Chinese Pork Tenderloin Recipe - Authentic Flavors from China

Chinese Pork Tenderloin

Chinese Pork Tenderloin Recipe - Authentic Flavors from China
Region / culture: China | Preparation time: 3 hours | Cooking time: 1.5 hour | Servings: 4-6


Chinese Pork Tenderloin
Chinese Pork Tenderloin

Chinese Pork Tenderloin is a delicious and flavorful dish that is perfect for a special dinner or gathering. The combination of soy sauce, honey, sherry, and spices creates a rich and savory sauce that pairs perfectly with the tender pork tenderloin.


The origins of Chinese Pork Tenderloin can be traced back to traditional Chinese cooking techniques that use a combination of sweet and savory flavors. This recipe has been adapted over the years to suit different tastes and preferences, but the basic concept of marinating and baking the pork tenderloin remains the same.


How to prepare

  1. Place the pork tenderloin in a glass baking dish.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together all the other ingredients and simmer over medium heat until the ingredients are well blended.
  3. Let the mixture cool slightly and then pour it over the tenderloins.
  4. Marinate the tenderloins in the refrigerator for about 3 hours, turning them every 30 minutes.
  5. Place the dish in a preheated oven at 350°F and bake uncovered for about 1.5 hours. The baking time may vary.
  6. Baste the tenderloins every 15 to 20 minutes and continue baking until the sauce becomes thick, dark, and forms a crust.
  7. This dish is perfect for serving to guests and also makes delicious leftovers.
  8. Serve the tenderloins with whipped potatoes or rice.
  9. The sauce can also be used on spare ribs that have been broiled for 4 minutes on each side before adding the sauce.
  10. The aroma of this dish is mouthwatering.


  • Add chopped vegetables such as bell peppers, onions, and carrots to the baking dish for added flavor and nutrition.
  • Substitute the pork tenderloin with chicken breasts or tofu for a different twist on this recipe.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to marinate the pork tenderloin for at least 3 hours to allow the flavors to fully develop.

- Baste the tenderloins regularly while baking to ensure that they stay moist and flavorful.

- Adjust the baking time as needed to ensure that the pork is cooked through but still tender.

- Serve the tenderloins with a side of whipped potatoes or rice to soak up the delicious sauce.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Chinese Pork Tenderloin with a side of steamed vegetables or a fresh salad for a complete and satisfying meal.

Cooking Techniques

The key cooking technique for Chinese Pork Tenderloin is marinating and baking. This allows the flavors to fully develop and the pork to become tender and juicy.

Ingredient Substitutions

Substitute the sherry with apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar.

- Use maple syrup or agave nectar instead of honey for a different flavor profile.

Make Ahead Tips

Chinese Pork Tenderloin can be marinated in advance and stored in the refrigerator until ready to bake. This makes it a convenient option for entertaining or busy weeknights.

Presentation Ideas

Slice the pork tenderloin and arrange it on a platter with the sauce drizzled over the top. Garnish with fresh herbs or sesame seeds for a beautiful presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Chinese Pork Tenderloin pairs well with steamed rice, fried rice, or noodles. It also goes well with a side of stir-fried vegetables or a fresh cucumber salad.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers of Chinese Pork Tenderloin in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Chinese Pork Tenderloin contains approximately 300 calories.


Each serving of Chinese Pork Tenderloin contains approximately 30 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Chinese Pork Tenderloin contains approximately 10 grams of fats.


Each serving of Chinese Pork Tenderloin contains approximately 25 grams of proteins.

Vitamins and minerals

Chinese Pork Tenderloin is a good source of iron, vitamin B6, and niacin.


This recipe contains soy sauce, which may contain gluten. It is important to check the labels of all ingredients to ensure that they are safe for those with food allergies.


Chinese Pork Tenderloin is a balanced dish that provides a good mix of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. It is also a good source of vitamins and minerals, making it a nutritious option for a meal.


Chinese Pork Tenderloin is a delicious and flavorful dish that is perfect for a special dinner or gathering. With a rich and savory sauce, tender pork tenderloin, and a balance of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, this recipe is sure to be a hit with your family and friends.

How did I get this recipe?

The first time I saw this recipe, I was drawn to it like a magnet. It was a cold winter day and I was at a friend's house for a dinner party. As soon as I walked into the kitchen, the aroma of Chinese spices filled the air and I knew I had to have the recipe for myself.

My friend, Mrs. Chang, was busy marinating a pork tenderloin in a mixture of soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and honey. She explained that this was a family recipe that had been passed down through the generations. I watched as she carefully seared the meat in a hot pan, creating a beautiful caramelized crust.

As the pork cooked, Mrs. Chang told me the story of how she had learned to make this dish. She had grown up in a small village in China, where her mother was known for her amazing cooking. Mrs. Chang had spent countless hours in the kitchen with her mother, learning the secrets of Chinese cuisine.

When she moved to America, Mrs. Chang brought her mother's recipes with her. She continued to cook for her family, passing down the traditions and flavors of her homeland. The Chinese Pork Tenderloin was a dish that always brought her back to her roots.

After the pork had finished cooking, Mrs. Chang sliced it into thin strips and served it over a bed of steamed rice. The flavors were incredible – savory, sweet, and perfectly balanced. I knew that I had to learn how to make this dish for myself.

Mrs. Chang graciously shared the recipe with me, and I made it for my own family the following week. They were amazed at how delicious it was, and it quickly became a favorite in our household. I continued to make the Chinese Pork Tenderloin for special occasions and family gatherings, always receiving compliments on its bold flavors and tender texture.

Over the years, I have made a few tweaks to the original recipe, adding my own personal touch with a dash of chili flakes for some heat. But the essence of the dish remains the same – a beautiful blend of soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and honey that creates a symphony of flavors in every bite.

I have since shared the recipe with friends and neighbors, passing on the tradition of this delicious Chinese Pork Tenderloin. It brings me joy to see others enjoy the dish as much as I do, and I take pride in knowing that I am carrying on the legacy of Mrs. Chang and her family recipe.

As I sit here in my kitchen, marinating a pork tenderloin in the same mixture of soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and honey that Mrs. Chang taught me all those years ago, I am filled with a sense of gratitude. Gratitude for the friendships that have brought me new recipes and culinary experiences, and gratitude for the love and passion that I pour into every dish I create.

I may not have grown up in a small village in China, but through the recipes and stories that have been shared with me over the years, I have been able to connect with a world of flavors and traditions that have enriched my life in countless ways. And for that, I am truly grateful.


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