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Honey Sesame Pork Tenderloins

Sweet and sticky honey sesame pork tenderloin is a delicious one-pan main dish that is perfect for weeknight dinners. Honey, soy, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce make a sweet and salty sauce that goes perfect with pork.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Rest Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 251kcal
Author Lauren
Cost $12.53 / $1.56 PER SERVING


  • 2 Pork Tenderloins about 1 pound each
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons white sesame seeds
  • Juice from 1 lemon


  • PREPARE: Preheat the oven to 425˚ F. Remove any silver skin from the tenderloins and then sprinkle the tenderloins with 1 teaspoon of salt and ½ a teaspoon of freshly ground pepper on each tenderloin and set aside.
  • SEAR THE PORK: Heat a large, oven-safe skillet over high heat for about 3 minutes. Add the olive oil to the pan and coat the bottom evenly. Add the pork to the pan and sear on each side for 2 minutes per side. Remove the pork to a plate and set aside.
  • MAKE THE SAUCE: Reduce the heat to medium-low and melt the butter. Add the garlic and stir constantly for about 30 seconds. Add honey, vinegar, soy, sesame seeds and lemon juice. Simmer until the sauce becomes thick and sticky, about 5 minutes.
  • FINISH COOKING THE PORK: Remove the pan from the heat. Add the seared tenderloins to the pan and coat them in the sauce on all sides. Add the pork to the oven and cook for 10 minutes or until the internal temperature reads around 145˚F.
  • LET THE PORK REST: Remove the pan from the oven and transfer to a plate and tent loosely with foil. Allow the pork to rest for about 5 minutes.
  • FINISH THE SAUCE: Return the skillet to the stovetop and bring the sauce to a slow simmer over medium heat. Whisk continuously until the sauce thickens again. Brush the sauce on the pork and continue resting without the foil for another 5 minutes before slicing diagonally.
  • SERVE AND STORE: Serve warm or store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


Serving: 3ounces | Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 1009mg | Potassium: 668mg | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 12IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 8mg