Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 25 mins
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
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  1. Ingredients Needed:
  2. How to Make Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin in the Oven
  3. Baked Pork Tenderloin FAQs
  4. Tips and Notes
  5. Serving Suggestions
  6. More Pork Tenderloin Recipes You’ll Love
  7. Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin Recipe

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.

Ingredients Needed:

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!

How to Make Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin 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 that they’re done is to use a meat thermometer. Check at 15 and add time as needed until they reach 140ºF.

How to store leftovers:

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.

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.

spoon drizzling honey garlic sauce over pork tenderloin

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.

Serving Suggestions

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

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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 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 8 servings
Calories 240cal

Ingredients

  • 2 pork tenderloins (trimmed — 1-1¼ lbs each, about 2-2½ lbs total)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon seasoning salt
  • cup clear honey
  • ¼ 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
  • ⅛-¼ 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.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 113grams | Calories: 240cal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 416mg | Potassium: 497mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Ryan says

    I made this the other night and it came out fantastic. I see a lot of complaints about cooking time and it not being done. One of the keys to cooking something like this is taking it out of the fridge in advance. My two tenderloins (~2.5 lbs total) were out for 30 min, then another 15 to prep and heat the oven. They still took about 30 min to cook. Started checking them after 15. Took them out when they were about 150 degrees at the thickest part and let them rest for about 15 min. They were so soft and tender after slicing that I could cut them with a fork. Still juicy and slightly pink. And the sauce was delicious! Made it exactly as shown.

  2. Sherry Kleinpaste says

    Can I serve cooked pork hours after it’s completely cooked.
    If so how do I keep it from drying out. .

  3. Shari says

    The only tweak I made was substituting dark Karo syrup for the honey. Other than that, I followed the recipe to a T. It was really easy and very delicious! It’s a keeper❣️

  4. Arianne says

    Do you cut these into slices before roasting? 25 mins doesn’t seem like enough time to get the cooked all the way

  5. Melissa says

    Made this for dinner tonight. My tenderloins were the correct size and after 25 minutes were 127 degrees. I cooked mine for a total of 40 minutes & 155 degrees (I like my pork at 160degrees). It was delicious. It was very tender & moist. The sauce did not burn even with the additional time.

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Anna! I’m confused, are you not seeing the recipe card in the blog post. It’s right above where you commented. I see it on my end. Could you check again? Also there is a “jump to recipe” button at the top to help you get there faster.

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Tara, when you ssy raw, what was the internal temperature? Please keep in mind that all ovens cook differently so using a thermometer will help you get the perfect tenderloin every time.

  6. Ria Sullivan says

    It was an easy recipe to make and very delicious. The only problem I had was some of the sauce that was on the edges of the pan burnt. I still had enough to glaze the pork though. I’m thinking maybe it would work out better to cook the glaze separately on the cook top.

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Hi Ria! Thanks for your feedback. The sauce shouldn’t burn in 15-20 minutes cook time. If you are cooking a pork tenderloin that is larger than the 1-1.25 lbs listed, then you’ll require more cook time and there is a chance the sauce will burn at the edges. I recommend adjusting your cook time according to the size of your pork, or cutting it into smaller pieces if they are quite large.

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