salad for a prep ahead option.

We always have to have basket of Mom’s Homemade Buns too!

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Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin Recipe

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This Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin Recipe is one of my favorite ways to make pork tenderloin in the oven! It's made with juicy pork smothered in a sweet and savory honey garlic sauce!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 8 servings
Calories 230cal

Ingredients

  • 2 pork tenderloins (trimmed — 1-1¼ lbs each, about 2-2½ lbs total)
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • cup honey
  • ½ cup low sodium chicken broth (or sub water)
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • tablespoons corn starch
  • ¼-½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional – highly recommended!)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and lightly grease a 9×13" baking dish.
  • Place tenderloins in baking dish, brush with oil and season all over with seasoning salt.
  • Whisk together honey, broth, soy sauce, garlic, vinegar, salt, corn starch and red pepper flakes.
  • Pour sauce around pork tenderloin in pan — avoid pouring on top of pork as it will prevent it from browning.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes until a meat thermometer reads at least 140 degrees F. Remove from the oven and cover to rest for 10 minutes.
  • Slice pork tenderloin and serve with sauce.

Notes

Tips:
  • Size matters: this recipe will not work with a pork loin which is much larger and requires a longer cook time. In the time it takes the loin to cook, the sauce will burn. If your tenderloins are larger than 1.25 pounds each, you may want to add the sauce for the last 15-20 minutes of cook time.
  • Check the temp. As always, the best way to tell that meat is done is to use a meat thermometer. Pork chops should be 140-145ºF!
  • Don’t over-cook. Since pork is a lean meat, it can dry out more easily than other types of meat. Be sure to take it out of the oven as soon as possible after it reaches 140-145ºF.
  • Let it rest. Resting the meat for 10 minutes before slicing into it is the key to juicy pork.
 
Substitutions:
  • Slow cooker: you can make this recipe in the slow cooker! Simply add the tenderloins and sauce and cook on low for 3 hours or until done.
  • Pork loin: I don’t recommend pork loin for this recipe because they are so much larger and require so much more bake time. If you want to serve the sauce with a pork loin you are cooking, simply simmer it on the stove top until thickened.
 
Storage:
Leftover Pork Tenderloin will last in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days or in the freezer for 4-6 months. To reheat, thaw overnight in the fridge if frozen, then warm either in the microwave or in the oven until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 113grams | Calories: 230cal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 575mg | Potassium: 512mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 19IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. CajunQu33n says

    My 19 year old is obsessed with this recipe. It’s hard to get him to eat anything and he can’t get enough of this.

  2. CajuanQueen says

    My 19 year is son is a very very picky eater. He absolutely loves this recipe. He even requests that I make it. It’s very simple and easy to make as well. Amazing recipe

  3. Chris Gaul says

    Loved this recipe
    Since honey is so expensive and I have sugar issues, we used two and a half Tbsp honey and two and a half Tbsp Steve’s sugar free maple syrup for 1 tenderloin
    It was delicious. Maybe only 1 Tbsp of honey next time as it was a little sweet, but we will definitely be putting this in our favourite list

  4. Tracey P says

    Easy and foolproof….packed with flavor! My advice….double the sauce! You will want it on everything!

    • Tracey P says

      Sorry should have been 5 stars! Just reading other reviews. I didn’t find the sauce bland at all. I actually don’t even like honey and loved this as did my guests.

  5. Elaine H says

    The great reviews are spot on! I read a few from those who were disappointed with the outcome while my pork was in the oven, so I was a little concerned, but this was a big hit. Salting the pork liberally is key, I think, to maximizing the flavor. My two loins were slightly larger and took about 50% longer to cook to 140, so I added a little more water to the pan sauce so it wouldn’t burn. Will 100% make again!

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